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The Czech Republic is known for its reasonably cool summers and cold, humid winters. Depending on the type of weather you wish to experience, pay close attention to the seasonal climates. The overcast, moody winter around the Gothic areas of Prague may set the scene to enjoy a pint of Pilsner by a roaring tavern fire, while others will find the winter months a little too dark and dreary, especially during December.

Best Time to Visit the Czech Republic

Early fall is perhaps the best time to visit the Czech Republic, as this is when Prague is looking dreamy and fairytale-like and the number of visitors are not as high as in the peak summer months. Temperatures still tend to reach 58-64°F on a good day, but soon drop around early November, falling below 32°F on occasions. Mid-September to mid-October is more often than not dry and cool, with the added bonus of the national parks in full color.

Late spring and early summer tend to have the highest rainfall, but temperatures can easily climb over 70°F around May and June, with the peak weather in June and August climbing into the 90’s°F. Despite high forecasts, an umbrella and rain boots are essential.

Czech winters can be too harsh for some, especially those with health issues, but if you can hack it, Christmas is a beautiful sight to behold with the snow covered spires and roof tops of Prague’s Old Town lining decoratively lit streets. During late December, nighttime sets in around 4:00 p.m. and temperatures can drop to 15°F, leading many attractions to have reduced hours.

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