Prague is always a treat with its baroque palaces, winding streets and ornate bridges spanning the Vlatva. But perhaps the best time to visit is during the spring. Just as winter begins to release its grip, but before the height of summer brings an endless stream of tourists in its wake, you’ll find that the blooming flowers aren’t Prague’s only attraction.
Bohemian Carnival (February – March 2014)
Spring time in Prague is synonymous with cultural festivals such as the Bohemian Carnival where you’ll find people taking to the cobbled streets in fanciful costumes and masks that may have you thinking you’ve somehow ended up in Venice rather than Prague. The unbeatable carnival atmosphere will no doubt have you agreeing that city breaks to Prague are popular all year long but are exceptional during the spring season.
Easter Markets (April 2014)
Another delightful feature of Prague in the springtime are the Easter markets situated in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square from 5th to 27th April 2014. Handcrafts are on plentiful display such as ornate metalware, crystal and glassware, beautiful wooden toys and, of course, painstakingly decorated Easter eggs which can be personalised if you wish. The enticing smell of traditional Czech foods fill the air which are prepared as you watch. Perhaps you’ll try some genuine Czech beer between mouthfuls of delicious klobasa, or maybe you’ll sample a hot drink you’ve never tried before. Add to this gastronomic mix an array of energetic street dancers and performers, and you have a full blown cultural experience.
Spring International Music Festival (May – June 2014)
Classical music aficionados will love the Prague Spring International Music Festival which takes place between 12th of May to 3rd June 2014. The festival pulls in talent from all over the world with performances being held in various venues throughout the city. While the opening ceremony is usually held in the Municipal Hall, other venues include the Church of Our Lady, the National Theatre and the Vysehrad Cemetery, all providing the perfect backdrop for the biggest music festival in the Czech calendar.
Festival of Czech Beer (May 2014)
No visit to Prague could possibly be complete without sampling some of its world famous beers, and what better time to partake than during the Festival of Czech Beer which takes place every year in May? Given that it runs for 2 weeks, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample from over 80 different Czech beers, some well known, some not so well known. You’ll find an assortment of meats, cheeses and delicious breads on hand to perfectly complement your chosen beverage.
So, whether it’s the markets with all their fascinating wares, its classical music, plentiful baroque architecture, or its homegrown beer, Prague is the ideal choice for the perfect spring city break.
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