Prague in February
Handling the Weather and What to Wear
Prague in February is historically the coldest time of the year and it’s not uncommon to get periods of minus 10 degrees Celsius in the city. As with January, the clothing advice is to have thermal leggings available to you (they don’t take up much room in the bag and will significantly prevent cold legs and feet) or at a minimum, thermal socks. Gloves and a hat are useful for combating wind-chill and sunglasses will help if snow is blowing around. The ground will be frozen so thick-soled boots are advised and take small steps to avoid slipping either on ice or grit. If it’s windy then consider using lip balm to stop cracked lips.
Eating and Drinking
Visiting Prague in February you’ll find the Christmas Markets will have gone by now so there are fewer places on the squares to buy hot drinks but many restaurants and cafes will be serving things like Hot Mulled Mine (Svarák), Hot Honey Wine (Medovina), Hot Cider (Mošt) and Hot water mixed with rum and lemon (Grog). The only street food available will be sausages from the kiosks on Wenceslas Square and shops selling something called “Trdlo” or the smaller version “Trdelnik”. My advice for eating that is to buy a hot chocolate, tear bits of the Trdlo and dunk it. Restaurants will be serving thick Czech-style potato soup so look out for that. Check my top six Czech food picks for an introduction to the year-round classic meals and for more info look at the Czech food page. I have my own recommended restaurants.
There are no state holidays in February
Festivals and Things to Do
Prague Carnival season often gets going at the end of January but the bulk of the performances are in Prague in February. Not so much like a Western German Carnival, more like the theatrical Venetian kind. Expect organised performances all over the city. www.carnevale.cz
February 14th will see many restaurants, hotels and wellness centres offering special “Valentines Day” packages. There’ll be plenty of places to buy a red rose.
Coming to Prague in February, you may find the odd multi-site food festival in progress but in general it’s limited to internal events. During the day you have many museums, galleries and internal attractions to visit. Check my Jewish Museum page, my Museums page and my National Gallery page for additional info. In the evening you’ll find the National sport of Ice Hockey will be played so if you can’t make it to a game then at least you can watch it on TV. If you are going to Prague Nightlife venues and coming and going in “club wear” then make sure you have a taxi waiting when you go outside. My No Stress Guide to Using Prague Taxis will help you avoid any issues.
There are several places of varying quality that offer wellness services from massages to saunas etc. Most of the Thai massage places do not require a reservation and can get you off a cold street for 15-30 minutes. Check the Wellness page to see options.
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