Stroll along the Charles Bridge and count the spires rising out of the City of a Hundred Spires. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Town and learn about the history of the Kingdom of Bohemia. Admire the Gothic , Baroque and Renaissance architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle, but also be surprised by the quirky Dancing House! Drink, eat and be merry might as well be the slogan of this unique well-preserved city that draws visitors into a Bohemian wonderland, which is rich with culture and history. Bereft of tourists and abound with cultural experiences, Prague in October is a great time to visit the city. Here is a guide on how to explore the city and things to do.
Why is Prague in October a must-visit?
Beautiful fall weather – Prague in October experiences the late fall weather which includes mild daytime temperatures and colder evenings. There is little rainfall and no snow, which makes it a breeze to walk around freely. It is the perfect time to visit Prague before the cold weather hits the city!
Buzzing culture – Prague is bursting with cultural activities and you can spend the evenings thoroughly entertained by Operas, Ballets, Black Light Theatre and Music concerts like the Lunchmeat festival. Foodies can indulge in the Coffee and Chocolate festivals and various food festivals. The city does real justice to its Bohemian tag and you can be assured to have fun!
Big perks – The biggest advantage of visiting Prague in October is that you will avoid the summer and Christmas tourist crowds. You won’t have to endure people photobombing your selfies on the Charles bridge! Plus, the flight rates are cheaper and hotels offer discounts on room rates, saving you 10%-30% on your budget that you can splurge on tours and activities.
Prague Weather in October
Autumn is on its wane in Prague in October, you can start feeling the chill air in the evenings and drop in temperatures. The average temperature is around 14°C with lows of 6°C, and there is scanty rainfall in the beginning of the month. Day length decreases to about 11 hours per day.
Prague in October : Things to Do
The office of the Czech President, the Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world and covers almost 70,000 m². The castle dates back to 880 and is built in multiple architectural styles including Romanesque and Gothic. Only a guided castle tour will do justice to this icon of Prague!
Prague Castle Complex – Everyday – 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Historical Buildings – Everyday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
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Old Town and Jewish Quarter
Prague has witnessed a fair share of European history play out on its grounds. From being the home of Roman emperors to the Jews, the old town of Prague covers the areas known locally as Staré Město and Josefov. A walking tour will help you learn the history behind Ungelt Square, Tyn Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge. .
Tour starts at 9:50 AM everyday
Staroměstské nám, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
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St. Vitus Cathedral
Looming over the castle complex, the Gothic architecture of the St. Vitus Cathedral is dominant on the Prague skyline. The church is more than 7 centuries old and is the largest church in the Czech Republic. Take a tour to marvel at the Renaissance and Baroque interiors of the magnificent church. .
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Great Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
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Hop On Hop Off Prague
Prague in October can be pretty cold and instead of waiting for a public bus you might want to enjoy the route itinerary of a HOHO Bus that takes you to all the attractions in Prague. Plus, you also get access to the Castle, a free boat tour and a free castle walking tour in your HOHO bus tour.
Both routes of buses run every day from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
A Day Trip to Terezin Concentration Camp
More than 33,000 Jews lost their lives in the Terezin Concentration Camp during the Holocaust. Drive just 70KM from Prague on a guided tour to learn more about the atrocities at Terezin and yet how the prisoners didn’t leave hope of a better future.
Tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 AM
G578+G3 Terezín, Czechia
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Vltava River Cruise
Cruise along the Vltava and duck under its numerous bridges as you watch iconic landmarks of Prague go past – Old Town, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, National Theatre, Water Tower, Kampa Museum and Straka Academy. Combine the river cruise with a guided city tour to learn more about the city’s history.
Prague National Museum
The Prague National Museum is a collection of 11 museums that display over 14 million items pertaining to both world and Czech history. A guided tour of the Historical Building of the National Museum is a must, especially to climb up to the dome and view the hall with the skeleton of the whale.
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Dancing House is quite a departure from the stately and historic buildings that are the norm in Prague. But, the Dancing House has become an iconic building and you can visit the art gallery, restaurant and bar inside it or even stay inside it! Even if nothing else, just take a photograph outside it.
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město,
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Beer Tour of Prague
Did you know that the Czech Republic has the highest beer per-capita consumption in the world? Find out what makes Czech beer awesome on this legendary beer tour of Prague. Visit two iconic bars where the celebrities of the world have stopped for a drink and end the night with dinner.
Tour starts everyday at 6:00 PM
Discover Prague Tour Office, Celetná 12, Prague
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After Dark Guided Tour
Be careful of what lurks around the corner in Old Town as the place is known to be riddled with myths and stories of ghosts. Prague is often counted among the most haunted cities in Europe and you can find out why in this after dark tour of Prague that takes you through the Prague Castle Complex at night.
Tour starts Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 PM
Prague Trips and Tickets, Tynska 7, Prague 1,
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Prague in October : Events to Look Out For
14th – 15th September 201930th September 2019 – 5th October 2019
The Lunchmeat festival is a unique electronic music and new media art festival that brings performers from different art spheres on one platform. It includes top DJs and talented artists to create a visual extravaganza. The festival will be conducted at the Veletržní palace.
