When to Go

Beautiful year-round, Prague is busiest over the Christmas and Easter holidays and during the summer months. Spring generally offers good weather, with a more relaxed level of tourism: flowers are blossoming, historic sites are open for business, and the Prague Spring International Music Festival is in full swing. Once fall arrives the trees are decked out with gold and scarlet leaves, and Czechs head to the woods in search of mushrooms (picking fungi is a time-honored pursuit here). In winter, crowd sizes and hotel costs drop along with the temperatures. You'll get a chance to see the photogenic capital blanketed in snow—the drawback is that some castles and museums (especially those outside of town) do close for the season. January and February usually bring the best skiing to Bohemian slopes, and finding a room at area ski resorts can be difficult. If you're not a skier, try visiting the mountains in late spring (April or May) or in fall, when the countryside is ablaze with brilliant colors and you have hotels and restaurants pretty much to yourself.

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