Things to do in Prague in Autumn 2019
Prague has something to offer in every season, but if there is a period that really reveals the city in all its beauty, it is definitely autumn. It is the time when Prague’s numerous parks turn into a lush palette of yellow, orange and red, making the city look like an impressionist painting. Autumn rain and fog might sound a bit unpleasant after the warm summer days, but trust me, it’s quite the opposite! They add a slight melancholic touch to the mystical atmosphere of this historical city which makes it come alive in a new, more subtle light. Just imagine walking down Charles Bridge enveloped in thick fog early in the morning.
Sipping your warm cup of coffee and watching the people rushing by while listening to the patter of rain on the window doesn’t sound all that bad either! Autumn has its own unforgettable magic which makes it perfect for long walks of discovery. And what’s more, it is the period when there are fewer tourists than in the summer in Prague, so you are definitely up for an authentic experience. But, just because there are fewer tourists it doesn’t mean that Prague is empty, quite the contrary! Autumn is the season richest in cultural events such as concerts, festivals and exhibitions, so visiting Prague in autumn is bound to be amazing! We have made a list of the best things to do in Prague this autumn to help you get the most of it!
Visit the traditional markets
Whether you’re coming to Prague for the first time or not, the historical landmarks in the old town are a must-see! But Prague is much more than it’s famous architecture; the old town has a special welcoming atmosphere which makes you come back often. In autumn this atmosphere becomes even more magical. It is a time when the enticing smells of traditional Czech sausage mix with the scent of mulled wine, and the spicy smell of freshly baked trdelník. You can hardly walk the cobbled streets and not fall in love with the warmth and coziness of the place. For example, you can visit St. Wenceslas Market, which takes place 14-28 September this year and takes place right on the Wenceslas square.
At the market, you can find traditional local food as well as other locally handcrafted items such as ceramics, jewelry and woodware. It’s the perfect place to stop for a quick pint of beer or a glass of wine. You can also buy local souvenirs before continuing your discovery of Prague! If you are interested in authentic Czech souvenirs, be sure to check out our Made in Prague tour.
Visit Petřín hill
Usually, the autumn weather in Prague is quite mild, with warm days and chillier nights, so it’s the perfect time for a more active adventure! Prague is quite a hilly city, and one of the best ways to experience it is on foot. So, this autumn, put your sports shoes on and head to Petřín, a hill that is located right in the heart of the city. And trust me, when I say hill, I mean a proper high hill with lovely orchids and wooded areas that turn into a mosaic of colours in autumn! But don’t be intimidated by its height; there are very accessible roads and it’s a very pleasant 30-minute stroll uphill where you can enjoy the crackling leaves under your feet. If, for any reason, you are unable to walk up the hill, do not despair, there is a regular funicular railway. The railway is handicapped accessible and will take you all the way to the top of the hill, all for the price of public transport ticket!
The excellent location of Petřín gives you a panoramic 360-degree view of Prague, you can see the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and all the famous landmarks in the distance. On the top of the hill, there is the Petřín tower, a replica of the Eiffel tower which is one of the highest points in Prague and is definitely a must-see. Once you’re on the top, the options are endless: you can visit the Petřín Mirror Maze, Štefánik’s astronomical Observatory or just enjoy a lovely walk around Petřín gardens.
The top of Petřín hill is the perfect place for a nice autumn picnic. You can rest and recharge your batteries to go head to Prague Castle, which is just nearby. Now, if you are more into the traditional ways of recharging batteries, be sure to visit the Strahov Monastic Brewery. The brewery is located in the Strahov Monastery, which was founded as early as 1142 by King Vladislav II and is a valuable piece of history which is definitely worth visiting.
Visit some festivals
Autumn is Prague is very vibrant when it comes to festivals and cultural events. Surely, the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions Prague is beer, but during autumn, Prague is all about wine! Alongside beer, wine is also traditionally produced here, especially in the southern part called Moravia. And the Czechs are true specialists for white wine. In early autumn you can try burčák, a slightly fermented young wine typical for central Europe. When it gets colder, be sure to warm your hands with a cup of mulled wine. If you are a wine lover, do not miss the wine harvest festivals that traditionally take place every autumn. For instance, you can visit the Grape Harvest Festival at Prague Botanical Gardens. The festival takes place 14- 15 September and is located in the vineyards of Troja, on a hill overlooking the city. You can also visit the Troja castle or just roam around the amazing botanical garden made even more beautiful by the autumn colours. The festival is a great chance to taste local wines and delve into local culture as there will be traditional food stands and live music. Another great wine festival is St. Wenceslas Wine Festival that takes place on St. Wenceslas Day (28 September. It is one of the oldest traditional wine festivals and it is located in the vineyards of the Prague Castle. A perfect view with great wine. Could it get any better?
If you are in Prague in the middle of October, be sure to visit Prague Signal Festival. It is a festival of video mapping and light installations that uses the city’s buildings as a canvas. To find out more, check out our article on Signal Festival.
If you are into design, or just want to check out a modern design and get some nice, original souvenirs, the design and fashion festival Design Market is a must for you! It will take place on 21-22 September on Václav Havel Square (piazzetta of the National Theater). A picturesque location and great design, it’s a recipe for a day well spent!
All in all, we are sure that autumn in Prague has a lot to offer, so pack your bags and check it out yourself!
September 16, 2019