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This post covers things to do during October in Prague, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities.
This top 10 list contains big concerts, sports, theatre, tours, free activities, and other events to attend in Prague during October.
1. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
The weather is likely to be brisk during the day and chilly to downright cold at night, so this is likely the last month of the year with weather comfortable enough to take a cruise down the Vltava River.
Another popular option is to take a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour of Prague with knowledgeable guides. It also makes transportation around the city easy!
2. See a Concert
Prague sees several internationally-touring artists come through during October. If you’re a fan of live music, you should check out the concerts this month.
Click here to see all the live music in Prague.
3. See a Major Sporting Event
October is a great month for catching a professional sports match. Prague has their own professional hockey and football (soccer) teams that are typically playing regular-season games this month.
It’s important to note that some or all of these games might be canceled or postponed in 2020. Please check to see if tickets are available.
4. Enjoy the Ballet and Opera
There will be several great operas and ballets to enjoy throughout the month of October in Prague.
No matter what you prefer, chances are you’ll find a show that you want to see.
The National Theatre is a beautiful venue that is known for its history and beautiful architecture.
In October, they’ll be hosting operas such as La Traviata, Macbeth, Carmen, Tosca, La Boheme, and more.
You’ll also have the opportunity to see the classic ballet Swan Lake and Dramas like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, Pride and Prejudice, and many more.
Don’t forget to check out all the theatre in Prague this month.
5. Signal Festival of Lights
From October 15th – 18th, 2020, you can take multiple routes around Prague to see the annual light festival after nightfall.
Many of the city’s buildings will be covered in multi-colored lights, making an evening walk even more impressive.
The vast majority of light displays will be free and visible to the public from the street. A few art galleries and spaces will have paid displays.
6. Self-Guided Exploration Game
If you’re looking for a different way to experience and learn about the city, this game will task you with solving a puzzle as you explore Prague and see some of the most notable sites.
This outing covers the old town area of Prague, and it’s available from 7 am – 23:30 (11:30 pm), which means you can enjoy the game day or night.
Although this self-guided game has a solving time of around 1 hour, you can take your time and solve each puzzle at your own space.
7. Enjoy the Autumn Leaves in the Parks
This city destination has plenty of parks and “green spaces” within easy walking distance no matter where you are.
Some of the green spaces, such as Petrin Park, are great for hiking and picnics. Kids and adults alike will really enjoy exploring Prague’s parks.
Other parks include Letna Park and Stromovka.
In October, these green spaces in the city are transformed with bright yellows, golds, and oranges, which makes it a perfect time to go for a park walk.
8. Enjoy Local Food
Much of the traditional, local food consists of warm, hearty dishes like roasted pork and garlic soup.
As the weather gets a bit chillier it’s the perfect time to find a local, cozy pub and sample the delicious food on offer.
Majak Family Restaurant is popular for its traditional and affordable menu.
Don’t forget to find fresh and delicious trdelnik pastries from street stands!
You may also want to consider one of the following food tours:
For more great dining options, check out our article full of suggestions for things to do at night in Prague.
9. Find Spooky Halloween Activities
Thanks to a growing number of ex-pats living in Prague, more of the city is celebrating Halloween.
Since there is a bit of spooky, vampire lore passed down from previous generations, there is still plenty of ghoulish spirits to work with.
An easy way to get into the spirit of the holiday any time of the month is with the Prague Ghost Tour. This spooky tour will tell you about local legends and ghost stories.
For those over the legal drinking age, some select clubs and nightlife venues in Prague welcome costumed visitors.
The Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl is one of the most popular pub crawls in the city and will surely have some Halloween-enthusiasts in the bunch in the last week of October.
10. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
A tourist pass will allow you to save 50% or more by bundling your attractions and paying for just one pass. If
you want to make the most of your time in Prague as well as make the most of your money spent, this is a great way to cut down on time spent waiting in line and will allow you to get free or discounted admission to more attractions!
Attractions Included in Select Passes:
- Prague Castle
- Jewish Museum
- Guided Bus Tour
- Vltava River Cruise
Find our full attraction discount pass comparison here.
