Autumn trip to Prague what to do and see

A trip to Prague in September is a guaranteed success. The whole month is packed with activities from wine tastings to beer festivals. September also heralds the start of the cultural season with concerts and special film screenings. Farmers’ markets and flea markets are in full swing. European Heritage Days is an opportunity to see the interior of buildings that are normally not open to the public. September is also perfect for discovering the city on foot, it is still pleasantly warm, trees are showing their autumn colours and outside beer gardens are still open.

Things to Do in September

1. Manifesto Market Andel
2. Grebovka Wine Festival
3. European Heritage Days
4. Beer and burger festival
5. Bollywood Film Festival
6. Farmers’ Markets
7. Climbing Towers
8. Outdoor fitness
9. Lampposts as a tourist attraction
10. Self-guided walk

Suggestions for a trip to Prague in September

1. Manifesto Market
Manifesto is a mecca for foodies. Sea containers have been converted into street food outlets, fashion boutiques, bookshops and more and trendy restaurants rub shoulders with burger bars. Manifesto is 100% sustainable and although the plates and cups look like plastic, they are made of 100% recycled and biodegradable material. Address 34 Ostrovského Street, in the Smichov district.

2. Grebovka Wine Festival
This festival takes place in mid-September. Burcak (the first wine of the season) and music are the main ingredients of this two-day festival held on namesti Miru and in Havlickovy Park.

3. Heritage Days
This is a European event and takes place in the second week of September. A large number of historic buildings are accessible free of charge. This is a perfect opportunity to visit palaces, mansions, churches and chapels that are usually closed to the general public.

4. Beer and Burgers
Two-day food festival where hamburgers and BBQ are central. The aim is to break with the myth that American cuisine and hamburgers in particular have no status. This festival usually takes place on the first weekend of September and is held at the Vystaviste Exhibition Grounds.

5. Bollywood Film Festival
Lots of Bollywood movies in kino Světozor and Kasárna Karlín and after parties on the last day. The festival takes place early September.

6. Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ markets are scattered throughout Prague. The market on Namesti Republiky is centrally located and open from Monday to Friday. The Naplavka farmers’ market, on the Vltava quay near Palackeho Bridge is only open on Saturdays. Farmers’ markets sell Czech organic products such as smoked cheese, wine from Moravia and honey straight from the beekeeper. Vegetables are less interesting for tourists, but fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are perfect for a healthy lunch.

7. Climbing Towers
Prague is nicknamed: ‘The city of 1000 towers’. True to say ALL towers count also turrets and spires on lager towers such as Tyn Church (cannot be climbed). There are 13 towers to climb in Prague. The most famous are the Petrin look-out tower and the Zizkov Television Tower. The least known is Doubravka look-out tower in the north-east of Prague. A very special tower made of acacia wood and quite wobbly when climbed.

8. Outdoor fitness
For outdoor fitness training, go to one of the parks where fitness trails have been set out. Stromovka and Letna are the two large parks close to Prague centre with plenty of opportunities for jogging and strength training as you will also find balance beams and vaulting equipment here. Gutovka in the Strasnice district also has a climbing wall and a skate park.

9. In search of lampposts
Lampposts in Prague are full of surprises! Of course, in the first place they lighten up the streets, but when you take a closer look you will find that some are gas lanterns, others have QR codes, one Cubist lamppost and one with the light shining upwards.

10. Self-Guided City Walks
Explore neighbourhoods outside the centre: Josefov and the Jewish district, Baba and functionalist architecture. The walk from Charles Bridge to Strahov Monastery includes Nerudova street, the most beautiful Baroque street in Prague.

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