Welcome Spring! The weather report may not agree, but March 20 is the first day of spring and Prague is waiting! Everyone is ready for a little sunshine and warmer weather; museums are opening new exhibitions, the festival circuit is moving into full gear and oh so soon outdoor tables will squeeze out every bit of sidewalk space available.
So why should you come to Prague this spring? We’ve rounded up our top 5 reasons:
St. Matthew’s Fair: For those who like a roller coaster or two, head over to St. Matthew’s Fair located at the Výstaviště fairgrounds in Prague 7. A permanent mini-amusement park is there year round, but from March 3-April 24, more than 120 attractions, a haunted house, bouncy castle, plus food and toy stands and other amusements can be found.
Easter Markets: From April 9 to May 1, Easter markets will be held on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Here you can find a range of traditional handicrafts plus lots of festival food and beer. Be sure to pick up a couple of the hand painted eggs. A Czech tradition, they make a lovely souvenir of your Prague spring.
Prague Spring: The internationally renowned music festival will be celebrating its 66th year in 2011. Inventive, classic and global, this is the place to hear some of the best orchestras and musicians from the Czech Republic and around the world. Also plays host to a young artists’ competition, which is a great chance to preview the next crop of musical stars.
1 May: This is often considered the day of love (it is also a public holiday – Labor Day!) as romantics make the climb up Petrin Hill to kiss under a blossoming cherry tree which is said to ensure your love will last another year. Lovers also traditionally lay flowers at the statue of Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Macha, him of the famed poem, Máj.
Walk it! Prague is a city best discovered on your own two feet. Now that the snow is gone (we hope!) the cobblestones are clear for wandering. Aimlessly is our best advice; down and up whatever street strikes your fancy. And be sure to hit both sides of the Vltava river, as well as at least one park – we recommend either Kampa or Letná.