Wallachian Open Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
A unique museum where in the part called The Wooden Townlet you will find wooden buildings that were rescued to be brought here and re-built (church, bell tower, pub and others). Then you will take a walk to the Water Mill Valley, where there are some technical buildings (flour mill, sawmill, etc.), and a longer walk will take you on a tour of the Wallachian Village, which displays its agricultural character – you will learn what crops used to be grown and how they were processed, what animals were kept (people had to be self-sufficient). The museum is located in the Beskids Mountains, in the Wallachian region, at the foot of the Radhošť Mountain. It is home of the pagan god Radegast, the lord of the mountains. Today the name Radegast is well known to lovers of beer and the local brewery bears the same name. The museum also includes several buildings located at the top of the Radegast mountain, in an area known as Pustevny, which we can reach by road or by a chair lift. Once there, we can enjoy beautiful buildings designed by Dušan Jurkovič, an architect whom we already know about from the spa town of Luhačovice. Unfortunately, the most beautiful building there, Libušín, which boasted some rare furnishings, frescoes and decorations recently burned down. We were all very sad, because we were very proud of it. We used to stop there on our trips for some delicious Wallachian delicacies. However, a fund-raising campaign for its renovation has been organized and I really look forward to seeing Libušín renovated to its former glory soon.
Blatnička – traditional making of folk costumes
Although folk costumes get passed down through generations, there is a growing demand for them. Members of folklore ensembles want them but also individual people have new costumes made for them. However, each village uses different materials, different decorations and different headwear. That is to distinguish them from those from other villages. Therefore the seamstresses must know each detail perfectly so as not to make a mistake – that would not do! Our seamstresses are so good that they even make clothing for clergy all over the world, even in America. It is interesting to watch how the complex sleeves or skirts are born, it is true craftsmanship.
Wine cellars in Blatnice pod svatým Antonínkem
"Wine cellar Street" - a unique collection of buildings related to wine making, white with a blue exterior skirting and a thatched or tiled roof. Wine growing and making is a difficult and time-consuming work which often involves the whole family. A winegrower must spend most of the time in the vineyard and then he works with the collected crop in the wine cellar, where he presses grapes and prepares wine. A large number of folk songs are about wine. In the autumn, wine harvests and wine tasting are held, but if you arrange it, a good winemaker will let you taste his wine all year round.
Open Air Museum in Strážnice
Here you will also see the typical white houses with blue exterior skirting and thatched roofs and a blacksmith’s workshop. You will learn about the living conditions of poor people from Kopanice. Folklore festivals are organized here, the best is an international one in June, before it a festival of children's ensembles takes place too.
Wine cellars in Plže
A national place of interest, where around 80 wine cellars have been preserved, some dating back to the 15th century. Their design is very interesting – they are partly sunk into the ground, whitewashed and decorated with beautiful ornamental paintings. The longest cellar is 17m long. You will feel like in land of the Hobbits.
The Slovácko Wine Festival and Open Monument Days is probably the most beautiful celebration in the whole region. This weekend, friends from all over the Slovácko region meet up in Uherské Hradiště. The town squares and streets are full of market stalls selling traditional products made of wood, wicker, metal or ceramics. Everywhere there is a lovely smell of sausages and roasting meat. It is like one big fair. In the morning, up to 5,000 people in folk costumes take part in a parade - children, young and old people alike. Everywhere there is cimbalom music, brass bands, the town is full of colour and joy. Many kinds of wine can be tasted and also a Czech specialty "burcak" - special drink where the pressed grape juice starts fermenting and turning into wine but is not yet finished. You simply must come and taste it! Doctors say that this drink is very good for total body detoxification. All wine makers come here to show off the best they have. From morning till night, every corner of the town is crammed with events and in the evening the celebration continues in the "Vinohradska Street", a street full of wine cellars where music is played until the morning.
On Sunday, the celebrations continue with concerts, demonstrations of dances and folk costumes, and as well as on Saturday, all places of interest are open for free (churches, chapels, the city ceremonial hall, etc.). It is a wonderful celebration of traditions, costumes, wine and music. Every year, the second weekend in September.
You must come and live it!!!
Wine festivals are organized in many places (Mikulov, Valtice, many villages...) but only in Uherské Hradiště - there is real folklore music, national costumes, singing and folk dancing.... it is SIMPLY THE BEST!