Easter outing

Though Easter cold and rainy weather forecast did not seem favourable for outings, we wanted to make one and decided to visit an Easter market at the castle Křivoklát. Frankly, I don’t like crowded places like such a market much but I had never been to Křivoklát, which is one of the oldest (more than 900 years since the first written reference) and most important castles of Bohemian kings, and this seemed to be a good opportunity to change that.

Křivoklát

When we arrived at Křivoklát, there were even more cars and people than I expected as we made an effort to get there soon enough but eventually it didn’t matter at all as we enjoyed our time spent there thoroughly.

Křivoklát-Easter-market

You had to pay a fee to get to the market which took place in the castle’s court. There was a band playing medieval music (in modern arrangement with guitars) all the time we spent there. The music added to the atmosphere wonderfully and I liked that performance enormously. I could have just stayed there and listened to it as long as they were playing and singing…

As you can see in the following capture, there were quite a few stalls in the court.

Křivoklát-Easter-market

Some of them were offering meals or drinks, others handmade jewellery and paintings, ceramic pottery and linen bags, beeswax candles and lavender products, wooden swords and painted shields…

Křivoklát-Easter-market

Some of those selling the products were dressed in medieval costumes which was fun. We ate this and that and each member of my family chose something to buy and bring home… We were all pleased to have visited the place. Even now when I’m writing this three days later, you could see me smiling. Next time I’d like to join in a guided tour of the castle and walk around a bit more, that would have been too much this time. I’m already looking forward to that occasion.

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26 Comments

  1. Hello Petra–It is always such a pleasure when you blog because you find interesting subjects. Just the phrase "Bohemian Kings" sets my historical mind seeking to know more. Which one? What year…maybe you had that in there and I didn't see it. Anyway, it is a stunning castle. You must have been very moved by the music–I could tell! Here in the US, we often have Renaissance Fairs, with period instruments and dress, sounds very much like this event. Wonderful!

    1. Susan, thank you. The castle’s construction started in the 12th century and as it was gradually rebuilt during the history, Přemysl Otakar II. in the 13th century, Václav IV. in the 14th century and Vladislav of Jagellon in the 15th century were amongst those most important rules influencing the building. It’s wonderful that despite several damaging fires throughout the centuries we can still admire it!

  2. This is the kind of place Astrid and I would definitely want to visit, Petra. Something that old still just blows my mind. How is it possible to still be in such good shape!!! I love it. And to have the market there, someone is doing something right. YAY. When you go back again, I'll be there with you!

    1. Ginnie, from what I read, the castle was lucky enough to have owners which cared for its preservation and development… for whatever reason… and that’s why we can admire it after so many years…

      Křivoklát is just about an hour away from Prague so if you are ever staying in Prague, make a tour!

  3. This looks like a place I would have thoroughly enjoyed! Somehow the Europeans are really good in bringing a place like this to life with markets, food and music. I imagine the medieval music was lovely!!

  4. Oh, that first image is magical. Of course, to one who has lived always in the U. S., any 900-year-old castle is going to have an element of magic to it. That was quite a crowd for one who prefers to avoid crowds. I'm glad you had a good time. Next time, maybe a little video could be included so we could enjoy that music with you. 🙂

    1. Linda, thank you. I was very pleased that there are some people captured in the first photo as they highlight the size of the castle. The video is a good idea, I should have recorded some. I quite regretted I hadn’t noticed the name of the band… Next time I’ll be more experienced! 🙂

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