Easter in Brno 2024- Unique Experiences

Easter in Brno, a vibrant city in the heart of Europe, is a time of joyous celebrations and unique traditions. From the bustling Easter markets at Namesti Svobody to the historic ambiance of Spilberk Castle, each location offers a distinct way to experience the holiday. Let’s explore the various Easter festivities in Brno, delving into the traditions, activities, and culinary delights that make this season so special.

Brno Easter Festival at the Freedom Square

Freedom Square, the central square of Brno, transforms into a hub of Easter festivities, hosting the Brno Easter Festival (March 22 – March 31). The square brims with colorful stalls selling traditional Easter crafts, including hand-painted eggs and intricately woven willow whips. Artisans from across the region display their skills, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Moravia.

Visitors can indulge in local delicacies, while children engage in workshops, learning to decorate Easter eggs or create traditional decorations. The festival atmosphere is further enriched by live folk music and dance performances, showcasing the vibrant cultural tapestry of Brno.

Easter at Spilberk Castle

Easter at Spilberk Castle offers a historical backdrop to the celebrations. The castle, perched on a hill overlooking Brno, provides a picturesque setting for Easter events. Here, you can step back in time and experience Easter traditions from various historical periods.

The castle’s program (March 28 – March 31) typically includes craft workshops, theatrical perfomances, and guided tours explaining Easter customs of the past. It’s an excellent opportunity for both adults and children to immerse themselves in history while enjoying the scenic views of Brno from the castle walls.

Maundy Thursday at Starobrno Brewery

A quirky and beloved Easter tradition in Brno is the brewing of green beer. This unique beverage, available only during the Easter season, is a must-try for beer enthusiasts. Breweries in and around Brno craft this colorful beer, which gains its hue from the addition of a special herbal mixture. It’s a fun and festive way to engage with the local culture and enjoy the city’s renowned brewing tradition. Starobrno Brewery hosts an event on Maundy Thursday (March 28) when, in addition to offering their traditional green beer, musical ensembles will perform and tours of the brewery will be offered every 30 minutes.

Easter Festival of Sacred Music

Held from 24th of March to 7th of April 2024, is the Czech Republic’s first festival of its sort, having debuted in 1992. It is organized by Brno Philharmonic and remains unique in Central Europe. It is an international project dedicated solely to sacred music that features novel programming and outstanding performances all throughout Brno churches.

Easter Monday at Villa Stiassni

Villa Stiassni is a remarkable architectural gem located in Brno, Czech Republic, showcasing the luxurious lifestyle of the interwar period. Designed by the esteemed architect Ernst Wiesner in the Modernist style, the villa was constructed between 1927 and 1929 for the prominent textile manufacturer Alfred Stiassni and his family. Today, Villa Stiassni is open to the public, serving as a cultural monument and a venue for exhibitions and events.

If you would like to visit villa and explore its garden, there is not better time than on Easter Monday. During Easter Monday, hundreds of hidden eggs will appear in the garden of the villa. This tradition of celebrating Easter was already introduced by Mrs. Hermína, the lady of the house at the time, who hid eggs for her daughter and her friends. This family tradition returns to the villa for the seventh time. Not only children, but also playful adults, can try their luck in the search and experience a slightly different Easter in the villa.

Easter celebration day trips around Brno

Not only does Brno celebrate Easter. Even castles that are normally closed during the winter open their doors to guests and provide special Easter tours. Valtice Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one such example. For the Easter weekend the front of the castle will be themed decorated with Easter eggs, and of course there are guided tours of the castle. New for this Easter is the Easter castle circuit, i.e. the festively decorated Prince’s Apartment with access from the courtyard, which is open from 16 March every day from 10 am to 5 pm until Monday 1 April 2024. On Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, there will be artisan stalls in front of the castle, as well as food and wine stalls in the inner courtyard, all accompanied by dulcimer music. The Main Tour Circuit will be open every day, including Easter Monday, with castle excursions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. From Friday to Monday, guided tours of the castle chapel and Baroque theater are offered.

For wine enthusiasts, the Easter open cellars event in Valtice, Čejkovice or Nový Šaldorf-Sedlešovice is a must-visit. This unique experience allows you to explore the wine cellars of South Moravia, a region renowned for its exquisite wines. Sample local vintages, learn about wine production, and enjoy the festive atmosphere as cellars open their doors to celebrate the season.

Another highlight is the Open Air Museum in Valašsko, which offers a glimpse into rural Easter traditions. This museum, set in a picturesque landscape, showcases folk architecture and customs. During Easter, the museum comes alive with demonstrations of traditional crafts, folk music, and dance performances. Visitors can also participate in interactive experiences, such as baking Easter bread and decorating eggs, making it a perfect outing for families.

These day trips around Brno provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the Czech Republic’s Easter customs, enjoy the spring landscape, and delve into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

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