Are you wondering where to go for the Christmas markets this Yuletide? Well look no further – Prague, the festive Czech capital is set to be as magical this Christmas period as always, with its romantically crisp surroundings and cheap prices. Don’t hesitate and book now for your Christmas market dates. What should you do at the markets this year? We’ll help you out…
1. Go to Wenceslas Square for some Christmas magic
Wenceslas Square at Christmas is a must see for Prague’s winter scenery. Often decked out with fantastic illuminations, this square will certainly amaze you in its ability to perfectly encapsulate festive cheer. In the square you will find all of the stalls to satisfy your Christmas shopping desires, and is wonderful to wander around both during the day and night.
2. Enjoy the sunset on Charles Bridge
The beauty of Prague is its wonderful sunsets and sunrises that take place no matter the time of year. In fact, they become even more spectacular during the winter season teamed with crisp cold winter evenings. This is the perfect backdrop to the Christmas market in Prague and the ornate bridge is a must see at the right time of day.
3. Eat Trdelník as you do your Christmas shopping
Also known as chimney cake, you cannot leave Prague without having tried the local delicacy, Trdelník. This is a type of sugar-coated spit cake that is usually roasted in front of you on the streets and can be enjoyed as you walk around. If you are a fan of cinnamon and walnuts, for you this is sure to be a taste sensation. Some of the other traditional Czech food that you have to try include the local meats and hams, and the klobása sausage.
4. Go to a local brewery and try the Czech beer
Prague is famous for its wonderful selection of beers, including Pilsner Urquell, Budvar or Staropramen, all of which are considered the best beer in Prague. The city is also host to a number of wonderful local breweries where you can head for a little dégustation. Or, alternatively, you can try the mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) to keep you toasty as you peruse the Christmas markets.
5. See the Christmas Tree in Old Town Square
One of the most impressive sights to see in Prague at Christmas has got to be the Christmas Tree imported from rural Bohemia for the main square. Along with Wenscelas Square (both are within 5 minutes walk of one another) they are the main hubs for the Prague Christmas markets.
6. Listen to the Christmas carols in Old Town Square
Prague does a wonderful job of showcasing its musical talent at Christmas time as you peruse the markets. In Old Town Square, children are dressed in traditional costume and in their choirs sing on stage for tourists and locals. Hopefully this is surely enough to get you in the spirit!
So do consider the Czech capital, Prague for the Christmas markets, which is guaranteed to be full of festive magic!