Czech Republic climate
Winters in the Czech Republic are cold and snowy, and temperatures can be as low as -30 C. Summers are the opposite and can get as hot as 32 C.
When to fly to Czech Republic
The best time to visit is from May to September when days are warm and nights cool. The European summer is the tourist high season.
Discounts can be had on accommodation and Czech Republic flights during the winter months, especially outside Prague.
Getting around Czech Republic
Domestic Czech Republic flights are available between Prague and other main cities and are the quickest way of crossing the country.
The bus and train networks are excellent and inexpensive. Not everyone will speak English, so it can sometimes be confusing working out where to get off (or on). Buses are not luxurious.
There is a metro in Prague which is a very easy way of getting around the city.
The following chart gives approximate journey times from Prague (in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Czech Republic.
Czech Republic insider information
- Most visitors to the Czech Republic come to its capital Prague, the city of a hundred spires. Its elegant medieval streets and buildings are a draw year-round, even in the winter, when the romance of a city blanketed in snow appeals to tourists. There is a host of attractions to visit, restaurants to eat at, bars to drink in and bridges to be crossed. Slightly off the usual tourist path is the Jewish cemetery in the Jewish quarter of town. The gravestones are piled high, because for centuries it was the only place in town where Jews were allowed to be buried. Today it is a quiet break from the bustle of the city.
- Brno is the centre of the Moravian province; a cultural and beautiful town that rivals Prague for attractions, if not visitor numbers. Hrad Spilberk, or Spilberk Castle, is a must-visit. The castle is 800 years old and has had many uses throughout the ages, including that of local prison during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and again with the Nazi invasion. It now houses a museum about the prison life and the City Art Museum. The castle is open daily except Mondays.
- In the Bohemian part of the country is Kutna Hora, a town that prospered on the local silver mines. One of the more unusual sights in town is the “bone church” in the suburb of Sedlec. The church was built in the 15th century in the middle of a cemetery and the bones that were unearthed during its construction were simply piled up inside. But it was in 1870 that the church got its unusual decorations, when a monk used the bones to decorate the interior. Most famous is a huge chandelier, which is said to contain one of every bone in the human body. There is a small entrance fee.