Averages for Prague in March

What's the Weather Like in Prague in March?

Temperature

Temperatures continue to get warmer in March, when winter is merging into spring. At this time of year, the average temperature for Prague, Czech Republic starts off at 1.5°C, created by highs of 5°C during the daytime and lows of -2°C after dark.

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  • Temperature Temperature 4°C 39°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 0°C 32°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 28 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days

What's the Weather Like in Prague in March?

Temperature

Temperatures continue to get warmer in March, when winter is merging into spring. At this time of year, the average temperature for PragueCzech Republic starts off at 1.5°C, created by highs of 5°C during the daytime and lows of -2°C after dark.

This rises up to 6.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 11°C during the daytime and lows of 2°C after dark, making the final week of March the best time to visit Prague if you want to holiday there when temperatures are at their highest.

Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 17°C and fall below -8°C in Prague in March. The hottest temperature ever registered in the city at this time of year is 16°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded in Prague during this month is -20°C.

If you hate the cold and want to visit the city when temperatures are at their highest, forget about March and plan your holiday for August instead, when temperatures are higher and the probability of rainfall is much lower.

Average Daylight Hours

Over the course of an average March the length of the day is quickly increasing, with a difference of 1:52 hours of daylight between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day is March 1st with 10:59 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is March 31st with 12:52 hours of daylight.

Average Sunshine Hours

At this time of year, Prague enjoys around six hours of sunshine each day – that's two hours more every day than in February – alongside median cloud coverage of 73% (partly cloudy).

Cloud cover decreases as the month progresses, beginning at 79% o March 1st and dropping down to 66% by March 31st. March 1st is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 67% of the time and clear/mostly clear 27%.

Visibility

March 31st is the clearest day of the month when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 54% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 37% of the time. The city is also affected by fog on an average of three days across the month.

Rain

The average monthly precipitation for Prague in March is 27mm/1 inch – that's slightly more than last month – which is divided between 16 rainy days and nine snowy days. The probability of rainfall occurring across the month is 62%, with the most likely day being March 1st when it falls on 64% of days and the least likely day being March 28th when it falls on 59% of days.

Snow

The likelihood of snowfall making an appearance in March is 28%, starting off at 35% on March 1st and falling down to 20% by March 31st. This makes the first week of March the best time to visit Prague if you want to experience snowfall.

The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in Prague in March are moderate rain (which falls on 37% of days with rainfall), moderate snow (36%) and light rain (12%).

With temperatures this low and the likelihood of rainfall so high, you'll need to take lots of waterproof winter clothing with you, such as thick coats, scarves, gloves and hats to ensure you stay warm during your March holiday in Prague.

Humidity

At an average of 76%, the humidity for Prague in March is quite a bit lower than in January and February. During this month, the relative humidity for the city ranges between 50% (mildly humid) and 95% (very humid), rarely falling below 31% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).

The air tends to be driest around March 31st when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around March 1st, when it rises above 92% (very humid) three days out of four.

Wind

During March, typical wind speeds vary between 1 m/s (light air) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around March 9th, when the average daily wind speed is 7m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around March 2nd, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s.

Prague Hotels in March

Questenberk Hotel Prague is a four-star boutique hotel situated within the UNESCO-protected Hrdcany quarter, just a short walk away from Prague Castle. The hotel is set inside a building from the 1600s and provides accommodation in the form of 27 standard, superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, all of which have city views.

Each of the guestrooms is uniquely designed and comes with high-speed WiFi access, LCD TV and complimentary bottled water. Onsite dining options include restaurant which serves up seasonal international cuisine and complimentary daily breakfast, as well as a lounge where guests can enjoy free tea and coffee. Thanks to its central location, there are many cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets in the immediate area, too.

Located in the heart of Prague, along Celetná Street close to Old Town and Powder Tower, Barcelo Old Town Praha is another historically-rich hotel. Set inside a listed and renovated 17th century building with a historic façade and modern amenities, this hotel is made up of 62 rooms divided between six categories – deluxe, family, junior suites, junior suite deluxe, suites and grand suites.

