How to spend the perfect summer in Prague

Ellie Swain

Senior Contributor

With its rich history, vibrant atmosphere, and architecture that looks like it's straight out of a fairytale, Prague is a city that comes alive during the warm summer months. From wandering through the picture-perfect Old Town Square to picnicking in verdant parks and tucking into Czech delicacies at farmers' markets, there's no shortage of wonderful summer experiences to be had in this enchanting city. If you plan to visit Prague this summer, here's how to make the most of your time.

Wander through the Old Town Square

Start your summer adventure in Prague by exploring the heart of the city - the Old Town Square. This historic square is a treasure trove of architectural marvels, with its Gothic towers, baroque churches and colourful facades.

Stroll through the cobblestone streets, stopping to admire the iconic Astronomical Clock. Take a tour of the tower and enjoy sublime views of the city at the top before observing the clock’s fascinating inner workings.

Don't forget to indulge in a delicious trdelník from one of the charming street vendors. This is a traditional Czech pastry made from dough that’s wrapped around a stick, then baked and topped with a sugar and walnut mix.

Enjoy a refreshing pint of Czech beer in a beer garden

No summer in Prague is complete without sampling the nation's most beloved beverage - beer. The city boasts many lively beer gardens, where locals and tourists mingle to relax, socialise and enjoy the sunshine.

Take a seat at an outdoor table, soak up the joyous atmosphere, and savour a refreshing pint of Czech beer, such as the famous Pilsner Urquell or Budvar. Riegrovy Sady and Žluté Lázně Gardens are two popular spots where you’re guaranteed great brews and a buzzy summer atmosphere.

Rent a boat on the Vltava River

For a serene and calming summer experience in Prague, enjoy the tranquillity of the Vltava River by renting a pedal or rowing boat. Glide along the gentle waters and let the river guide you on a scenic adventure through the city.

As you navigate through the centre, you'll be treated to postcard-worthy views of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and the elegant riverside architecture. Feel the warm sun on your face, breathe in the fresh breeze, and enjoy a water-side perspective of Prague.

Whether you're seeking a romantic jaunt or a fun outing with friends or family, renting a paddleboat on the Vltava River promises a memorable summer adventure.

You can find places to rent a boat on Zofin island near the National Theatre or by Charles Bridge. Most are open till 10 pm during the summer, so you’ll have plenty of time to get on the water.

Explore farmers' markets and taste local produce

Indulge in the flavours and traditions of Prague by exploring its vibrant farmers' markets. The popular Havelské Tržiště market, open daily, offers a wide array of fresh produce, traditional snacks and handmade crafts.

Alternatively, Náplavka farmers market is one of the largest and most popular markets in Prague, taking place every Saturday.

Amble through the bustling stalls, chat with local vendors and sample regional specialities such as Prague ham, pickled cheese, and delicious honey. Remember to bring a reusable bag to stock up on these delectable treats and souvenirs to take home.

Picnic at Letná Park

Escape Prague’s urban hustle and bustle by retreating to Letná Park, a sprawling green oasis with sweeping views of the city. Pack a picnic basket filled with local delicacies from one of Prague’s farmers' markets above or a nearby supermarket and find a cosy nook beneath the shade of a tree.

As you savour your lunch, take in the panoramic vistas of the city's skyline, including Prague Castle and the Vltava River. Letná Park is also home to the popular Letná Beer Garden, where you can sip on a cool Czech beer while enjoying the green surroundings.

Where to stay

When choosing where to stay in Prague, you have a variety of areas to suit your preferences. For a central location, the Old Town offers proximity to major attractions and a lively atmosphere.

The Lesser Town (Malá Strana) is known for its quaint streets and stunning views from the hillside. Vinohrady appeals to those seeking a bohemian ambience with trendy cafes and parks. And if you prefer a quieter neighbourhood, consider Žižkov, known for its local charm.

For a touch of luxury, The Augustine Hotel in Malá Strana stands out. Nestled in the beautiful hillside, The Augustine exudes history and sophistication. Housed within the 13th-century St. Thomas Church and Monastery, the Augustine proudly showcases modernist artwork and design while preserving the original frescoes, carvings, and ornamental iron elements that speak to its heritage.

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