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Traditional folklore, high opera, dedicated craftfairs and international music festivals are all a part of the rich and varied cultural heritage and events that Central Europe has to offer. To help you plan your trip, we have included notable festivals and events in towns that ourbicycle tours go through. Click on any of the towns below for information on their cultural events.

Banska Bystrica, Banska Stiavnica, Bojnice, Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Buchlov,
Cesky Krumlov, Cracow, Domazlice, Dresden, Frydek Mistek, Furth im Wald,
Holesov, Hradec Kralove, Hukvaldy, Jindrichuv Hradec, Kromeriz, Kutna Hora, Kyjov,
Litomysl, Mikulov, Melnik, Olomouc, Pardubice, Passau, Policka, Prague, Prostejov,
Roznov pod Radhostem, Slavkov U Brna (Austerlitz), Tabor, Telc, Trebon, Uherske Hradiste,
Valtice, Velehrad, Vienna, Visegrad, Znojmo.

Banska Bystrica

International Dixieland Festival Banska Bystrica (May 2017) - Festival with
prominent Slovak and foreign Dixieland orchestras.

Culture Summer of Banska Bystrica (June 2017) city days with a rich and varied cultural program

Banska Bystrica days (June 2017) City days with a rich and varied cultural program

Mining Days of town (July 2017) - presentation of the city´s mining traditions

Puppetry festival "Babkarska Bystrica" (September 2017) - International festival of Slovak puppetry theatres with the puppetry theatre in Central Europe and select world ensembles.

Radvan market (September 2017)-traditional Radvan market, which preserves the traditions and values of the past and features the mining city´s craft masters
http://slovakia.travel/en/radvansky-jarmok-fair-september

Festival Barbakan (September 2017) - unique festival vombining film, music, modern and literary arts

Banska Bystrica Music Days (October 2017) Slovak opera and music festival, opera performances, symphony concerts, chamber music concerts, solo performances, singing choirs and dance and theatre performances.

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Banska Stiavnica

Festival of Nice Music (July 2017) – International festival of classic music.

Cap á l´Est (August 2017) – European festival of poetry, theatre and music
http://www.capalest.com/

Festival of crafts and entertainment (May 2017) - Exhibition of crafts, theatre, games and attractions for children.

Salamander Days (September 2017) mining, historical parade called Salamander in period costumes - the ambience of ancient times
http://slovakia.travel/en/salamander-days-september

 

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Bojnice

The International Festival of Ghosts and Monsters (April/May 2017) - International festival in Bojnice chateau.Ot is the greatest of its kind in Slovakia with an original spooky but amusing atmosphere and a huge number of visitors
http://www.bojnicecastle.sk/kalendar-en.html

Bojnice Fair (May 2017) - Stalls and cultural program.

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Bratislava

The Cultural Summer and Castle Festival (2 June - 14 September 2017)

The Summer Shakespeare´s Festival (July, August 2017)- an open-air theatre show of works of this most significant world playwright. It is held in the unique scenery of the Bratislava Castle
http://www.wshakespeare.sk/ (only in Slovak)

Coronation Ceremony (23 - 25 June 2017) - Largest cultural event in Slovakia. Bratislava returns back to the time of Renaissance. Experience the crowing of Rudolf II - a Hungarian king in St. Martin´s Dome. Take part in the royal procession, watch the dubbing of the knights of the Golden Stirrup, witness the royal oath and join the grand feast with folk merrymaking.

