Christmas begins to wake up in Prague in late November with the installation of traditional and cozy Christmas markets, where one breathes the proximity of the parties in the street and often a few degrees below zero.
Photography by priittammets
The cold is not an impediment to the Czech Republic garnish their inhabitants flooding the streets to participate in a recently restored old tradition. It was after 2006 that the two great Christmas markets of Prague again became a tradition. The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square hosts the largest number of jobs and develop during this time in centers of activity and entertainment in the city.
The Old Town Square, with its characteristic towers of the Church of Our Lady of Tyn and the astronomical clock, is not just a silent witness and very beautiful story, at this time, traffic is closed and becomes the heart of the holidays. Presents dozens of posts mixed with buskers, street vendors, sausage stands, mulled wine and Christmas candies to create a microclimate where one may be lost for hours.
The Bridge of the Constitution is an ideal time to enjoy the Christmas markets of Prague and the light show and aromatic them live. The center of the illumination and decoration of the square is a huge tree over 30 meters. All around, humming Czech craft stalls, jewelry, puppets, wooden toys, ceramics or glassware known as bohemia.
Photography by GothEric
Traditionally, in markets where the Czechs was buying Christmas presents simple and inexpensive, though his recovery has become the place to be a nice souvenir of Prague and take the opportunity to choose some holiday gifts. For children, you can find exquisite puppets tended to the smallest detail or silver and amber jewelry very cheap and stamp of quality and warranty.
Mulled wine and sweets:
It is advisable for tourists coming in December, visiting the Czech capital and its Christmas markets, also should be noted that at this time the temperatures are very low in Prague and will have to warm up using the wisdom and gastronomy native.
One of the most widely consumed beverages in these dates is the “svarák” hot wine with cinnamon and clove, really delicious and has a pleasant feeling of warmth that will encourage us to continue visiting the city or wandering around the stalls. Another typical drink is mead made with hot or “grog”, tea with rum, is also very comforting.
Photography by vladislav.bezrukov
In the Christmas markets may well make a full meal, savoring one of the specialties of sausages or pork, accompanied by Czech beer. For dessert, we are spoiled for choice between gingerbread, vanilla rolls of different fresh cakes can be sampled.
- In this holiday season the temperature falls below 0 º in Prague and if we spend all day walking and sightseeing, it is advisable to wear good shoes and clothes to keep warm. The mulled wine helps, but does not do miracles.
- On the money question: you pay in Czech crowns. In some seats on the markets will accept euros, but round the other hand, tends to be more expensive than in your currency.
- We recommend a stroll around the market before buying, there is often great differences in prices, but we can save money and choose what you really want if you compare with other jobs.
- Go to the markets in the evening or on weekends. It is when the Czechs take the opportunity to do their shopping, it is very nice to share the food of the posts and traditional sweets with the locals, too! in these hours are scheduled on stage activities to the public.
See Prague in this Christmas!