Averages for Prague in September
After July and August – the hottest months of the year for Prague, Czech Republic – the weather begins to cool down in September, when summer is merging into autumn. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 16°C, created by highs of 21°C during the daytime and lows of 11°C after dark. This drops down to an average of 11.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 16°C during the daytime and lows of 7°C af...
After July and August – the hottest months of the year for Prague, Czech Republic – the weather begins to cool down in September, when summer is merging into autumn. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 16°C, created by highs of 21°C during the daytime and lows of 11°C after dark. This drops down to an average of 11.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 16°C during the daytime and lows of 7°C after dark, making the first week of September the best time to visit if you want to experience Prague when temperatures are at their highest.
Even though it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 26°C and fall below 4°C in Prague in September. The highest temperature ever registered in the city at this time of year is 31°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 0°C.
During an average September, the length of the day in Prague is quickly decreasing, with a difference of 1:47 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. September 1st is the longest day of the month with 13:28 hours of daylight, whilst September 30th is the shortest day of the month with 11:42 hours of daylight.
In September, Prague enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine every day – that's two hours less each day than in August – alongside median cloud coverage of 58% (partly cloudy). Cloud coverage starts off at 51% (partly cloudy) on September 1st and rises up to 65% (partly cloudy) by September 30th. September 1st is the clearest day of the month when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 64% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 28%, whilst September 30th is the cloudiest day of the month when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 59% of the time and clear/mostly clear 34%.
The average monthly precipitation for Prague in September is 39mm/2 inches – that's a fair bit less than the previous month – which is divided between 15 rainy days. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance across the month averages at 51% and hardly varies at all. The most likely day for precipitation is September 8th when it falls of 52% of days, whilst the least likely day is around September 4th, when it falls on 50% of days. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see in Prague in September are moderate rain (which falls on 66% of days with rainfall), light rain (17%) and thunderstorms (13%).
Since September falls between the summer and autumn seasons, the probability of snow making an appearance in Prague during this month is almost zero. If you really want to experience snowfall in Prague, forget about going in September and instead plan your trip for January or December, which are usually the snowiest months of the year for the city.
With mild daytime temperatures and cold evening temperatures, you'll need to pack a mixture of light clothing – such as t-shirts, thin jumpers and shorts – as well as warm clothing – like jackets, jeans and hats – for your holiday in Prague in September. Since the probability of rainfall is relatively high during this month, it's also worth packing some waterproof clothing or an umbrella. If you hate the cold, forget about holidaying in the city in September and plan your trip for August instead, which is usually the hottest month of the year for the city.
At 75% – that's higher than the previous month – the average humidity for Prague in September is still fairly low when you compare it to the colder winter and spring months, such as February and March. During this month, the relative humidity for the city fluctuates between 51% (mildly humid) and 95% (very humid), rarely falling as low as 37% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be driest around September 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's usually at its most humid around September 30th when it rises above 93% (very humid) three days out of four.
During September, typical wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around September 6th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around September 21st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Sunset from Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Moyan Brenn
Where to stay
Hotel Julian is a four-star hotel located in between the historical attractions of Lesser Town and the shopping district of Andel, making it within walking distance of a plethora of museums, art galleries, shopping streets and malls. Accommodation comes in the form of 33 rooms, divided between single, double, triple, deluxe, superior, attic and family rooms, plus suites. Each of the guestrooms features free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and LCD TV with free pay-tv channels. The family rooms and suites also come with kitchenette. Onsite you'll find Restaurant Julian which serves traditional Czech dishes and international cuisine on an evening, plus an international breakfast buffet in the morning. Other onsite services and amenities include free WiFi connection throughout, sauna, whirlpool, massages and free gym access.
If you'd rather stay in the centre of Old Town Prague, consider Hotel Aurus. This four-star family-run hotel is set inside a house which dates back to the 16th century and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can choose between eight double rooms, deluxe double rooms, suites and family suites, each of which comes with a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, flat-screen international TV, free WiFi access and antique furniture, plus views of the Royal Path or the cobbled streets of Prague. The suites offer a larger bathroom with bath and separate lounge. Although onsite services and facilities are limited to breakfast buffet, airport shuttle and laundry services, Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter and public transport are all within walking distance.
For something more modern, consider MOODs Boutique Hotel. This contemporary designer hotel is situated in New Town, close to Wenceslas Square and a host of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes. Accommodation comes in the form of superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, each of which features handmade Hastens bed, LCD TV, laptop-size safe, free WiFi access, air conditioning, mood lighting, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with bath and eco-friendly amenities. The suites are larger and offer a separate living room, bathrobe, slippers and a free 30-minute massage for guests. Onsite dining options include the MOODs Bistro which serves a daily complimentary breakfast buffet and Czech food, beer and wine, plus the 24-hour MOODs bar which serves more local wines, beers, spirits and coffees. Onsite you'll also find an Asian wellness centre which offers Thai massages, full-body oil massages and foot massages.
