Prague in March
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
Prague in March sees a turn in the weather as after February it will steadily get warmer. March is notoriously difficult to pack for. It can be freezing but there will not be the intense minus 10 periods anymore but along with the increase in temperature it will become slightly wetter and more windy. With an average temperature of 12 degrees it’s unlikely that you’ll need to bring thermal leggings unless you really feel the cold. Whereas Prague in January and February required real cold weather clothing, Prague in March requires the waterproof aspect so March usually sees the arrival of ponchos and umbrellas. Daytime temperatures can be anything between 5 and 23 degrees Celsius so check your 10 day weather forecast to see what’s coming. Late March sometimes sees unusually warm weather. However if you are outside in the sun you can still expect a fresh wind and evenings will be cold so you might be able to get away with a jumper and a light jacket.
Eating and Drinking
Prague in March does not generally see outdoor seating (unless they use space heaters) but this can change if the long term forecasts show no cold fronts coming in which case the tables and chairs go out early. There will will still be winter food on the menus like “Bramborova Polevka” (Potato Soup). 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. For hot drinks then restaurants and cafes will put a stall outside for things like Hot chocolate, 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.
If Easter falls in March then both the Good Friday and Easter Monday are National Holidays. Good Friday has only recently become a national holiday (previously it was only a school holiday) but the Monday has always been considered as the official State holiday so institutions will be closed on that day.
March 30th Jewish Festival of Pesach begins (Prague’s Jewish Quarter sights closed on 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th days of Passover).
Festivals and Things to Do
Prague Castle Partial Closure: The Old Royal Palace will be closed to the public from 5th to 10th for maintenance and setting up for the Presidential swearing-in. Other historic buildings and ST Vitus are open but expect general delays for security checks during this time.
Prague in March often coincides with Easter so expect the Easter Markets to be on the squares.
Permanent Exhibition. Langweils Model at the Prague City Museum. There’s other stuff there as well but I recommend a trip here on any cold day.
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 sees the St Matthews funfair in the Holesovice Exhibition grounds. Great on a sunny day with rides running from 1pm until 9pm (hour later at the weekend). Map/address and attraction details at http://www.matejskapout.cz/ (in Czech but if gives you an idea what to expect)
Whole month sees the interactive and multimedia Hieronymous Bosch (artist) event at the Holesovice Exhibition Grounds. English language version of the webpage mentions Russia but it’s definitely here. http://boschalive.com/en/main
March 1st to 15th. Last chance for some external ice-skating at the Franciscan playground by the riverside about 200 metres from the Hotel Intercontinental. http://www.hristenafrantisku.cz/brusleni.php . It’s CZK50 to hire skates and a deposit of CZK500. If you look at the website it’s the text “bruslení pro veřejnost” which means skating for the public.
March 10th has a free-to-enter (you pay for food) single day international food festival in the courtyard of the New Town Hall. Get the map at https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/206/new-town-hall-novomestska-radnice. The Tower is closed in March.
It’s still opera season but it will start winding down throughout March. There’ll still be performances on so the check the Culture page for details. If you are looking for more “Dance” oriented productions then look at the Laterna Magika schedule.
March 17th sees all the Irish Bars trying to out do each other in their ST Patricks Day celebrations.
One World Film Festival (in Czech its jeden svet) is an International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. www.oneworld.cz/festival/
Febiofest is a National film festival that starts in Prague (in the past the venue has been the Village Cinema in Andel) and then goes around the country. www.febiofest.cz
Parks and gardens are generally closed.
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