Prague in July
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
It’s pretty similar to June in that there’ll be many hot days followed by evening storms. There’s really nothing you can wear to offset the storms so just concentrate on what to wear when the storm has passed. So typically that’s what you will normally wear on a warm sunny day. A light windproof rain jacket will substitute nicely for bulkier clothing as you won’t need it very often. Bring sun cream for skin protection. Unless you are out before 7am then expect warm mornings from the start and note the daily forecast. The centre of Prague can be 2 degrees above the forecast high.
Eating and Drinking
A heavy lunch will leave you feeling like you need a siesta. Check my Top Czech Food Picks. Normally I recommend eating Czech food for lunch and a lighter meal in the evening but not for Prague in July or August. I reverse it as I know that walking around in hot conditions after a big meal is not good for you. If you have Czech food in the evening then try and finish eating by 7pm as you’ll need some digestion time before bed. And of course after all that walking you’ll appreciate a drink so find out what to expect from a Czech Beer. There’s also my own Czech Food and Beer Tasting tour if you want to combine culture with a couple of pubs and a nice meal.
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).
Cold soups and consommes are usually replacing the thicker winter soups.
Iced tea/coffee and Frapes will be more popular especially in the afternoons after 4pm when Czechs will be taking a cake break.
July 5th State Holiday of ST Cyril and ST Methodius
July 6th State Holiday of Jan Hus
Things to Do
This section covers Things To Do in Prague so as well as the stuff below also take a look at the Culture page for specifically booking tickets for Theatre and Concerts. Also check my Skip the Line post which will explain what to expect plus save you some time and money.
Livingpraguetours is my own offer of City Walking tours. I’m British and I’ve lived here for 23 years so you can look forward to a wealth of local and historical information delivered in Native English and I limit scheduled tours to groups of six. Private tours available. Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Lesser Town, Prague Castle, WW2 and beer tasting. Hundreds of excellent reviews from previous clients.
GetYourGuide offers a widespread selection of local things to do so it covers regular walking tours, food tours, river cruises, organised folklore/medieval dinners and bike tours. It also covers more activity related stuff like ballooning, skydiving and shooting plus half-day, all-day and overnight trips outside the city. Includes tour detail/operator and client reviews.
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. 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: Jaroslav Rona is better known for his bronze sculptures but he’s also an accomplished artist. The exhibition is located at the Robert Guttmann gallery at the back of the Spanish Synagogue. This is included in the Jewish Museum ticket or you can buy entry separately. https://www.prague.eu/en/event/22662/jaroslav-rona-drawings-from-elsewhere
Whole Month: A collection of Blacka and White photos that document the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is presented in the Imperial Castle Gardens at the “Queen Annes Palace” end. Closest tram stop is Kralvovsky Letohradek. https://www.prague.eu/en/event/23339/1989-fall-of-the-iron-curtain
Whole Month: Classical music concerts in various Prague locations. Details at https://praguesummernights.com/
Whole month: Jazzboat. What about some contemporary jazz and a scenic cruise combined (option to eat as well). Details on the Jazzboat page.
Until July 16th. Prague Proms. Various locations in the city with a selection of bands and musical genres. Read more on the Prague Proms post.
Until July 21st. New Town Hall. A lovely little photographic exhibition with pictures taken by children who are patients or have been patients at two of Prague’s Oncology and Haematology hospitals. Look at the New Town Hall post for location and also the Town Hall Pass post.
Until July 23rd. Free to enter quirky collection of Sports art/caricatures at the YMCA 8am to 8pm. https://www.prague.eu/en/event/23622/sport-sport
July 5th and 6th. Prague Harley days. The main event is at the Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holesovice but you’ll find pop-up groups of bikers all over the city.
July 5th to 7th. Prague Paddle Festival at Shooters Island. The main event is on the 7th but from the evening of the 5th there’s the opportunity to try out Paddleboarding. Food and drink available in the area and open-air music. Details at https://www.praguepaddlefest.cz/
July 8th and 9th. Bohemia Jazz Festival. Free-to-air jazz on the Old Town Square. Details at http://www.bohemiajazzfest.cz/
July 10th 1pm you’ll find the free-to-air performance of the Castle Guard Band in the 3rd Courtyard of Prague Castle.
July 10th to 14th. France comes to Prague in the form of an open-air 4 day festival on Kampa. Details at http://www.francouzskytrh.cz/en/
July 26th to 28th. Kampa Island hosts a three day Italian food and drink festival with stalls, cooking schools and workshops. Check the Kampa Island post for location.
Schools are out for summer so ironically there’ll be less people in the museums and galleries due to a lack of school trips.
July 6th marks the death of Jan Hus in 1415 our famous Catholic Reformer. As well as memorial events on the Old Town Square, if it’s a sunny afternoon make sure you get to Bethlehem Square (Betlemské Náměsti) between 1pm and 3pm to see the message coming from the sky.
Here with older kids? Then maybe they’d like to skip the history and spend an afternoon at the beach. Details on the Zlute Lazne page.
Prague in July sees the start of the mushroom picking season. Just make sure you know what you are doing by reading the Mushroom Picking page.
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