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Five Petalled Rose Celebrations 2016 Five Petalled Rose Celebrations 2016

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38101 Český Krumlov
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The famous Lords of Rožmberk (Rosenberg) who once owned the dominion are back! The spirit of the Renaissance age is brought back to life for three days with the hubbub of jousts, craft fairs, medieval music, street plays, and fencing duels to culminate with the highlight of the festival – a spectacular procession in historical costumes featuring knights on horseback and many notables linked with the history of the town. No matter what the age or the expectations of the visitors are, all will certainly enjoy themselves.

..THIS YEAR´S THEME: 30th anniversary celebrations

Five Petalled Rose Celebrations

The tradition of Celebrations in Český Krumlov can be traced back to year 1909 when a historical celebratory event to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the founding of the town of Český Krumlov took place. The noble Schwarzenberg family were its esteemed guests. The first year of so-called Five-petalled Rose Celebrations took place in 1968 through the initiative of Mr. Antonín Zwiefelhofer, director at Českokrumlovská scéna and his colleagues from the Český Krumlov Theatre. The Celebrations had been taking place for three years annually and had gained significant popularity. Later the regime banned the Celebrations linked to the Rosenberg symbol, namely the five-petalled rose, since it was viewed as an undesirable glorification of the feudal establishment. The Five-petalled Rose Celebrations were renewed in 1990 symbolizing the regained freedom and this tradition continues to this day.

Please accept our heartfelt invitation to this year´s jubilee!

..FRIDAY 17 June

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10 am – 9 pm Historical marketplace with entertainment on 1st Castle courtyard; entertainment commences at 3 pm

3 pm Historical festivities at the town centre

3 – 10 pm Historical military camp from gothic period at the Municipal park (except during processions)

3 pm – 12 am Český Krumlov monasteries – theatre, music, crafts and artisanal workshop. Monastery exhibition.

6 pm Steward´s procession through the town - processional route: Budějovická Gate – Monasteries – 1st Castle courtyard – Latrán – Radniční – Square

6.30 pm Opening of the 30th Celebrations on Svornosti Square

7 pm U Petrova Voka tavern – a folk feast on Svornosti Square

9.45 pm Fire procession through the town with festive conclusion at the Brewery gardens at around 10.30 pm - processional route:Horní street – square – Široká street - Dlouhá street - Latrán – Nové město – Brewery

10.30 pm Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTRA – evening concert on Svornosti Square

8 pm – 12 am Concerts of various musical genres in local taverns

11 pm – 12 am Night of the music in the town streets

..SATURDAY 18 June

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10 am – 9 pm Historical marketplace at the Castle with entertainment

10 am – 12 pm Entertainment throughout the town – musical, theatrical, juggling and comedian performances, games for kids and adults etc.

10 am – 10 pm Military medieval camp at the Municipal park (except during processions)

10 am – 11 pm Monasteries Český Krumlov – historical programme, theatre, music, crafts and artisanal workshop. Monastery exhibition.

2.30 pm Sovereign´s historical procession through town. Processional route: Castle – Latrán – Barber´s Bridge – Dlouhá – Široká – Na louži – Svornosti Square

3 pm Festive costumed procession through town. Processional route: Horní – Svornosti Square – Na louži - Široká – Dlouhá – Barber´s Bridge - Latrán – Pivovarská Street

10 am – 7 pm Brewery gardens - games for kids and adults, all-day varied historical entertainment and historical gastronomy

5 pm Svornosti Square - Small medieval music festival

9 – 10 pm Night-time equestrian knightly tournament

10.15 pm Procession of the tournament victor and fire procession through town. Processional route: brewery gardens, Latrán, Barber´s Bridge, Radniční Street, Svornosti Square, Horní Street

11.30 pm Wooden rafts on the Vltava River – remembering the celebrations tradition of the 90´s in the past century

12 am Festive fireworks at the southern Castle terraces, this time in a strictly baroque form culminating in a closing fireworks display above the Český Krumlov castle

..SUNDAY 19 June

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10 am – 4 pm Historical marketplace at the Castle

10 am – 3 pm Monasteries Český Krumlov – historical programme, theatre, music, crafts and artisanal workshop. Monastery exhibition.

11 am – 3 pm Historical programme on Svornosti Square

10 am – 4 pm Military medieval camp at the Municipal park (except during processions)

2 pm Live chess – a theatre performance with live figurines on a 12 x 12 meter chessboard at the Revolving Auditorium in Castle gardens

2.45 pm Historical procession through town from the Castle

3.30 pm Closing of the Celebrations on Svornosti Square


5 pm Organ concert in the Church of the Divine Body – Baroque Music Centre




..ENTRY FEE 2016

Adults – Friday entry: 100 CZK / 4 EUR
Adults – Saturday entry: 200 CZK / 8 EUR

Adults: 200 CZK / 8 EUR

Organized groups, group entries: 150 CZK / 6 EUR (groups over 10 persons with an advance order)

Students – entry 100 CZK / 4 EUR for ISIC, ITIC card holders

Children up to 15 years – entry 50 CZK / 2 EUR


Children up to 10 years
Visitors in historical costumes (gothic, renaissance)

Handicap person card holders


MUNICIPAL THEATRE ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, Horní Brána 2, 381 01 Český Krumlov. Telephone & Fax: +420 380 711 775; E-mail:,


!!!Entry fee equally applies to visitors with town centre accommodation!!!

Historical town centre will be closed for transportation vehicles from Friday to Sunday.


..Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations 2015 on TV

..History of the celebrations

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This festival's tradition stretches way back to the Austro-Hungarian empire times. Their 'fests' were mostly attended by the local German-speaking majority, reflecting the usual population mix of the time. Such was also the case at the great festivities in 1909, celebrating the 600th anniversary of the founding of Český Krumlov. The festivities took place over two days in October, their main guest being the lord of the castle, prince Adolf Josef of Schwarzenberg. The festivities included concerts by the town's orchestras and choirs, and special illuminations. A sumptious historical play was put on at the Town square.

Entry from Český Krumlov town's chronicle, dated 9.October 1909
Celebrating the 600th year anniversary of Krumlov's founding.

„No other festival has, to this date, been as successful, excellent and unforgettable as this one, that marked the 600th anniversary of 2nd August 1309 when Jindřich Rožmberk granted rights to the Abbot of the Zlata Koruna's Cistercian monastýry for a house named 'civitas' that he built at the Town square. Despite bad weather, the festival worked beautifully, thanks also to the goodwill and enthusiasm of all present."

The idea of such grand historic town celebrations was then forgotten for a long time. Until 1968 in fact, when a new festival was organized. Its most deserving founder was a local thespian, actor, director and scriptwriter, Antonín Zwiefelhofer, who was later awarded a 1st grade merit plaque for his part in the development of Český Krumlov. The Five-petalled Rose Celebrations continued under his directorhip in 1969 and 1970. Then - this time due to the will of authorities - it was forgotten again. The Communists refused to make publicity for feudal lords.

People's desire to return to history and to renew old traditions is, however, endless. Maybe that's why the celebrations surfaced again in 1990, becoming an integral part of Český Krumlov's life now. The new round of festivals has had many organisers in the years since 1990. The present producers of the Five-petalled Rose Celebrations are the Český Krumlov Town council, The Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov, and the Český Krumlov Development Fund.

..Five-petalled Rose Celebrations 2017

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Five-petalled Rose Celebrations will be held 16 - 18 June 2017

You can look forward to:


Historic market

Historic Costume Parade through the Town

Festive Ceremony

Gothic Tournament

Night of Fire and Night fire Parade throught the Town

Live Chess