Prague Weather in October
The Prague weather in October can vary considerably from one end of the month to the other. This is because Prague, being land-locked like it is, receives less of the high-pressure weather fronts which hang over the lands during the previous three or four months. Instead sharp winds, especially from the east, begin to make themselves felt. However daylight hours continue to be long and bright well into the evening. On the last Saturday evening of the month clocks are put back by one hour thereby bringing evening darkness sooner and simultaneously bringing dawn sooner too. It is still possible to plan a long outdoor day with many walks and sightseeing excursions, or even go on a trip outside the city to the nearby famous towns of Karlstejn, Kutna Hora, or Konopiste and return in daylight.
Daytime temperatures usually vary between 5°C and 13°C, or 42 to 56 degrees fahrenheit, a big change from September. With low cloud cover five or six hours of sunshine may be expected every day although the heat from the sun may not be very strong.
WHAT TO WEAR:
The weather in Prague in October shouldn't be taken lightly. It pays to have a warm jacket especially during the night-time hours. Occasionally one may enjoy some Indian Summer weather when a day, or couple of days, of high temperatures comes along, but don't count on it. October, especially towards the end of the month, can even make September seem like a distant memory so be sure to have long sleeves and long trousers. A jacket or light coat should be packed also but for now don't be taking out you winter woolies. They shouldn't be needed. On the good side rainfall is quite a rarity and the high, cloudless skies bring a freshness and healthy air that everyone relishes.
Photo: Prague city view from Letna
October accommodation in Prague has great possibilities and everything from charming and welcoming boutique hotels to warm and cosy small hotels await you as well as the usual range of large hotels with great facilities not to mention the do-it yourself apartments of various sizes. At this time of year a lot of people like to be centrally located and with this in mind some great options would certainly include the Hotel Ambassador on the great Wenceslas Square or indeed further up the square the elegant style of the Grand Hotel Europa. Tucked away in the magical Little Quarter of the city is the stunning Augustine Prague. To take advantage of some of the great views over the city as well as the nearby ancient castle complex of Vysehrad a stay at Vysehrad Residence will be very memorable. The choices in Prague are wide indeed. To really splash out on a tremendous time one could go for the Grand Praha Hotel on the edge of the Old Town, or how about one of the city's great landmarks the glorious Hotel Paris on Republic Square. At the newer end of the scale no hotel could be nicer than the gorgeous Yasmin Hotel right in the new town, while staying in the New Town the 987 Prague Hotel could be just the one for you, small, comfortable and very pleasant.
Photo: Residence Vysehrad
October is a month, as every local knows, when it is good to have a hot meal that is filling and tasty too, especially before or after taking off on some energetic activities. Naturally Prague has some great choices ranging from the exceptionally good value to the extravagance and elegance of some of the finest restaurants in Europe. For some cuisine with a very traditional flavour that showcases the best of old-time Prague cooking try the very welcoming Zlaty Had restaurant at Ujezd or even the lovely U Kalicha restaurant a very short walk from IP Pavlova metro and tram stop. Also close by IP Pavlova is the excellent and good value Deminka restaurant which is owned by Pilsen Brewery and serves lots of the golden brew to go with your meal choices. If the weather turns nasty and you need to shelter for a while try the food at the Hard Rock Cafe just off Old Town Square and look at some great music memorabilia while you are there. Fore some ethnic choices while in the centre of Prague check out Luka Lu restaurant in the delightful Mala Strana district, or how about U Costella Pizzerie for some great value Italian favourites. On the other side of the Vltava try out the Mama Lucy Steakhouse on Dlouha Street or perhaps the lovely Cerny Slon restaurant right behind the twin-towered Cathedral on Old Town Square.
Photo: U Kalicha Restaurant
FUN ACTIVITIES IN OCTOBER:
The October weather in Prague has a chill and a sharpness about it that becomes more noticeable as the month wears on. Snow is still a rarity however and getting about while dressed in quite warm clothes can be a real pleasure. Some of the bluest skies and crispest air are in October and so walks around Prague Castle and Petrin especially can be unforgettable. To really get a view of the city and the countryside far beyond a lift to the top of the Zizkov TV Tower will be exhilerating and fantastic. Right close by it are the parks of Vinohrady where the leaves will be turning colour quite beautifully and some of the walks there are quite wonderful. Indoors of course, the great concert halls and music houses will be in full swing. To hear the very finest that Prague has to offer buy tickets for the National Theatre or the State Opera both of which have tickets considerably cheaper than similar venues in other European capitals. Even less expensive are performances in the Obecni Dum or the magnificent Rudolfinum. October 28 you will see many activities occuring around the city to celebrate the country's Independence day and a trip to a classically Czech pub like U Vystrelenyho Oka could be a great way to join in and watch Czech celebrate this. By the way workers are off this day and many services and shops are closed or have reduced hours. For lovers of Jazz music to be here during this month should be marvellous. The International Jazz Festival is held in various venues around Prague and begins late October. Most locations are in or near the city centre and entrance prices are very low. Look out too for free performances especially on Old Town Square.
Photo: Prague State Opera
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