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An Enchanting Experience at the Heart of Europe
The city of Prague holds a vast wealth of European history and culture, rooting from its past as the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia. With its ancient bridges, timeless town squares, Gothic-style cathedrals and castles, there’s no shortage of architectural wonders to admire in this City of a Hundred Spires. Besides its scenic sights, Prague also offers fun activities in its wide range of museums, markets, and stalls, where you can learn more about the city’s rich history and try out local delicacies.
With this wealth of wonders, we understand that it can be daunting to fit all of them on your schedule if you only have a few days to stay in the city. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide on how to make the best out of 3 days in Prague.
Day 1 in Prague
Start your adventures right at the city’s central square.
Old Town Square
Prague’s original marketplace, Old Town Square, is a great place to start your adventures since it gives a good view of the city’s famed historic architecture. It’s located at the heart of the city and is only about 20 minutes away from the main bus station, Praha Florenc, and the main train station.
There’s plenty to see at the square, like the Church of Our Lady Before Týn with its two imposing spires and the Kinský Palace, known as the most beautiful Rococo building in the city. The Jan Hus Memorial is located right at the center of the square and commemorates the martyred theologian who fought against the corruption in the church.
Old Town Hall Tower and Prague Astronomical Tower
If you have tickets, you can climb up the Tower of the Old Town Hall for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. The queue may get a bit long depending on the season, but the sight will be worth it. While you’re waiting, you can read up on the history of the Old Town Hall.
Housed on the southern side of the same building is the Prague Astronomical Clock. Known as the world’s oldest functioning timepiece, the Astronomical Clock dates back to 1410. When it strikes the hour, you’ll witness the procession of the Twelve Apostles. Don’t miss the side figures such as the Turk, the Vain Man, and the Miser as they play their part in the show.
While you’re at the Old Town Square, make sure to grab a bite to eat in any of the stalls or restaurants nearby to keep you fueled for your city tour.
Learn more about the city’s history at the Jewish Quarter.
After the sights at the Old Town Square, take a 5-minute walk over to the Jewish Quarter, Josefov by heading north towards the direction of the Vltava River. While this area bore witness to horrors throughout its history, it’s also home to some of the oldest buildings in Prague. Admire the distinct architecture of its synagogues, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the most important Jewish monuments in the city.
Near the Spanish Synagogue, you can find the moving statue of Franz Kafka, depicting the author riding the shoulders of a headless and handless figure. It’s a reference to Kafka’s story, “Description of a Struggle.”
From the Jewish Quarter, walk in an eastern direction towards the river to make a quick stop at the Rudolfinum. Located at the Jan Palach Square, the Rudolfinum is a 19th century building with breathtaking neo-Renaissance architecture. Ever since its inception, it’s been the site of cultural performances and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival.
If baroque architecture is your jam, the Klementinum is just a short walk south by the riverbank. Klementinum is a complex of historic buildings with breathtaking architecture, with its crown jewel being the Baroque Library. Take a moment to admire the gorgeous frescoes and historically valuable globes.
Further south, around 10 to 15-minute walk by the river, you’ll come across the golden-roofed National Theater. Generally considered as the prime stage in the Czech Republic, this building is a marvel to look inside and out.
Cap off your day with a scenic boat ride.
Vltava River Cruise
The Vltava River is a prominent city feature and you’re bound to catch sight of it numerous times during your stay. Treat yourself to a panoramic city view while riding a boat. You can choose between a one-hour boat ride or a night river cruise complete with dinner for a memorable first night.
Day 2 in Prague
Catch the beautiful sunrise at Charles Bridge.
While the view of the sunset from the Charles Bridge is rightly famous, it can get difficult to find a good spot amidst the crowds. That’s why we recommend waking up early and catching the sunrise instead. You’re still treated to a beautiful sight before starting your day.
Walk through the 14th century bridge and admire the baroque statues lining it and the two towers bookending it.
Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
From the western end of the Charles Bridge, you can reach the Prague Castle after a 15- to 20-minute walk. The Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle, is located inside a complex on top of a hill. Inside the complex are numerous galleries and museums, the Golden Lane, and the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, where you can witness an hourly ceremony: the changing of the guard.
While the Prague Castle is a gorgeous sight to behold, do try to take the opportunity to visit inside. You just have to buy a ticket either there or in advance online.