Pure White is another top pick when it comes to modern hotels in Prague, situated on a quiet street with double-glazed windows keeping out any excessive noise. This four-star hotel is set within a historical building, yet is decorated in a modern way with brown and white colour schemes and modern amenities. Accommodation comes in the form of executive and superior rooms. Each executive room features free WiFi access, air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite, private bathroom with shower and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst superior rooms also offer more space and a larger bathroom with bath. Both rooms include daily breakfast. Onsite you'll find the Lobby Bar which serves alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee 24/7, plus a 24-hour reception which can arrange excursions throughout the city.
Hotel Aurus in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Anguskirk
Things to do
Founded in 1338, Old Town Hall is a collection of medieval buildings presided over by the highlight of the site – a tall gothic tower which houses the Astronomical Clock. As well as the famous clock, the Old Town Hall is also home to the city's main tourist office, art exhibitions on the ground and second floors and the House at the Minute which is an arcaded structure decorated in sgraffito. The best way to see Old Town Hall is by signing up for the guided tour which takes you through the assembly room and council chamber where you'll see mosaics from the 1930s, the gothic chapel where you'll see the 12 apostles who appear above the Astronomical Clock every hour and the Romanesque and gothic cellars below the main building.
The Church of St Nicholas is the most famous baroque church in Prague, located in the centre of Lesser Town Square. The outside of the church features a stark white façade lit naturally by the sun during the daytime and artificially by strong white lights after dark. The inside of the church was inspired by the interior of the St Louis-des-Invalides church in Paris, France and features stucco decorations by Bernardo Spinetti, frescos by Peter Adam the Elder and sculptures by Antonín Braun. What attracts most people to this church is the series of music concerts which are held here. In September 2015, you'll have the chance to see J.S. Bach's A Part of Cantata "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" – BWV 84, Brandenburg Concerto No 5 and "Ich habe genug" – BWV 82 being performed.
If you think museums aren't your thing, how about visiting the Beer Museum during your holiday in Prague? Open every day from 11am until 8pm, this museum details the history and tradition of beer brewing in the Czech Republic in the form of exhibitions which display hundreds of genuine artefacts, as well as video presentations and posters. During the guided tour, you'll also get to see how malt and beer are made before heading to the 13th century cellar where you'll be invited to try several different varieties of Czech beer. Before you leave, make sure you stop by the onsite gift shop where you can pick up branded t-shirts, beer glasses and magnets.
Lesser Town Square (Malostranské náměstí in Czech) is set in the centre of Lesser Town and is a great place to wander. Established in the 10th century, this historic area is home to the St Nicholas Church and a plethora of cafes, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, small shops and embassies housed in traditional baroque buildings. Some of the architectural highlights of the square include the Old Town Hall where some non-Catholic nobles wrote the Czech Confession in 1575 and the Smiricky Palace where two Czech nobles gathered before they threw two Habsburg councillors out of the windows of Prague Castle in 1618.
Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Fidel
Eating and drinking out
When it comes to vegetarian cuisine in Prague, Clear Head is one of the best places to go. Open 11.30am-11.30pm Monday to Friday and noon until 11.30pm on weekends, this restaurant is set inside a building more than 500 years old, decorated with sofas, small wooden tables, candles and a fireplace, giving it a cosy feel. The menu is made up of a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, such as gnocchi with spinach, pinto bean burrito, tofu curry, veggie burgers and raw vegetable spaghetti. The drinks menu features a selection of waters, fresh juices, beers, guarana cocktails, teas, coffees and wines.
For something heartier, try Nenasyta. Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon until 10pm, this restaurant specialises in Slovenian and Mediterranean cuisine, with fresh and healthy dishes created in a traditional way every day. The seasonal ingredients which go into the dishes are sourced from local Czech farms, Slovenian farms and Croatian fishermen. The a la carte menu features a selection of soups, pasta dishes, fish, seafood and beef dishes, whilst the multiple-course tasting menu is made up of a variety of the best dishes available at the time. Part of the restaurant is also a deli where you can buy the raw ingredients which make up the restaurant's dishes.
Butcher's Grill & Pasta is a top pick if you're in the mood for fun American cuisine. Open daily from 11am until 11pm, this restaurant specialises in American food and sources its meat locally. The lunch and dinner menus feature a selection of classics, such as pork ribs, pork chops, chicken wings, prime steaks and burgers, alongside Tex-Mex favourites, such as Mexican fajitas, ranchero nachos and chicken quesadillas, plus international specialities, like Thai noodle salad, Norwegian salmon and Italian chicken parmigiana. An American sushi menu and varied children's menu are also available.
Vegetarian burrito from Clear Head in Prague, Czech Republic taken by Julie