Prague Easter Markets » 28th March-19th April 2020
The Prague Easter markets are open daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors can browse the stalls for handcrafted goods, taste hearty food and local drinks, and discover Czech Easter traditions - Easter photos.
Old Town Square Easter market
Easter Markets 2020
The Easter markets (Velikonocni trhy) celebrate the arrival of spring in the Czech Republic, and the Prague markets are the most impressive in the country. They brighten up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in an uplifting, historic setting.
The Prague Easter markets are open every day from 28th March to 19th April 2020, including on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other).
| There are also smaller markets held at Republic Square, at Havel's Market, on Kampa Island and on the square in front of St. George's Basilica at Prague Castle.|
Prague Castle Easter market is open every day from 28th March to 27th April.
What are the Prague Easter Markets?
The Prague Easter markets consist of wooden huts decorated with the vibrant colours of spring, and stocked with local handicrafts - glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, ceramics, scented candles, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costumes. Most common though are Easter eggs, which are hand-painted in a variety of colours and designs.
The squares are dressed with colourful ribbons and are abundant in flowers and blossoming trees.
An observation bridge at the Old Town Square is traditionally decorated with branches of birch trees, ribbons and a sea of flowers.
Easter Markets at night
Drinks hut, Easter markets
||While visitors should find some nice souvenirs, the markets are not just about shopping. You can also sample all manner of local food and drink, and observe traditional snacks being made.|
Popular food on offer includes large hams roasted on a spit (Pražská Šunka); terribly unhealthy but wonderfully tasty barbequed sausages (klobása); Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup (langoš); pancakes (palačinky); and a variety of sweets and cakes, such as spicy gingerbread and a hot sugar coated pastry (trdelník).
For drinks, try one of the famous Czech beers: Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen or Budvar.
|Or opt for a hot drink: honey wine (Medovina); mulled wine (svařák); hot chocolate (horká čokoláda); or grog, a mixture of rum, water, lemon and sugar.|
Outdoor shopping is so much nicer with an ice-cold beer or mug of hot mulled wine in your hand!
Another feature of the Easter markets is music and dance. School choirs and folk groups perform late afternoon on a stage at the Old Town Square dressed in traditional costumes, with children travelling from all over the country to appear.
|Stage at the Old Town Square|
|Easter eggs and ribbons||
Children and the Easter Markets
The general ambience of the markets and the food on offer will appeal to children. But there is also a farmyard pen to visit, to feed and stroke animals such as sheep, goats and a donkey. Even an alpaca can put in an appearance.
are opportunities for kids to join in Easter themed activities too. Children can be invited on stage at the Old Town Square to paint Easter eggs and flower pots, cut colourful ribbons, make Easter chicks, and weave traditional Easter baskets and whips.
Where to Stay in Prague
The city centre is called Prague 1, which is made up of several areas. The two most popular areas to stay in for the Christmas markets are the Old Town and anywhere near Wenceslas Square in the New Town.
most popular is the Lesser Town, which is on the other side of the river and easily accessible by strolling across Charles Bridge.
The city centre is compact and highly pedestrianised, so all three areas are within easy walking distance of each other.
Hotels in Prague 1
Easter market at Wenceslas Sq.
|| The sightseeing, entertainment and nightlife is mostly located in these three areas too.|
Therefore, book a hotel in Prague 1 and the Easter markets, sights and attractions, restaurants, theatres, concert halls and shops will all be nearby.
And as the markets are free to enter, whenever you fancy dropping in you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of the action in minutes: grab a drink and a hot snack, browse the stalls, soak up the atmosphere, then when you're ready to freshen up, it's just a short walk home - Prague hotels.
The Weather in Prague at Easter
Around Easter, spring is undoubtedly in the air. Expect long spells of warm, sunny weather interspersed with dull days and heavy showers.
What Clothes to Wear
As the weather is highly changeable, come prepared:
On fine weather days visitors will find cool shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses most welcome. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats too.
In case of a cold snap or rain, bring a warm fleece and a waterproof jacket or umbrella.
And Prague is a wonderful city to explore on foot, so a comfortable pair of walking shoes is also a good idea.
Sightseeing in Prague
Sightseeing in Prague is enchanting, with ancient monuments and magnificent squares to explore, and a dramatic history to uncover. The colours of spring bring the city to life around Easter, lending it an even greater charm than usual.
