Do you plan to visit Prague during autumn season? Congratulations, great choice! You will avoid crowds of rushing tourists and have a great chance to enjoy lovely autumn atmosphere full of morning fogs and light sun rays. And of course you can try some of our favourite seasonal activities listed in this blog post. Get inspired and learn more about what to do, eat and drink during Prague autumn.
1. WARM UP IN SAUNA ON A BOAT
Sometimes it is nice to relax after an all day sightseeing adventure. Saunas are the best and healthy way. During this time of a year it is also the warmest place in the city – a little tropical paradise for everyone! During autumn/winter season, local sauna fans open public sauna located on a barge in Náplavka (river bank) located right downtown. The best part? The sauna room and relaxing area are overlooking Vltava river and Prague Castle! So grab a beer, take a quick dip into the river (or shower) and enjoy stunning views. Blaaaaaast.
2. TASTE ST. MARTIN´S WINE AND GOOSE
Czech Republic is not only famous for beer making but also for local wine production. After September season of „burčák“, comes November season of young wine tasting. The first wine of the year is called St. Martin´s Wine and the bottles are only allowed to be opened since November 11, at 11:11 AM. This is an old and very popular Czech seasonal event with tradition dating back to the 18th century. In the Czech calendar, November 11 is also Martin´s name day, as well as when it usually starts to snow in the Czech Republic. That´s why locals say that Martin will arrive on a white horse.
Besides wine tasting, many Czech families gather on this day and enjoy together a traditional baked St. Martin´s Goose, which is a typical and delicious Czech dish. Why goose? It is said that during the time of the election for a new bishop, St. Martin hid in a geese shed as he did not wish to be elected. However, the geese started honking, which gave away his location, thus being forced to show himself and be elected Bishop. Later St. Martin became a patron of geese, horses, wine makers, beggars or soldiers.
St. Martin´s goose and wine will be on menu in many Prague restaurant druing this season, so don´t forget to make a reservation.
3. RENT GOOD OLD POLAROID TO CAPTURE AUTUMN ATMOSPHERE
Who nowadays is printing digital photos from vacations? Nobody! We only keep them in our computers, right? Let´s change this during your Prague visit! Capture Prague fall melancholy on the Polaroid camera and take your beautiful retro pictures with you back home. You don´t have to buy a new camera for this, you can rent everything upon your arrival in Polaroidlove. You will only pay for the film, the Polaroid camera is for free. Unique alternative to Instagram, what do you think?
4. GET A CUP OF MULLED WINE CALLED “SVAŘÁK”
It is a traditional custom, here in the Czech Republic, to sip on a cup of svařák and walk around. Just like the first ice cream in spring or the first beer outdoors in beer garden. Sipping the first „svařák“ while roaming around Prague indicates that cold season is back in town. For locals this is a must-do every year when temperatures drop down and summer is just a memory. Czech mulled wine, which we call „svařák“ can be purchased in every square, restaurant or coffee place. If you want to enjoy an authentic atmosphere and relax over your drink in cozy nook without noisy people around you, visit Kavárna Nový Svět located in a tiny picturesque quarter close to Prague Castle, where tourist usually never come. If you wish join Prague Behind The Scenes tour we will have a coffee break in this lovely family run coffee house.
5. STROLL AROUND PETŘÍN HILL
What would be a fall without all the colours around you! It is not necessary to travel out of Prague to see nature playing with colors. Believe me, Prague is not only about sights, architecture, beer and art. Prague has many beautiful parks and gardens which are creating the fantastic fall scenery every year. Feast your eyes and take a walk on Petřín hill, romantic place offering relaxing and easy walking paths, with beautiful views over the city. On the very top is located Petřín Tower, smaller copy of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower is open to the public and you are more than welcome to take few more steps to the top; shape your bottom and enjoy magnificent 360° view of Prague.
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