There’s no better place to celebrate the winter holiday season than in Prague. From the delicious trdelník (Czech sweet pastry) available in every Christmas market to soul warming hot chocolate and holiday cheer galore, winter in Prague gives meaning to ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’
Old Town Square
Despite a strong history of invasions, Prague’s Old Town Square hasn’t changed much since the 10th century. Admire the beautiful pastel colors and intricately designed architecture on the buildings lining the square.
During the winter months, the square hosts a wonderful Christmas market with lots to eat, drink and buy; and in the center blossoms a humongous and heavily decorated Christmas tree that you just won’t be able to take your eyes off of.
When gallivanting around the Christmas markets in Prague, you have to try their famous trdelník. Also known as chimney cake, this local sweet pastry deserves its own limelight amidst all there is to eat in Prague. The chimney cake is essentially thin strips of dough wrapped around a wooden stick called trdlo. It is then glazed with sugar and baked over open coals until it’s perfectly caramelized on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
And on the note of Prague’s food-scene, be sure to bookmark our Guide to the Best of Prague’s Street Food.
The iconic Charles Bridge that Prague is loved for is a must visit. Transport yourself back to the 14th century as you cross the Vltava river on this medieval cobble-stoned bridge. Many couples also attach locks onto the bridge as a symbol of their love for each other.
On one edge of the bridge is the Old Town Bridge Tower, a gothic monument built in the 14th century during the rule of Emperor Charles IV. At the top you’ll find a remarkable view of Charles Bridge and the Vltava river – don’t miss it.
Museum of Communism
Fancy a peek behind the drapes of the Iron Curtain? Pay a visit to the Museum of Communism for an insight into the post World War II Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and in Prague especially. The country lived through a communist regime from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The Museum offers a deep dive into the lives of Czech people under the communist regime during the times of the Soviet Union.
Wondering where to stay? Check out our Guide to Prague’s Neighborhoods.
Even though the Beatles were founded in Liverpool in England, the Lennon Wall serves as a beautiful token of remembrance for one of the greatest bands in the history of music. Plastered with Beatles graffiti, lyrics and Lennon quotes from the 1980s, this wall is the perfect backdrop for your aesthetic Instagram shots!
Undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Prague is the Prague Castle. Today, it is the official residence of the President but in the past it housed the Czech rulers. Entry into the grounds of the castle is free but buildings like the St Vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George and the famous Golden Lane require a paid ticket.
St Vitus Cathedral is visible from all around the city of Prague and despite looking incredibly old, its construction was only completed in 1929. Also located on the grounds of the castle is the Golden Lane. According to legend, alchemists used this street as a reaction to turn ordinary materials into gold. Another reason why it’s famous is because the renowned writer Franz Kafka lived in a house on the street for two years because he enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere while writing.
Still up for more holiday cheer? Get your festive fix at these European Christmas markets this holiday season.