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Prague Easter Markets » 02-24 April 2022


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 some fascinating Czech Easter traditions - Easter photos
Latest News: The Prague Easter Markets are expected to go ahead in 2022.

It is likely that vaccinated visitors only will be allowed to enter the markets.

All major developments will be posted here and on Coronavirus (COVID-19) News.
Prague Easter Markets at Old Town Square
Old Town Square Easter Market

Easter Markets 2022


The Prague Easter Markets are open daily from 2nd to 24th April 2022, including on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Opening hours are 10:00-22:00. Free entry.

The main Easter markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other) in the city centre.

Another sizeable market takes place at Prague Castle, on the square in front of St. George's Basilica.
Smaller markets are held at Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), Havel's Market, and on Kampa Island.

What are the Prague Easter Markets?


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 consist of wooden huts decorated with the vibrant colours of spring, and stocked with local handicrafts traditional Easter treats.

Among many items on display are ceramics, jewellery, glassware, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costume.
Prague Easter Markets
Prague Easter Markets at night
Prague Easter MarketsEaster eggs and ribbons The most common item though is Easter eggs, made of the shells of hen eggs or wood, hand-painted in a variety of colours and designs.

Surrounding the market huts, in and around the squares, are trees in blossom, and an abundance of flowers and colourful ribbons tied to the branches of birch trees.

While there are nice souvenirs to be found on the stalls, to take home to decorate your house with or for gifts, the markets are about more than shopping. There is all manner of local food and drinks to sample, much of it prepared at the stalls in front of you.
Popular food on offer includes: large hams roasted on spits (Pražská Šunka); terribly unhealthy but wonderfully tasty barbequed sausages (klobása); flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup (langoš); smoked meat dumplings (knedlíky plněné uzeným masem); sweet dumplings (sladké knedlíky); and pancakes (palačinky).

There is also a variety of cakes and sweets to choose from, such as a hot, freshly made sugar coated pastry (trdelník) or spicy gingerbread (perníčky).
For children, the sugary snacks on offer will no doubt appeal. But a word or warning to parents: once a child has tasted trdelník, there is no going back - you will be pestered endlessly for another hit!

For drinks, visitors can sample famous Czech beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar.

Alternatively, opt for a hot drink: mulled wine (svařák); hot chocolate (horká čokoláda); honey wine (Medovina); or grog, a mixture of rum, water, lemon and sugar.

Outdoor shopping is so much nicer with a cold beer or hot mulled wine in your hand!
making trdelnik at the Easter Markets
Trdelník pastries
drinks hut at the Easter Markets
Drinks hut at the Easter Markets

Eco Markets


Food and drink at the markets is served with 100% biodegradable cups, plates and cutlery.

And where possible, ingredients are sourced locally: Czech meat is used in the sausages and hamburgers; the beer is exclusively Czech (naturally!); and the wine, including the wine used to make the svařák, hails from Moravia.

Children and the Easter Markets


Another feature of the Prague Easter Markets is music and dance. School choirs and folk groups dressed in traditional costume perform in the late afternoon on a stage at the Old Town Square, with children travelling from all over the country to appear.
There is also a farmyard pen, where kids can feed and stroke animals such as sheep, goats and a donkey. Sometimes an alpaca puts in an appearance too.

There are opportunities for visiting children to join in Easter themed activities: workshops are held on the stage at the Old Town Square at weekends to show children how to paint Easter eggs and flower pots, cut ribbons, make Easter chicks, and weave traditional Easter baskets and whips.

Alternatively, take your place in the crowd and watch the folk dancing, listen to the music, and watch the various activities unfold.
Folk Group on stage at the Old Town SquareStage at the Old Town Square

Photo Opportunities

One of the best places to take photos of the Prague Easter Markets at the Old Town Square is from the Observation Bridge (free to enter) in the centre of the square. Climb a small flight of steps to reach the platform, and take in an expansive view over the stalls.

A higher vantage point is at the top of the Old Town Hall Tower (payable), from where you can enjoy magnificent aerial views over the Old Town Square and beyond.

There is also great street level photography: amongst the market stalls you can take vivid, close up shots of the colourful products on sale and the enticing food being prepared.
Prague Hotels
Hotels in Prague 1

Where to Stay in Prague


The Easter Markets are held in Prague 1, which is the city centre. Prague 1 is made up of several areas:

The two most popular areas in Prague 1 to stay in, for easy access to the Easter Markets, are the Old Town (anywhere in the Old Town is fine) and near Wenceslas Square in the New Town.

