The time of the summer solstice is a great celebration of the Renaissance in Český Krumlov. You can return to the reigning time of the Lords of Rožmberk and enjoy the atmosphere of the celebrating town during the Five-Petalled Rose Festival.
On the weekend closest to the summer solstice the traditional historical festivities, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Europe, take over the Old Town of Český Krumlov. The town returns to the Renaissance, its most glorious era, and recalls the glory of the five-petalled rose. Period music is heard everywhere, there are historical sword fights, performances by jugglers, jokers and fakirs, a variety of theatre and dance performances, children and adults can play period games, and market traders offer their wares. Visitors can also see jousting shows and horse-work demonstrations.
The atmosphere of the time is perfectly evoked by the spectacular parades from the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Several hundred costumed characters provide an unforgettable experience: nobles, townspeople, musicians, jugglers, knights on horseback, craftsmen and other characters associated with the town. The night fire parades with their magical fire formations and light magic are expecially impressive.