Climb further uphill for a heart-stopping view of the city.
Located just a bit south of the Prague Castle is the Petrin Hill where you can find Prague’s mini-Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Tower. The late 19th century tower stands 63 meters tall, or a fifth of the Eiffel Tower’s height. You can climb up the tower for a view of the city at the observation point.
Afterwards, you can visit the Mirror Maze, the observatory, and the Rose Garden, all of which are just within the area. You can also find good restaurants near Petrin for an early dinner.
Watch Prague light up at the Castle Stairs.
After spending the afternoon seeing the city, why not get a different view of it at night? Head back towards the Prague Castle but this time take the route by the riverbank. You’ll arrive at the Castle Stairs, a steep walkway that has a great evening view of the city.
Numerous Renaissance and Baroque-style buildings line the street and stairs, including the Palace of the Lords of Hradec and the Thun Palace standing above.
Day 3 in Prague
Explore other historic squares in the city.
Wenceslas Square and the National Museum
Although it’s more of a boulevard than a plaza, the Wenceslas Square is the central hub for commercial and cultural city activities. Named after the patron saint of the Czech Republic, Wenceslas Square has been the site of many political demonstrations, including the one in 1969 when Jan Palach set himself on fire.
It’s also home to the National Museum, considered to be the most significant museum institution in the country. Established in 1818, the main building boasts a beautiful neo-Renaissance architecture.
To the southeast of the National Museum is the Náměstí Míru, or the Peace Square, where you can find the 19th century Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila. It’s the central square of Vinohrady with a park at its center. It’s the site of many annual cultural and music events.
One last look of the beautiful sights of the city.
Vyšehrad is a 10th century historic fort located near the Vltava River. It’s said that the daughter of the Czaech ruler Krok, Libuse, prophesied the greatness and glory of the city of Prague. The park area holds architectural treasures like the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Romanesque Rotunda of St. Martin, the national cemetery Slavín, and more.
There are nearby museums and restaurants if you want to squeeze in a few more activities before you leave. Perhaps have a quiet moment at the park and enjoy the gorgeous sights of the Heart of Europe to remember your trip by.
See a new side to the Czech capital by viewing the weird and wonderful art of David Černý. When most people think of sculpture in Prague, they think of the Baroque statues lining Charles Bridge. But over the last two decades, one man has been on a mission to bring the city’s public art into the 21st century.
David Černý is an acclaimed artist, known internationally for provocative sculptures like Entropa, a 3D map that hung outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels and famously depicted EU countries as crude national stereotypes (like Bulgaria as a squat toilet and France entirely on strike) and London Booster, a Routemaster bus with hydraulic arms that did constant press-ups throughout the 2012 Olympics. Yet Černý’s most interesting and provocative works are in his hometown of Prague. His art is included in our most popular tours of Prague, but let us take you on a virtual tour:
As with most Prague city tours, the perfect place to start is Wenceslas Square. Halfway down the famous square, within the pretty Lucerna Passage, lies a dead, upside-down nag that hangs limply from the ceiling, as King Wenceslas sits proudly astride his belly. This is Horse, a clear parody of the heroic equine statue at the top of the square. Černý is renowned for never explaining his work, so you can interpret it how you like.
A short walk brings you to one of Černý’s most famous sculptures. Situated in the plaza behind the Quadrio shopping centre is Kafka, also known as Metalmorphosis. This giant metal head sculpture is more than 10 metres high and consists of 42 mechanical, rotating slices. As the name suggests, the figure is Franz Kafka, so maybe it’s a comment of the Katkaesque bureaucracy taking place in the nearby administrative buildings?
Man Hanging Out
From Kafka to Freud. Although created way back in 1996, this sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging one-handed off a pole over the cobblestones of the Old Town still draws shock (and the occasional police callout) from passers-by. Although the statue on the corner of Husova and Betlémské náměstí is often mistaken for a real person, it is widely seen as a metaphor for the precariousness of intellectualism in the modern world.
A five-minute walk from Sigmund Freud brings you to another of Černý’s early installations, Embryo. This bizarre foam blob on the side of the Na Zábradlí Theatre is supposed to look like an alien embryo that has latched onto the building’s drainpipe. Although easily missed during the day, it is dramatically lit up at night.
