Visiting Prague at Christmas has been a dream of mine since I read the book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Set amongst the city’s wintery streets, this magical story follows the tale of Karou, an art student who lives between Prague’s historic lanes and a monster’s workshop (filled, incidentally, with teeth and bones). The book, filled with lyrical descriptions of Prague and its gothic spires, not only had me captivated – but determined to visit the city during the winter.
Finally escaping the sofa just after Christmas, we decided to seize the moment and board an early flight to Prague; booking just a few nights in this gothic city. With the UK abruptly packing up Christmas – the festive period disappearing the moment the last of the turkey had been scraped into the bin – we were instead headed to a place where celebrations were still in full swing and, as the story suggests, magic lurked behind every door.
Our long weekend exploring Prague was the ideal way to keep the festivities alive. In fact, exploring the city after Christmas, rather than arriving before, probably comes recommended. With the stress of gift shopping and family politics out of the way, all that is left to do is relax and enjoy all that this city has to offer.
Below is a complete guide to visiting Prague at Christmas, including how to get around the city, what to see and where to eat. From the tourist hotspots of the Old Town Square and Prague’s Castle, to its quirkier, lesser-known museums, this guide will ensure that you get the very best from a wintery break in this spellbinding city.