Prague in January
Handling the Weather and What to Wear
The chart gives averages which are useful in terms of coldest/wettest months etc but if possible look for a 10-day forecast to see the weather trend and a 5-day forecast for more detail. If December has been cold then Prague in January will see the first snow that lays on the roofs and streets of the city. Although attractive it also means slippery cobbles so shoes and boots with grip are recommended. Average temperatures are around freezing so if you are intent on walking around then bring a pair of thermal leggings to wear under your jeans (you can build up layers on top i.e. shirt/jumper/jacket but your legs will get cold so wearing thermal leggings will help keep your feet warm as well). Hats and scarves will help deal with any wind-chill issues.
Eating and Drinking
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. To be honest, if visiting Prague in January then you are likely to be using meal times to get inside and warm up but if you do want to stay outside then you’ve got the Christmas Market options up to January 6th. Street food will include 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. If you want alcoholic drinks then look out for Hot Mulled Mine (Svarák), Hot Honey Wine (Medovina), Hot Cider (Mošt) and Hot water mixed with rum and lemon (Grog). I have my own recommended restaurants.
January 1st is a National Holiday. All state institutions are closed.
Festivals and Things to Do
If you are born in January then treat yourself to a piece of Bohemian Garnet because Garnet is your birthstone. Take a look at the Bohemian Garnet page.
January 1st usually at 6pm sees the Official Firework display. As the area on Letna Park is usually the launch point then you’ll get the best views from the riverside close to the Hotel Intercontinental and Rudolfinum. Details will be on the New Year page.
January 16th marks the day that Jan Palach self-immolated and January 19th marks the day he died. In this period but especially on those days you’ll find Czechs gathered at the top of Wenceslas Square or at his plaque on Námesti Jana Palacha (featured image above).
Prague in January sees the Euro Film Fest start late in the month and goes to Brno afterwards. www.eurofilmfest.cz
The Christmas Markets will be running until January 6th (we call it “Three Kings”). You can read what to expect on the Christmas Markets page.
Walking tours in January are still popular but you need to dress for it. Thermal top and leggings are recommended if the high temperature is 2 degrees C or less. Waterproof jackets if it’s raining or snowing. Cold but undeniably fun to stroll around the city in the snow. Take a look at the Old Town and Jewish Quarter walking tour.
The American Superbowl takes place and is usually shown at the Jama “the Hollow” pub.
Prague in January is usually wet or cold so if you want to stay inside then the city has a selection of Museums or you can access the Jewish Synagogues using the Jewish Museum Ticket or you’ve got several locations of the National Gallery.
Parks and Gardens are closed or will have restricted entry times.
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