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12 Things to Do in Prague in May

May is the time to enjoy the blooming of the city's parks and cultural events. Are you ready?

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

9 min read

12 Things to Do in Prague in May

View of Prague | © Alexandr Borecky

May is not only a perfect month to make evening plans in Prague, but also an excellent month to make plans with children, since most parks are open and temperatures are no longer an impediment.

It is also an ideal month to visit the most important monuments of the city thanks to the international Open House event. It is also a multicultural month where you can witness touches of Latin and Asian culture, thanks to events such as RumFest or the great Prague Asian Festival.

1. Enjoy classical music at a Mozart concert

Playing Classical Music| ©Vlada Karpovich
Playing Classical Music| ©Vlada Karpovich

In the second half of May, classical music is celebrated in the city with the Prague Spring Festival, an event where concerts are organized both indoors and outdoors and where I recommend you to get your tickets early.

But this is not the only way to celebrate classical music in the Czech capital. How about attending a Mozart concert while enjoying a delicious dinner? Well, in Prague you can, specifically in the Mozart Hall located at Králodvorská Street 4.

This unique experience will allow you to enjoy live musicians and singers performing some of the famous composer's pieces while you enjoy typical Czech and Austrian delicacies. For lovers of classical music, this is definitely a great plan.

Book a ticket to the Mozart Hall

2. Celebrate May 8th in Prague

Prague Jewish Cemetery| ©Midnight Believer
Prague Jewish Cemetery| ©Midnight Believer

May 8 is a very important day in Prague, as it celebrates the defeat of the German army in the Czech Republic by the Russian and American armies. During this day it is not uncommon to hear patriotic songs and joyful music in places like the Jewish cemetery in Prague. And if you take a tour of the Jewish quarter you will hear them too.

It is not uncommon to see different events related to the cause, plus it is a day when many official buildings will be open to visitors without reservation such as the Parliament or the State Rooms of Prague Castle.

Also, since it is a public holiday, major stores and businesses will be closed or open for a limited time.

Book a tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter

3. Join the Pink May Festival

Tasting Rosé Wine| ©Kaboompics .com
Tasting Rosé Wine| ©Kaboompics .com

The Rose May Festival is held at the beginning of May and consists of tasting some of the most authentic rosé wines of French gastronomy. Normally, the largest event is held outdoors in one of Prague's parks, where admission is free, but consumption is not. As this varies from year to year, I recommend you visit the event's website.

This rosé and claret wine tasting festival hosts more than 25 wineries from Moravia and Bohemia. But don't limit yourself to just tasting the wine, but pair it with some French-Czech dishes such as foie gras, baguettes, cheeses and seafood.

But if you are interested in getting to know Czech drinks, there are many local breweries in Prague and to experience them to the fullest I recommend you to take a pub tour in Prague.

Book a pub crawl in Prague

4. Take a cruise on the Voltava

Voltava River Cruise| ©Fredrik Nordblad
Voltava River Cruise| ©Fredrik Nordblad

For that moment or day when you are tired of walking around the city and you think that no plan appeals to you, here I bring you the solution: take a cruise around Prague. In May the weather is much better and, therefore, I think it is the ideal time to enjoy the city from another perspective while you are on the top outside of the boat.

Normally, these activities usually do not last more than 1 hour and with them you can see the most iconic places in the city without moving from your place. Kampa Island, Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are just some of the points you will see on the tour.

In short, this tour is ideal to take advantage of those days that you think are going to be wasted days, but you can also do it whenever you feel like it, of course, because the experience is beautiful.

Book a cruise in Prague

5. Escape to Český Krumlov from Prague

Český Krumlov| ©Bonnie Moreland
Český Krumlov| ©Bonnie Moreland

Český Krumlov is a tiny town in the South Bohemia region whose historic center and castle are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Getting to this medieval town from Prague takes just under two and a half hours by car, so if you don't feel like driving that long I recommend booking an excursion to Český Krumlov from Prague so you don't have to worry about anything.

Why May to make this getaway? Although there are many excursions from Prague, I think this historical center is something you should not miss, and taking advantage of this warmer month to visit it is a great idea. Here are some of the key places you should visit in Český Krumlov:

  • The Castle, its museum and theater.
  • The Church of St. Vitus.
  • Walk through its medieval streets.
  • Walk along the banks of the Vltava River.

Book a trip to Český Krumlov

6. Be part of the Prague Marathon

Prague Marathon| ©Koldo Larrea
Prague Marathon| ©Koldo Larrea

The Prague Marathon is usually held on the first weekend of May. The route is similar to the half marathon held in April so if you participate in the race you will be able to run through the historical parts of Prague, such as the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and the route of the Kings.

Whether you participate or not, keep in mind that the Prague Marathon is very popular, hence the whole city will be in tune with the event on the weekend with multiple food and hydration stands.

It is also worth remembering that, during the Marathon, some areas especially in the center will be closed to traffic and access to tourist attractions and other places in the center will be limited. However, you will be able to enjoy special menus in many restaurants in Prague. For more information about the event visit the following link.

7. Have fun at Rumfest

Rumfest| ©Petr
Rumfest| ©Petr

Rumfest is an international festival where you can taste a wide variety of rum, participate in prizes and enjoy a spectacular atmosphere. The festival is ticketed and takes place in mid-May at the 'luté lázně. For more information on prices and schedules visit the event's website.

