Mar 06, 2024

Celebrate Easter the Czech Way: Traditional Markets, Festive Food and Crafts!

Enjoy the true Czech Easter! The traditional markets in cities, castles and châteaux will take you back a few centuries and the festive Easter dishes will expand your gastronomical horizons.

In short, the program for this year’s Easter festivities is quite rich again.

Come to Easter Market the Old Town Square in Prague. At the market, you can see painted eggs, rattles, whips, and there are also cultural events on a stage with folk songs and dances.

The Republic Square in Plzeň will also come to life with an Easter market. The square will be filled with painted eggs and hand-woven whips full of ribbons, as well as stands with a selection of sausages, stuffing, cheeses, and mead.

Brno has also prepared the traditional Easter market. You can look forward to forty stands with the most diverse products, such as wicker baskets, whips, pottery, jewelry, decorations or Easter-painted eggs.

This year’s program will be rich in cultural events full of dance and singing, performed by Moravian folklore groups and bands. In South Bohemia, in Český Krumlov, the local farmers and artisans will offer stylish products, Easter whips or painted eggs. You can admire wooden products or fur sheep, as well as spring flowers, decorations and seasonal goodies.

Easter markets in Czech towns

Prague – Easter markets at the Old Town Square (16 March – 7 April)
Plzeň – Easter markets at the Republic Square (21 March – 1 April)
Brno – Easter festival  at the Liberty Square (22 – 31 March)
Český Krumlov – Easter market athe Svornosti Square (28 March – 1 April)
Olomouc – Easter at the Upper Square (22 March – 1 April)

The Křivoklát Castle in Central Bohemia will celebrate the Princely Easter. The festival will start with a historical costume show and you can look forward to medieval jugglers, a series of concerts and a theatre performance.

In Moravia, Wallachian Open-Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm is also bringing the traditionally rich, three-day Easter program. The Museum will be open from Saturday to Monday and visitors can look forward to a rich and interesting programme.

The main part of the program will take place in the Wooden Village. You can see demonstrations of traditional Easter and spring customs there on the Easter weekend. You can even paint an egg or taste the spring soup!

Easter at open-air museums

Moravia – Easter in Wallachia – Wallachian Open Air Museum in Rožnov (30 March – 1 April)
Central Bohemia – Eastertime in the Museum of Folk Architecture in Kouřim (30 – 31 March)
Central Bohemia – Přerov nad Labem – Spring on the village green (16 March – 7 April)
Vysočina – Easter at Veselý Kopec (29 March – 1 April)
Vysočina – Betlém Hlinsko – Easter at Betlém (19 March – 14 April)
North Bohemia – Zubrnice – Easter on the village green (23 – 24 March)

And where to go for an Easter chateau tour? Try Moravian Valtice, a former residential manor of the princely family of Liechtenstein. In addition to the several different chateau tours, you can look forward to stands with handmade products, refreshments and excellent Valtice wines on the Easter weekend. The honorary courtyard of the chateau will be decorated with maxi eggs and other Easter decorations, cembalo music will sound in the inner courtyard.

If you are not travelling to the south of Moravia, visit the Okoř castle ruin near Prague. The local caretakers have prepared an Easter knight festival for Easter Saturday! In the courtyard, you will see a medieval royal knight tournament, listen to period music, watch fencing, equestrian falconry, theatre, historical dances, a puppet theatre for children and much more.

Easter at castles and châteaux

Central Bohemia – Princely Easter at Křivoklát (29 – 31 March)
Central Bohemia – Easter knights’ festival at Okoř Castle (31 March)
Central Bohemia – Easter at Kačina (25 March – 1 April)
Moravia – Easter at Valtice Château (29 March – 1 April)
South Bohemia – Easter market at Blatná Château (29 – 31 March)
East Bohemia – Easter tours of Hrádek u Nechanic Château (28 March – 1 April)
North Bohemia – Easter markets at Sychrov (23 – 24 March)
North Moravia – Princely Easter at Hradec nad Moravicí Château (28 March – 28 April)
West Bohemia – Easter fair at Kozel Château (31 March – 1 April)

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