Bratislava Music Celebration (October 2017) - International Music Festival
http://www.bhsfestival.sk/en/

Bratislava Jazz Days (October 2017) - International Jazz Festival
http://www.bjd.sk/en

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Brno

Easter Festival of Sacred Music (9 - 23.4.2017)-international music festival. Six concerts at Easter time devoted solely to sacred music.
http://www.mhf-brno.cz/en/

Jazzfest Brno (April, May and September 2017) http://www.jazzfestbrno.cz/en/

Brno - City in the Center of Europe (May-June 2017) - Festival of fun under Spilberk and Veveri Castles in Brno. Includes: International fireworks competition IGNIS BRUNENSIS (26 May- 25 June 2017); MUSEUM NIGHT (20 May 2017) presentation of Brno Museums and galleries. CHURCH NIGHT (9 June 2017)

Concentus Moraviae (3-29 June 2017) This international music festival offers the opportunity to travel around the various châteaux and churches of South Moravia and the Highlands listening to music. The programme is subtitled “Shakespeare, Beethoven and the Czech Quartet Tradition”, and includes about thirty concert

Summer at The Old City Hall (June-September 2017) The Old City Hall comes alive with culture in the summer. Its rich and colourful programme consisting of concerts, theatre, a literary programme, (video) art and open-air cinema takes place outdoors in its courtyard

International Guitar Festival (August 2017) 25th Annual International Guitar Festival which is considered to be one of the most important festivals of its genre in Central Europe

The International Music Festival Spilberk (13-27 August 2017) - Music Festival in the grounds of Spilberk castle in Brno.

Janaček Brno (October, 2017) - International Music and Theatre Festival – 5th prestigious biennale dedicated to Leoš Janáček

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Budapest

Budapest Spring Festival (31 March - 23 April 2017) - Huge music festival that takes place in the outstanding city of Budapest.
http://www.btf.hu/btf2013/

Budapest Pálinka Festival (28 - 30 April, 2017)

Jazz Spring (5 - 7 May, 2017)

Danube Carnival (June 2017) - The Danube Carnival (Duna Karnevál) is the framework event for the music and dance presentations, held by different settlements alongside the Danube.

Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival (June, 2017)

Budapest Summer Festival (1 Jun - Aug 31, 2017) - One of Europe’s greatest water events to be organized in Budapest, on the 1,5 km section of river Danube between Margaret Bridge and Chain Bridge on these two summer days. Different programs, sports events – rowing, kayak, canoe and motor boat competitions – await spectators during the whole day. Besides these events, hand-driven and motor boat processions are organized both in the morning and in the evening. Burning candles float down on the river and Midsummer Night’s fireworks are presented in the closing event.

Danube day (June, 2017) - the Danube Day is an annual international event celebrated in 14 countries that are connected through the Danube river system

Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival (2 July - Aug 3, 2017) - a festival of classical music, swing, klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy music

International festival of choirs and orchestras in Budapest (28 June - 2 July, 2017)

Island Festival - multicultural youth festival (Sziget Festival) (9-16 August 2017) - Thousands of young people move out to a deserted shipyard island (Hajógyári sziget) in tents for a week to participate in a giant pop festival better known as Pepsi Island. Pepsi Island has since grown into the largest concert festival in Central Europe.
http://www.sziget.hu/festival_english

Festival of Folk Arts (18-21 Aug , 2017)- the festival (Mesterségek Ünnepe) brings the finest Hungarian craftsmen and their work to Buda Castle from across the country.

The Jewish Summer Festival (September 2017) is a celebration of Hungarian and indeed Central European Jewish Culture. Events range from exhibitions to music concerts and theatre performances.

Foundation of the State and Constitution Day (20 August 2017) As part of the celebrations a large-scale fireworks display is held in Budapest. All are welcome to join the crafts fair and concerts held along the Pest side of the Danube Embankment in the days before and after the festivities.

Red Bull Air Race World Series (1 July, 2017)- spectacular acrobatic flying competition

'Junibor' Wine Festival (25 - 28 Aug, 2017)

Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival (7-10 September, 2017)-International Wine Festival presents famous Hungarian wine specialties and wine regions

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Cesky Krumlov

The Festival of the Five-petalled Rose (16-18 June 2017) - Historical Renaissancefestival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/slavnostipetilisteruze.xml

Festival of Chamber music (23 June- 2 July 2017) - 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 (14 July– 5 August 2017) - 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.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/mezinarodnihudebnifestival.xml


Celebrations of St.Wenceslas (28 September - 1 October 2017) - Autumn fair, celebration of good food and drink, theatre pieces, and concerts for St.Wenceslas Day (Patron Saint of the Czech Lands).
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/atr512.xml

Krakow

April:
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (1 - 14 April 2017) - Dozens of famous performers and ensembles play the music of this great composer as well as other famous composers of the time.
http://www.beethoven.org.pl/index.php?l=en

May:
Krakow International Film Festival (28 May -4 June 2017)
http://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/

June:
City of Krakow Festival incorporating many smaller festivals is a huge musical, theatrical, exhibition, historical event that takes place throughout Krakow and the surrounding area.