Each guestroom comes with flat-screen TV, free WiFi access and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the suites include all this plus a separate lounge area and deluxe coffee machine. Onsite facilities and services include the Bohemica Old Town Bar & Restaurant which serves traditional Czech food and wine, in-room Thai massages, babysitting services and covered car park nearby. Within the local area, you'll also find many historical buildings, art galleries, museums, theatres, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

For something more modern, try the Design Hotel Jewel Prague. This four-star hotel is located in Old Town Prague and although it retains some of its original brickwork and classical pieces of art, the hotel is also full of modern furniture, contemporary artwork and state-of-the-art technology. Here guests can choose between eight single, business and superior rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with eco-friendly amenities.

Within the hotel you'll find the Jewel Café Bar and Restaurant which serves a modern menu that changes every two months alongside world-class cocktails and quality martinis. Guests can also request in-room massages, turndown service, babysitting services and room service.

There are many attractions within a five-minute walk from the hotel, including Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, State Opera House, Jewish Town, Charles Bridge and the National Theatre, alongside several museums, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Domus Balthasar Design Hotel is another modern designer hotel, ideally situated within easy access of several historical attractions in Prague. Set inside one of the oldest and most romantic zones of the city – Malá Strana – this small hotel provides guests with access to standard, deluxe and royal rooms, as well as suites, many of which come with wooden beamed ceilings.

Each of the guestrooms comes with satellite TV, high-speed WiFi access, coffee/tea making facilities and bathroom with shower and heated floor. Each of the suites comes with all of this, plus a bath and a kitchenette with kettle, hob and microwave.

Although there are no services and facilities available onsite, this is reflected in the relatively affordable room rates. Regardless, you'll find plenty of supermarkets, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the local area where you can grab something to eat.

Bars and Restaurants

FIELD Restaurant combines first-class cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere to bring you a dining experience that tantalises all five senses. Each dish here is created from only the finest ingredients sourced from Czech farmers and since seasonal ingredients are key, the menu changes regularly according to what is freshly available.

There is a business lunch menu and a la carte menu available, both of which feature a small selection of hot and cold starters, meat- and fish-based main courses, daily specials and desserts. A six-course tasting menu is also available, paired with wine or non-alcoholic drinks.

When it comes to dinner with a view, it's tough to beat the offerings of Bellevue Restaurant. This eatery boasts a sophisticated dining room with unparalleled views of Prague Castle. The a la carte menu comes with two-course and three-course options and features innovative European cuisine, such as seasonal salads, seared scallops, smoked venison, roast veal, tarte tatin and crème brulee.

A vegetarian menu is also available, as well as a four- and five-course tasting menu which come with optional wine pairings for an additional cost.

Wine lovers won't want to miss the chance to dine at Atelier Red & White. Unlike many restaurants, this eatery selects its dishes according to the wines available. There are more than 130 varieties of wine on the list from the Czech Republic and Europe, as well as further afield destinations, such as South Africa and Australia.

Every day 10-12 different wines are served by the glass, so you won't be stuck with ordering numerous bottles of wine if you want to taste test.

The menu is very affordable compared to other Czech restaurants and features modern European cuisine, with a wide selection of fish-based, meat-based and vegetarian starters and mains, as well as comforting desserts.

Things to do in Prague in March

St Vitus Cathedral is the largest and most important religious building in Prague. Built in a Roman Catholic metropolitan style in 1344, the church features gothic architecture and is home to the tombs of several Bohemian kings and Roman emperors. Inside the cathedral's chapel, you'll find the royal mausoleum in front of the high altar, with the space below used as a crypt where the royal tombs are kept.

The Great South Tower was founded toward the end of the 14th century and houses the largest bell in the Czech Republic. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb up the 287 steps that it takes to reach the top of the 90m-tall tower and admire the views of the city below. St Vitus Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday 9am-3.40pm and Sundays noon-3.40pm.

