Time to go
On the continent in Central Europe the weather is cold with snow in the winter but the summers are lengthy with a lot of sunshine and clear days. Our tours run from the beginning of April to the end of October – the optimum months here for a good trip. May, June and September are the times to experience the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. The temperature in the summer can get quite high, so July and August are perfect if you love the sun. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly too. These times are perfect if you want to see the changing of the seasons.
July and August tend to be the busiest times in terms of crowds. Bear this in mind if you want to see some national monuments relatively crowd-free.
Festivals and events
Central Europe is rich in festivals and cultural events. Worth mentioning are the local festivals celebrating the grape harvest in September – vinobrani. There is much merrymaking by the local residents with consumption of delicious wine. In some areas a folk culture is connected to wine growing and this can particularly be seen during the vinobrani.
International Prague Spring Music Festival (May-June) – International music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras.
Khamoro (May-June) – Roma Festival strives to show the richness and complexity of Roma culture and traditions. The festival is divided into 3 sections – professional, cultural and media. The festival strives on the one hand to present Roma culture, art and traditions as an integral part of Czech, European and world culture.
Beer Festival (May)
Prague Food Festival (May)
United Islands (June)- rock, pop, indie, electro, world, folk & jazz music
Bohemia Jazz Fest (July)
Prague Autumn (September-October) – International music festival.
Melnik Wine Festival (September) – Traditional wine celebrations, program of events taking place on three stages (main country and historical stage), arts and crafts,Procession led by Charles IV, firework display
Karl-May-Festtage Radebeul (May) – Historical camps, shows, stunts and action, folkmusic and bluegrass.
International Dixieland Festival (May) – Over 65 venues with more than 28 bands and solo performers from 11 countries. Dresden sings and swings like crazy.
Moritzburg Festival (August) – One of the world’s most prestigious chamber music festivals. The festival takes place in Moritzburg Castle near Dresden every August. During two weeks soloists from all over the world concentrate on works of chamber music and perform them in concerts at the end.
Dresden Music Festival (May-June) – Classical music/ ballet Germany’s biggest classical music festival. Concerts feature international stars and Dresden’s top ensembles inthe city’s most exquisite palaces, theatres, fine rooms and churches.