Is February a good month to visit Prague?
Yes, and no! It depends on how you like to travel and spend your time exploring a new town.
It’s perfect if you don’t like crowds and want to experience Prague without lots of tourists. But, be prepared that some minor tourist attractions might be closed for the winter or have shorter opening hours.
It gets dark around 4.30-5pm, so you need to plan your day accordingly and leave something nice to do indoors for the evening.
It can also be very cold, around zero Celsius, and often it snows, but when the sun is out, it can be surprisingly warm. Be careful, though once the sun goes down, it gets quickly cold again.
One thing I would say is that you want to dress very warm. And by warm I mean, firm shoes with thick soles, thick thermal socks, thermal leggings and t-shirts, plenty of layers and winter coat. Winter hat, scarf and proper gloves are also a must. You can always take them off, but I think most of the times you’ll be glad you have them! If you are thinking of doing any exploring and walking around Prague, either in a group or on your own, you will be walking fairly slowly or standing around for a bit, so pick shoes with the thickest soles and even wear two pairs of socks to be comfortable.
Interesting dates in February
There are no national bank holidays or days off during February.
14 February – Valentines Day
Celebrating Valentines Day is still a novelty for most Czech people, as before 1989 hardly anyone knew about this day. Over the last 30 years, it became an increasingly popular day to celebrate, especially amongst the younger generation. Like everywhere else it’s mainly commercially led, but Prague was a romantic city even before Valentines Day become popular, which means you can enjoy the day no matter what.
21 February – Travel Guides Day
This day is celebrated as a day for travel guides and guided walks guides. Around 12 major towns (including Prague) takes part in the celebrations, which mainly include free or reduced entry to many tourist attractions, extra walks, festivals and other ways of celebrating the travel industry.
The actual date is adhered to fairly loosely, depending on what day 21 February falls to, the main celebrations are usually the following (or the closest) Saturday.
Tips on your February itinerary
Stay warm by exploring the city in a tram
The best way to plan your day is to mix outdoor activities with indoor ones and plan plenty of stops for coffee, museums or food breaks. The perfect way to warm up and carry on exploring the town is to hop on a tram. My favourite route is tram no.22 because it takes you from the centre to the top of the castle and then you can walk down back to the centre, exploring the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.
Have a Czech cinema evening
As it gets dark, check out the cinemas around Wenceslas Square – Lucerna and Svetozor – to check if there are any films you would like to see. Lucerna will have any current blockbusters on (and they will be in the original language – English – with Czech subtitles). Svetozor is perfect for art films in their original language (English is the most favourite one), but they will also have original Czech films with English subtitles. If you are not too sure if you would like to see a Czech film, you might be in for a pleasant surprise. Most Czech films are very realistically filmed with interesting dialogues and storylines. They can often be fairly gritty, but funny at the same time.
Travel down the memory lane by visiting Matthew’s Fair
Matthew’s Fair is a traditional fairground with lots of rides, attractions and food stalls. It always starts on the 24th of February on the St.Matthew’s day, and it’s origins go all the way back to 16 century. It’s based next to a large park called Stromovka in Vystaviste – Prague 7, easily accessible by trams directly from the centre of Prague. The fair lasts for about six weeks and entrance it’s free during weekdays and about £1 during weekends. This doesn’t, of course, include the individual rides, which you can buy directly with each attraction.
Visit the Prague Castle
You can easily spend the whole day at Prague Castle. To be honest, I always think it’s a bit of-of a waste of time to dedicate the whole day to a castle on a lovely summer day, but in winter? That’s a perfect way of way of spending a day.
There are so many areas to explore, the castle itself, the castle museum, the Golden Lane and the cathedral. Not everything is indoors, but there are plenty of little cafes and restaurants dotted in the castle grounds to keep you warm.