July:
Jewish Culture Festival (24 June - 2 July, 2017)The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow is one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world. The First Festival took place in 1988 and its program focused on a scholarly conference on the encounter betweentwo cultures, Jewish and Polish. It was a modest occasion but it turned out to have enormous significance, considering the boldness of the subject matter, upon which the communist authorities of the day looked askance.
http://www.jewishfestival.pl/index_en.php

List of festivals:http://www.krakowfestival.com/

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Domazlice

The Folklore Festival – Chodsko Folk Festival (11-13 August, 2017)
http://www.chodskeslavnosti.cz/en/aboutthefestival/

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Dresden

Karl-May-Festtage Radebeul (26 - 28 May 2017) - Historical camps, shows, stunts and action, folkmusic and bluegrass.
http://www.karl-may-fest.de/

International Dixieland Festival (May 14-21, 2017) - Over 65 venues with more than 28 bands and solo performers from 11 countries. Dresden sings and swings like crazy.
http://www.dixielandfestival-dresden.com/

Elbhangfest (23 - 25 June 2017)
http://www.elbhangfest.de/

Moritzburg Festival (August 5 - 20, 2017) - One of the world's most prestigious chamber music festivals. The festival takes place in Moritzburg Castle near Dresden every August. During two weeks soloists from all over the world concentrate on works of chamber music and perform them in concerts at the end.

Dresden Music Festival (18 May -18 June 2017) - Classical music/ ballet Germany's biggest classical music festival. Concerts feature international stars and Dresden's top ensembles inthe city's most exquisite palaces, theatres, fine rooms and churches.
http://www.musikfestspiele.com/en/music-festival/

 

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Frydek Mistek

International Folklore Festival (13 - 19 June 2017) - Performance of folklore dancing ensembles with live music and singing choirs.

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Furth im Wald

The famous, annual festival, Slaying the Dragon (4 - 20 August, 2017) is a representation of a traditional 1000-year-old local legend consisting of a Dragon show and a parade of 1400 people in traditional costume with 200 horses.http://www.drachenstich.de/

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Hradec Kralove

Folklore Festival Pardubice-Hradec Kralove (June,2017) - The largest Czech folklore festival, which, according to tradition, takes place in both these East-Bohemian centers at the beginning of June. The best Czech folklore ensembles and foreign artists come to perform. The program is composed of a variety of presentations of different folklore dances, from the authentic folklore dancing, typical festival performances, to musical, dramatized and entertaining forms.
http://www.folklornifestival.cz/program.html

Anniversary of the Battle of Hradec Kralove () - Traditional meeting of military history societies to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Hradec Kralove in 1866
http://www.calendariumregina.cz/index.php?use=program&mon=7&pg=25&lang=en

Theater European Regions (23 - 30 June 2017) - Largest theatrical feast in Central Europe.

On one bank -World Music Festival (27 May 2017)
http://www.najednombrehu.cz/Homepage.html

Queen Elizabeth Festivities (September 2017) - Medieval festival.As in other years the city will celebrate the arrival of Queen Eliška Richeza. The historic centre will come alive with a medieval fair, parades, knights’ jousting, medieval plays and entertainment as well as performances of thespians, conjurers and jugglers
http://www.slavnostikralovnyelisky.cz/

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Hukvaldy - http://www.hukvaldy.eu

The International Music Festival Janacek in Hukvaldy (23 June - 9 July 2017) - Every year this music festival in Hukvaldy Castle attracts fans of symphonic, chamber and choir music. The festival is a tribute to Leos Janacek, one of the most famous Czech composers.
http://www.janackovyhukvaldy.cz/en/festival/

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Jindrichuv Hradec

The Folk Rose Festival (July, 2017) - Folk groups from all over the world perform their music and dances.

