Super summer –festivals and historical celebrations
Want to see the latest releases from the world of film and enjoy Karlovy Vary during its famous film festival? Or would you prefer town celebrations, with spectacular mediaeval processions and pastimes? Take your pick; the Czech summer welcomes you with open arms!
A summer of fun, variety and whimsy
Where better to enjoy the unique atmosphere of historical fairs than the exquisite setting of the Renaissance square in Telč? In mid-August every year the town comes to life with the Historical Celebrations of Zachariáš of Hradec and Catherine von Wallenstein. Grand processions in period costume, craft fairs, theatre performances and swordplay, not to mention fireworks, can also be seen at the beginning of September in Hradec Králové, venue of the Queen Elizabeth Celebrations, or in the middle of September in Tábor, South Bohemia. The Tábor Meetings will take you back to the times when the town was ruled by Hussite general, Jan Žižka of Trocnov. Come and sample gastronomic specialities of the time and excellent mead!
Wallenstein, Napoleon and rugged highlanders
Return to the time of the Thirty Years’ War and Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein at the Wallenstein Celebrations, which take place in Cheb in August. Amongst the attractions of the event is the theatrical re-enactment of Wallenstein’s last stay in the city in 1634, when he was assassinated. Things turned out better for Napoleon at the battle near Slavkov u Brna (a.k.a. the Battle of Austerlitz) in 1805. The Napoleonic Days, which take place in the middle of August every year at the Baroque Chateau and Gardens in Slavkov u Brna to celebrate the anniversary of his birthFor something not otherwise seen in the Czech Republic, visit the Scottish Games, which take place at the end of August every year at the romantic Sychrov Chateau. Come to see the men in tartan and kilts from the Highlands perform Scottish music and dance. While you’re at it, why not sample some Scotch whisky
No summer’s complete without beer and wine
No visit to the Czech Republic is complete without sampling its beer or wine. If you’re interested in not only these traditional beverages, but also fun competitions for old and young, then put the Harrachov Beer Festival in your diaries. The festival takes places in July in the town of Harrachov in the Krkonoše Mountains, in the microbrewery on the site of the historic glassworks. Visit the 2013 Pilsner fest beer festival in Plzeň and sample beers from the famous Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus breweries. During this event you will also obviously have the opportunity to visit the Pilsner brewery, the brewery museum and the historical underground.
If your preference is for wine, visit the wine festivals, for example the Mělník Vintage, the Karlštejn Vintage, the Znojmo Historical Vintage, the Pálava Vintage Festival in Mikulov, the Saint Wenceslas Vintage in Prague or the Saint Wenceslas Celebrations in Český Krumlov.