• Places in Czech Republic

    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. 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. By the house, there is a little shed which would look very nice if repaired. At the beginning of 19th century, Baron František Hildprant let build an artificial hillock with rocks in the…

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    Autumnal moments

    This year it seems to me that autumn has been slipping through my fingers mercilessly. There is always so much to do and leaves have been changing their colours and falling to the ground far too quickly. In a desperate effort to catch a few moments I took my camera when we went shopping a few days ago and made a short stop in a near village called Dolní Lukavice where there is a rather run-down castle surrounded by quite a large park. I’ve never been there so this has been the first time. The sky was overcast but here and there a few rays shined and lit the scene.…

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    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…