Prague in June
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
Prague in June sees the hottest weather of the year so far and brings the associated 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 and add a little extra salt to your meals on sunny days. You’ll probably wearing shorts most of the day but you might want a long shirt or the light jacket first thing in the morning. It’s hayfever time in Czech so bring your antihistamine with you.
Eating and Drinking
It could be wet or it could be warm so my advice is to plan some meals in scenic locations if the weather turns against you. I list options on the scenic restaurants page or there’s a boat called Ristorante Marina docked at Manes Bridge by the Rudolfinum which gives great views of the river, castle and Charles Bridge. Take a look at either my Top Czech Food Picks or for a more comprehensive guide, the Czech Food page. Don’t fancy restaurants? then check the Hot Street Food guide.
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).
The cold Spanish soup called Gazpacho makes it’s first appearance of the year.
Trdlo filled with ice-cream will be more popular from June onwards though it does work out more expensive for the actual ice-cream.
There are no State holidays in June
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. 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.
June 1st and 2nd. Catch the last two days of the Prague Fringe Festival, Comedy, Music and theatrical styled events. Read more about venues, performances and prices.
June 1st to June 6th. Last week of the Prague Spring Music Festival which should finish @June 6th. Details on the Music Festival page.
June 1st to June 25th. Tanec Praha (Dance and Movement) usually runs throughout June with a dance festival and training workshops at the Ponec Theatre. www.tanecpraha.cz
June 2nd (or the first Saturday in June). Childrens Day is not a holiday but there will be celebrations across Prague. Definitely check the Zlute Lazne page to see if they have something planned.
June 9th. Museum Night. Many of Prague’s museums, galleries and cultural centres open until the early hours. Check what’s on where on the Museum night page.
June 9th. Den Kozel is a one-day beer and music festival about 15Km south of Prague (accessible by train) on the second Saturday in June. Details on the Den Kozel page.
June 10th is a commemoration day. After the death of the World War II Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich on June 4th following the assassination attempt on May 27th the Nazi’s exacted retribution by destroying two Czech villages. Read about one of them, the National Memorial at Lidice which was obliterated on June 10th. This story and others is included in the Prague World War Two walking tour.
June 10th. Robotic Day at the Prague Congress Centre. http://roboticday.org/2018/programme/
June 21st to 24th. United Islands of Prague is a free-to-enter music festival largely located on the riverside and the islands upriver from the Charles Bridge. It’s a 3-day event. Read more on the United Islands page.
June 19th to July 19th. Prague Proms is a two week event spanning June and July. It’s part classical and part jazz depending on the performer and venue. Watch out as some performances are only in Czech. Read more on the Prague Proms page.
June 22nd and 23rd. Metronomefest is a paid-entry music festival (book tickets early for discounts) and draws top names. Its a 2-day event. Read more about Metronomefest.
June 29th to July 1st. Mystic Skate Cup is a 3 day event located on Stvanice Island on the river Vltava opposite the Hilton hotel. Professional standard with concerts and DJ’s during the evening. www.mysticsk8cup.cz.
Rose Celebration (Cesky Krumlov) is a 3 day event in mid-June. www.slavnostipetilisteruze.eu.
The Shakespeare Festival begins in June and stretches to September. Performances in Prague are usually at Prague Castle and are in Czech but so long as you know the play you’ll be able to follow it. www.shakespeare.cz (program published from April).
You’ll need to buy tickets online to go to events at the Prague Spring Music Festival, Metronomefest (except club Thursday) and the Prague Proms. United Islands of Prague and Den Kozel are free to enter. Most of the “Band” music is towards the end of the month but always check Shooters Island to see if anything is going on there. June sees the river really burst into life with places to go down by the riverside. It also becomes popular to rent a peddalo and sail around Shooters Island. The longest day is June 21st.
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