Six Advent Tips at Czech Castles and Chateaux

Six Advent Tips at Czech Castles and Chateaux

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Six Advent Tips at Czech Castles and Chateaux
The Advent, or four weeks prior to Christmas, is a time when everyone is getting ready for the winter holiday. And it is also a time when you can visit Czech castles and chateaux and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Many landmarks have prepared festive decorations and special programmes for the Advent. You can see a snow-covered chateau park, or buy gifts at a craft market, or discover old customs and traditions during special guided tours. Many places will also be open during the holiday and at the end of the year, when you can go on a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tour. The situation is a bit better than last year but make sure you check the current COVID-19 measures in advance.

Christmas at the Archbishop’s Chateau in Kroměříž

From 27 November to 19 December, you will find the Advent at the Chateau and the Bourg at the Moravian chateau in Kroměříž. The main programme will take place during the Advent weekends when a special programme is prepared in cooperation with the Chateau Garden in front of Sala Terrena. In addition to stands with crafted products and the Archbishop’s Wine Cellar, the chateau will offer gallery tours during the Advent, where visitors can learn about the Advent and Christmas. There will also be a sales exhibition of Advent wreaths and decorations by the chateau florists in Sala Terrena.

Advent Days in Jindřichův Hradec

The castle and chateau in Jindřichův Hradec in South Bohemia is a time-tested classic as far as the Advent goes. The theatre, dance and music performances, the market and artisans are ready. Enjoy the Advent with the majestic castle and chateau in the backdrop on the weekend of 4 and 5 December.

Royal Advent at the Křivoklát Castle

The castle gate of Křivoklát, a medieval castle in Central Bohemia, one of the most important and largest castles of Czech princess and kings, breathes with Christmas atmosphere. You will find artisan stands there on the weekend of 4/5 and 11/12 December. You can look forward to the traditional Old Bohemian Market with delicacies such as dried fruit, mulled wine, Christmas cookies or sausages.

Advent Tours of the Litomyšl Chateau

If you have ever wondered how the nobility celebrated Christmas, or whether the aristocrats also thought about their servants, then you should definitely go on a tour of the Christmas-decorated interiors of the Litomyšl Chateau in East Bohemia. Go back about 120 years in time on all four Advent weekends and discover what Christmas meant for the richest and how they enjoyed it. Tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schaumburg’s Advent at the Náchod Chateau

Come relax or draw inspiration before Christmas at the chateau in Náchod in East Bohemia. This year, you can enjoy the festive atmosphere in selected chambers at one of the tours. How did the noble family celebrate Christmas? And how did the small princes and princesses enjoy winter? Find out in the Christmas-decorated interiors on the second floor of the chateau during the first three Advent weekends, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Advent Tours in Villa Stiassni

Even though the Brno Villa Stiassni is not a castle or a chateau, it does resemble one in a way. It was built much later than chateaux. At the times when the higher social class did not desire large luxurious residences but built much more civilian structures. The elegant interiors with an atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s in combination with traditional decorations – that is what visitors can expect during the Advent and Christmas tours, including the Christmas tree decorated with replicas of period Christmas ornaments made of blown glass pearls, which are inscribed in the prestigious UNESCO list, and you can also look forward to an exhibition of period toys. The tradition of Christmas celebration in the villa started at the times of the First Republic, even though it was built by a family of a Jewish textile entrepreneur. How is it possible and how did they celebrate Christmas in the villa in the 1930s? Come find out during the special tours of the villa in South Moravia on one of the December weekends, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.