Prague in August
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
With the odd temporary exception either July or August will have the hottest days of the year. The evenings are usually warm and balmy and any rain can come as a relief in many ways. This is the month where you pay extra for air conditioning in the room. On the hottest days of the year the river will look very appealing for a quick dip but remember that people drown in it every year (mountain water, cold induces cramp very quickly). An umbrella will be useful mainly to provide shade when you need it and also for light showers. Caps or hats are recommended to keep the sun off your head. A light shirt with long sleeves may feel cooler than a tight t-shirt. Bring sun cream for skin protection.
Eating and Drinking
In August it’s not unknown for Czechs to switch to a 4 or 5 meal day. Czechs would normally have a light breakfast but in the very hot weather they tend to cut out the heavy lunch and instead take a lighter lunch and add a couple of “snack” periods (especially afternoon coffee and cake). This keeps the energy up for the whole day. Though a cold drink is popular at main meals, the “snack” breaks will often have a hot teas, especially a hot fruit or herbal tea. Take a look at my Top Czech Food Picks which I recommend as the evening meal in hot months and especially learn about Czech Beer. Plus I make my own recommendations for Scenic Restaurants.
Avoid packets of condiments in baskets on tables in the direct sun, especially mayonnaise.
Keep hydrated by sipping at a bottle of water and add a little extra salt to your meals on sunny days to replenish what you are losing as you sweat (helps to prevent headaches caused by dehydration).
There are no State holidays in August
Festivals and Things to Do
A Guided Walking Tour For Less than the Price of a T-Shirt
You think guided tour – too expensive! or you don’t want to be in a big group or struggle understanding the guide. No problem there as for less than the price of a T-Shirt you can do a tour with me in Native English and it’s limited to 6 people. Entertaining, highly rated tours, 2.5 hours, great value and a great experience. If you are used to taking guided tours or even if you want to try it for the first time, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll remember it long after you’ve left the city. Tips on eating and drinking, saving money, avoiding queues and lesser known places to visit. All included.
Take a look at the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Hidden Secrets or the Prague City Walking Tour.
Permanent Exhibition. Karel Zeman Museum. Remember the days before CGI and digital film effects. Well Karel Zeman blazed that path. Great place for adults and kids to see how basic special effects were achieved in the early 20th Century. http://www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz/en
Permanent Exhibition. Jewish Prague. The Jewish Museum is a collection of different sites including Synagogues, a Ceremonial Hall, Cemetery and Gallery. Check the Jewish Museum post for ticket details and discounted entry tips.
Permanent Exhibition. Invisible. It’s possibly the strangest 90 minutes you’ll ever spend and much of it in total darkness. Welcome to the world of the blind and this is definitely something that will make you reassess your life. http://neviditelna.cz/en/ book online to find a tour in your language.
Whole month. Jazzboat. What about some contemporary jazz and a scenic cruise combined (option to eat as well). Details on the Jazzboat page.
Whole Month. Renaissance dining and music event at the Martinicky Palace. Check the event page.
Whole month. New Town Hall. Site of one of the oldest town halls in the city. Gorgeous architecture, a black history and terrific city views from the tower viewing gallery. Details on the New Town Hall post.
Whole month (Thursdays). Every Thursday at 5pm there’s a free classical music performance at the Wallenstein Garden.
Bi-Weekly. There’s a bi-weekly food festival and open-air cinema in the garden of Cross Club close to the Holesovice metro station (they call it Street Food JAM and it usually runs 10am-6pm). Check their website for directions and dates www.crossclub.cz.
August 6th to 12th. Prague Pride will see a week of Prague LGBT celebrations beginning on the 6th. www.praguepride.cz
Letni Letna Circus starts in mid-August and is a 2 week event in Letna Park which brings together groups of internationally renowned acrobats and performing arts groups. www.letniletna.cz.
On August 21st at 12pm there will be a free-to-air concert on Wenceslas Square commemorating the events of August 21st 1968 (Prague Spring).
Prague in August sees “Hradozamecka noc” which means Castle and Chateau night. It’s a national event in the last week of August. In Prague the main action will be in the Prague Castle Landscaped Gardens atrium and Wallenstein Palace/Gardens. More detail here but it forwards only to Czech language content.
This is the 15th anniversary of some of the worst flooding in Prague. You can see lots of photos of what it looked like here in an external exhibition in Kampa Park. Free to view. If you want a first hand account of what it was like then read about the 2002 Flood.
Last weekend of August in Prague sees UMTRH which is basically an open air collection of performing arts usually located at the back of the Hotel Intercontinental. Concerts, films, lightshows, book readings. See their website for details www.umtrh.cz.
Foodparade is one of the last major food festivals of the year. It’s a weekend event so check the dates and location (usually Troja Chateau) on their webpage. www.foodparade.cz.
The Auditeorganum is located at the beautiful ST James Basilica starting in August and ending in September. It’s both a organ playing festival and competition. Evenings from 7pm and ticketed. www.auditeorganum.cz/
Naplavka riverside market and Foodie place will be open each Saturday and there’s a flea market on the river.
The forests around Prague in August will be alive with people picking mushrooms so read about that on the Mushroom picking page.
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