Park of Blatná castle

At the end of my post about the castle in Blatná I promised to take you to the castle’s park so here we go.

The park is open to the public all year round, free of charge.

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There used to stand several buildings in the park but today there is only one, an Empire style house, where Hildprant family owning the castle lives today. They say it is more practical and the family have more privacy there.

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By the house, there is a little shed which would look very nice if repaired.

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At the beginning of 19th century, Baron František Hildprant let build an artificial hillock with rocks in the south-west part of the park, inside which grottos connected with stone corridors were made. Those plans brought work and wages to the inhabitants of the estate in the tough period of Napoleonic wars. We might have found an entrance into one of the caves but the underground system is referred to as inaccessible these days.

At the beginning of 19th century, the front part of the park was remodelled from a deer-park into an English style park, the back part remained preserved in its original form.

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The park is not as large as it used to be but it seems to have retained its charm.

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In the 80’s of the 20th century the park lost an oak tree more than 800 years old, 30 metres high and 180 centimetres in diameter. Unfortunately the tree had been struck by lightning and burnt and became damaged “beyond repair”. They say that under that oak the Czech Queen Joanna of Rožmitál, a sister of Jaroslav Lev of Rožmitál that I mentioned in the previous post, liked to sit and met her future husband, the Czech King George of Poděbrady.

In the front park you can see (and hear) a bunch of peacocks of various colours. They are used to people and walk freely among them.

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Nevertheless, the most popular inhabitants of the park are fallow deer that roam in the park and accept food from people walking through the park. There are signs displayed warning you that you approach and feed the fallow deer at your own risk and of course you should respect the fact that they are not your pets but they are tame and behave friendly. Especially if you have something delicious in your hand.

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You can buy some dry food for them at the castle’s ticket office if you have nothing prepared.

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As the park is open to the public, there is a system of gates which close themselves if you forget so that the fallow deer don’t get out.

It was interesting to notice that female fallow deer kept more their distance than male fallow deer that seemed much more interested in people and what they were offering.

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The nearness of the deer felt positively and we had lots of fun watching them.

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Yet I need to remark that there is a little negative aspect relating to their feeding and gathering. You need to watch your steps carefully… 🙂

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20 Comments

    1. Marysia, I love when the light shines through leaves and makes everything green, that’s beautiful! Moreover, I use a polarising filter at bright sun and it removes gleaming from things and plants which results in their deeper colour. With a bit of post processing the colours get set off. You get much different pictures then.

  1. I love the front entry to the Home – It is very beautifully built and quite lovely. I enjoy so much the tale of the young Queen sitting by the tree waiting for her King – most touching. The green trees and deer and peacocks make it even more beautiful. Just a lovely romp with the camera and now we have been there virtually, thanks to you Petra. Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Lilly, thank you. 🙂 The story of the future queen sounds very romantic indeed. When I was preparing this post, I found some more information about her, she must have been a very interesting woman. A woman that participated in shaping the future of Bohemia.

  2. Looks like an attractive place to explore with full of nature! The first shot is Nuphar, right? Here I am familiar with Nuphar japonicum. 
    The atmosphere of the park with deer is similar to Nara Park in Nara, where I am living, however, we never come across peacocks. Here in the park,deer are national treasures and are protected as such because originally deer were supposed to be related to shrine here and considered divine.

    I'd like to know more about that future queen…

    1. Keiko, you’re right, the flowers in the first shot are Nuphar, in full name Nuphar lutea. There were plenty of them there and looked very nice, I don’t see them very often.
      It was interesting to get to know about the religious significance and protection of deer in the Nara Park. Deer as national treasures… I’ve never heard of that.
      I’d love to give you a link to some interesting article about the future queen but I haven’t found much in English. You could start with the following one on Wikipedia, which is short but contains some pieces of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_of_Rožmitál

  3. That house is perfectly stunning. It looks so much more homey than a big old castle ever could…not to take anything away from big old castles. They have their own unique beauty and history. The gardens look so lovely and peaceful, and I love seeing the children interacting with the deer. The last shot is special. How do they figure out how to scratch an itch like that? 🙂

    1. Linda, I also liked the house. It must be much cosier for the family to live there than in the castle and as the house is situated not far from the castle in the front part of the park, they have it at hand.
      It is interesting that as the park is open to the public, it is actually a part of the town, with its system of gates…
      I wonder, do deer mothers teach their little deer how to scratch an itch like that or is it as simple as when you need to scratch an itch, you’ll definitely find a way? 🙂

  4. Oops, sorry, the deer here are designated as NATURAL treasures. They have a long history here. Since they were considered to be divine, killing them even if it was by accident was a capital punishment. I've heard a story from Nara guide that once people afraid of the punishment moved the body hurriedly to the house next door when they found the deer dead in front of the house. So they had to be early risers to check if there were bodies around the house. It was literally "pass the buck"

    Thank you for the link to the article about the queen. Enjoy summer holidays, Petra!

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