Prague in November
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 at least 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. Hot drinks like Hot Mulled Mine (Svarák), Hot Honey Wine (Medovina), Hot Cider (Mošt) and Hot water mixed with rum and lemon (Grog) will be available again in the cafes and restaurants (vodka shots will help as well). Farmers markets are now closed until spring so if you are a foodie you’ll have to make do with one of the Prague Food Tours.
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.
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/
If it’s cold then what about warming the cockles of your heart with a shot or two of whisky. There’s a 2 day “Whisky Life” event (ticketed) on 3rd and 4th November at the New Town Hall (close to Charles Square). www.whiskylifeprague.cz/
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.
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.
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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