In addition to Latin American music, Caribbean cuisine delicacies and specialty rum cocktails, the event will also host training sessions and workshops for true rum enthusiasts. Not only will you be able to taste and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere, but you will also be able to buy some of the most authentic rums at great prices. You're sure to appreciate this party festival.

8. Sign up for Open House Prague

The Dancing House.| ©Charles16e
The Dancing House.| ©Charles16e

The Open House is the world's largest architectural event and takes place every year in more than 42 cities around the world. The Prague edition invites enthusiasts to visit 40 otherwise inaccessible buildings. The event takes place in mid-May, for just a couple of days, and tours are usually organized from 10 am to 6 pm.

Tours are usually on foot, and you can explore some of the most interesting spaces. These spaces range from Prague' s most emblematic monuments and state buildings to some of the secret dining rooms of the train station. If Prague's architecture is something you appreciate, don't hesitate to book a ticket on the official site of this great event.

9. Celebrate the Prague Asian Festival

Prague Asian Festival| ©Andres J L
Prague Asian Festival| ©Andres J L

As the name suggests, this event brings Asia to Prague, at least on a spiritual and gastronomic level. This festival is held at the beginning of May in Smíchovská náplavka and lasts a whole weekend from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information visit the following link.

This is an extremely popular tasting festival in Prague, where you can enjoy authentic cuisine from China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. It is a cultural exchange event, where some of the most qualified chefs from Asian countries and the Czech Republic perform representing the culture of their respective countries.

Of course, it is not a food event as such, but to taste and enjoy the music and the atmosphere. What better way to delight yourself with the best of Czech gastronomy and Asian cuisine in the same time and space!

10. Enjoy the Czech Day of Love

At Zlatý Strom.| ©Adams C
At Zlatý Strom.| ©Adams C

May 1st is a widely known day in Prague, as it is celebrated as the day of love. It is a busy day when many Czechs go out with their families for picnics in the city parks. It is also a day when more party-like evening events are held in some of Prague's nightclubs, most notably Duplexy Zlatý Strom

While many stores, businesses and even some major attractions remain closed or open for a limited time, the city buzzes with excitement. Part of the excitement could also be attributed to the fact that it is a holiday due to the fact that it coincides with Labor Day.

11. Pick sakuras and magnolias in bloom in Vrtba

Cherry and magnolia blossoms| ©Brett Sayles
Cherry and magnolia blossoms| ©Brett Sayles

May is the perfect month to see lilacs, cherry trees or magnolias in bloom, as they are practically everywhere in Prague. In addition, most of Prague's parks and gardens are open in this month and are free in most cases.

However, if you are looking for spectacular scenery and a blanket full of colorful flowers, I recommend the Vrtba gardens. In mid-May, these already have a colorful surface full of cherry trees and magnolias in bloom, a movie landscape that you can photograph and where you can pick the flowers you want without any inconvenience.

This is an incredible baroque garden built on the slopes of Petrin hill. It is not a large garden, but the views are incredible. It is only accessible in the month of May, and is open from 10 am to 6 pm.

12. Have a picnic in Petrin Park

Petrin Park| ©Sean MacEntee
Petrin Park| ©Sean MacEntee

Petrin Park is wonderful year-round, but during the month of May it gets special attention. During the first 3 weekends of May this park fills up with families and friends looking to enjoy the good food and atmosphere that forms in the park. On these weekends many street vendors set up shop selling sandwiches, candy and nuts. In addition, many street artists take advantage of this exodus to promote their art and create a welcoming atmosphere.

Petrin Park is the perfect place to spend a weekend in May, and you can even take a stroll through the woods on the other side of the Hunger Wall in the Kinsky Gardens. However, the big attraction of this park at this time of the year are the trees lined with pink flowers You should try a picnic there!

Weather in Prague in May

Evening in Prague| ©Petr
Evening in Prague| ©Petr

Prague in May experiences warm weather with temperatures ranging from 15-25 ° C. However, three days in mid-May are known as the days of the "Frozen Saints", when the temperature drops to near freezing in the morning.

It's arguably the first spring month where you can be sure there will be no snowfall - at least not in Prague!It also doesn't rain as much as in March and April. If you're not a big fan of the heat, this is the last month to enjoy mild weather - make the most of it!

On the other hand, if you are looking for hot weather, I recommend visiting the city in July. So, in terms of weather, May is the best time to visit the city of Prague.

What to pack for a visit to Prague in May

Preparing your luggage| ©Timur Weber
Preparing your luggage| ©Timur Weber

Although temperatures are starting to warm up, rain showers may interfere with your sightseeing plans, so I recommend taking waterproof shoes and a small umbrella.

For most days, you can loosen up your suitcase, as you can pack lightly, without fear of catching a cold. Don't forget a jacket for windy days.

Tips for visiting Prague in May

View from the Petřín Tower| ©Dennis Jarvis
View from the Petřín Tower| ©Dennis Jarvis

In May there are usually many more tourists, as the warm weather attracts a lot. That's why I recommend you to come to Prague in the first days of May, so you can enjoy the Prague Castle and other monuments without so many queues.

Also advise you that from May onwards the number of scammers in Prague increases, so be careful where you keep your belongings.