en.infoglobe.cz » CZ, Strakonice – Bagpipers Lost Glory of the Industry and Remembering the Middle-Ages – VIDEO

CZ, Strakonice – Bagpipers Lost Glory of the Industry and Remembering the Middle-Ages – VIDEO

Published: 24.11.2015
Half-way from Plzen to Ceske Budejovice lays Strakonice on the confluence of the Otava and Volynka reviers. The town became famous for its international bagpipe festival, fezs, and “Cezetas” – motorbikes produced by Ceska Zbrojovka. Also, we can find here a preserved medieval castle, beautiful townhall in Reinassance Revival style, couple of medieval houses, or a partial Stonehenge replica. Nature around is also magnificent – Sumava’s foothills, and a vast area of South Bohemian ponds.

Strakonice was founded in the second half of the 12th century, supposedly. The House of Bavors commenced the construction of the castle in the start of the 13th century. In 1367, Strakonice were granted town privileges. The Knights Hospitaller became the castle’s owners in the mid-13th century and the stronghold became the residence of the grand priors of the Hospitallers in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown .

Strakonice

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, industrial revolution was in the full swing in Strakonice and industry is influential even today. The foundation of Fezko textile factory and Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) were milestones in Strakonice’s industrial history. Local brewery has also had significance in town’s history. Today a woman brews beer here.

StrakoniceStrakonice

Bagpipes have had long tradition here, which is sort of a main feature of the town. One of the most popular Czech folk songs sings about nearby Bavorov. The legend of Svanda the Bagpipare is also very well known in the land. Young bagpipers still stick to the bagpipe tradition. Regular gathering of bagpipers is another enhancement to the tradition at biannual international bagpipe festival. People come here to see it from all around the world. Even you, should you be interested in music and folk traditions, should not miss such an event! More information, short clips included, is at www.dudackyfestival.cz.

budova České spořitelnyhistorické centrum Strakonic

Leaving aside the bagpipe festival, the medieval castle is the greatest attraction here. Inside, there is the Central Pootavi museum , a public library, and cultural center. You can climb up Rumpal, the oldest tower here built already in 1300s. The other tower was added 200 years later. Renovation works have been done recently at the compound that’s why it looks like new today.

hrad

castlecastle

More interesting sights are at Velke Square. Really beautiful is the town hall in Renaissance revival style. Mikolas Ales designed the sgraffito decorating the structure. A renaissance savings bank opposite to the station is another interesting building. The same applies to the House of U Hroznu. Also, the medieval Masne Kramy – a narrow, roofed building lined with stalls on the both sides – also survived. In the 18th century, the entrance to the street was terminated by a gate in the direction towards the square. You recognize the street by a relief on the signboard showing an ox slaughter. Also, worth seeing are two houses at the square’s end for they represent South Bohemian folk architecture, the so called rustic Baroque.

neorenesanční radnice

centrum Strakoniccentrum Strakonic

We recommend to visit Strakonice while planning a trip to some of the town around such as Volyne, Bavorov or Blatná, or walk up the Otava river across Podskali. Howeer, people often forget about Strakonice as it is often in the shadow of the glory of the surrounding towns. Nevertheless, dont miss this great place.

GPS: (Velke Square) 49°15'40.6"N 13°54'07.8"E

 

Text, photo and video: Matouš Vinš

Music: Ketsa



Discussion at the article (0)


Related Articles

CZ: Cervena Lhota Castle – Fairy Tale Above Water
Published: 21.4.2016
In the south of Bohemia (about 17 kilometers away from Jindrichuv Hradec) where beautiful nature meets romance there is one fabulous place Cervena Lhota which is a water castle. It is situated on a small rock island in the middle of a pond. Only the stone bridge connects it with the land.

CZ: Blatna Chateau – The Hildprandt Family Mansion
Published: 5.5.2016
Many water surfaces make south Bohemia fabled. The region of Blatna is no exception. Today we go to Blatna. It and Cervena Lhota are among the most beautiful noble mansions around. The chateau is not solely the destination of the tourists. There is also an English-style park.

CZ: Breznice, A Renaissance Chateau
Published: 2.6.2016
There is the renaissance chateau of Breznice near the mining town of Pribram. Its history is deep and rich. There are several tours for the visitors. Yet they can also take a break in the park or the zwinger garden. The café at cheau is also a nice spot to sit down and relax.

CZ: Zvikov, Royal Castle above Orlicka Dam
Published: 23.6.2016
Zvikov castle is a symbol of the region of South Bohemia. It has guarded the confluence of the Otava and Vltava rivers since the beginning of the 13th century. Then the castle was standing on a high rock projection and guarded the wild river on the bottom of a deep canyon. Rather docile, the castle has been standing on the side of the Orlicka Dam for last 60 years.

CZ, Trebon: A Historic Town Surrounded by Ponds
Published: 10.8.2017
A quiant town featuring a well-preserved historic center is situated in South Bohemia, a region famous for its many ponds and more.


Related Videos

CZ, Strakonice – Bagpipers, Lost Fame of the Industry, Remembering the Middle-Ages
The town of Strakonice found its fame for its international bagpipe festival , fezes, or Cezetas ...

Place

Czech republic

Partner:

Vyžaduje Adobe Flash Player

Partners:

We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017

 

Guide:

Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Today:thursday 14. 12. 2017
Holiday:Lýdie
Today:
thursday 14.12.
5 °C
Tomorrow:
friday 15.12.
4 °C