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Out and about in summer, in Prague

Picture yourself sitting in a beautiful park, enjoying the sunshine and sipping a cold beer. Or perhaps you’d rather be hiking through forests, swimming in clear lakes, splashing around in a swimming pool, or riding your bike along woodland tracks. These are just some of the activities you can enjoy in and around Prague in summer. But if drinking beer, or enjoying the great outdoors, aren’t your thing, Prague has plenty more to offer this summer.

In just a few days’ time, on 26 June, you can enjoy the Prague Ice Cream Festival, where you will be able to taste ice cream from throughout the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Gelato, soft serve, frozen yoghurt, sorbet … all your ice cream desires will be met at the Exhibition Centre in Prague 7 (Výstaviště Holešovice). But if you miss it, remember you can always pick up delicious ice cream at Vanille in Námēsti Míru. Remember too that Farmers’ Markets are held in different places around Prague, giving you the chance to taste delicious, fresh produce. My personal favourite is on Saturdays, down on the banks of the Vltava River. It’s a great spot for breakfast. 
 
If burgers are more your style, Prague Burger Fest takes place at the Exhibition Centre from 10 to 11 September. Find the details here.
 
For those of you who are culturally inclined, Prague is always packed with wonderful music, and all tastes are catered for. Rihanna is playing at O2 Arena on 26 July, which is also the venue for Iron Maiden on 5 July and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on 4 September.
 
The Prague Proms season this year looks like a winner, with some fabulous jazz (check out James Morrison on 17 July). For those who love film soundtracks, Hollywood Night XXL on 20 July should not be missed.
 
For a taste of not-quite-so-mainstream Prague, head along to Prague Pride. The festival runs from 8 to 14 August, with the Prague Pride Parade on 13 August. This year’s theme is LOVE. The event will include the Pride Business Forum, an LBGT Tourism Symposium and LGBE Families Meetings.
 
While it doesn’t happen in Prague, one of the Czech Republic’s favourite events, attracting many visitors from Prague, is the annual Colours of Ostrava festival. From 14 to 17 July, Ostrava plays host to a host of international and local musicians. This year’s line-up includes the fabulous 2 Cellos, Thievery Corporation, Passenger, Of Monsters and Men, and many more. World music, blues, jazz, folk … 5 stages, 4 days … you’re sure to find something to enjoy.
 
If you’re one of the many thousands, or millions, around the world fascinated by the tragic sinking of the Titanic, and you haven’t been to the exhibition yet, the Titanic Exhibition at Letnany is a must-visit event. Hurry – it closes on 10 July. The exhibition includes more than 200 original artifacts. 
 
Of course, it wouldn’t be summer in Prague without Letní Letná, the international Festival of New Circus and Theatre. The programme runs from 18 August to 4 September, and features performers from Australia, France, and the Czech Republic.
 
Prague in summer definitely has something for everyone. 
 
by Dalice Trost

 

 

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