- duration 2.5 hours
- tour type Group
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Visit Prague’s main market as well as two different Christmas markets outside the city centre
- Sip on mulled wine, hot mead or hot tea while snacking on delicious Christmas treats
- Discover why Santa doesn’t come here (also, why are girls throwing shoes?)
- Learn about Czech Christmas traditions before and after the 1989 revolution
Christmas markets hold a special place in Europeans’ hearts. Maybe it’s the Old City lit up by lamplight and Christmas lights, and the wooden stands showcasing handmade goods and homemade goodies. Maybe it’s the tranquil vibe emanating from the market area, despite all the bustle. Or maybe it’s the smell of roasted nuts, a properly spiced mulled wine, gingerbread, and cut pine. All of these add something unique to an already intriguing city, so let’s navigate with you through oft-missed parts of Prague — with a few treats along the way!
We’ll meet at Jungmann Square (close to the great Wenceslas Square), where we’ll start this Prague tour with an introduction to the classic Czech Christmas: a nativity scene in a grand church.
We’ll then hop on board the metro and escape the bustle of the centre to experience the first market on our list of stops. Here, you’ll get to taste mulled wine and we’ll sample our first Christmas snack. As we eat and explore, you’ll learn about local holiday traditions like Christmas carps, find out what baby Jesus has to do with a little hedgehog, why there’s no Santa in this part of the world, and what Christmas means in our mostly secular nation. You’ll discover that locals in Prague have a lot of holiday traditions that are very different from what you might expect!
Loafing our way over to our second Christmas market, we’ll walk along some of the beautiful streets of Prague. At the market, you’ll be greeted by hot mead and roasted almonds, and somewhere throughout the tour, your guide will choose yet another snack, depending on what’s best and on offer that day. We’ll also take a moment to point out some of the best places for you to visit while you’re in Prague over the holidays. After warming up with our tasty treats, we’ll make our way back to the city centre, where you’ll learn about Christmas before, during, and after the 1989 revolution, and you’ll also hear about our beloved former President Havel.
At our third, and final, Christmas market, you’ll be seeing the market that put Prague on the Christmas map. The Old Town Square’s impressive tree is only one of the spectacles to admire here; the square in the winter is captivating with all its sights and smells and sounds of the market adding to the overall holiday experience.
It’s here that our tour will end, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the festivities! We’ll leave you at the Old Town Square to explore to your heart’s content — after all, there are dozens of reasons to venture further into the Christmas markets of Prague. So go on, have a(nother) cup of mead and lose track of time!
- public transportation during tour.
- Local English-speaking guide
- mulled wine
- Hot mead or hot tea
- Traditional Christmas snacks
- Entry to a nativity scene exhibition
- Map with personalized recommendations
- Additional food and drinks
- souvenirs and personal shopping
- transportation to and from the meeting and end points
- tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Cancellation for this Prague’s Merry Markets Christmas Tour tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
Full payment of 58 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
Prague’s Merry Markets Christmas Tour tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Prague’s Merry Markets Christmas Tour tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point :
In front of the statue at Jungmannovo Náměstí (Jungmann Square), Prague 1, New Town.Closest metro station is Můstek, on both the Yellow and Green lines.Meeting end point :
Old Town Square