Battle to take place at Vítkov Hill

The annual re-enactment is a summer day of family fun

A key event from Czech history will be re-enacted Saturday, July 16, at Vítkov Hill in Prague's Žižkov district. The Battle of Vítkov Hill took place in June and July of 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, which takes place annually, is a day of family fun starting at 10 a.m. and running until 10 p.m., and admission is free.

The main events are the battle re-creations, which takes place twice at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 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, there are two stages with entertainment including jesters, jugglers and musicians. Fencing and medieval dance will be demonstrated as well. People can also see replica Hussite weapons and vehicles throughout the day. There will be tours with commentary of the National Memorial three times during the day, and admission to the memorial is at a discount.

A massive statue of Hussite military leader Jan Žižka, once the largest equestrian statue in the world, is in front of the monument.

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 jewelry and trinkets for adults. Some of the food will have medieval theme, and there will be Czech specialties such as potato pancakes, roasted pork and decorated gingerbread.

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.

The event is sponsored by the Prague 3 administration.

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