Things to do in Prague during your university winter break

For many students, it can be tempting to simply kick back and relax during a winter break. The stress of coursework deadlines and exams is exhausting for undergraduate and graduate students alike, and now you finally have a few free weeks. While long lie-ins and Netflix binges might sound fantastic, consider using at least some of your time to make memories and enjoy activities that you might not have had time for during the busy UNYP semester. Fill your long break with plans that are rewarding and fun, and you will find yourself energized and inspired, ready to attack the spring semester.

Take advantage of all the culture around you and remind yourself why you chose to Study Abroad in Prague. 

Winter tends to push us back indoors, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. From music concerts through contemporary dance lessons to rock climbing, Prague offers plenty of ways to entertain yourselves this January.  We’ve put together a list of our favorite Prague winter recreation ideas for you to browse in your free time.

Music and Performances

  • Prague is famous for its opera and ballet scene, staged in magnificent opera houses, stunning concert halls, cathedrals and other historic buildings. If your budget allows, it’s worth treating yourself to tickets for one of the performances on offer across the capital in January. Highlights include the Czech Philharmonic & Semyon Bychkov at the Dvorak Hall of Rudolfinum, performing symphonies by Schubert and Beethoven, and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the reopened Prague State Opera. 
  • If classical music isn’t your thing, check out what’s on at some of your favorite clubs and venues, such as the MEET Factory, Palac Akropolis, or V Lese. Prague is a city of music, with events of all kinds to enjoy all year round. 
  • For an alternative evening’s entertainment, consider a contemporary circus show by the collective Cirk La Putyka, which combines magic tricks, acrobatics, dance, theatre sketches, and music acts. 

Try new activities

  • If you’ve become one with your bed or couch, blow off the cobwebs at one of Prague’s outdoor ice skating rinks, which stay open long after Christmas. We like the rink at Letna, and the one in the gardens under the tower of Žižkov. Prices vary, so check online first.
  • Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution to become a better dancer? Taking contemporary dance classes for beginners is a great way to master the control over your body that you need to improve. PONEC Theatre provides an excellent opportunity to learn from trained actors – a different actor teaches every lesson, and participants can choose the number of sessions they want to attend. 
  • Looking for team-building activities to reconnect with your UNYP peers? Book a bowling alley at Smichov, or check out one of the local rock climbing facilities. 

Museums and exhibitions

Cold and wet out there? A museum day is the perfect way to get some walking in while enjoying the great indoors. Fortunately, Prague has tons of museums and galleries to offer. Make a day of it and take your time enjoying things you might not have noticed. Be sure to check out our list of don’t-miss winter exhibitions across Prague.

Get out of town to explore the nearby cities

Finally, if you are tired of Prague, take advantage of its location and explore other Central European cities. The UNYP winter break lasts up to four weeks, so you have the ideal opportunity to travel. Berlin and Budapest make for great city breaks, and both have many activities to keep you busy. Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov are perfect destinations to enjoy picturesque views, cozy atmospheres, and local spas. Brno’s lively club scene will satisfy fans of all genres, and its flourishing café and bar scene will pleasantly surprise you with an exquisite sense of style.

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