watching and listening to more than 100 years of artwork. Like František, we will have a chance to test our own woodworking skills and create an exceptional toy as a remembrance of this moment. Additionally, each visitor will receive a special discount for entry to The Museum of Toys.
Unfortunately, on the route between Prague and Kudowa-Zdrój, you will experience many transfers, and the route takes about three or four hours. There are several variants, but the most convenient route seems to be a train journey through Pardubice, Hradec Králové and Starkoč to Hronov, where you can change your seat to a direct bus to Kudowa. From the main station, depart at 6:24 a.m. or 8:24 a.m. From Starkoč, you can also choose an option through Náchod.The connection between Wroclaw and Kudowa is quite good. In about three hours, you can arrive there either directly or with one transfer in Klodzko.
In workshops of The Museum of Toys in Kudowa-Zdrój, we will meet with the creator of the floating Nativity scene located in the municipality Czermna, František Štěpán. We will have an opportunity to get acquainted with his creations and feel the atmosphere of ancient times while watching and listening to more than 100 years of artwork. Like František, we will have a chance to test our own woodworking skills and create an exceptional toy as a remembrance of this moment. Additionally, each visitor will receive a special discount for entry to The Museum of Toys.
František Štěpán was a significant self-taught woodcarver. He became famous mainly for the
creation of his floating Nativity scene that can be seen in the municipality Czermna. Besides that, he also created a wooden organ which contains 270 pipes and 10 registers.
František Štěpán had been creating his floating Nativity scene since he was 15 years old. At that time, he only had a little pocket knife which he used to process linden tree wood. During the 20 years of his hard work he created 250 figurines. Firstly, they were operated manually; however, after the introduction of electricity, they were operated in this manner. The figurines represent the common life of shepherds, burghers and, of course, the birth of Jesus Christ.
… it is even possible to identify existing buildings in Štěpán’s floating Nativity scene, for example the Kladsko city hall or the basilica of the town Bardo?