• Places in Czech Republic

    Kynžvart castle – Part 2 – Park

    Last time, after I introduced Kynžvart castle to you, I promised to take you into the castle’s park so let’s get off. When Klemens von Metternich had the castle remodelled in the Classicism style, he decided to accompany the new castle’s look by an adequately looking park. He invited a Viennese landscape architect Riedl and let him elaborate new park conception. As a matter of interest, it is said that Metternich was presented by the Russian tsar Alexander I. with giant hogweed’s seeds (Heracleum mantegazzianum). He let the park decorate with the plant and caused unintentionally many future problems. As in some other countries, in the Czech Republic the giant…

  • Places in Czech Republic

    Kynžvart castle – Part 1

    When we were looking for an interesting destination of our weekend trip a few weeks ago, our eyes fell on a description of the nature trail “Kladská” which we found on the Internet. The trail looked great but as it’s not that long and it’s situated about 100 kilometres from our home we wanted to add one more stop to make the trip perfect. Well, just a few kilometres away from the trail there is a town Kynžvart and its castle, so we went for it. I can tell you now how much I was surprised (once again) what a remarkable place it is. I wish I could see the…