Walk across Charles Bridge to the courtyard of the Franz Karka Museum and you will be confronted with one of the artist’s most humorous sculptures. Piss depicts two men standing on – and peeing on – a large map of the Czech Republic. It is a provocative image, and that’s before you realise that this is an interactive artwork: text a message to a special number and the men’s appendages will write your message out in pee.
Head south down the river – back past Charles Bridge – and you will quickly find yourself in lovely Kampa Park. Here, you will find some of what are David Cerný’s most well-known creations, Babies. These three giant, crawling babies seem nice enough, until you realise that their faces seem to have imploded and been replaced with barcodes. More Babies can be seen climbing the eyesore Žižkov Television Tower across town.
Last but certainly not least, a 20-minute walk takes you to Futura art gallery. In the garden lies the sculpture Brownnosers, featuring giant, naked, lower halves of bodies bent over and leaning against the wall. Climb a ladder to peer into an anus, where a video plays of ex-President Václav Klaus being spoon-fed faeces to the soundtrack of We Are the Champions. It is crude, weird and comical – the perfect distillation of David Cerný.
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This post provides details about visiting the Old Town Square in Prague, including a short, guided video tour.
The Old Town Square is one of the most historic sites in Prague, and it’s surrounded by several notable buildings and landmarks.
Old Town Square is a major stop on our free walking tours of Prague.
WHAT TO SEE IN OLD TOWN SQUARE
There are a lot of interesting things to see in and around the Old Town Square, and you might want to stop and visit some of these locations while you’re in the neighborhood.
Old Town Hall
Located just Southwest of the square, this is one of the oldest buildings in the city and there are plenty of things to see here.
Although admission is ticketed, it includes a free tour and access to all the rooms, the tower (viewing deck), and the underground area beneath the building.
This is also the site of the Astronomical Clock, which you can see from the outside for free, so even if you’re not interested in entering the building, you should still visit this attraction.
This historic clock still functions to this very day, and it’s on the ground level of the Old Town Hall, so all you have to do is walk by the building to see this landmark.
If you want an even closer look, you can also pay for tickets to enter the Old Town Hall and see some of the inner machinations of the clock.
For more information, make sure to read our post covering the Astronomical Clock.
National Gallery of Prague / Kinský Palace
This is the site of the National Gallery of Prague, and it’s located in the former Kinský Palace directly East from the Old Town Square.
The gallery includes a variety of interesting and historic artwork from throughout the history of the Czech Republic and Europe in general.
For more details about this attraction, please consider taking our GPS enabled audio tour.
Next to the National Gallery of Prague, you’ll also find yet another art gallery to the Southeast of the Old Town Square.
While the National Gallery focuses more on works from artists who lived hundreds of years ago, the Central Gallery has artwork from more recent famed creators such as Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.
Church of Our Lady Before Týn
This historic church is on the opposite site of the Central Gallery, and it’s one of the most beautiful examples of 14th-century architecture in the area.
You are free to enter and take a look around if you wish on most days.
If you’re looking for more information about this location, consider taking our GPS-enabled audio tour which covers the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.
St. Nicholas’ Church
You’ll find this historic church to the Northwest of the Old Town Square.
Built in the 12th century, this location has since become more of a concert venue than a place of worship.
In addition to a vaulted dome ceiling, there are also beautiful chandeliers and incredible interior decorations.
For additional details, please think about taking our GPS enabled audio tour.
Jan Hus Memorial
Located at the center of the Old Town Square, this giant monument portrays Hussite warriors standing victorious after the Battle of the White Mountain.
This statue was designed in 1915 to commemorate the martyrdom of Jan Hus 500 years earlier.
The sculptor was Ladislav Šaloun, an artist and architect who also worked on such buildings as the New Town Hall, Municipal House, and the City of Prague Museum.
Prague appears to be open, they just declared that COVID was over in the Czech Republic.
They have placed restrictions on who can get into the country, however. But if you fall within the allowed visitors or are local looking for something to do in your home country, here are some of the top things to do and what is open in Prague.
