Averages for Prague in May
Temperatures steadily get warmer in Prague, Czech Republic in March, when the spring season is in full bloom. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 11°C, created by highs of 16°C during the daytime and lows of 6°C after dark. This rises up to 14.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 20°C during the daytime and lows of 9°C after dark, making the final week of May the best time to visit if you want to ...
Temperatures steadily get warmer in Prague, Czech Republic in March, when the spring season is in full bloom. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 11°C, created by highs of 16°C during the daytime and lows of 6°C after dark. This rises up to 14.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 20°C during the daytime and lows of 9°C after dark, making the final week of May the best time to visit if you want to experience Prague at its warmest.
Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 26°C and fall below 1°C in Prague in May. The hottest temperature ever registered in the city at this time of year is 30°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here during this month is -1°C.
During an average May, the length of the day is increasing, with a difference of 1:19 hours between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day is May 1st with 14:44 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is May 31st with 16:03 hours of daylight.
Over the course of the month, Prague enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine every day – that's one more hour each day than in April – alongside median cloud coverage of 52% (partly cloudy). Cloud cover stays roughly the same throughout the month, beginning at 53% on May 1st and falling down to 51% by May 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 38% of the time, partly cloudy 25% and mostly cloudy/overcast 26%. During the month, Prague is affected by less than one full foggy day.
The average monthly precipitation for the city in May is 69mm/3 inches – that's over double the previous month – which is divided between 17 wet days. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance across the month averages at 57%, with the most likely day being May 29th when it falls on 59% of days and the least likely day being May 1st when it falls on 55% of days. The probability of snowfall making an appearance in May is minimal at an average of 3%, starting off at 6% on May 1st and falling down to practically 0% by May 31st. If you really want to experience the snow in Prague, instead of going in May, plan your trip for January or December instead, when the city sees the majority of its snowfall.
The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in Prague in May are moderate rain (which falls on 53% of days with rainfall), thunderstorms (27%) and light rainfall (14%).
With cool temperatures and a high probability of rainfall, you'll need to take warm clothing with you, such as jackets, jumpers and jeans, if you plan to holiday in Prague in May, as well as some waterproofs or an umbrella if you want to spend a lot of time outdoors. If you're not a fan of cool temperatures and rainfall and want to visit Prague when it's at its hottest and driest, forget about going in May and plan your holiday for August instead, when the city will be much warmer and drier.
At an average of 67% – the same as April – the humidity for Prague in May is relatively low when you compare it to February and March. During this month, the relative humidity for the city ranges between 46% (comfortable) and 92% (very humid), rarely going below 29% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around May 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 55% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around May 30th, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days out of four.
During May, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around May 2nd, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around May 23rd, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).
Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Nitin
Where to stay
If you want to stay close to the Vysehrad Park, consider the Rezidence Vysehrad. Situated in a quiet part of the city, just steps away from the park which is full of walking and jogging routes, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of business suites, executive suites, executive deluxe suites and presidential suites. The most basic rooms feature balconies, kitchenettes and sofa beds, whilst the presidential suites also come with two living rooms and large terrace overlooking the city. Onsite you'll find the Fine Café Restaurant which serves Mediterranean food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Asian-style massages, sauna, gym with cardio equipment and weight training, secure underground parking and free WiFi access.
Appia Residences is located in Lesser Town, close to Prague Castle and only a ten minute bus ride away from the city centre where you'll find a wealth of cafes, bars, shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums. This centrally-located four-star hotel provides accommodation in the form of double deluxe rooms, junior suites and grand apartments, each of which is bigger than the last. All rooms come with free WiFi access, Nespresso machine and private bathroom with eco-friendly toiletries, whilst the junior suite also comes with a kitchenette. The grand apartments can sleep up to four and come with two bedrooms, living room with sofa bed, kitchenette and private bathroom. Onsite services and facilities include daily complimentary breakfast served in the ancient onsite restaurant, underground parking and sauna.
For top quality accommodation at an affordable price, consider Hotel Alwnyn. This renovated four-storey four-star hotel is located within walking distance of the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Square of the Republic and several railway stations, making it the ideal base from which to explore the city. Here guests can choose between 24 comfort and deluxe rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, LCD TV and handmade Hästens bed, whilst the deluxe rooms are more spacious and also feature a seating area with sofa and coffee table. Onsite dining options include Restaurant Amoseli which serves European and Czech dishes, as well as the Lobby Bar which serves teas, coffees, soft drinks and alcohol from noon until 1am. Other onsite services and facilities include massage room, sauna, free fitness centre and free parking.
Jungmann Hotel is another popular mid-range hotel in Prague. Located in the heart of the city on the dividing line between Old Town and New Town, this four-star hotel is within easy access of a plethora of historic attractions – such as Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square – as well as several cafes, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. Accommodation comes in the form of 12 double rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, LCD satellite TV and private bathroom with shower. Although onsite services and amenities are limited to complimentary daily buffet breakfast, ground floor café and laundry service, this is reflected in the cheap rates.
Residence Vysehrad close to Vysehrad Park in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Miroslav
Things to do
Vysehrad is one of Prague's most-visited and most impressive buildings. Sometimes known as "the castle on the heights", the fort was built around the 10th century and is situated in a hill overlooking the Vltava River. In addition to the fort, here you'll also find a huge garden full of historical attractions, such as statues, ancient wells, cemeteries, churches, chapels, basilicas, cellars, houses, ancient ruins, shrines and gates, as well as more modern attractions, such as a children's playground and an open-air theatre. There are various walking trails you can follow which will show you the park's best attractions, as well as several cafes.
