MATĚJSKÁ POUŤ (St. Matthews Fair) 2016
Roller coasters, Ferris wheel, chain carousels and a lot of smiley faces… Matějská pouť (St. Matthews Fair) is back
The most famous and most visited fair in the Czech Republic, Matějská pouť (St. Matthew’s fair) is back. Matějská pouť starts Saturday, February 20th and runs till April 17th, celebrating its 421 anniversary and its 53rd year at the Prague exhibition grounds in Holešovice, Prague 7. You can expect over 120 crazy attractions, incl. a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, house of laughter, chain carousel, countless swings and bouncy castles, old Bohemian shooting range and the ever popular bumper cars. This all combined with fast food stalls, offering oriental sweets and gingerbread hearts what is being known as the usual souvenir from St. Matthew’s Fair.
Matějská pouť (St. Matthews Fair) is the very first spring fair in Europe. The tradition of the fair has been archived in the Czech National Library since all the way back in 1595. It was originally held in front of a church and was directly associated with the feast of St. Matthew. But the area was insufficient and therefore the stands and merry-go-rounds slowly shifted to different places in the city. In 1963, it moved to the neighborhood of Stromovka Park.
Mondays the fair is closed, Tuesday till Friday you can visit form 14:00 till 21:00 and weekends extended hours from 10:00 till 22:00. The price of admission for adults is 25 crowns, for children 10 crowns. The prices for the attractions range from 40 crowns for a children's train to 200 crowns for large foreign attractions.
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