In December European cities start to transform into magical places. This fairytale takes on the smell of festive treats, brightens up with thousands of lights, and all of it has the greatest soundtrack — Christmas carols. Prague isn't an exception. This medieval town reminds of a winter wonderland. Let's take a closer look at what the Czech capital may offer you during the holiday season.
Explore the charming Christmas markets
Christmas Markets are dotted around the city, but the most picturesque one is located on the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Also, you can visit the Old Town Tower for a wonderful view of the cinematic decorations. The closer the holiday, the more crowds come to the center of the city. If it is too much for you, check smaller markets at Prague Castle, Havel’s Market, Kampa Island, or on Republic Square. Markets in Prague start working on the 2nd of December and finish on the 6th of January, so you'll have enough time to browse it. Make sure you have your comfortable shoes and warm clothes – Prague arouses a desire to walk all day long.
Watch The Nutcracker Ballet
We don't know the performance that possesses a more joyful atmosphere than a Nutcracker ballet and Swan Lake ballet. Don't skip the chance to spend the night with breath-taking orchestras, choirs, and dance performances. Prague's theatre is as stunning as watching the Opera in Vienna but at a much lower price. Plan your evening in advance because tickets are sold really fast. Check the websites of the National Theatre of Prague, the Estates Theatre, and the Karlin Theatre.
Take a cruise on the Vltava river
Prague can be really bustling at Christmas so slow down the pace on a relaxing river cruise and see all the best sightseeing of Prague from a different perspective. Cruise boats depart hourly so you'll have your chance to enjoy the view with coffee and a camera. Don’t worry – there is full heating in winter.
Visit Vltava river at night
Prague at night has an even more magical view because of the combination of Christmas lights and the cities’ usual radiance. Take a walk from the Prague Dancing House down to the Charles Bridge and see it by yourself. If you're lucky enough and the temperature goes below 0°C, the Vltava river freezes over and becomes the world’s most beautiful ice-skating location.
Taste the Trdelnik
Trdelnik is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. This amazing Czech dessert is cooked on every corner of Prague and you'll love it. If you want to try the different flavors, you may find the delicious ones at the Good Food Coffee and Bakery at 8 Karlova (the main street that connects Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square).
Trdelnik is a great snack, but you'll probably want to drink after it. Try to Czech beverage Svařák. It tastes like English mulled wine or German gluhwein, but it has the more vibrant flavor of citrus to balance out the sugars.
What to buy in Prague’s Christmas markets
Christmas markets offer a wide range of stuff that is worth your attention: toys, dishes with national ornaments, spices, souvenirs, incense, and candles. Also, you may find handwoven clothes, garnet rings, iced pernick cookies, and seasonal potpourri. If you are looking for an authentic Czech souvenirs, markets offer Marionettes, Becherovka Herbal Liqueur, or Bohemian Glass. The main markets are located from Wenceslas Square to Republic Square, and in the Old Town Square, and here you can find a plethora of small shops selling art, crystal, and tourist knick-knacks.
What’s about transport
Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. You can go by subway, trams, and buses. But if you want to travel outside the city, the car would be the best choice. You can rent one in GetRentacar. It’s a rental service from local owners with better prices. About 50 cars are available in Prague at this moment. There are Audi, Mercedes, Hyundai, Peugeot, Skoda, and others. Price starts at $40 per day. Use promo VALENTINA5 to get a discount.