Prague in November
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Handling the Weather and What to Wear
Expect a good chance that the freezing weather will be returning. Mid to late November generally sees the first snow and although it will not lay on the ground it does give rooftops a nice look. You can still wear regular shoes and trainers but boots are recommended. Average temperatures should be around 5 degrees C give or take a couple but in Prague it will still feel warmer because the ground is starting to give up it’s warmth. November to March sees roughly the same amount of rainfall but note that it will start getting windy so if it’s cold you’ll appreciate gloves and a hat that covers your ears. It’s worth packing thermal socks if you feel the cold.
Eating and Drinking
Winter food including thick soups are definitely back on the menu. You’ll appreciate the heavy but warming Czech food options at lunch and if you want to try the classic stuff then take a look at my top six Czech food picks. Specifically for November 11th (or the weekend after) take a look at the St Martins Festival post. Hot drinks will be available again in the cafes and restaurants (vodka shots will help as well). Check the Prague Markets and Hot Street Food post for what to expect and tips. Take a look at the Pay by Weight post to understand how that works here. There’s my Six Hot Alcoholic Drinks post to keep you warm and there’s also my Why we don’t eat Zebra post.
November 17th State Holiday of the Velvet Revolution
Festivals and Things to Do
Note that November is officially the first winter month so many parks and gardens either close or restrict their entry times. Peddalos and other river small boat hire will close.
November 2nd is “All Souls Day” or “Day of the Dead” so take a trip to any of the cemeteries in the city especially after dark to see thousands of lit candles. It’s also the commemoration day for the people that have died in the River Vltava (ceremony on Childrens Island).
Strings of Prague finishes during November. It’s much like the Prague Proms earlier in the year in that its a “crossover” i.e a mixture of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Ticketed events at different venues. www.strunypodzimu.cz/en/home-en/
During the whole of November you can see the powerful Ai Wei Wei project called “Law of the Journey” which is an artistic venture into displaying the hazzards faced by migrants attempting to get to Europe. Read the National Gallery post and you’ll want the Veletržni Palace in Prague 7.
DOX is always on my list for somewhere to go. Until January you can see their “Airship” exhibition. Great to see an idea come to life, get built and be used. You can find out more about their place in Holešovice at the DOX Exhibition Centre page.
Throughout November in Prague the National Technical Museum in Letna Park is hosting a great “Optical Illusions” exhibition. Five rooms with more than 30 examples of how we can be deceived. Some interactive, all fun. Check the Klamarium webpage.
November 23rd 5pm-6.30pm on the riverside next to the Hergetova Cihelna restaurant will be a charity event run by Letni Dum. It’s a childrens’ charity. You’ll be able to buy hot food and drink as well as lanterns to light and let go on the river. There’s also a light show and as a little bonus a band called HAMM Jazz will be performing for free. www.letnidum.cz/reka-prani.
11th November is St Martin’s day and the one-day festival largely revolves around food and specifically, goose. Almost all restaurants in the centre will have a St Martin’s goose menu and be serving special St Martin’s wine. Read all about this on the St Martins Festival post.
Definitely pay a visit to the 17.11.1989 memorial plaque (pictured above) in Narodni just 20 metres from the Cafe Louvre. You’ll recognise the spot by the hundreds of candles on the pavement or read So you think you know about the Velvet Revolution
Imagine that you go blind. The guys at the New Town Hall have an exhibition which scarily puts you in that position. www.neviditelna.cz/en/
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