Plzeň, the birthplace of the Pilsener beer, and an important center of academic, business, and cultural life for the western part of the Czech Republic, is an exciting travel destination for many who know about its rich historic legacy, its scenic vistas and lively lifestyle. But for those who have never heard of it, tasting the authentic Pilsner Urquell, and enjoying a historic festival could count as two of the main reasons to visit Plzeň.
The second weekend June this year is an open invitation for all those who like to travel in the past: sword-fighters, jugglers, falconers, ghosts and fairy tales come to Plzeň, accompanied by period music and dance, theatre performances, fireworks, and a historical market. The historic city center will be as crowded this year as it was in the past, perhaps even more, as the city turns 700.
There are performances for young and old, with special emphasis on the fun interactive children’s stage, where the Tercie band will be performing on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday Milana Záleše will enchant the viewers with live birds of prey and their stories. In fact, there will be something for every taste, even extreme sports, and other “extreme” activities.
For all the visitors, the festival could mean an astonishing journey with many surprises and competitions. Saturday prepare to meet ghosts and mythical creatures – and the day will end with the largest ghost parade in the world, where everyone can participate. The best masks win special prizes.
The festival offers more than shows: historic tram and trolleybus rides, fireworks, exhibitions of cacti, free gifts for those who visit the Museum of Horrors, free entrance for those who would rather see the Puppets Museum, and a number of actions for local charities. The festival ends June 12, 2011, with a number of theater representations and live concerts, featuring bands such as Turdus, Eltin and many others. Full program of the festival, in Czech, on the official website.