If you want to explore the local area, start off with Lesser Quarter. Overflowing with ancient burgher houses, religious structures and quaint winding streets, this picturesque zone is the perfect place to wander around and snap photos.

Most people visit the quarter to see the Lesser Town Square which is lined by cobbled streets leading to small shops, boutiques, churches and traditional Czech bars and restaurants – many of which offer views across the river. On the other side of the river, you'll find various other historical attractions, such as the Charles Bridge, Nerudova Street and Prague Castle.

The National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror is housed inside the Church of Sts Cyril & Methodius and is dedicated to seven Czech paratroopers involved in the Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich assassination in 1942.

The paratroopers hid in the church's crypt for three weeks until their location was given away by a Czech traitor. Three paratroopers were then killed in an ensuing fight by Germans and the remaining four killed themselves rather than surrender.

The memorial focuses on this story and inside the crypt you can see the genuine bullet holes and shrapnel marks on the wall, as well as a last-minute attempt to dig an escape tunnel to get into the underground sewer and escape. The National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am-5pm throughout March.

Prague's Old Town Bridge Tower guards one of the ends of the Charles Bridge and is regarded as one of the most beautiful Gothic towers in Europe. Completed in 1380, this tower heralds the entrance to Old Town and although it was partially damaged by Swedish invaders in 1648, it's still a stunning structure to see and provides ample photo opportunities.

Visitors can climb the 138 stairs inside the tower to reach the top of the Tower Gallery, from where you can soak up panoramic views which stretch across the city to the Vltava River, Prague Castle and Lesser Town. The Old Town Bridge Tower is open to the public every day between 10am and 8pm in March.

March events in Prague

Fair

Matejská pouť (St Matthew's Fair)

5th March 2018 to 25th April 2018

The most famous Czech fair in Prague, St Matthew's Fair celebrates the coming of Spring and the warmer weather. Experience a roller coaster ride, haunted mansion, ferris wheel, bouncy castles and many more attractions. There will also be numerous food stalls, selling oriental sweets as well as gingerbread hearts.

Website:

http://www.prague-guide.co.uk/articles/st-matthew%E2%80%99s-fair.html

Religious

Holy Week

10th March 2018 to 17th March 2018

Holy Week in Christianity is traditionally the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday but excludes Easter Sunday which will be celebrated on March 20th in 2016. Most shops in Prague remain open on Easter Monday (March 21st), but it is considered as a public holiday. However, you can still expect opera houses and theatre’s to remain open for shows throughout Holy Week.

Website:

http://velikonocevpraze.praguewelcome.com/en/traditions-and-customs/easter-week.shtml

Film

Prague International Film Festival (Febiofest)

15th March 2018 to 23rd March 2018

From March 20th to March 28th, you enjoy Central Europe’s largest film festival 'Febiofest'. The annual Prague International Film Festival showcases over 4000 various feature length, short, documentary, experimental and animated films in cinemas in and around Prague.

Website:

http://www.febiofest.cz/en/

Markets

Old Town Square Market

17th March 2018 to 8th April 2018

The Old Town Square Market opens during Easter and Christmas. In preparation for Easter, the Old Town Square Market provides locals and visitors with the opportunity to check out homemade crafts including dolls, puppets, jewelry, toys, and personalized Easter eggs. Food and drink is also served.

Website:

http://www.praguewelcome.cz/srv/www/en/objects/detail.x?id=42754

Easter Markets

17th March 2018 to 8th April 2018

Easter celebration is in full effect in the first week of the month. Easter eggs are painted and over 100 market shops are open for business in the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares. For children, be sure to check out the Detska Staromestska Dilnicka for Easter egg coloring and a petting zoo nearby. The markets are loaded with delicious hot sausages and cold beer pilsners.

Website:

http://www.prague.fm/15579/easter-in-prague/

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