Visit Villa Grébovka on the occasion of its 150th anniversary!

15. 7. 2021

The Villa Grébovka is opening its doors to the public! Join the event on August 5, 2021 to learn about the fascinating history of this 150 year-old building. 

The Villa Grébovka (Villa Gröbovka) was built in the early 1870s as the summer home of Moritz Gröbe, a wealthy 19th century industrialist who made his fortune in railroads. 

The estate was sold to the local municipality in 1905 and the park was opened to the public in 1906 – the villa has been used as a public space ever since.  Occupied by the Nazis during World War II, it suffered heavy damages in the Allied air raid of February 14, 1945. During the Communist era, it served as a Palace for Young Pioneers.

The villa fell into disrepair from the lack of upkeep throughout the communist period and early transitional years in Czechoslovakia. The villa was ultimately renovated by a group of Czech and American legal reformers who created the CEELI Institute and turned the property into a residential training center for judges, lawyers and human rights advocates from across Central and Eastern Europe. 

Practical information

  • Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
  • Free entry with online registration here.
  • There will be 3 tours offered at 4 p. m. (in Czech); 5 p. m. (in Czech); 6 p. m. (in English)
  • The meeting point will be at the main entrance of the Villa.
  • The tour lasts approximately 45–60 minutes.
  • Tours will be conducted by Jirina Marie Novakova.

The event is fully booked at the moment. If you want to put your name on the waiting list, please contact: Lauriane Labourel Lauriane.Labourel@ceeli.eu. Thank you!

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