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.
St. John’s rapids (Svatojánské proudy) trail
The 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.
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 cellars
When 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.
Pustevny in the Beskids
Autumn is ideal for walks in the Moravian Beskid Mountains as well. Pustevny is one of the most attractive sites in the Beskids. It offers you a broad range of hiking trails suitable for any age group.
The chairlift running from the village of Trojanovice up to Pustevny comes in handy for families with children and for seniors.
The pleasant and undemanding route, which is 4 kilometres long, leads from Pustevny up to the summit of Radhošť Mountain. Almost the whole path has a hard surface so, for example, parents with prams or bikers will truly appreciate it.
The route will take you around the statue of the pagan god Radegast up to a ridge of the Radhošť Massif. The path ends at the summit of Radhošť Mountain near the wooden Chapel of St Cyril and Methodius, dating back to the 19th century. The place offers a view to the four points of the compass and many old tales are associated with the mountain.