on April 30th - May 1st the night celebrations of the Witches Day are taking place in many castles, castle ruins, on the hills and other places in the Czech Republic. It is nice to see all the fires in the darkness around.
This year (2004) the celebrations were bigger than ever because on May 1st the Czech Republic became the member of the European Union. Was it a Witches Wish?
Anyway, it is a fun Day. People make bonfires and throw witches or at least some imitations of the witches into the fire and dance around, sing and play music. You can see horses and swordplays and the atmosphere reminds Middle Ages in historical small towns. Small and big girls with big noses dress themselves as witches and take part of these celebrations, it is their Day ;--)
I found a few pictures on a webpage of a basic school in Prague, seems that also the dean of the school took part! This is neither historical, nor traditional atmosphere, but why not, click on the link:
OK, so no, I do not mean that famous beer that use this slogan for ad, but I mean this beer that I think it is really probably the best beer in the world. Its is made in this rather new brewery in this place called Zámek Zábřeh. They have few beers there depends on the season but my favourite is the classic white lager none filter beer. It is the real Czech liquid bread.
This one is very very special beer, it called pivo master and it is dark beer with slightly sweet aroma that make this beer very special and yet again one of my favourites in this country. I once has a little shock when my near home local pub had it on the tap once and it was finished very quick :)
OK, so I think this was my favourite beer during my stay in the Czech Republic. This is Primátor 24 which is a strong double dark beer that has 12% of alcohol in it. Thankfully I found it only on the latest stages of my stay as otherwise I would have a problem to get to work in the mornings ;-)
OK, so I saved the last few tips for the best ones, and this one is Bernard Beer, probably the most expensive of the beers I was drinking in the Czech. They have few lines of beer as you can see in this photo special bottles with white, brown and dark beers. To my taste the more dark and strong it was the better it tasted. I know this beer is also export and you might be able to get it in your local beer store, I know I can :) .... but very very expensive.
Another of the regional ones is Ostravar and as its name indicate, it is from Ostrava and as I lived there for while I also had a lot of this beer which is always taste good when served fresh and cold.
Staropramen is yet another of the famous breweries and these days it is already owned by a global enterprise and distributed together with other countries beers.
However, it is still has its own special brands and one of my favourite in the Czech is this special Granat Beer which is more dark and strong in flavour then the usual Czech beers.
There is also very special Staropramen black beer which you can see in image 2.
Gambrinus is another of the beers that is also exported but not that as famous or big as the previous ones. However, it is actually very good fresh beer and nice to have something else for a change sometimes.
The popular Pilsner beer made first in the Czech Republic in a city called Pilsen and from there it got its name. The brand Pilsner Urquell is one of the most famous and popular Czech beers, it is also one of the best. You can enjoy this beer everywhere in the world but be sure that when in Czech you drink it from the tap, it is taste even better.
Be patient, I will come with the beer tips soon ;-) But first is this special drink name: Kofola.
So, everyone knows about the Czech Beer, but who heard about Kofola? Well, you have to be in Czech and maybe some local people will introduce you to this special drink. In a way, it is a local drink to compete with the Cola brands, even that this does not aim to taste like Cola, it has its own formula of herbs that give the special aroma and taste of this drink.
Valassky Trdelnik is a traditional pastry of Eastern Czechia and I may highly recommend to taste it !
It looks like an empty tube and has a thin,soft cake around the empty centre.
this cake comes in different flavors like plums, cherries, honey, cinnamon etc.
It is a good chance to get sticky fingers, as it is covered with sugar.
You get a big roll for 25-40 Kronen depending on the food-stand, size and flavor.
I had mine for several days inside my motorhome, outside of the fridge and it kept tasting fine for a week, although it gets rather hot inside the car sometimes.
The best thing for the tourists is the fact, that the ladies at these food-stands always offer small sampels of Valassky Trdelnik, so you may decide for yourself, before you buy something !
It will be packed in a thin plastic-bag and was even too big for me to eat all at once.
I saw the stand on my picture in Roznov pod radhostem, but that kind of pastry is to be found all over Czechia.
The "Little wooden town / Drevene mestecko " in Roznov pod radhostem is a small village of maybe 20-30 buildings from all over Czechia, that had been rebuilt again around a small meadow, forming a traditional centre of a village.
This museum was made in a special way, as all of the small wooden village is surrounded by a small wood and a wooden fence and you almost will not hear any car-trafic and have the feeling to be back in the times of the 17th - 19th century.
It is a pity the weather was not perfect the day I visited Roznov pod Radhostem, but at least it did not rain.
When travelling through Czechia you really should make sure you will not oversee the great and fancy door-handles of castles and former palaces.
Mostly they are by itself great works of art !
These door-handles on both sides are made in the shape of a turque, beeing attacked by a raven.
The bigger part of my picture combination is to be found in Hluboka nad Vlatvou and it is about 40 cm high.
This scene with the raven , picking out the eye of a turque is also part of the emblem of the Schwarzenberg-family.
The smaller picture of my pic-combination is a dolphin, used as a door-handle in Chrudim at the local museum.
Vyskov is the small town in eastern Czechia , where you are normally leaving the main road from Brno to Ostrava, when driving to Roznov pod Radhostem / Rosenau am Radegast.
There is a great museum for all fans of old airplanes and other military stuff from the old Soviet union and its allies.
There are hundreds of airplanes,tanks, cars and trucks.
Take road Nr. 47 and drive from Vyskov
towards the east and you will pass by the museum
Opening-times are :
Saturday & Sunday ONLY !
09.00a.m. - 12.00 noon and 02.00p.m.- 06.00p.m.
You may take the train to Vyskov or drive on D1 / E 462
Once every year on November 1st - "All Saints Day" - there is a churchservice inside the bonechurch with only the candles burning.
I am not sure, if this is open for tourists, as the space is quite limited and plenty of local people certainly might considder it a religious service and NO attraction for tourists.
The big bone-chandelier in the middle of the church is the biggest of all these works of art, and it uses almost each sort of human bones.
The chandelier still uses candles, while the rest of the church has electic light of course.
I may imagine, it gives you a strange feeling to see these head-bones staring at you from the chandelier, when there is no electic light, but just the candles on the bone-chandelier !
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