Famed for its iconic landscape, the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ is a destination that benefits from year-round tourism. In winter, visitors admire the cobbled streets and Gothic architecture through a dream like haze of snowflakes if they are lucky. But the summer season is just as magical, as the sun’s rays shine down on the city, the parks become alfresco dining spots and a cold, refreshing beer is never too far away. Here are some bright ideas for how best to enjoy Prague in the summertime…
The Vltava is the iconic river that cuts through the Czech Republic, slicing its way through the capital too, adding to the list of unforgettable sights in Prague. The picturesque waterway creates an opportunity for a wealth of pastimes and activities. Sunsets are best observed from the Charles Bridge, as the light show illuminates the glistening water below. Or perhaps you would like to take advantage of the balmy evenings and take to the water at dusk? There are a range of sunset cruises that exploit Prague’s postcard-worthy scenery perfectly.
When dreaming of Prague’s beautiful landscape, you may conjure up images of terracotta roofs and spires reaching high into the sky – and you certainly wouldn’t be mistaken – however, this European city is also remarkably green. Dotted around Prague’s 10 districts, you’ll discover an abundance of parks. In the summer months, when the sun is shining, these are the perfect places for a leisurely stroll or an alfresco dining experience.
Travelling around Prague is easy – you can choose to explore on foot, hop on the metro, or order an uber. But, when the season allows, the best way to travel has to be on two wheels. There are plenty of places to rent bikes and venture off on your own, soaking in the city’s incredible surroundings or you can choose to book in for a bike tour, where a guide will navigate the route for you, pointing out iconic sights along the way.
In the summer months, make the most of the favourable weather and enjoy an open-air cinema experience. The city is full of these fun pop-ups, but be sure to book in as they sell out quickly. Our top location picks include Zlute Lazne and Letna Park, which both boast beautiful river views and hold regular screenings. Some shows require you to take your own blanket to sit on, and we’d also suggest an extra layer of clothing for when the sun goes down.
If you’ve done your research on Prague then you’ll know that trdelník is a must-try, a traditional sweet treat of sugar and cinnamon coated pastry. In winter, it’s best served warm with a healthy amount of chocolate spread but in summer you’ll see it filled with different ice cream varieties. We suggest the method of trying a different flavour every day just to fully commit to the authentic local experience.
The Czech Republic is well known for its beer offering and so a trip to Prague wouldn’t be complete without a pint or two of the good stuff. Come summertime, the best way to experience it has to be alfresco. Take up a pew in one of the city’s many beer gardens for a balmy evening to remember. One of the most popular hangouts is the Letna Beer Garden but The Strahov Monastic Brewery is also worth a visit – sample their home brew from the comfort of their sun-drenched courtyard.