Important battle in Czech history

The Battle of White Mountain was an important battle in the early stages of the Thirty Years’ War and in the history of the Czech Republic. It was fought on the 8th of November 1620. An army of 15,000 Bohemians and mercenaries was defeated by 27,000 men from the combined armies of Ferdinand II, the Holy Roman Emperor and the German Catholic League at Bílá Hora (White Mountain) near Prague. The battle only lasted two hours, but it decided the fate of the Bohemian Revolt and changed the Czech state for the following 300 years.

“Although it was short, the Battle of White Mountain was a turning point for the Lands of the Bohemian Crown. Many citizens and soldiers were forced into exile and 27 Czech leaders were executed. Following the battle, Bohemia became a hereditary domain of the Habsburg Empire and remained a part of it for the next 298 years. In the end, the battle led to the horrors of the fully unleashed Thirty Years’ War,” the organisers explain.


Accompanying programme and festive march through Prague

A period market and an accompanying programme for both children and adults will be part of the event. Visitors will enjoy fencing demonstrations, unit training, a commentary on firearms, a juggling show, musical performances, and many other activities. And the battlefield will be full of pyrotechnic effects and cannon fire.

The day before the battle, on Friday the 18th of September, a parade of troops from the Thirty Years’ War will march through Prague. The participants of the battle and their horses will march from ‘Písecká brána’ (Písek Gate) to the Max van der Stoel Park.

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