Battle of Vítkov Hill to be re-enacted

The annual event will have period music, sword fighting and a medieval food

Czech history will be re-created Saturday, July 15, at Vítkov Hill in Prague's Žižkov district. The Battle of Vítkov Hill took place in July 1420, with followers of religious reformer Jan Hus, led by Jan Žižka, fighting it out with Catholic Crusader forces loyal to the Holy Roman Empire, led by Sigismund of Luxemburg.

The re-enactment is a day of family fun starting at 10 am and running until 10 pm, and admission is free. This is the fifth year for the event.

The main events are the battle re-creations, which takes place twice at 1 pm and 5 pm on a set built behind the National Monument. 

Narration of the battle is in Czech, but there is enough action that children (and adults) should be able to figure it out.

Aside from the battle area, there is a stage with entertainment including jesters, jugglers and musicians.

Musical acts include Lukrecia Borgia and Querkus, both of which play historical music. Fencing and medieval dance will be demonstrated as well.

There will be a medieval pub offering dishes according to 15th-century recipes. Viewers will have the opportunity to climb the tower and stockade or try a medieval spa where they can try cupping. Children will be able to try out medieval weapons, ride on ponies there will be a small zoo.

The battle is staged not too far from the massive statue of Hussite military leader Jan Žižka, once the largest equestrian statue in the world.

The main path on the hill will be lined with stalls selling food and beverages, as well as toys such as wooden swords and shields for children, and jewellery and trinkets for adults.

Transportation to the hill will be provided on special buses from Florenc, but the hill is easily reachable by foot. The area gets very crowded, so biking might be a bit difficult and places to lock up a bike are limited.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events or www.praha3.cz (CZ)

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