Are you planning to visit Prague and the beautiful Christmas markets this year? Here are some pieces of advice and recommendations that will help you enjoy Prague even more!
You might not find all the advises suiting you, but there will for sure be some of them that will inspire you or help you in the planning process.
If you have further advice to share or maybe a question, use the comment field at the bottom of this article.
Prague Christmas market recommendations
1) Live in the center of Prague
Prague is a big city, and it is a city with hotels and apartments spread around here and there. You might be tempted as you do your booking to reserve space in a cheap hotel. That might be reasonable, but do not forget that if you book a cheap hotel far outside the city center, you will most likely spend the saved amount on cabs and public transportation traveling between the city center and your hotel. And let us not forget, you will also lose valuable time that could be spent doing Christmas market shopping.
If you want to live in a hotel in the heart of Prague, close to the Christmas markets at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square, these are hotels you should consider: Hotel Rott, Hotel Melantrich, or Hilton Old Town hotel.
2) Use the local currency
It might be tempting to pay with Euro as it is a currency easier to understand and grasp than the Czech Koruna. But, if you decide to pay with Euro at the Christmas markets and in stores around Prague, you will soon discover that you pay more than you would have if you had used the local currency. As a result, we recommend everyone to pay with card or with the local currency. You can not pay with VISA/MasterCard at many of the stands at the Christmas markets, so when cash is needed, use CZK instead of Euro. The easiest way to get hold of the local currency is by using an ATM. If you decide to use an exchange office instead, we recommend that you compare 2-3 offices and do the exchange at the one with the best rates.
3) Do not travel with hand luggage only
We live in a time where we save money by not paying for checked in luggage on our flights. That is fantastic and good, but you will suffer if you come to Prague without any checked in luggage. Well, you do not need checked-in luggage as you come to Prague, but you will for sure want to have checked in luggage on your return. At the Christmas markets and in the local stores you will find lots of products that you want to bring home. Maybe you want to bring samples of Czech beers? You cannot bring those with you in a hand-luggage! If you decide to buy clothes, bags or maybe some sausage or other cool products, you need the extra space! Take this into consideration as you plan your trip to the Christmas markets in Prague!
4) Arrive with style
Would you like to arrive in Prague with style? Do you want to check in at your hotel as soon as possible? Let us take care of your airport transfer! We can arrange for a normal cab to pick you up at the airport, or we can arrange with a limousine to pick you up. Both transfer types are great, but if you want real Christmas style and make the transfer an experience, you will never forget, the limo transfer is a big hit.
You can read more about airport transfers in Prague right here.
5) Taste things you haven’t eaten before
Life is only as interesting and exciting as we make it. Do not be boring, but open up your mouth to new tastes as you come to Prague. At the Christmas markets, you will find lots of tasty meat, sausages, and sweets. Why not taste them all? Do not eat all the traditional and safe food, but experience tastes and food that you haven’t seen, smelled or tasted before. We believe you will be surprised as you discover that the stuff you haven’t tasted before is really tasty, and you might want to repeat the success day after day at the Christmas markets in Prague.
6) Book the most important activities right away
Tens of thousands of people come to Prague for the sole reason of enjoying the Christmas markets. These people all spend several hours at the Christmas markets, but they also spend time enjoying programs such as river cruises, guided tours, excursions and fine dining at restaurants all around Prague. With such an invasion of tourists, you will often find restaurants to be packed, and it can be hard to find free tables. As a consequence, we recommend that you book the most important activities, events and tables as early as possible. Would you like to go on a river cruise while in Prague for the Christmas markets? Read more about
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7) Stay warm
You might be at the most wonderful place on planet, but if you are freezing, you will not have a good time no matter what. When you come to Prague in December you should be prepared for cold temperatures, a cold wind and maybe some snow. If you get a combination of all three at the same time, you are likely to feel very cold, at least if you did not follow this advice: Bring warm clothes with you to Prague! You can not enjoy the Christmas markets in Prague if you are freezing. You should rather bring to much warm clothes. Some ladies will on purpose bring to little, giving them an excuse to do some extra shopping, but if you want to avoid those bonus visits to the fashion stores in Prague, bring clothes with you from home!
8) Watch out for your belongings
The Old Town Square is often packed with people, and where there are crowds, there are thieves. It isn’t very often you will bump into pick-pockets in Prague, but it happens from time to time, and it can totally destroy your day if you are the unlucky person. Therefore, take care of your belongings and you will have no trouble with pick-pockets as you visit the Christmas markets in Prague or the other popular areas in town.
9) Discover some new areas in Prague
Those who have been to Prague several times might look for inspiration for new programs. Read our article on hidden gems in Prague for you to discover, and you might get some good ideas.
10) Have you got some recommendations and good advice?
Have you been to the Christmas markets in Prague and tasted something you want to recommend to everyone else? Did you experience something you want to tell the world about? Use the comment field beneath to share your thoughts, experiences or to ask your questions!