Are you thinking of visiting Prague in October? This is – arguably – the best month of the whole year to visit this stunning Czech city! Prague is beautiful year-round but in October you get all the beauty and charm with far fewer tourists.
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular eastern European cities to visit. It is characterized by the gothic churches, ornate buildings, and grand castles. There are very few cities that hold so much beauty, history, and charm! What’s even better is that Prague, and the Czech Republic, is one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe.
Use this post as a guide to visit Prague in October and enjoy this magical city during the coziest and most welcoming month of the year.
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A Guide to Prague in October
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Weather in Prague in October
The weather in Prague in October is quite mild and perfect for city explorations. There are highs of 14° and lows of 6° with the occasional unseasonably high or low-temperature days.
However, Prague is a very cozy and warm city so experiencing it in the fall season when the temperatures drop and the warm drinks are made readily available is perfect. There is nothing better than walking around the city with a jacket on and a cup of warm tea or warm wine.
In October, Prague also expects only 5 days of rain. Just be prepared for it because when I visited in October it rained almost the whole time. This wasn’t bad though because the city is so beautiful and the rain could easily be avoided with an umbrella or by sitting in a local cafe.
Just be sure to pack these essentials to be prepared for all the weather conditions:
Why Visit Prague in October
October is the best time of the year to visit Prague. The weather during October is perfect for walking around because it’s not too hot and not too cold. You will find yourself walking around more peacefully and if it gets chilly you can warm up easily in a cafe.
More so, in October the summer rush of tourists has died down a bit and you can enjoy the city with fewer people. That is not to say there are no tourists in October (because there definitely are) but much less than during the summer.
Since Prague is a charming medieval city, this makes it the perfect fall travel destination in Europe. It is a warm city and made to feel even more welcoming during the chilly fall month of October.
Top Things to do in Prague
The Old Town in Prague is one of the most magnificent and showstopping attractions of the city. It is a huge square that is home to various other attractions and important sights to see. In addition to its attractions, the huge square is full of ornate buildings in vibrant pastel colors. Simply walking around it is a feast for the eyes with something new and exciting to see at each corner.
One of the main attractions within the old town square is the Astronomical clock, which is a clock that displays astronomical information like zodiacal constellations, major planets, and positions of the sun and moon. This clock dates back to 1410 and is the oldest astronomical clock still operating!
In addition to this, the old town square is home to St. Nicholas’ church, which is a towering gothic church. This church sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the other buildings in Prague, and its contrast is quite alluring.
Havelské tržiště is the most historic and iconic street market in Prague. It dates back to 1213 and is full of exciting things to find. If you are looking for a souvenir this is the best place to start your search. Here you will find magnets, medals and even some amazing paintings of Prague!
Or if you are looking for fruits, vegetables, and other foods you can find the freshest options here. It is the best place in the city to find authentic goods made by locals.
Mala Strana is also called the lesser town and is a whole area that is located across the Vltava river. This is a charming and unique area of Prague that is full of pastel-colored houses and unique attractions. In this area, you will find cobblestone streets, authentic pubs, and even the John Lennon Wall.
Wandering around Mala Strana is a must as during the month of October this quaint area’s charm is amplified. The cozy narrow streets are beyond welcoming, and the lights from the pubs and cafes will pull you in!
Prague castle is a large castle complex full of beauty and excitement. It is a UNESCO monument full of history dating back more than 1000 years. This castle is full of stunning architecture and is free to the public to explore, however, some sites and attractions within the complex require an entrance fee.
One of the main sites inside is St. Vitus Cathedral which is an ornate gothic cathedral that dominates the grounds of the castle. Visitors can enter the church and climb the top of the tower for an unforgettable experience.
The castle complex is located on top of a hill that offers panoramic views that overlook the whole city of Prague. From atop the hill within the castle, you truly do feel like the king of the castle. There is also an amazing restaurant in the vineyard of the castle where you can sit and overlook the city. It is a magical place to eat and drink and soak up Prague’s beauty.
The city of Prague is split into two parts by the vast Vltava river. This means there is ample opportunity for a river cruise to see the cities’ two sides in a unique way. There are various river tour companies that offer these cruises some with very unique additional offerings. Check out these great river tour options below!
Charles Bridge is the main bridge that crosses the Vltava river. It is a stone bridge complete with gothic architecture and 30 unique statues. This bridge started being constructed in 1357 and was finally completed in the 15th century. Walking across it is a Prague must, so you can admire all the beauty and intricacies that are woven into it.
Chimney Cake / Trdelnik
Chimney cake is a Czech classic and a sweet treat you must try. There are a ton of shops that sell these freshly made and they are amazing. You can get them in a ton of different variations, you can get just the dough with sugar cake part, or you can add fillings inside.
Czech Beer or Wine
The Czech Republic is known for its tasty beers, which is why tasting a pint or two is a must! Year-round you will find a ton of restaurants and pubs serving Czech beer in a bunch of different flavors and brews. In October if you are faced with a cold day you can warm yourself up by putting a few beers in your system.
Or, if you are like me and not much of a beer person you can also drink wine, and in the colder months warm wine! Warm wine is simply red wine heated up with a few additional spices put it. It is the perfect fall weather drink that you will find in cafes, restaurants, and being sold at stands on the street.
The Jewish quarter is an area od Prague located between Vltava River and the Old Town Square. This is a very symbolic and historic area of the city that holds some insight into its dark past.
The Jewish Quater was previously a Jewish ghetto and was preserved by Hitler in WW2 for the internet to be a “museum for an extinct race”. Spending some time walking around here and even entering the Jewish museum will give you some insight into a past we should not soon forget.
John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon wall is an iconic wall in Prague that is dedicated to John Lennon inspired graffiti and designs for fighting global and local causes. This wall has been collecting signatures and different graffiti pieces since 1980 and is a major attraction of the city.
The wall itself is actually quite hidden down a random street and is not as big as you might expect. However, venturing around Mala Strana to find it is a fun adventure to be had.
The dancing house is a unique building in Prague that is located a little further from the main excitement of the city. The building sits on the riverfront and is one of the main sights to see! Its unique modern architecture really stands out against the rest of the cities Gothic and Baroque architecture.
This building was only built in the 20th century as a symbol of the fall of communism in the Czech Republic. Take a walk along the riverfront to find this unique building, and grab a warm drink from a cafe for the journey.
Where to Stay in Prague
Prague is a fairly large city and there are plenty of amazing areas to stay in. It is a relatively cheap city so staying in the city center on a budget is quite easily done. Here is a list of the top places to stay in Prague from budget to luxury.
It’s hard to argue that Prague is a stunning travel destination in October. There is a ton to do during this month and the beauty of the city truly shines!
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