My favourite places to visit in Prague in May 2024, including travel tips, weather and what to pack when you are heading off to Prague in spring.
Spring is an amazing time to spend in Prague, the days are getting warmer, the cherry trees are in full bloom and there are a lot of outdoor events to choose from.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Is May a good month to visit Prague?
Yes, most definitely! The weather is much warmer and the days are longer than in previous months.
There is daylight until nearly 8-9 pm, which means you can pack even more things to see into your day.
Even if you have only one day in Prague, you can see the main attractions and walk around the main points of interest.
May is just outside the main tourist season, which means there are fewer people around (and it’s easier to avoid the crowds in the centre) and it should be easier to book your accommodation.
Early May is also a great time to visit as some tourist attractions and places that are not usually open to the public are open for free for the national holidays.
GETTING AROUND PRAGUE
- How to get from Vaclav Havel Airport to the centre of Prague >>
- How best to use public transport in Prague >>
- The complete guide to the tram network in Prague >>
What is the weather like in May?
Prague is located in the west part of the Czech Republic, which is surrounded by higher hills and mountains. Because of that, the weather can be quite stable and there is not as much wind as for example in London or England.
If I wanted to be flippant, I would say, that it’s the first month of spring where you can be sure that there won’t be any snowfall. At least not in Prague! But, seriously… Most days in May are very warm (up to 14 C in the shade, but much warmer in the sun), but you’ll still need a second layer in the morning.
It also doesn’t rain as much as in March and April (there is about 8 days of rain on average), so all around its great weather for visiting.
If you don’t like hot weather, May is the last month before autumn I would suggest for your Prague visit.
Temperature in May
The day temperatures could be as low as 10 Celsius and as high as 20 C during the later part of the May.
The night temperatures (and early mornings) can be anything from 5-7 C to 10 Celsius, so it can still feel quite cold. The ground is still cold from the winter and the sun doesn’t have enough time to warm the soil during the day.
Day light during May
At the beginning of May, the day light starts from about 5.40 am and the sun set is around 20.20 pm.
By the middle of May, this changes to day light appearing shortly after 5.15 am and the sunset is around 20.40 pm.
By the end of the of May, the sun rises at 5 am and the sunset is at 9 pm.
This means that by the end of May you have just over 16 hrs of a day light to explore Prague!
PRACTICAL TRAVEL TIPS
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- Things to avoid doing in Prague (and what to do instead) >>
- How to avoid tourist traps >>
What to pack for your visit to Prague in May
Although the weather is getting warmer, I always find that I need at least two layers. On occasion, you might be fine with with a t-shirt, but jumper or a fleece as a second layer is necessary in the morning or evening.
I always wear comfortable walking shoes (mainly light trainers or leather shoes) as it’s still a little cold from the ground up (and you have cobbled stones everywhere…).
Light rain jacket (or an umbrella) is also useful to have as the weather can change quickly during the day and I can never be without a scarf!
When I’m heading for a day trip from Prague I usually catch a very early train, so I always pack extra layers with me, including a fleece hat.
Important Dates in May
There are two dates in May, 1s May – The Labour Day and the 8th May – Day of Victory, that are celebrated as a National Holiday and most people have the day off from work.
Offices, banks and similar types of businesses are very likely to be closed for the public holidays, but shopping centres, restaurants, coffee places and most tourist attractions will remain open.
1st of May
This is an international day of Labour and before 1989 this day was celebrated with processions, concerts and other happenings. You might still see a procession nowadays, but it’s probably more to do with celebrating spring and love, than work!
8th of May
This day celebrates the defeat of the German army in the Czech Republic by Russian and American army.
There are always events to celebrate this, but it’s also a day when a lot of official buildings are open to visitors. Buildings such as the Parliament, State Rooms at the Prague Castle or the Czech Television studios are open for free to visitors.
18 May – International day of museums
It’s worth remembering this day, because many museums (especially the main ones such as the National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square) are open for free or have a very symbolic entry fee (last year it was 1 CZK).
