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On the continent in Central Europe the winter weather is cold with snow, but the summers are lengthy with lots of sunshine and clear days. Our tours run from the beginning of April to the end of October, the optimum months here for a good trip. May, June and September are the times to experience the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. The temperature in the summer can get quite high, so July and August are perfect if you love the sun. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly too. These times are perfect if you want to see the changing of the seasons.
July and August tend to be the busiest times in terms of crowds. Bear this in mind if you want to see some national monuments relatively crowd-free.
Festivals and events
Central Europe is rich in festivals and cultural events. Worth mentioning are the local festivals celebrating the grape harvest in September, called “vinobrani”. There is much merrymaking by the local residents, with copious imbibing of the region’s delicious wine. In some areas the folk culture is connected to wine growing, and this can be enjoyed particularly during vinobrani.
Mikulov Wine Fare (May) – prestigious wine tasting event, rich cultural programme,Czech championship in filling the wine pipette from the barrel
The Town of Mikulov Festival (May) – scenes from the traditional life in Mikulov, opening of sights to the public with complementary events, performances of local ensembles and schools, wine tasting, gastronomic specialities
The International Guitar Festival (July) – Festival with master-classes of interpretation and concerts by world-class guitarists.
The Festival of the Nations from the Podyji (July) – presentation of the original cultural and culinary specialties of the nations living in the Podyji region
http://www.narodypodyji.cz/ (In Czech only)
Festival Of The Three Neighbors (August) – Meeting of folklore ensembles.
Mikulov Beer Festival (August) – tasting of different beer brands, attractive cultural programmes
http://www.mikulovskepivobrani.cz/ (only in Czech)
Eurotrialog Mikulov (August) – Central-European Music Festival with pop,
rock, alternative and ethnic music
Kampanila (September) – International Choir Festival.
Pilgrimage to Holy Hill (September) – Traditional pilgrimage to the Black Loretan Madonna on Holy Hill in Mikulov.
Palava Wine Harvest Festival (September)-a grand event with a historical fair and wine market, historical and folk costume parades, wine tasting, a program of events for all ages and local culinary specialties.
http://www.palavske-vinobrani.cz/ (in Czech)
Days of Jewish Culture (September)
Valtice Wine Fair (May) – Prestigious wine exhibition.
Znojmo Wine Festival (September) – One of the biggest wine harvest festivals in the Czech Republic. Try Burcak, young wine only weeks old.
Holidays in Telc (July-August) – Folk festival, theatre, discussions, performances and exhibitions.
Hot-air Balloons above Telc (August) –
Telc Steam-Engine Summer (July-August) – Historical train trips.
Historical celebration Zachariáš from Hradec and Kateřina from Valdštejn
(August) – Historical celebration.
The Folk Rose Festival (July) – Folk groups from all over the world perform their music and dances
Trebon Cultural Summer (June-September) – Concerts by various chamber ensembles in the Church of St.Mary Regina and St.Giles and in the chapel of Schwarzenberg Tomb.
Around Trebon Music Festival (June-July) – Around Trebon Festival is one of the longest-running, multigenre festivals in the Czech Republic. It was first organized in 1992.The festival offers a variety of musical genres, unusual combinations of concerts and theatre performances, street happenings, competitive and fun races, and other entertainment.
Trebon´s nocturna (July)– a summer festival of classical music whose aim it is to bring top Czech and foreign performers to Třeboň and to offer visitors to the town music that at other times is only found on the most respected of Czech and world stages. Quality music played by well-known performers and the cosy atmosphere of the square or chateau in Třeboň combine to guarantee visitors to the festival an unforgettable, uplifting experience every year
Krcin´s Trebon (July) – Historical celebration.
The Festival of the Five-petalled Rose (June) – Historical Renaissancefestival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts.
Festival of Chamber music (June-July) – Festival of the classical music with the longest tradition in Cesky Krumlov. Part of the festival comprises of ‘Music through the Ages’ where music can be hard on the tour route of Cesky Krumlov Castle http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/festivalkomornihudby.xml
The International Music Festival (July-August) – Largest of Cesky Krumlov´s festivals. It has been going since 1992 and includes music of all periods with the participation of renowned instrumentalists, singers, chamber ensembles, choirs and symphony orchestras.
Celebrations of St.Wenceslas (September-October) – Autumn fair, celebration of good food and drink, theatre pieces, and concerts for St.Wenceslas Day (Patron Saint of the Czech Lands).
International Prague Spring Music Festival (May-June) – International music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras.
Khamoro (May-June) – Roma Festival strives to show the richness and complexity of Roma culture and traditions. The festival is divided into 3 sections – professional, cultural and media. The festival strives on the one hand to present Roma culture, art and traditions as an integral part of Czech, European and world culture.
Beer Festival (May7)
Prague Food Festival (May)
United Islands (June) – rock, pop, indie, electro, world, folk & jazz music
Bohemia Jazz Fest (July)
Prague Autumn (September-October) – International music festival.