Karlštejn Vintage (30 Sept. – 1 Oct.)
If wine is your tipple of choice, then do not miss the 21st Karlštejn vintage at the turn of September and October beneath gothic
pride and joy Karlštejn
Castle, which is located less than a 45-minute drive to the south-west of Prague
. The historical wine festival offers a rich medieval programme, wine tastings and culinary specialities
, a knights’ tournament and magicians’ performances. Enjoy a Gothic fashion show, learn historical dances and have fun watching fire eaters, fakirs, magicians and more. And of course, Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV
and his court will also make an appearance.
Great Pardubice Steeplechase (8 Oct.)
The Great Pardubice Steeplechase
horse race is one of the sports events of the year
in the Czech Republic. As the name suggests, the race is held in Pardubice
(about 80 minutes east of Prague along the D11 motorway) and boasts one of the longest sporting traditions in the country – this year will see the 127th race! Horses tackle a 6,900-metre long track and must overcome 31 obstacles. Although the main race takes a mere 10 minutes, the atmosphere at the venue is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Annual attendances of 30,000 at the Pardubice race track also make it a major social event.
Signal Festival (12–15 Oct.) Signal
is a festival of lights and video mapping, and one of the largest cultural events in the Czech Republic. This year, Canadian travel server Flightnetwork.com, Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, and travel server Orbitz.com have listed it among the most prestigious events in the four corners of the world. The festival will light up Prague for the fifth time, having attracted over 1.5 million spectators to the backdrops of evening and night-time Prague
over the last four years. For four nights, Prague’s streets and public spaces, its most important historical monuments
, and its lesser-known recesses will be transformed by Czech and world-renowned personalities of light design in artistic installations
. You can look forward to twenty installations which, this year, will be located along two official festival routes for the very first time – the Centre
Designblok (26–30 Oct.)
If you love design and everything that goes with it, then do not miss Designblok
at the end of October. Designblok is the largest design and fashion show in central Europe
. This year, as always, it will draw attention to the creations of designers and manufacturers from across Europe, new prestigious brands and prototypes of young designers and design studios. Over four days, design will simply dominate Prague. Besides the central area, a range of galleries, showrooms and pop-up shops throughout Prague, which are preparing a special programme for visitors, will be opening their doors during Designblok.
Strings of Autumn (20 Oct. – 9 Nov.)
After a year’s break, the popular Strings
of Autumn festival is coming back to Prague
. As in previous years, it will offer a mix of jazz and classical, traditional and experimental music
, but this time, it will be slightly spiced up with such genres as hip hop, Irish folk and Moravian folklore. The 21st year boasts ten concerts, with performers including legendary composer and pianist Herbie Hancock, cult ensemble Bang on a Can, multi-genre Irish-American band The Gloaming, hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces and jazz pianist Jason Moran.
Extra tip as winter approaches – 212th anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz (1–3 Dec.)
In early December, fans of French commander Napoleon Bonaparte will gather near the Moravian city of Brno
, where a major event which would influence developments in Europe for years to come will be commemorated in Slavkov u Brna
. The main item on the programme is Saturday’s battle re-enactment below Santon Hill
near the village of Tvarožná. Even if European history is not your passion, the two-hour drive from Prague to Slavkov will certainly be worthwhile, as the battle re-enactment will be grandiose – around 1000 soldiers in period uniforms will take part with 60 horses and 15 canons.