2nd October 2019 – 8th October 2019
The Be2Can is a film festival that brings together the best films from the world’s top three film festivals – Berlin, Venice and Cannes. The platform is not just for viewing movies but also for debate and discussion. The venues for this festival are Pilotů Cinema, Lucerna cinema, Evald cinema and Světozor cinema.
Signal Prague Light Festival
10th October 2019 – 13th October 2019
The Signal Light Festival is one of its kinds of festivals in Prague and is in its 7th edition now. The festival uses public spaces including Prague’s most iconic attractions and transforms them through light installations. The festival draws artists from across the world and is a great time to visit Prague.
Strings of Autumn
15th October 2019 – 13th November 2019
Strings of Autumn is in its 23rd edition, running since 1996, and has emerged as one of Czech Republic’s largest music festivals. It will feature 10 concerts on genres ranging from contemporary classical to hip hop, jazz and electronic music. Charles Lloyd, JACK Quarter, and Jiří Suchý will be performing at the event.
Prague in October : 3-day Itinerary
Prague in October - Essentials
Prague Weather in October
The last of the leaves are falling in Prague in October and the weather is turning colder, with average temperatures around 14°C. There is rain on the charts in the beginning of the month, but almost no chance of snow. The sunrise is around 7:00 AM and sunset is around 6:00 PM, giving you ample time to sightsee outdoors around the city.
Where to Stay in Prague in October
Prague’s main attractions are centred in and around the Old Town, which is a popular area to stay as you can just walk everywhere. The New Town is not too far away but offers more budget options. If you are keen on nightlife Zizkov and Vinohrady are great neighbourhoods, on the other hand families with kids are better off in Mala Strana. Here is a list of our favorite places to stay in Prague:-
What to Pack for Prague in October
The weather is cold in the evenings but the beginning of the month can see higher temperatures spiking on a few days. It is ideal to layer your clothes and carry both lightweight and heavy sweaters and a windcheater or light jacket. If you are visiting opera or theatre shows then bring smart casuals and carry comfortable walking shoes because Prague is a lot of walking!
Getting Around in Prague in October
Prague has one of the best public transport networks in Europe and it is very easy to get around the city. Prague Metro has 3 lines – A, B, C and has over 60 stations; Trams are the next popular option and serve 34 routes including night trams. Buses are cheap but not easy to navigate, the other options are river ferries and the funicular railway. You can use the Prague Card to enjoy free public transport and if you just don’t want the hassle of planning your transport then simply take the Hop-on Hop-off bus that will take you to all the attractions in Prague.
Prague in October - Must Try Delicacies
The Roasted Goose or Duck is a popular dish amongst the Czech who ideally eat it on St. Martin’s Day. But any cold day is perfect to dig into the warm golden roasted goose that is often served with a side of dumplings and red cabbage, and of course a St. Martin’s wine!
Where to eat: Husinec
You don’t have to wait until Christmas to dig into the pernik or Czech Gingerbread. The sweet and spicy sweet is ideal to be eaten in the autumn cold of Prague in October. The traditional recipe for this includes a combination of honey and spices that include star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom.
Where to eat: Perníčkův sen
Svařák is a hot wine that works brilliantly in keeping you warm in Prague in October. A version of the mulled wine it is a mix of various ingredients and comes in different flavours. Some of the popular ingredients are cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, allspice, ginger and lemongrass.
Where to eat: Crosscafe Solni
These sweet crepes are something you wouldn’t mind having for breakfast or dinner! Made of a thin batter, the crepes are filled with fresh fruits like strawberries or fruit sauces or thick jams like cherry and raspberry. You can go crazy and customize with toppings just like any regular pancakes.
Where to eat: Cafe Creperie Pod Vezi
Many believe this is dish is the best representative of Czech cuisine and is even considered by many as the national dish! It is essentially pork loin roasted in onion and caraway gravy and offered with a side of sauerkraut and boiled bread dumplings.
Tips for Visiting Prague in October
- Do note that daylight savings starts on 27th October and clocks are changed backward by one hour. If you are flying in and out during this period make sure you get the right time, lest you miss flight back home!
- A theatre technique unique to Prague is the Black Light Theatre, which uses black lighting or UV light in a darkened stage to create visual illusions. You can find multiple performances each day in Prague in October at these theatres – Ta Fantastika, Srnec, Metro – and tickets range between 590 CZK and 720 CZK.
- Prague hosts concerts, operas and ballets almost every day in October. You can find performances going on at Lobkowicz Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Klementinum, National Theatre, Municipal House, and St. Clement’s Cathedral. Ticket prices range from 500 CZK to 1200 CZK.
- Prague observes the Independent Czechoslovak State Day on 28th October to commemorate the creation of independent Czechoslovakia at the end of the First World War. It is not a holiday for major tourist attractions, instead you can take tours of places like The Senate, The Chamber of Deputies, and Residence of the Mayor that opens for public on this day.
- Smíchovská Náplavka Riverfront Park hosts a lot of food festivals and in October you can experience the Food Truck Festival and Vintage food festival.
- If you are taking kids to Prague then stop over at Czech Repubrick that is one of the biggest LEGO worlds. The exhibition includes 30 huge models of Prague’s attractions like the National Museum, and St. Vitus Cathedral.
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