Being passionate about the madness of the famous Christmas markets I’ve visited those of Trentinok, South Tyrol, Innsbruck, Bavaria, Alsace and this year I chose to go to Prague, with the idea (if the weather permits it)) to expand the holiday to the surroundings.
So, in search of the most beautiful markets in the Czech Republic, I came across the imposing and impressive castle of Křivoklát which is about sixty miles from the capital. The first mention of this manor is that it is among the oldest in the nation, dating back to the twelfth century but the original structure is left a little behind as it was destroyed and rebuilt several times; inside you can see a museum, a chapel, real salt, various exhibitions, a library and prison cells and tools for torturing.
On weekends, 8-9 and 15-16 December 2012 are expected traditional theatre shows and craft markets, with the obligatory mulled wine to warm us unaccustomed tourists to the cold Czechs winters.
To reach the castle on the touristic side we recommend you o be taking the train (starting from Prague Main Train Station, it takes about an hour and twenty minutes and you can change Beroun). Apparently the trip on the track alone is an attraction, as it passes through the scenic valley of Berounka.