Prague Christmas Markets
The Prague Christmas Markets light up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in a true ‘winter wonderland’ setting. There is something for everyone from delicious foods and handcrafted gifts to Christmas carol concerts and arts and crafts displays. Take the opportunity to further explore this delightful city, full of architectural marvels, stunning views and a fascinating history.
Old fashioned street lamps cast a yellow glow over the statues while dramatic silhouettes of spires stand proudly in the distance. Cobbled lanes weave and wind through this charming city of magic and mystery. This is a magical atmosphere throughout the year, but the glow and twinkle of Christmas markets infuses the city with a extra dash of wonder. The old town looks like a collection of traditional festive scenes from Christmas cards. Where could be better to lap up festive joy and delight in the anticipation of advent?
The Czech capital hosts a myriad of architectural gems and contrasts. Prague’s spectacular castle looms over the city, its towers and spires dominating the skyline. Inside the castle complex is Golden Lane. This storybook street of tiny dwellings gained its name from either its resident goldsmiths or alchemists – accounts vary. This quaint lane is a must-see, especially as Franz Kafka lived in number 22. Relax in a cafe in old town square while horse drawn carriages pass by the town hall. On the hour a procession of apostles will emerge from the oldest operational astronomical clock in the world.
A great idea for a city break at any time, Prague has a special allure at Christmas. Why not combine culture and the Prague Christmas Markets for a memorable festive adventure?
Late November - December 2019
Arrive in Prague
Travel to Prague by air and check into your hotel.
Explore the markets, held notably in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The most popular and largest markets are held on Old Town Square. The square contains a huge Christmas tree selected each year from a different region of the Czech Republic. Within the market you can find traditional Czech products, hand-crafted decorations, foods such as sugar-coated roasted nuts and bratwurst, a nativity and a concert stage. Watch a display of traditional arts and crafts, such as sword making or sing along to the Christmas carols. A kilometre away you can find Wenceslas Square. This is the best market for Christmas shopping with the market stalls located next to dozens of shops and department stores. Head to Náměstí Republiky for a laid back atmosphere and traditional Czech market foods such as barbecued pork and blood sausages. For a romantic atmosphere go to Náměstí Míru which prizes handmade goods like soaps and lotions, wooden toys and scarves over tourist souvenirs and the square’s stunning view of the neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila only adds to the fairytale atmosphere.
There is much to do and see in Prague. Visit the hilltop Castle District, with the Royal Palace and St George’s Basilica. Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle contains stunning architecture in the form of churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences. The Royal Palace is one of the oldest parts of Prague Castle, dating back to the 12th century, whilst St George’s Basilica is the oldest surviving church building within Prague Castle.
If you are missing the Christmas Markets then fear not as a delightful Christmas Market is held in the courtyard of St. George’s Basilica. Another architectural marvel is the ultra-modern Dancing House, also known as the Nationale-Nederlanden building or Fred and Ginger after the dancers of the same name. It has an unusual curved design representing two dancers which is especially striking in the city centre because it is a modern building surrounded by historic architecture. The top floor of the Dancing House is open to the public and is home to one of the city’s leading restaurants: the Ginger and Fred Restaurant, which has far reaching views over the Vltava River and beyond. A must for a visit to Prague is a leisurely walk over Charles Bridge which connects the Old Town with Malá Strana. If you arrive at dawn, you’ll beat the crowds and enjoy a glorious sunrise over the city.
Return to the UK
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EA Hotel Tosca ***
The modern Tosca Hotel is situated in Prague’s historic Vinohrady quarter with the old town easily reachable on foot or by public transport. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast and offers a lobby bar and lounge area. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, and a bathroom with safes available at a surcharge. Free WiFi.
Hotel Residence Bologna ***
Theis in the heart of Prague’s , just 450 yards from Charles Bridge. The hotel has an Italian restaurant on site as well as a bar and 24 hour reception. The air-conditioned rooms feature telephones, satellite TV, safety deposit box, and hot drinks making facilities. The en suite bathrooms include hairdryers. Free WiFi throughout.
Hotel ibis Praha Wenceslas Square ***
A 3 minute walk from a metro station, this modern hotel is less than a kilometre from Wenceslas Square and just over 2 kilometres from Charles Bridge. The modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs and desks. Other amenities include a colourful bar, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal terrace.
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|10th – 13th December 2019||EA Hotel Tosca
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|13th – 16th December 2019||Hotel Residence Bologna||Prices available on request||Prices available on request|