The next best area is the Lesser Town, which is located across the river from the Old Town, and can be reached easily by strolling across Charles Bridge.

The city centre is compact and highly pedestrianised, so these three areas are within easy walking distance of each other.
Most of the city's sightseeing, entertainment and nightlife is located in these three areas too.

Therefore, book a hotel in Prague 1 (Old Town, near Wenceslas Square or Lesser Town) and the markets, restaurants, sights, tourist attractions, theatres, concert halls and shops will all be nearby.

The markets are free to enter, so by staying in Prague 1 whenever you fancy visiting them, you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of things in minutes.

Grab a drink or a hot snack, browse the stalls, soak up the atmosphere, then when you're ready to freshen up, it's just a short walk back to your hotel - Prague hotels.

Weather in Prague at Easter


The weather is very changeable in Prague in spring. During the time of the Easter Markets, visitors can expect long spells of warm and sunny weather interspersed with dull days and heavy showers.
 

What Clothes to Wear


In terms of clothing, come prepared for wide fluctuations in weather and temperature:

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 as Prague is a wonderful city to explore on foot, wear comfortable walking shoes or boots.

If you get caught out by the weather, there are shops in Prague that can help. These range from generalist stores such as Marks & Spencer and Bata Shoes, to specialist outdoor clothing and footwear shops like Rock Point.
Easter Markets at Wenceslas Square
Easter Market at Wenceslas Square
For sightseeing and entertainment, most tourist establishments welcome visitors in casual attire, however you will need to dress reasonably smartly for high-end restaurants and the opera houses.
Sightseeing in Prague
The sights are open in Prague

Sightseeing in Prague


Sightseeing in Prague is enchanting all year round, with grand monuments and magnificent squares to explore, and a dramatic history to discover. The colours of spring at Easter lends the city an even greater charm.

The sights and tourist attractions are open during the time of the Easter Markets, except on Good Friday and Easter Monday (see below).

A sightseeing tour led by a local guide can help visitors uncover the true beauty of Prague - from walking tours to coach tours to river cruises, there are many ways to explore to the city - Prague sightseeing.

Entertainment in Prague


There is also entertainment galore, including Easter concerts and Easter events.
Classical Concerts + Opera & Ballet

We particularly recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. Performances, which are held in grand concert halls, beautiful old churches, and other historical buildings are magical at this time of year, both the Easter concerts and regular concerts.

The opera and ballet season is also in full swing. A wide variety of performances are staged at the Prague State Opera, National Theatre and Estates Theatre:

-April 2022 concerts + opera & ballet performances
Classical Concerts in Prague
Classical concerts at Easter
Black Light Theatre

If you are seeking a typically Czech experience, black light theatres in Prague put on shows that are highly visual, so can be enjoyed by all ages and nationalities:

-April 2022 theatre performances
Other Entertainment

For excellent local Czech hospitality, try the Medieval Tavern and Traditional Czech Night. Both are 'all-inclusive' events.
Easter in PragueEaster in Prague

What is Open at Easter (15-18 April 2022)


The markets are open every day over Easter.

The Prague sights and tourist attractions are open on Easter Saturday and Sunday.

Certain sights only are open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and usually with limited opening hours.

Sightseeing tours and river cruises run every day.

The shops are open on Easter Saturday and Sunday.

Certain stores only are open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and usually with limited opening hours.
The opera houses, concert halls and theatres stage a range of performances every day.

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 throughout the duration of the markets, and many venues and tours sell out. Reservations are recommended for any form of sightseeing or entertainment you may wish to participate in.

Origins of the Easter Markets


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 religious aspects of Easter were banned and consumerism was frowned upon; Easter celebrations were limited to the welcoming of spring.

Since the fall of communism and the liberalisation of the country, Easter markets have enjoyed a renaissance. Czechs and tourists alike gather in their thousands today, to browse the colourful market stalls and to soak up the special 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:
Easter Eggs

Easter Preparations


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!

Easter Sunday


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.
Traditional Czech Costume
Traditional handicraftsAs 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 whips in the Prague Easter Markets, should they wish to participate!
Easter Monday
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!
Food at the Easter Markets
Trdelník pastries
Easter EggsOnce 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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EASTER MARKETS
Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
02-24 April 2022
Daily 10:00-22:00
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