The pre-Christmas season will light up Prague Castle
and the festive markets held in its grounds. The world’s largest castle complex will offer a high-quality range of Christmas style goods, the chance to try punch or mulled wine and buy traditional Czech Christmas gifts. And to make it even better, Prague Castle commands one of the most beautiful views of the whole of Prague
including Petřín Lookout Tower
Situated close to Prague, the Royal Castle of Karlštejn
has prepared a traditional Royal Advent
which will take place in the castle courtyard and the village streets on Sunday November 27th
and December 18th
. Traditional Christmas markets
will be held here every Advent weekend and will be spiced up with music, dancing and singing performances. A concert of the Czech Christmas Mass by Jan Jakub Ryba
is scheduled for December 18th
in the Hall of Knights in Karlštejn Castle.
Český Krumlov Castle and Chateau
Moving on to South Bohemia, one should definitely not miss out on one of the UNESCO
gems and its unrepeatable Christmas atmosphere felt not only in the actual castle and chateau
, but in the town
itself. With thousands of lights shining bright, merely wandering along the seasonally decorated Christmas streets will bring about a real feeling of magic. The special Christmas programme includes the switching on of a Christmas tree at the beginning of Advent, Saint Nicholas Day festivities, letters for Baby Jesus and a live Nativity Scene
. The castle and chateau will stage a Bear’s Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve and you will also be able to view the festively decorated interiors. In addition, you can look forward to pre-Christmas programmes in the newly renovated grounds of the Minorite Monastery and Convent of Poor Clares in Český Krumlov. During the winter months, you can also pay a visit to the Castle Museum
, which is open all-year round.
Located a mere 30 km north of Český Krumlov, another impressive residence in South Bohemia
, Hluboká Chateau
, has remained open all year round, including in winter months, for the ninth year running. The Winter Guided Tour encompasses a total of nine mildly heated rooms, such as the private chambers of the last four generations of the Hluboká Estate owners.
Staying in South Bohemia, actually not far from Hluboká, Třeboň Chateau
has a Christmas surprise in store for its visitors. This Renaissance residence of Petr Vok, the last member of the Rožmberk (Rosenberg) family, will host the traditional Christmas exhibition markets and tours of the festively decorated chateau
. The chateau will be open for guided tours from November to March every Tuesday from 2 p.m. From December 28th
you can take part in costume tours of the chateau; however you will need to book your ticket in advance.
For more Christmas markets head for Sychrov Chateau
, about a one-hour drive north of Prague. In addition to a traditional show of Czech arts and crafts
you can look forward to an extensive programme for adults and children alike with a great Christmas atmosphere enhanced by a Nativity Scene staged in the courtyard
. Open all year round, the chateau will don its seasonal attire and from November 26th
to January 6th
it will draw visitors to its non-traditional tours of the chateau, decorated with Christmas trees and sweets as well as Nativity Scenes.
Hrádek u Nechanic Chateau
Certainly not lagging behind, the English-style Hrádek u Nechanic
Chateau in East Bohemia
, invites its visitors to come and soak up some great seasonal atmosphere. The chateau will put on non-traditional Christmas tours of its interiors, shedding some light on the history of Christmas and chateau festive traditions
, while the specially opened chateau kitchen will treat you to genuine English punch, coffee, tea and Christmas sweets
. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, the chateau promises an even greater Christmas atmosphere during three scheduled Christmas concerts.
You can wander back through time in Loket Castle
, to taste the traditional festive atmosphere of our ancestors. Situated in West Bohemia
near Karlovy Vary
and open all year round, the castle will host the traditional Krušné Mountains Christmas Markets
at the weekend of December 11th
. You can join in the magic of ancient arts and crafts and test your skills in making straw decorations or aromatic Františeks
(incense candles). Those with a sweet tooth can have a go at decorating gingerbread, while the Christmas musical atmosphere will be in the hands of an organ grinder, bagpipe band and folk ensemble groups. In addition, you can admire the nimble fingers of bobbin lace makers and wood carvers. To enhance the atmosphere even more, a fire show will round off each day.