5 AUSTERLITZ (SLAVKOV ) BATTLEFIELD, IN THE NAPOLEON'S FOOTSTEPS
See the rolling hills, the area where Napoleon won the AUSTERLITZ BATTLE (watch a short video) in 1805.
It is only about 25 km east of Brno, however, there is no bus connection from Brno which takes you to all the places associated with this battle and therefore hop on the car/minivan with us and off we go.
First we stop on a small hilltop called ZURAN from where Napoleon planned the battle and had a 360 degree view of the whole area. Standing there you will understand why he chose that hilltop. Now this area is a French territory. A model shows where armies were stationed. From there we continue to the placed called the OLD POST with an exhibition of the uniforms, guns, artifacts from the AUSTERLITZ battle. Nowadays there is a nice rustic restaurant where you can refresh.
From there we continue to town of AUSTERLITZ (in Czech Slavkov ) where we visit the local chateau where Napoleon celebrated his victory and slept after the battle. There is a nice park near the chateau. Then we drive to CAIRN OF PEACE, situated on top of the Prace hill with a nice view of the area. An exhibition called The Battle of Three Emperors explains all the details from the battle.
Every year a reenactment (watch a nice video) of this battle takes place around December 5th. It is a big thing, when thousands of people come and admire the colours of various uniforms. For more info about the reenactment, please contact me.
Duration: half a day
Distance from Brno: 50 km
Travel by car or a minicoach
Fully escorted with informative commentary
Excluded: entrance fees
Price: EUR 60
thank you so much for a unique experience showing us both round the Austerlitz battlefield the day before the reenactment and then taking me to the reenactment itself on Saturday.
All of it was great. I love history but not particularly military history, so I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. But, in fact, I got totally caught up in it. The re-enactment itself was really a superb spectacle and there was a very friendly atmosphere. I now have to sort through the 100s of photographs I took!
The visit the day before was also really interesting, especially of course meeting the group of "Austrian cavalrymen" in full military costume at the Old Post Office where Napoleon had slept back in 1805 and being invited to take part with them in their drinking game! This was a truly unforgettable experience as it was like stepping back two centuries . . Without you, we would never have found this place and even if we had, given that none of the cavalrymen or the owner of the place spoke a word of English we'd never have understood that we were actually being invited in to take part.
We also thouroughly enjoyed the visit to the battle memorial chapel, a great example of art nouveau architecture and decoration which itself has an interesting history. The whispering trick was just unbelievable!
You were the perfect guide, fitting in to our preferences, including adjusting the timing of the visits to fit in with our other plans and picking us up and dropping us off wherever we needed to be. In addition to your warmth and friendliness, we also enjoyed our conversations about the more recent history of the Czech Republic and your own experiences under Communism.
Michael - [email protected]
I had great time on the tour. The tour guide Monica was the best she was very knowledgable and really knew the area. She not only was able to show me all of the sites for the Austerlitz battlefield but her walking tour through Brno was wonderful.
She also is very personable and easy to talk to. In addition due to the railroad construction I couldn't get the train back to Prague from the central station. She helped me get the ticket and showed me where to catch the bus to the right station.
I am very glad I did this trip and very glad I chose your service.
Thank you, Ravi [email protected]