The sights and attractions are open every day throughout the time of the Easter markets, aside from on Good Friday and Easter Monday (see below).
A sightseeing trip led by a friendly local guide can help visitors discover the true beauty of the city - from walking tours to coach tours to river cruises, there are many ways to explore the city - Prague sightseeing.
Beautiful sights in Prague
Classical concerts in Prague
Entertainment in Prague
There is also entertainment galore throughout the time of the Easter markets.
We particularly recommend attending a classical concert. Performances held in churches and other historical buildings are magical at this time of year, both the Easter concerts and the regular performances - Prague classical concerts.
The opera and ballet season is also in full swing.
And for a typically Czech experience, black light and marionette theatres stage shows suitable for all ages and nationalities - Prague theatre.
| Meanwhile, the Medieval Tavern and Traditional Czech Night showcase the best of Czech hospitality.|
What is Open at Easter (10th-13th April 2020)
The Easter markets are open every day over Easter.
All sights and attractions are open on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Only certain sights are open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and usually with limited opening hours.
The sightseeing tours, walking tours and river cruises operate every day.
The opera houses, concert halls and theatres are open ever day.
|Easter in Prague|
|The shops are open on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Only certain stores open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and usually with limited opening hours.|
Restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs are open every day. For dining, we advise making a reservation (many restaurants will be booked out). You can see what menus are available and make reservations in our restaurants section.
Please note: Prague is a popular city to visit over Easter and many venues and tours sell out. Therefore, reservations are recommended for any form of sightseeing or entertainment you may wish to participate in.
For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.
For practical information, including currency exchange: Prague Tourist Information.
For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.
For a simple way to arrange your Prague city break: Prague Package.
Origins of the Easter Markets
The Easter markets date back to the Late Middle Ages, when they were deeply tied to religious festivities. However, in the communist era in the 20th century the markets suffered a demise, as the religious aspects of Easter were banned and consumerism was frowned upon; Easter celebrations were limited to the welcoming in of spring.
Since the fall of communism and the liberalisation of the country, the markets have enjoyed a renaissance. Czechs and tourists alike gather in their thousands today, to browse the colourful market stalls and soak up the atmosphere.
| To help visitors understand the traditions on display at the markets in Prague, we offer an insight into a Czech Easter, as traditionally celebrated in towns and villages around the country. Easter is an exciting time of year, particularly for children:|
Children finish school on "Ugly Wednesday." The following day ("Green Thursday") boys equip themselves with wooden rattles, called "rehtacka". They then form a group and walk through their local village or town, shaking their rattles vigorously. This, as tradition dictates, scares off Judas.
The same walk is repeated on "Good Friday" and once more on "White Saturday". On Saturday, progress is slowed by the boys stopping at every house and shaking their rattles until they receive a present!
The greatest symbol of Easter is the egg, with its connections to spring and new life. On Easter Sunday, the girls and women of the village decorate Easter eggs ("kraslice"). This is a skilled affair with many variations on the decoration: a mix of watercolours, picture stickers, bee's wax, straw and/or feathers.
For particularly well decorated eggs there is even an Easter egg contest held annually in Prague.
|As girls paint their eggs, the boys prepare their Easter whips ("pomlázka"), ready for Easter Monday. This is not the kind of whip used on horses, but is made from osier twigs, braided together. Once again, this takes some skill to make and the more twigs, the more difficult it is to braid a whip.|
Visitors may see examples of these Easter whips in the Prague markets, should they wish to participate!
On Easter Monday people get up early, and the boys and men set off on a whipping trip through the village.
|Boys stop at various homes and whip the legs of every girl and woman who live there. Small boys are required to recite an Easter carol as they go about their whipping.|
As if the whipping is not enough, an old custom is to also grab the girl and throw her in a bath of cold water, known as an "Easter dousing". The whipping and dousing is performed to chase away illness and bad spirits - although she may not appreciate it at the time, all this is supposed to be good for the girl!
| ||Once the whipping and dousing is over, the girl rewards the boy with one of her painted eggs. She then ties a bright ribbon around his whip, before he moves on to the next house.|
As the boys progress through the village, their bags fill with eggs, and with so many ribbons attached the whips become ever more colourful.
In recent times, for older boys gifts of eggs and ribbons have given way to offers of shots of alcohol. By the time they arrive home, these young men can be in a fairly happy frame of mind!
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at Old Town Sq. & Wenceslas Sq.
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at Prague Castle.
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