Another castle worth visiting during your holiday is Prague Castle. The most important monument in the Czech Republic, this castle was most likely founded around 880 and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the largest castle in the world, covering almost 70,000m2. The structure is a UNESCO-protected site and is comprised of palaces and Roman and gothic religious buildings. Some of the castle's highlights include the changing of the guard which takes place daily at the courtyard at noon and at the castle gates every hour between 7am and 8pm. Prague Castle is open daily from5am until midnight throughout May and guided tours, as well as self-guided audio tours, are available to book at the entrance.
May is the time when the flowers are at their most colourful in Prague, making it a great month to visit the city's Botanical Gardens. Here you can explore all sorts of exotic spaces, including the Vineyard of St Claire, the Japanese Garden, Peony Meadow, the Mexican collection of frost-hard cacti and several open-air exhibitions. The highlight of the gardens is Fata Morgana – a tropical greenhouse which covers 1,750m2 and is considered to be the best in Europe. During May, the Botanical Gardens is open from 9am until 7pm every day and guided tours in English are available if you phone or email in advance.
Prague's Air Museum Kbely is free to enter, making it perfect for travellers looking for a cultural experience on a budget. Based in a former military airport in Prague-Kbely, this museum was established in 1968 and is the largest of its kind in Europe. There are around 275 aircraft on display in total, 85 of which are indoors, 25 of which are outside, 155 of which are stored in depositories and ten of which are fully operational planes which are still in service. Several of the planes on display are unique in the world, such as both variations of the Me 262 Schwalbe. Throughout May, the Military Museum Kbely is open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 9pm.
View from Vysehrad in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Arjen
Eating and drinking out
Carnivores won't want to pass up the chance to visit Nase Maso – a restaurant which proudly serves only the finest quality beef and pork from local Czech farms. Although the menu here is small, everything is made from the best ingredients and prepared by experienced and passionate chefs, so whatever you order, it's bound to be amazing. Popular dishes include roasted pork belly, butcher's hamburger and grilled entrecote, as well as their huge assortment of sausages which are made onsite. The drinks menu is limited to beer, still water and apple juice. In addition to the main restaurant, Nase Maso also runs a small shop where you can purchase all the main ingredients that go into the dishes.
On the other hand, seafood enthusiasts will be more at home at Zdenek's Oyster Bar. Voted as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the Czech Republic, this eatery serves a wide variety of caviars, seafood tapas and seafood platters, alongside larger seafood and fish main courses, such as grilled turbot and bouillabaisse risotto. There are two non-seafood options available – beef tenderloin and pork belly – as well as fig cake and ice cream for dessert. There are ten different variations of mussels to choose from, each of which can be served with a mignonette, sweet and sour, shallot, horseradish or lemon sauce.
If you're more thirsty than hungry, try U Kunstatu. This beer gallery is located in the centre of Prague and serves more than 50 different varieties of local and international beers. The menu has been created to tie in with the drinks and features small nibbles such as marinated cheese, beer cheese, salami and sausage. Every day a 90-minute beer tasting takes place at 6pm during which you'll have the chance to try the best Bohemian craft beers alongside a variety of traditional Czech specialities.
Oyster combination plate from Zdenek's Oyster Bar in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Point n Shoot
May events in Prague
1st May 2018
Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Therefore, many shops and businesses are also closed on this day as it is considered as a public holiday. In Prague, as well as celebrating workers, May 1st also celebrates a day of love, upholding the tradition that on May 1st a girl should be kissed under a cherry blossom so she will stay beautiful all year round.
Liberation Day (VE Day)
8th May 2018
May 8th is Liberation Day in Prague and the Czech Republic. 2016 will be the 71st anniversary of this event, therefore you can expect huge events to be taking place. This day is a public holiday celebration of liberation of the Czech Republic by the Soviet Union on May 9th, 1945.
Czech Beer Festival
10th May 2018 to 26th May 2018
The Czech Beer Festival begins at the Prague Exhibition Grounds from May 15th until the 31st. Samples of 70 plus beers from Czech breweries and of food from local markets is on offer. Folk costumes are worn by waitresses, and live bands will be entertaining the festival patrons. And the best part is, admission is FREE.
Prague Spring International Music Festival
12th May 2018 to 3rd June 2018
The Prague Spring Music Festival is back for another year and lasts from the middle of June until early July. The festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. This world famous music festival includes an array of different music genres from classical to jazz and swing.
Dance Prague (Tanec Praha)
21st May 2018 to 21st June 2018
The International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre has been hosting this special annual event for over 25 years from 23rd May until 23rd June. The festival's aim is to explore the difference between traditional ballet and experimental dance. Foreign artists and Czech dancers are expected to perform in both large and small venues throughout Prague.
Witches’ Night (Paleni Carodejnic)
30th May 2018
April 30th is Witches’ Night (Paleni Carodejnic), an old time folk festival and a pagan farewell to the spirits of winter, marking the beginning of spring. All of Prague celebrates by lighting thousands of bonfires, or sometimes by burning the resemblance of a witch. Most people choose to celebrate this festival at home, but Ladronka Park hosts a brilliant witch festival, running from 3pm to 10pm, finishing with a fireworks display at 9.45pm.