5 Enchanting Prague Christmas Markets for a Winter Escape

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5 Enchanting Prague Christmas Markets for a Winter Escape

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The Christmas atmosphere is always magical, but Prague covered in snow becomes the scene of a mystical fairy-tale from late November to New Year’s Eve. The Prague Christmas markets are the ideal place for some seasonal shopping. From the end of November you can wander through the markets scattered all around the city, and fill your bag with decorations, traditional Christmas cakes, wooden toys, Bohemian crystals and local crafts, as well as sampling some delicious traditional Czech Christmas food and drink.

Best Prague Christmas Markets

1. Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)

Prague Christmas Markets - Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)

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From 2nd December 2017 until 6th January 2018

As Prague Christmas markets go, this is one of the most well-known in Europe, and it’s also the largest in the country. As well as the traditional stalls check out the concert that runs each day. If you’re feeling traditional, explore the Nativity scene and its farmyard animals. There’s nothing like petting a goat to make you feel Christmassy, right? At night the huge Christmas tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights – it’s a special moment!

Where To Stay

Prague Square Hostel lies right on the Old Town Square and near the Astronomical Clock. Everything is within walking distance, and the market is on your doorstep!

2. Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

Prague Christmas Markets - Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

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From 2nd December 2017 until 6th January 2018

The second largest market in Prague is held in the lower part of Wenceslas Square in the heart of the historical centre of the city. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine (svařák in Czech), and taste Christmas specialities such as braided cake (vánočka). Most of the goods in this market are handmade so head here for wooden toys, gifts made of glass and iron and steel presents as the blacksmiths sell their creations.

Where To Stay

Hostel Miles is just 50m from Wenceslas Square meaning you barely have to stroll out the door before you find yourself in a Christmas wonderland – pass us the svařák!

3. Peace Square (Náměstí Míru)

Prague Christmas Markets - Peace Square (Náměstí Míru)

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From 20th November until 24th December 2017

Peace Square, in the heart of Vinohrady, is a must visit at any time of year. It’s steeped in history with stunning landmarks: National House of Vinohrady, the Church of St. Ludmila and the Vinohrady Theatre. Traditionally, it is the first market to open its doors with around sixty stalls. Smaller than the markets of the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, this it is mostly frequented by locals, ideal for an authentic experience!

Where To Stay

9.4 rated Post Hostel Prague is just under a 10 minute walk to the market, and near the beer gardens and city centre if you want to explore more of what the city has to offer.

4. Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky)

Prague Christmas Markets - Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky)

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From 25th November until 24th December 2017

The market of Republic Square is one of the best Prague Christmas markets if you want to get a taste of authentic Czech food. The hams are roasted on spits, sausages are prepared on the barbecue (klobasa) – super unhealthy but so tasty, cakes and pastries are prepared in front of you – try the “trdelník”, a pastry coated with hot sugar. To accompany all these delicacies, enjoy the famous Czech beers – Pilsner Urquell, Budvar and Staropramen.

Where To Stay

Old Prague Hostel is in the historical centre of Prague and just a few minutes walk away from the market.

5. Place Tylovo (Tylovo náměstí)

Prague Christmas Markets - Place Tylovo (Tylovo náměstí)

From 23rd November until 24th December 2017

The smallest Christmas market in Prague! Enjoy fewer people but perfect Christmas gift hunting: wooden toys and puppets for children, garnet jewellery (a stone local to the Czech Bohemia region) and crystal sculptures. If you have a sweet tooth, try the gingerbread or Medovina, a honey liquor. Warm up with a mulled wine and a spot of carol singing under the Christmas tree. Don’t forget your camera and your chapka (warm hat)!

Where To Stay

Hostel One Home is a super fun hostel, offering free dinner and parties, and is a 15 minute walk from the Place Tylovo market.

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There are SO many Prague Christmas markets to explore during the holiday season. Do you have a favourite? Are there any others you would recommend? Let us know!

 

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3 Responses to “5 Enchanting Prague Christmas Markets for a Winter Escape”

  1. Dresden is not on your list of christmas markets for some reason
    it the oldest christmas market in the world and probably the best.
    Having lived in Germany for 7 years i would not recommend Munich
    christmas market as it is very small held in Marian Platz and Prague
    you are more likley to have rain there .

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