Autumn in the Czech Republic sees nature put on a variegated garment and brings chilly, foggy mornings. Although, don’t let cold and damp autumn weather put you off from making a trip! On the contrary, autumnal weather lends a genuine melancholic atmosphere to many spots. We’ve got tips for places to visit, which you will even surely like in this season of the year.
Průhonice parkYou will find natural sceneries reminiscent of a fairy tale just a few kilometres from Prague. It is one of the largest natural landscape parks in Central Europe covering an area of around 240 hectares. In autumn, when the sun slowly breaks through heavy fog, the park is an ideal place for both relaxation and romantic walks. The park was founded in 1885 by Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca, the owner of Průhonice Chateau. Besides a forest with exotic woody plants, it also features meadows and an extensive rockery built on rocks above Botič brook. You can roam the park all day long as it has about 40 km of groomed paths! In addition to being of historical significance, the park is also valuable from a dendrological point of view as a collection of domestic and exotic woody plants, numbering around 1,600 species.
St. John’s rapids (Svatojánské proudy) trailThe St. John’s rapids educational trail leads through a romantic deep rocky valley of the Vltava River, through the stretch of the former St John’s rapids (Svatojánské proudy), which are now flooded by the Štěchovice Reservoir to the south of Prague. Rafts and cargo vessels carrying wood from Šumava to Prague used to navigate the Vltava in the past. And it was at St John’s rapids where there was a stretch of the river that was a menace to boats. Owing to its rapids, the river considerably complicated the life of bargees and posed a threat to the transport of cargo. The first hiking trail in what is today the Czech Republic was built above the river and its rapids in 1889. And you can still take a walk along it. The roughly 10 km long trail begins in the small town of Štěchovice and ends at Nové Třebenice, where you can get onto a cruise ship and sail back to Štěchovice, or get on a bus to take you to Prague. The trail leads through hard terrain, partly on a steep hillside, and is solely intended for hikers. Small children and bikers should not use the trail. Narrow paths in the canyon above the river offer a lot of romantic views, but they are not intended for less fit travellers.
South Moravia and open cellarsWhen you ask the Czechs where they would like to go to spend an extended weekend in autumn, a lot of them will tell you that they would like to visit South Moravia. It is the warmest and sunniest region of the entire Czech Republic as well as an area where, mainly in the grape harvest period in autumn, wine flows like water! This year it is a slightly different story due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still visit open wine cellars. In November, wine-makers will be happy to show you their wine cellars and let you taste their wine, for example, below the dreamy hills of Pálava in Horní and Dolní Věstonice (20/11) or in Pavlov (27/ 11). Velké Pavlovice will have cellars open on St. Martin’s Day on 13 November, and Hustopeče on 6 and 7 November.
However, South Moravia offers much more than wine. For example, don’t leave out a tour of the Gothic Revival gem of Moravia – Lednice Chateau, or the nearby town of Valtice and its chateau.