June 27, 2013
Hradec Kralove is the regional capital of East Bohemia in Czech Republic. The city is blended with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Contrast to the hustle and bustle of Prague, Hradec Kralove is infused with placid European charms, such as quiet old streets, cafes and restaurants, antique shops, used book and record shops.
My main reason for a visit to this city was Drak Puppet Theatre, a well-known Czech puppet theater established in 1958. Since its establishment, the company has produced numerous puppet productions for all ages. Drak Theatre’s Labyrinth in Hradec Kralove is their permanent puppet exhibit, showcasing many decades of their works. On the day I was in Hradec Kralove, a puppet festival was also happening at a park. Being able to immersed in the art of puppetry in laid-back surroundings of Hradec Kralove was the highlight of my visit.