Prague is full of activity in May as the city gets excited for the upcoming summer. The reasonably warm temperatures make it an amazing month to explore after days in the office. Keep reading to discover why the capital city should become your new residence for May.
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Why You Should Visit Prague as a Digital Nomad in May
May is the perfect time to experience Prague for the first time. Although the town does start to get busy again with tourists, the weather and activities make it hard to beat. The blossoming plant life acts as the serene backdrop to celebrate Love Day, pedal down the Vltava River and take in views from around the city. Unique festivals surrounding architecture, wine and music make each day enlightening. Unwind on the weekend by browsing local farmers’ markets, taking a hike, or enjoying some local brews.
Weather in Prague in May
Temperatures continue to rise in May, without reaching the extreme summertime heat. The average high is around 19°C (66°F) and the average low around 8°C (46°F). May can be a rainy month, with eight days of at least moderate rain expected, so pack an umbrella or light jacket in case. Daylight hours increase throughout the month, as does the temperature, making each day more pleasant than the last.
Average highest/lowest temperature: 19°C (66°F) / 8°C (46°F)
Average rainfall days: 8 rainy days, with sprinkles likely on a few other days.
Sunrise time: 05:39am (May 1st) – 04:58am (May 31st)
Sunset time: 08:20pm (May 1st) – 09:01pm (May 31st)
Daylight hours: 14:41 (May 1st) – 16:02 (May 31st)
Best Things to Do in Prague in May
Kiss Under the Blossom Tree
Czechs celebrate love on May 1 for their version of Valentine’s Day. There’s a tradition that women should be kissed under a blossoming tree this day, so she stays beautiful the rest of the year. Czech poet Karel Hynek Macha published his poem “May” in 1836. The first few lines are:
“Late evening, on the first of May—
The twilit May—the time of love.
Meltingly called the turtle-dove,
Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.
Whispered of love the mosses frail,
The flowering tree as sweetly lied,
The rose’s fragrant sigh replied
To love-songs of the nightingale.”
Because of this, many lovers go to Petřín to kiss in front of Macha’s statue. If you are in Prague this day with a special someone, celebrate the day however you see fit!
Pedal Down the Vltava River
With all the trees in bloom, May is the perfect time to enjoy views on the Vltava River. Pedal boats can easily be rented for one or multiple people. The trees are starting to bloom, creating the perfect backdrop for relaxing or taking pictures. Monuments viewable from the river include the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Dancing House, National Theatre and Liechtenstein Palace. There are also several islands to explore with different wildlife, restaurants and even concert venues.
Take in Views Around the City
Prague is known as the “city of a hundred spires,” and the views from above the city show why. There are several good lookout points, but Vyšehrad, Letná and Riegrovy Sady are some of the best. Sitting above the Vltava River, Vyšehrad fortress offers amazing views and history of the city. Apart from enjoying the view, you can also see the cemetery, basilica and Rotunda of St. Martin, the oldest structure in Prague.
The Letná district is located just north of Prague 1, providing amazing views of Old Town. Head to the park at the top of the hill for refreshments from the garden and one of the best views. Riegrovy Sady is a popular spot with locals. This is also the ideal spot to catch the sunset while enjoying a local beer. Wherever you choose, the red rooftop-lined views of Prague are hard to beat!
Explore New Buildings at Open House
Discover Prague’s hidden gems by attending Open House Prague in May. During the week, buildings that are normally closed off open their doors to the public. Anyone can enter the buildings for free to enjoy the architecture and design. In addition to entering the buildings, guided and walking tours may also be available. Take advantage of this event, as you may not be allowed in the buildings again!
Experience a Czech Festival
Prague has many amazing festivals and there’s a variety to choose from in May. For lovers of wine, Růžový Máj (Pink May) is the perfect option. Winemakers from all over the country come together at Naplavka to present rosé wines. Foods stalls and live music also complement the wine tastings. If you prefer something stronger, Rumfest celebrates real sugarcane rum. Hundreds of variations of rum and cocktails are available, along with guided tastings, seminars and food vendors.
For something more artsy, don’t miss the Prague Fringe Festival. The festival showcases theatre, comedy, music, dance and storytelling performances over multiple days in Malá Strana. The largest music show in the Czech Republic belongs to the Prague Spring International Music Festival. The best symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles come to perform in Prague historical buildings, like the Rudolfinum and Municipal House.
Lastly, Czechia’s most well-known saint, Saint John of Nepomuk, is celebrated on May 15. The festivities start with mass in St. Vitus Cathedral, then a procession across Charles Bridge, and end with a baroque concert and fireworks along the river. This is a unique opportunity to see the riverside light up as fireworks dazzle over Prague Castle. Attend one, or multiple, of these festivals to immerse into local cultures and have some fun!
Other Things to Do in Prague in May
May is also a good time to enjoy several other activities:
- Saturdays at the perfect day to buy local products at a farmers’ market. Homemade pastries, seasonal produce and freshly-grilled food line the river at the Náplavka Farmers’ Market, one of the most popular markets in Prague. Markets are also available at Jiřího z Poděbrad and the city center.
- You can’t visit Prague without drinking beer. Pilsner Urquell is the most popular beer, but several local places also brew amazing beers. The Strahov Monastery Brewery started brewing beer over 600 years ago. Along with beer, they also offer food options and a stunning view over the city. U Fleků is famous for being the oldest continuous brewery in Central Europe. On the other hand, BeerGeek is a newer venue that has beer on tap from local and international breweries.
- A hike can be the best activity to unwind with some fresh air after long days at the computer. Vinořsky Park and Prokopse Valley have nice hiking trails close to Prague. For a day trip, the beauty of Bohemian Switzerland is unmatched.
- Although it will be busy, taking a walk around Old Town Square is a must. Prague’s most iconic structures, the Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before Týn, are surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings in the square. If you arrive right on the hour, the clock’s bells will ring and figures will move!
- Prague also has a well-known zoo. You may beat some of the crowds and heat by going before summer officially starts. There are hundreds of species to see, including several that are endangered.
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