Best places in Czechia to visit in Autumn
Time of colored leaves, fresh chill air and cozy time spent under the blanket with a warm tea – autumn is coming. For some of you it’s the time of sleeting and splits but for nature lovers and photographers is the most favorite time to spend outside. Here are some tips for trips if you are coming to Czechia in months of Indian summer.
Trips close to Prague
If you don’t have so much spare time, you can enjoy the autumn vibes actually really close to the Prague. Try the beautiful and large Průhonický park – the 250 hectare landscape park founded at the end of the 19th century. You can get there either with a car or with a metro C – at the stop “Opatov” change for the buses 363 or 385 to the station „Průhonice“. The park itself is a calming oasis of the rugged valley of the Botič brook where original native tree species were planted in a combination with meadow areas, ponds, streams and their blind branches. The park is highly valuable as a collection of domestic and exotic trees – about 1600 species which really play with a full palette of colors in the autumn. You can choose from several visitor circuits, depending on your preferences and time possibilities.
If you have more time you can visit one of the most charming place in the Czech Republic – The Máj Viewpoint which is located near the village of Teletín. This trip is more convenient to do with a car but you can also use public transportation and get there with a bus. From there it is a short and easy hiking trail to the viewpoint. The Vltava River flows here through a deep rocky canyon, turning into a horseshoe shape, creating a fascinating natural scenery. River between the villages of Štěchovice and Slapy was referred to as St. John's Streams, where the river flowed through a deep rocky valley and formed rapids. This part of the Vltava was feared by all raftsmen who transported wood to Prague. In 1943, the St. John's Streams were flooded with the Štěchovice Dam, which resulted in the definitive termination of rafting. But back to the beautiful nature scenery, this place is definitely best to visit in autumn when the trees are so wild and colorful.
Trips further from Prague – ideal for multiple-days tour
We will stick with the Vltava River and recommend you the place where the river springs – the beautiful Šumava national park. During the fabulous autumn you can visit several of hiking trails – such as Povydří or the Schwarzenberský canal, easy 9 km trails with breathtaking nature. The colorful autumn suits also a longer trails to Black and Devil's lake, Lake Moor and the Plešné Lake. These trails are more difficult so we recommend to go there with a local guide. You can also visit some of the majestic castles in the area – castle Kašperk is the most favorite among them so far.
Autumn can be charming not only in the forests, parks and viewpoints but also in the vineyards. To see them, to taste a local wine and simply enjoy the hospitality of the local people - you need to go further from Prague to the charming South Moravia. The region of fertile soil, wine and traditions. Visit one of the traditional wine cellars in the region of Mikulov or Znojmo and the next day cherish yourself with a fresh and calming nature of the Podyjí national park or the mild hills of Pálava. The nature, traditions and the best food and wine will simply make the magic.
Autumn time is simply the best, make sure to visit, enjoy and taste it to the fullest!