Castles to open at night for Hradozámecká noc
Candlelight tours, fire shows, concerts and fencing will take place across the country
Some 80 castles and chateaus will be open with special programs on the evening of Aug. 27. There are three spots in Prague participating, as well as 19 in the Central Bohemia region including Karlštejn.
The seventh Hradozámecká noc, sponsored by the National Monument Office (NPÚ), Ministry of Culture and Czech Television, will bring special night programs to each venue. There will be costumed tours, knights and lots of candle light, plus theatrical and musical presentations. Most tours will require Czech language skills, and space for some venues is limited so reservations are recommended. Some events are free, but not all. Interior tours in particular still require tickets in most cases.
In Prague, the gardens beneath Prague Castle will be open. At the northeast edge of the city, Chvalský zámek will have a program with guided tours and candle light. Fairytale characters Meluzínka, the fairy Ohnivka and elf Matýsek will lead the tours. There is a competition and a chamber of secrets. The chateau currently has an exhibition called Mercury is Not Only a Planet. Chvalský zámek is near metro stop Černý Most. It dates to the 15th century and has had Renaissance and Baroque renovations.
The final Prague location is Slovanka, a villa from the early 1700s located in Prague 5–Hlubočepy in the southern part of the city. It promises a relaxed evening with candles on the terrace. The villa had at one point been a winery and now has an outdoor bar and refreshment stand.
The biggest events will be outside of the city, where the bulk of the NPÚ treasures are. Karlštejn is the official center of Hradozámecká noc. Tours will have an admission fee, but the program outside is free. Emperor Charles IV, now 700 years old, will preside over the events. The music group Krless, which does medieval and Renaissance music will perform and the film A Night at Karlštejn will be shown. Other items include historical fencing, a fire show and singer Pavel Vítek. Apparently there will also be fireworks for the first time in the castle's history.
Hrad Konopiště, another castle near Prague, will have tours, theatrical presentations, some outdoor refreshments and events for children. Hrad Křivoklát, also not too far from Prague, will have medieval music and dancing (with a snake), unusual tours, a large screen projection, fencing and a fire show.
Other participating spots in Central Bohemia include zámek Březnice, hrad Český Šternberk, zámek Dobříš, zámek Hořovice, hrad Krakovec, zámek Loučeň, zámek Mnichovo Hradiště, zámek Mníšek pod Brdy, zámek Nelahozeves, zámek Radim, klášter Sázava, zámek Stránov, hrad Točník, zámek Zruč nad Sázavou and zámek Žleby.
South Bohemia will have events at 11 sites including the charming water chateau zámek Červená Lhota and the impressive if overly romanticized zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou.
In West Bohemia, the lovely ruin of hrad Rabí will have night tours, and seven other venues in that region will participate.
Duchcov in North Bohemia will celebrate Casanova and his women. The famed lover spent the end of his life in the chateau there. Zámek Frýdlant has candlelight tours and hrad Valdštejn has 19th century dance music and tours. More than two dozen more places in Northern and Eastern Bohemia will be offering some night programs.
Heading into Moravia, along with tours at many castles and chateaus, there is a special program at Tugendhat villa in Brno. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, a work of modern architecture, has tours and a concert.
For more information including links to each castle, visit www.npu.cz (CZ).
Easter markets to open April 1 by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
The biggest ones are at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square
Park next to the National Museum will see changes by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A study is being made to find ways to make Čelakovského sady more inviting
Electric scooters replacing Segways in Prague's center by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: freeimages.com)
Police say laws for bicycles will keep scooter tours off the sidewalks
Petřín funicular to be repaired for summer by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Routine work will see the cable car on Petřín Hill out of service temporarily
London comes to Prague by Ross Kennerley - Prague.TV (Foto: Raymond Johnston)
A London-themed exhibit at Arkády Pankrác brings landmarks to Prague
Prague Castle to get larger security checkpoints by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
The existing shelters leave many police and soldiers out in the elements
Orchids on display at the Botanical Gardens by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
The annual show of mostly tropical flowers is at the Fata Morgana greenhouse
Max van der Stoel honored with monument in Prague 6 by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Pavel Matela)
The Dutch politician helped to bring attention to the Charter 77 movement in Czechoslovakia
Prague Zoo's winter sleepers have woken up by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Zoo Praha - Petr Hamerník)
Two hibernating species of mammals are leaving their burrows for a new year
Matějská pouť starts by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague.eu)
Annual fair has 115 rides with dozens for younger children
Glide through the enchanting streets of Prague on a unique...
English and RUssian language driving school in Prague
Looking for a Handyman in Prague?
Become a Good Angel!
Prague river cruises – popular Prague tourist attractions
VR entertainment and gaming center
Escape rooms in Prague
Crocodile Zoo Prague