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When in September/October to go to Prague & Munich

When is the best time to go to Prague & Munich in September or October? How does the weather compare over those 8 weeks? We'd like to avoid Oktoberfest to save on money. We're used to Chicago weather if that helps!

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I was in Prague middle of October 2007. We had nice sunshiny days with blue sky and a few clouds. It was cool and crisp in the mornings but warmed up nicely during the day. Dress in layers.

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Octoberfest begins in September and is over the first week of October.

I've had good luck with weather in September/October, just remember anywhere North of the Alps gets some rain throughout the year. Last time through was post-fest mid October. The skies were clear blue but a cold snap hit so it was unseasonably cold. We went to a department store in Munich to purchase knit caps, gloves and scarves which we kept as souvenirs.

Pre-fest September is beautiful - plan a relaxing afternoon in English garden, nights get cool. Post-fest October gets colder and many summer activities in the area start to close for the winter.

For me Octoberfest was worth visiting. The best part was the pre-event parade in altstadt. The biggest surprise is it closes nightly at 10:30 (I guess that's why so many are so drunk so early). For additional nightlife you can visit a dance club.

Octoberfest is good once, but I hope to return to Bonnfest, it's smaller but goes all night.

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I've visited Prague twice. My first trip was in the last week of November 2005. It snowed and showered but it was not that cold at all for me. Then I returned at the end of September 2006 and I loved the city even more--cool nights and warm sunny days. It was perfect for exploring the central sections of the city on foot! Charles Bridge was alive with artists and pedestrians.

I've never been to Munich but I've been to Heidelberg in late September and it was typical, beautiful fall weather. There were Oktoberfest celebrations but much muted compared to the center of it all in Munich.