Advent market at Dobříš Chateau Dobříš
Chateau is south of Prague, in Central Bohemia
. The chateau is known for its traditional Advent tours of interiors with beautiful Christmas decorations. You will learn about the history of the holidays
, about the meaning of Advent
and the related customs, and see an exhibition of nativity scenes
. Moreover, on Saturday, 7 December
, there will be a Christmas market
in the courtyard! The chateau courtyard will be decorated with Christmas trees, and it will be illuminated with pine torches, burning baskets and lanterns. The tours of the chateau will be provided every Advent weekend.
The chateau is open all year round.
Christmas trees at Loučeň Chateau
Visitors of the Central Bohemian Loučeň
Chateau will have the opportunity to fully experience the magical Christmas atmosphere with all of their senses in the holiday-decorated chambers, and enjoy some fresh air while walking in the chateau park with a huge Advent wreath
. This year, the chateau will have an exhibition on the story of the Christmas tree
. And the Christmas tree will also be the main topic of the Advent tours at Loučeň Chateau. There will be 21 different Christmas trees
installed in the chambers of the aristocratic residence, showing how the Thurn-Taxis family lived at the beginning of the 20th century. There are special guided tours from 26 November 2019 to 12 January 2020, however, advance booking is recommended.
Christmas at Křivoklát Royal Castle
The peaceful Christmas atmosphere will welcome you at the castle gate of Křivoklát, a medieval castle in Central Bohemia
, one of the most important and largest Bohemian aristocratic castles. There will be stands with crafts and manufactured goods on the weekend of 7-8 December
and 14-15 December
. And what will you see? There will be bakers, basket weavers, candle makers, potters, herbalists, tinkers and blacksmiths in the scenery of the Christmas castle. You can look forward to traditional old Czech specialties,
such as dried fruit, mulled wine, Christmas cookies and sausages. The accompanying programme will also include Christmas carols, theatre performances, jugglers and comedians.
Advent at Loket
The town of Loket
with a Gothic castle
, looming over the river, is only a few kilometres from the world-famous spa of Karlovy Vary
in West Bohemia
. The castle is open to the public all year round; its gates stay open in winter. Moreover, there will be a traditional market
on 7 December
, offering mulled wine and mead, straw decorations, bobbin lace, and traditional crafts.
Ratibořice in East Bohemia Ratibořice
in East Bohemia
is connected with Božena Němcová, a Czech female writer from the 19th century, and her novel The Grandmother. The Christmas-decorated chateau will go back almost 200 years in history on 7 and 8 December
. The chateau employees, dressed up as servants, will show you what Christmas used to be like in the past. There will be a small Christmas market
in the building of the water mangle.
Tours of Hluboká Chateau
Enjoy the magical atmosphere in the South Bohemian Hluboká
Chateau with guided tours of the interior. It is one of the few chateaus that are open all year round, and in winter the private apartments of the last generations of chateau owners
are open. And the chateau has a lot to offer! You will see private lounges and dining halls. The tours have one common line – hunting. You can visit the grand hunting dining room, food preparation room, as well as the study, the living room and the bedroom of the last private chateau owner, Adolf Schwarzenberg.
Black kitchen at Jindřichův Hradec
On the weekend of 7-8 December,
you can also visit the South Bohemian
chateau in Jindřichův Hradec
. The programme on both days will showcase music, dance and theatre performances
. The littlest can look forward to a show with birds of prey, and everyone will definitely enjoy looking inside a 500-year-old black kitchen,
which will be open and running! You should not miss Krýza’s nativity scene
, the largest mechanical folk nativity scene
in the world (as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records), at the Regional Museum.
Advent Printing at the Šternberk Castle Šternberk Castle
is north of Olomouc
in Moravia. During the Saturday tours in December,
visitors can learn a lot of interesting things about the history of Christmas, Czech Christmas traditions and customs, and how the nobility and the simple folk used to celebrate Christmas. Šternberk Castle will be open on Saturdays, 7, 14 and 21 December,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The castle interior will be decorated for Christmas, there will be nativity scenes, historical toys and many other Christmas artefacts. The tours will be opened with the Children’s Christmas Fair on 7 December
. The castle area will be decorated with a life-sized wooden nativity installed at the lower courtyard. The fair will also include an unusual book printing workshop called Book Printing from Above
. Children will learn about the history of printing in a fun way and each visitor will have the opportunity to print their own souvenir card.