WHAT TO DO IN PRAGUE
Some of the major tourist attractions in Prague have reopened with safety measures in place so if you’re visiting Prague and want to explore the top historic sites, you’ll be able to do so.
The best way to explore Prague is with a walking tour! Free Walking Tours in Prague have resumed and the local guide is able to explore the city with you and can update you on current openings. You can find out more about Free Walking Tours in Prague and book a guided tour here.
1. Prague Castle
Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle is today the seat of the Czech government. It is the largest ancient castle in the world, holding the Bohemian crown jewels, St Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and more.
The Castle is OPEN as of 25 May, with random inspections of visitors and limited group sizes.
2. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is a pedestrian only thoroughfare, dating from the 14th century that connects the Castle to the Old Town.
The Bridge has ancient statues, sweeping city views and artisans along its entire length. Its one of our top things to do in Old Town.
3. Prague Zoo
The Zoo in Prague is considered the 5th best in the world, and has over 5000 species available for viewing, including 130 on the endangered list.
4. Old/New Synagogue
The Synagogue is Europe’s oldest active synagogue, and the building is one of the first and finest gothic buildings in Prague, completed in 1270. It is the oldest surviving medieval synagogue in Europe, and has an adjacent cemetery that dates back to the middle ages.
5. Tyn Church
Tyn Church is the oldest and most recognizable Gothic church in Prague, with its twin spires dominating the skyline of the Old City. Today the interior is mostly baroque, but the building itself dates from the 14th century.
6. Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical clock is one of the true wonders of Prague. Dating to the 1410s, it is the third oldest of its type and the oldest astronomical clock still operating.
When it strikes the hour, there is a procession of the 12 apostles.
For more things to do Prague, read our guide to Prague Things To Do, keeping in mind that some things are not going to be operating as normal just yet.
THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE
Festivals, concerts and events do seem to be taking place as scheduled in some for in Prague. Below are the main events each month that are still scheduled to happen, but be sure to check their website for up to date information.
- The World of Banksy Exhibition – happening now 5 Jun – 27 Sept https://www.theworldofbanksy.cz
- Sculpture Line – Open Air Arts Festival 1 Jul – 30 Sept – happening currently https://www.sculptureline.cz/en/prague-2020
- Letni Letna Light Festival 18 Aug – 25 Aug – happening! https://letniletna.cz/cs/
- Prague Drinks Wine Festival 29 Aug – Happening! http://prahapijevino.cz/en/about-festival/
- Prague Ice Cream Festival 30 Aug – Happening! http://pragueicecreamfestival.cz
Prague Music Festival (Aug 26-30) has been postponed to 2021
- The Prague Dvorak’s Music Festival Sept 6-21 looks like it is going to take place, see their website for concerts and more details: https://www.dvorakovapraha.cz/en/
- BurgerFest – happening! Sept 4-6 https://www.burgerfest.cz/en/
- Open House Prague – 5-6 Sept happening! https://www.openhousepraha.cz
- Prosecco & Food Festival Sept 12-13 – happening! https://www.openhousepraha.cz
- European Slalom Championships Sept 18-20 – happening! https://www.slalomtroja.cz/en/
- Rembrandt Exhibit at the National Gallery is expected to proceed as normal 24 Sept – 31 Jan https://www.ngprague.cz/en/event/246/rembrandt
- Street Food Festival 9 Aug The Street Food Festival is still scheduled! https://www.facebook.com/events/468844610700385/
- Prague Museum Night 10 Oct – Happening https://www.prazskamuzejninoc.cz/2020/
- Signal Festival Oct 15-18 – this festival of lights is currently schedule to proceeed as normal. See their website for the program and updates: https://www.signalfestival.com/en/
- Prague Fringe Festival 23-31 Oct – Happening! https://www.praguefringe.com
Prague Marathon Weekend 10-11 Oct 2020 was canceled.
- St. Martins Festival and Roast Goose 14 Nov – currently there is nothing on the website about the festival this year, but keep checking http://www.svatomartinskeslavnosti.cz
European Judo Championship 8 -10 Nov is POSTPONED
- Christmas Markets! Open from 28 Nov through 6 Jan, it looks like at least the main ones will happen. https://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas-markets.asp
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