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Kromeriz

Forfest (20 June - 3 July 2017) - Festival of spiritual music
http://www.forfest.cz/?presenter=Program

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Kutna Hora

Royal Silver Festival / Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora (24 - 26 June, 2017) - Gothic celebration based on life in the town in the the 14th and the 15th centuries. Historical sword fighting, handcraft presentations and costumed parades bring this town alive.
http://www.stribreni.cz/the-royal-silvering-of-kutna-hora

Kutna Hora International Music Festival (3 - 11 June, 2017)
http://www.mfkh.cz/en/

St. Wenceslas Festival (30 September 2017) - Funfest, folk, country and modern music, handicraft markets, wine tasting, fireworks.

 

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Kyjov

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Melnik

Melnik Wine Festival (15-17 September 2017) - Traditional wine celebrations, program of events taking place on three stages (main country and historical stage), arts and crafts,Procession led by Charles IV, firework display
http://www.vinobranimelnik.cz/galerie/detail/12

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Mikulov

Mikulov Wine Fare (20 May 2017) - prestigious wine tasting event, rich cultural programme,Czech championship in filling the wine pipette from the barrel

The Town of Mikulov Festival (29 - 21 May 2017) - 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 (9 - 15 July 2017) - Festival with master-classes of interpretation and concerts by world-class guitarists.

The Festival of the Nations from the Podyji (21 - 23 July, 2017) - 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 (18 - 19 August 2017) - Meeting of folklore ensembles.

Mikulov Beer Festival (12 August 2017) - tasting of different beer brands, attractive cultural programmes
http://www.mikulovskepivobrani.cz/ (only in Czech)

Eurotrialog Mikulov (25 - 27 August 2017) - Central-European Music Festival with pop,
rock, alternative and ethnic music
http://www.eurotrialog.cz/cs/english

Kampanila (1 - 3 September 2017) - International Choir Festival.

Pilgrimage to Holy Hill (3 September 2017) - Traditional pilgrimage to the Black Loretan Madonna on Holy Hill in Mikulov.

Palava Wine Harvest Festival (8 - 10 September 2017)-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 (22 - 24 September 2017)

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Olomouc - http://www.olomoucko.cz/eng/

Dvorak's Olomouc (5-12 May,2017) - International classic music festival. A tribute to one of the most famous Czech composers, Antonin Dvorak, of New World Symphony fame

Beerfest Olomouc (25 - 27 May, 2017)

Olomouc Summer of Culture (June-September 2017) - Series of open air shows, concerts, exhibitions, literary evenings, theatre performances in the historical city center.

Autumn Festival of Sacred Music (September-October 2017) - First class concerts and performances of sacred music in Olomouc churches.
http://www.podzimni-festival.cz/en/about-the-festival

International Organ Festival (4 - 18 September 2017) - Organ performances.
http://www.mfo.cz

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Pardubice


Wine Festival in Pardubice (25-27 August 2017)

IFAS –International Festival Singing Choirs (July 2017)

Running the Steeplechase (13 May 2017) - The world famous Velka Pardubicka steeplechase has taken place annually since 1874.

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Passau

Passau European Music Festival (June - August 2017) - Festival with events covering oratorios, masses, choral, solo and chamber concerts, musicals, dance, theatre, readings, film, exhibitions, lectures and podium discussions.

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Policka

Policka Jazz (19 - 22 April 2017) - International jazz festival in the beautiful Tyl house.

Martinuv Fest (7 - 28 May 2017) - Annual classical music festival paying tribute to the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

Policka 555 (18 - 20 August 2017) - Annual multi-genre summer festival – music, theatre, fireworks.

