Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Welcoming 4.4 million tourists per year, it offers fascinating architecture and the National Museum, with a convenient and fast transport system to help visitors get around. For family friendly activities, visitors can see a sports event at one of the city’s stadiums, or marvel at the animals at Prague’s zoo.
Prague climate information
Data obtained from Prague weather station
When is the best time to visit Prague?
Those seeking a city break with warmer weather and brighter days should visit Prague in the summer months, where temperatures reach the pleasant mid-20s. Visitors should be prepared for wet weather however, as summer also sees the most rainfall. Prague also has a Christmas market which is a key part of the festive magic in the Czech Republic. The Christmas market is open throughout December, but visitors should wrap up warm as the chance are it could be cold and snowy.
Spring gets off to a chilly start, with March reaching daily average highs of just 8.1°C, a little colder than what the UK gets. On average, snow falls on 8.6 days in March, and the days remain dark with just 4 hours of daily sunshine. The city becomes brighter and warmer throughout spring, with May seeing an average daily high of 19.3°C and around 7 hours of sunshine per day. March and April are fairly dry with around 28mm of rain. However, rainfall becomes more likely in May with an average of 62mm.
Summer is statistically the wettest season in Prague, with the peak rainfall falling in July when an average of 89mm falls. Temperatures reach a daily maximum of 22°C in June, rising to a warm 24°C in Juily and August. Despite the rainfall July offers the longest sunshine hours, with an average of 8 hours. This implies that when it rains in can pour, but equally there are some fine days.
Like many central European countries, temperatures begin to fall in autumn with average temperatures still a pleasant 18.8°C in September, before falling to a cold 6.1°C. Rainfall is less during autumn, but by November snow becomes a greater possibility with an average of 5 days in the month.
Prague experiences cold winter months, seeing daily highs of just 1.2°C in January, which is the coldest month. Rainfall is at its lowest in the winter months, but snow is to be expected, with an average, of 11.9 days in December, 12.1 days in January and 11.4 days in February. Winter visitors should be prepared for cold temperatures, snow and dark days just 2 to 3 hours of daily sunshine on average.
Prague tourist information
Prague has many festivals involving folklore, music and dance. The city also hosts its own food and wine festival with workshops, beer and wine tasting, picnics and plenty of activities to keep the children occupied. If you really want to sample the culture, be sure to get tickets for a night at the opera or one of the many concerts held in the city centre.
If you are visiting Prague as a family then spending a day at the zoo is a must as you have the chance to see tigers, camels and monkeys up close. Take a trip to the Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Vitus Cathedral, and admire the beautiful gothic architecture, or head over to the National Museum and view some of the 14 million pieces housed there. Exhibitions include natural history, art, music and literature.
There are many sports on offer in Prague too, with the stadiums playing host to a variety of events. Prague actually has six professional football teams, but it is not just football that is very popular. There is also tennis and ice hockey and the city even has its own O2 Arena, which is home to HC Slavia Prague, a very popular ice hockey team.
Prague's history spans more than one thousand years. Since 1990, Prague's economy has changed rapidly from industrial to a more service-related focus. The city produces pharmaceuticals, processes food, and is involved in computer technology and the manufacturing of transport equipment.
Today Prague is generally service and export based. Services that are provided include financial, commercial, accommodation and restaurants. The city has good transport links, with 57 metro stations, trams, trains, buses and ferries; there are even cable cars to help you get around.