The Czech capital has recently been voted the best place to celebrate Christmas in Europe, and you can see why. With romantic streets all lit and traditional markets filling the squares, here’s what to see and do in Prague this Christmas.
Prague this Christmas
One of the key elements to enjoying the festive period in late November to 6th January is wandering around the Christmas markets (Vanocni trh). In Prague they are as impressive if not more than the traditional German markets and bring an element of history and tradition to this already achingly beautiful city. Although also a prime spot for tourists, the traditional markets selling handicrafts and gifts, are also a favourite destination with locals who love to get into the festive spirit and also enjoy the food and drinks you can find around the city.
The main markets are at the Old Town Square and neighbouring Wenceslas Square. There are also more around the city, including a good one at Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island in the Lesser Town, and of course the one with the great view – by St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle
There are giant Prague Hams spit roasted in the squares and also tasty chargrilled sausages (klobása). For something sweet try the traditional hot sugar coated pastry – ‘Trdelník’.
For drinks it’s the season for hot mulled wine (sva?ené víno or sva?ák) and of course everything goes well with the famous Czech beers – Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar. Perfect for an afternoon of shopping around the Christmas markets.