Prague on a Rainy Day

Travel Tips, What's New — By Jacy Meyer on March 24, 2011 at 4:04 am

We don’t like to advertise the fact, but Prague doesn’t always have the best weather. It’s usually mild here, but it can be rainy any time of the year – especially in March and April. But you are here, you want to explore, and wet grey skies aren’t going to keep you indoors. Although Prague’s gems are in her cobblestoned streets and gorgeous architecture, there are a number of fun, dry things to do here too.

Museums: Sure, this might not be the most original of ideas, but a rainy day does give you the chance to branch out a bit and check out a museum you might not have gone to if the weather had been more accommodating. Pick a big one like Dox Centre for Contemporary Art (one of the city’s best; read more about it here). Taking a long tram ride to the museum (the number 12 is a good choice) will help you see the city, warm and dry. The Prague City Gallery’s largest exhibition space is located in the Municipal Library. They showcase a range of high-quality, usually Czech artists every year. Czech modern art, and others, can be explored at the National Gallery’s contemporary art space, Veletrni Palace.

Pubs: Now, we aren’t encouraging you to drink your holiday away, but a pub visit in Prague can certainly be considered a cultural activity. For a wide selection of fresh brews, hit Pivovarský Dům or U Zlateho Tygra. For a throwback 70s pub experience, or for some food and lots of televised entertainment, Rocky O’reillys is your best bet.

Cafes: These are another good way to wile away the afternoon indoors while people watching. We’ve compiled some recommendations here.

Movie theaters and malls: Not the most scenic places to be sure, but sometimes you just need to dry out. Prague has some lovely historic cinemas, including Svetozor and Lucerna. Both often host film festivals and offer movies with English subtitles and new(ish) releases. For a little shopping therapy, hit Slovanský dům in the center or Nový Smíchov in Prague 5, both of which also have modern cinemas.

Photos courtesy of Poom! and Pivovarský Dům

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