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Prague

International Prague Spring Music Festival (11 May–2 June 2017) - International music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras.
http://www.festival.cz/en/

Khamoro (28 May -3 June, 2017) - 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.
http://www.khamoro.cz

Beer Festival (11 - 27 May, 2017)

Prague Food Festival (26-28 May, 2017)

United Islands (22 - 25 June, 2017)- rock, pop, indie, electro, world, folk & jazz music

Bohemia Jazz Fest (11-12 July, 2017)

Prague Autumn (12 September - 1 October 2017) - International music festival.
http://www.strunypodzimu.cz/en

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Prostejov

The Hana Celebrations (September 2017) - Folklore festival with celebrations of folk memory, fairs and folk music.

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Roznov pod Radhostem

International Festival of Army Folk Ensembles "Roznovska Valaska"
(June 2017) - Show of groups performing the historical fencing folklore performances.

International Festival of folk ensembles – Roznov celebrations (7 - 9 July 2017)

International Festival of Slovakian Folklore in the Czech Republic “Janosikuv dukat”
(August, 2017)

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Slavkov U Brna (Austerlitz)

Napoleonic Days (11 - 13 August 2017) - Celebrations to mark the anniversary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte – Re-enactments of military maneuvres and battles with soldiers in period uniforms.
http://www.zamek-slavkov.cz

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Tabor

Hussite Days (3 May - 8 June 2017) - Theatre presentations of the life of the 15th century Catholic reformer Jan Hus.

The Tabor Meeting (15 - 17 September 2019) - Medieval celebration with markets, fireworks, fencing and demonstrations of historical crafts
http://www.taborskasetkani.eu/en/

Summer of culture in Tabor (July–September 2017) - Open air concerts, historical evenings, exhibitions.

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Telc - http://www.telc.eu/index.php?lx=en

Holidays in Telc (28 July- 13 August 2017) - Folk festival, theatre, discussions, performances and exhibitions.
http://www.prazdninyvtelci.cz/index.php

Hot-air Balloons above Telc (24 - 27 August 2017) -
http://www.telc.balon.cz/

Telc Steam-Engine Summer (July-August 2017) - Historical train trips.

Historical celebration Zachariáš from Hradec and Kateřina from Valdštejn
(18 - 19 August 2017) - Historical celebration.

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Trebon

Trebon Cultural Summer (June-September 2017) - 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 (29 June - 3 July 2017) - 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.
http://www.okolotrebone.cz/

Trebon´s nocturna (10 - 15 July, 2017)– 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
http://www.trebonskanocturna.cz/home/

Krcin´s Trebon (July 2017) - Historical celebration.

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Uherske Hradiste

Celebration of Wine and Open Monuments (September 2017) - Historical markets with traditional art and crafts, parade in folk costumes of the thirty wine regions and towns. Presentation of crafts, wines, local spesialties, music and singing in local historical objects.
http://www.slavnostivinauh.cz/english

Summer of culture in U.Hradiste (June-September 2017).

Uhershe Hradiste Summer Film School (July - August 2017)- is a specific kind of festival with unique atmosphere and a more than thirty-year tradition. Many invited international as well as Czech filmmakers

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Valtice

Valtice Wine Fair (12 - 13 May 2017) - Prestigious wine exhibition.
http://www.vinnetrhy.cz

 

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Vienna

Vienna Spring Festival (March - October 2017)
http://www.musikverein.at

International Youth and Music Festivals (7 - 12 July 2017)

The Vienna Festival (May- June 2017) - Renowned for its superb international theatrical performances, also invites musical ensembles and opera companies from all over the world, in addition to staging many Austrian musical productions.
http://www.festwochen.at/

Genussfestival (12-14 May, 2017)

World Choral Festival (25 - 30 July, 2017)

Vienna Popfest (27 - 30 July 2017)
http://popfest.at/

Jazz-Fest Wien (9 June - 10 July 2017)

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Znojmo

Znojmo Wine Festival (15-17 September 2017) - One of the biggest wine harvest festivals in the Czech Republic. Try Burcak, young wine only weeks old.
http://www.znojemskevinobrani.cz

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