Czech castles are alive throughout the year, Christmas being the peak season for some of them

Czech castles are alive throughout the year, Christmas being the peak season for some of them

The season never ends for some historic sites in the Czech Republic. And that’s not just for the busiest among them.

Prague Castle welcomes visitors the whole year round, which is hardly surprising since it is the most visited historic site in the Czech Republic. Another place that doesn’t close during winter is Český Krumlov, which continues to draw in tourists during modified hours of operation and for just some parts of the castle. But even smaller historic sites, where not so many tourists come, stay open for the winter – making visits to them more intimate.
For example, Sychrov Palace is preparing a themed event for autumn and winter. Late October will see the Princely Hunt. At the palace park, children can try shooting a crossbow at 3D models of animals. Adults will also be able to try their luck, all under the supervision of an instructor. Professionals will then perform sport and combat shooting. The good news is that this action takes place in any kind of weather. The end of October and end of November will be given over to fairytales at Sychrov. This year costumed guides will become fairytale characters and act out well-known stories directly in the rooms of the palace. But visitors will also have to assist good in the struggle against evil. Sychrov will stay open over Christmas, which is the peak season for the palace. Being close to Prague, visitors can come here to escape the slush of the city or queues in front of Prague Castle and experience the Christmas atmosphere at this romantic palace.

Christmas a little early

At the end of November Hrádek u Nechanic will again prepare for Christmas at the castle – tours of the festively decorated rooms with a guide who will also talk about the oldest Christmas traditions. If autumn in a castle conjures up images of drafts, cold, and even colder feet, then don’t worry. The castle cooks always have English punch, coffee and tea ready for visitors. Instead of drafts, the corridors offer the aroma of Christmas cookies and frail gingerbread delights. Christmas tours are also being prepared at other castles like Zákupy, Grabštejn and Hrubý Rohozec.

Pre-Christmas tours in the south and west

Excepting a two-week break (from 18 December to 1 January), the fairytale castle Hluboká nad Vltavou, which looks charming against a snowy backdrop, will also be open over Christmas. Head to the southern region of the Czech Republic and visit 140 castle rooms or 11 romantic towers. If you prefer mysticism over romance, then head west to Loket. Visitors can visit the castle tower or dungeon and torture chamber alone or with a guide. You don’t have to worry about the cold – Loket is just a few minutes away from the world-famous Carlsbad spa, whose unique hot springs led to its founding by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. It’s no coincidence that he was very familiar with West Bohemia. As a young boy, he was imprisoned in Loket Castle with his mother.