My favourite things to do in Prague in May
Prague Marathon is held usually the first weekend in May. The route is similar to the half-marathon which is held in April.
You’ll run through the historical parts of Prague, including Prague historic bridges, Old Town Square and the Kings route. Whether you are taking part or not, be aware that the Prague Marathon is very popular and accommodation gets booked up very quickly.
It’s also worth remembering that during the Marathon, some areas, especially the centre will be closed for traffic and access to tourist attractions, restaurants and other places in the centre will be limited, with some roads closed from early morning.
Listen to the concert during the United Islands of Prague festival 1-4 May 2024
The United Islands of Prague is an annual music festival that takes place on the river Vltava islands in Prague, including the Kampa and Shooter’s Island.
The festival was first held in 2004 and has since become one of the most popular music events in the city. The festival features a diverse lineup of local and international artists, with performances across multiple stages and genres, including indie rock, electronic, hip hop, and more.
The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year and it’s really popular with locals. In addition, to live music, there are also plenty of stalls with food and drinks, as well as children activities and other entertainment. The festival has a laid-back atmosphere and the entrance to the festival is completely free of charge.
Walk in the park
Now that the weather is warmer, Prague gardens, which were closed for winter are starting open their gates. May is the perfect month to see flowering lilac trees, cherry trees or late magnolia trees which are pretty much everywhere in Prague.
Most gardens and parks are free to enter, but there is one particular one I love and I’m always happy to pay the entrance. The Vrtba Gardens are hidden behind wall houses, just a short walk from the Malostranske Namesti – Square and on the tram no 22 route.
It’s an amazing baroque garden built into the slopes of the Petrin Hill, where you can also find the Hunger Wall. It’s not a big garden, but the views are amazing. The garden is open from April to October, every day from 10 am to 6 pm and tickets are 80 Kc.
MORE PARKS IN PRAGUE
Prague Spring – Classical Music Festival
The second half of May is always dedicated to the Prague Spring, a festival that celebrates classical music.
During this time, you’ll be able to hear classical music from around the globe. Tickets are available for individual concerts, which means that you can pick and choose your favourite musician or style of music.
The ticket prices vary from £3 to £120 and you can get VIP tickets as well as discounted tickets for young visitors under 26. Each venue also sells budget tickets (usually at the back row or standing ticket) which are very affordable.
And if you want to experience classical music, without dressing up, you can take a picnic rug (and sandwiches!) to Kampa Island, where you can watch the opening of the festival on the big screen. Personally, I prefer the last option since I don’t have to wear my high heels and the entry is free!
Visit museums and galleries for free
On the 18th of May Prague museums and galleries celebrate the international day of museums by opening their doors for free or reduced entry fee. It’s a great opportunity to visit some of the well known museums in Prague.
Even if you are not that interested in the exhibitions inside, most museums are hosted in beautiful buildings, which are worth visiting on their own.
- The National Museum
- The Museum of Music
- House of a Golden Ring
- Podskalska celnice (the toll house)
- Folk Museum
- Naprstek’s Museum
- Dvorak Museum
- Smetana Museum
- Farming Museum
- Police Museum
- Technical Museum (reduced entry fee)
- The National Gallery – Schwarzenbersk’s Pallace
- The National Gallery – Sternbersk’s Pallace
- St. Ann’s Monastery – Medieval Art
- Exhibition Pallace – Modern Art
Open House Prague – 18-19 May 2024
In addition to the museums opening their doors for free, there are also other buildings in Prague that are open for free during the last weekend in May.
These include buildings that are normally not open to public, so it’s worth adding this to your Prague travel itinerary if you are visiting at the end of May.
Some of the buildings opened this year include: Adria Palace, Komercni Bank Branch (Smichov), Branik Brewery, The Prague Holesovice Slaughterhouse Market, Church of St. Anne (and many other churches across the Prague), The Prague City Mayor’s Residence, Czernin Palace, Dablice Observatory, various Charles University Faculties Buildings, cemetaries and hospitals including General University Hospital Ceramic Lounge.
This blog post was originally written on 4 February 2021 and last updated on 18 December 2023