What To Wear In Czech Republic
To sum it up - Smart, casual
- Prague is the most popular destination in the Czech Republic. It is very much a tourist city with visitors from around the world, so you will see all sorts of clothing and there are no real restrictions - although locals tend to be smart casual.
- Prague is beautiful and picturesque, with many sights to walk around - and lots of steps! So take a very comfortable pair of walking shoes.
- Avoid taking high heels at all, as most of the streets are cobbled. Boots with a chunky heel or wedge heels are more common for dressing up, but smart flat shoes are probably best.
- Whatever the time of year you are travelling the weather can be unpredictable - temperatures can vary from one day to the next and rain is always possible. Layers and a lightweight raincoat will ensure you are always dry and comfortable, and an umbrella will also be useful.
- On cooler days scarves are very popular, with men as well as women.
- Jeans and t-shirts are also popular - with the majority of people seen wearing dark blue or black denim.
- Mid-summer from June to August can be very hot, and younger Czech women tend to wear short skirts and strappy vest tops in the heat.
- The colder months November - March can be absolutely freezing and snow is likely - so pack a warm coat, warm scarf, hat, gloves and ear muffs. Make sure you have good non-slip footwear too, as the cobbled streets get very slippery when wet or icy.
- In general there is no strict code for bars and restaurants, and most smart-casual wear will be fine. However some smarter nightclubs may not allow trainers/sneakers and some require a tie for men.
- If you are planning a visit to one of the opera houses or theatres, you will feel more comfortable in smart casual dress. For men a jacket and tie is not essential, but certainly wouldn't be out of place.
- The churches are spectacular and often have concerts open to the public but do bear in mind that you need to wear modest attire.
- Prague has a very lively street cafe culture - so carry a pashmina or pullover to keep warm whilst sat outside.
- Boat trips on the Vltava river are a great way to see the sights, but again you'll need a wrap against the chilly breeze. If it's sunny, bear in mind that the rays reflect off the water - so wear sunglasses and sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection) (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection).
- When leaving Prague airport, note that the security screening takes place immediately before the departure gate - after you've visited the shops and duty free. Any liquids or cosmetics you purchase will need to be in approved, sealed airport bags to pass through the security checks.
- See our Blog post about what we packed for a city break in Prague.
- For more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear in the Czech Republic.
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