Battle of Austerlitz, AD 1805
Slavkov u Brna, Brno (South Moravian region)
Slavkov u Brna, historically known as Austerlitz, is a countrytown located about 20 km from Brno, in the South Moravian Region, famous for its charming hilly landscape and the excellent wine production, in Czech Republic. Slavkov is today worldwide famous for being the spot of the famous Battle of Austerlitz, which took place on December 2, 1805 AD, and saw the Grande Armée of France led by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte annihilating a much larger Austrian-Russian army.
The Battle of Austerlitz is also known as the “Battle of the Three Emperors”, since it was the meeting of Napoleon’s army with the forces of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II and Russian Czar Alexander I, and is widely regarded as the greatest and most famous of Napoleon's victories, a real tactical masterpiece, that led him to a definitive victory, gaining many advantages from the following Treaty of Pressburg: Austria had to surrender, the Russian army had to retreat, the Holy Roman Empire ceased to exist with the Hapsburg dynasty loosing the imperial crown and several German territories being separated from the Austrian influence by creation of the Confederation of the Rhine, a collection of German States intended as a buffer zone between France and central Europe. The Battle of Austerlitz was the final step of a magnificent military campaign, during which Napoleon managed to force the Austrian army in Bavaria to capitulate in the course of two months, pushing its remnants and the allied Russian troops, through the whole of Lower Austria to Moravia near Olomouc. There the allies were reinforced by other Russian units and their numbers made the Russian Tsar and the Austrian Emperor enough self-confident to start an offensive march against Napoleon. So the allies set off from Olomouc to Brno and on December 2, the jubilee day of the Napoleon's coronation, the opposing armies clashed.
The world famous Battle of Austerlitz is today recreated every year in the weekend closest to the historical date of the battle on the original battlefield, only a few kilometres from Slavkov town. The event is part of the Project Austerlitz, organized by C.E.N.S. (Central Europe Napoleonic Society), by support of the Czech Tourist Authority. The great historical event involves about 2.000 reenactors and volunteers, all in faithful period dresses, coming from all over Europe (including Czech Republic, Malta, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, France, Germany and Great Britain, among the others) with 120 horses and 20 cannons, and features a quite rich programme. Maneuvers and drills start in the morning of December 5. The battle reenactment starts at 2 pm lasting about an hour and a half. A memorial ceremony for the fallen in the battle takes place on December 6 at the Peace Memorial, while themed Napoleonic exhibitions continue throughout the day in the town and the military camps are open for guided visits at the Old Office near Pozořice all over the weekend, as well as the nearby museum. The event ends with the historical parade of the troops and the fireworks show in Slavkov, where also an historical market is organized.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Address: Gorkeho 11, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 239017458
Slavkov Town Council / Městský úřad Slavkov u Brna
Address; Palackého nám. 65 - 684 01, Slavkov u Brna
Tel: +420 544121111
Fax: +420 544121171
Image: Projekt Austerlitz
Text sources: Projekt Austerlitz, Wikipedia
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Video reportages and trailes of the Battle Reenactment
Reportage of the 2016 edition:
Reportage of the 2015 edition:
Reportage of the 2014 edition trailer:
Reportage of the 2013 edition:
Reportage of the 2012 edition:
Reportage of the 2010 edition:
Reportage of the 200 bicentenary in 2005: the largest Napoleonic Reenactment ever organized featuring over 3.500 reenactors from 24 countries worldwide!