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Prague’s Autumn Splendour

It’s that wonderful time of year again when verdant turns to russet and gold. Yes, it’s autumn (or fall if you prefer), and autumn in Prague is wonderful.

The scorching summer heat is a thing of the past and it’s the ideal time of year to explore the great outdoors. If walking, running or biking is not your thing, there are some great places to sit and people-watch. Or to study if you’re doing the LiveTEFL Prague course. Try the lawns at Vysehrad.

Prague's Autumn Splendour

You are likely to spot people practicing tightrope walking between trees. Or head to the beer garden at Letna, explore Stromovka or read a book at Divoka Sarka. Petrin Hill is another favourite. Have a beer then wander the winding paths to the top where you can enjoy spectacular views of Prague Castle. If you’re feeling a little tired, catch a ride up the hill on the funicular railway and walk down.

If you can drag yourself away from the balmy weather and nature’s beauty, there’s plenty to do indoors as well. If live music is your passion, Prague delivers all year round. Lovers of classical music are well catered for with continuing opera and ballet performances. Some other events to watch for this autumn include:

  • The annual Strings of Autumn Festival opens on 5 October and includes nine evening concerts. Spotlight promises some cutting edge music combining elements of jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronics. It’s on November 19 and concludes the 20th edition of Strings of Autumn.
  • Eros Ramazzotti Eros World Tour on 30 October (O2 Arena).
  • Lovers of acoustic guitar won’t want to miss the International Acoustic Guitar Festival from October 9 to November 24. The official opening is on October 11.

And watch out for Madonna and Andrea Bocelli later this year!

If you prefer to leave the mainstream, the Next Wave Arts Festival is on from 18 to 29 September and promises a range of fascinating events on the theme of Terrorism.

The Czechs love their beer, but wine has a place in their hearts as well and Prague sees at least three harvest festivals this September:

  • Festival of the Grape Harvest at Prague Botanical Gardens (12 to 13 September)
  • Festival of the Grape in the Royal Garden at Prague Castle (19 to 20 September)
  • St. Wenceslas Vines Festival at Villa Richter (26 to 28 September)

Signal FestivalOne of my favourite annual Prague events returns in October, the Signal Light Festival. From 15 to 18 October you will see some of your favourite buildings transformed. An evening stroll from venue to venue will reward with you some amazing experiences. The Church of St Ludmilla in Namesti Miru is definitely worth a visit during this time, and it’s usually less crowded than Old Town Square.

Autumn in Prague is packed with things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes. And if you’re studying TEFL in Prague, rest assured that you will find plenty to enjoy when you need a break from the books.  

By Dalice Trost, 10 September 2015

Sources: Photo 2: Metro.cz

 

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