40 Castles and chateaux
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and probably the biggest English park
in the country was established at this
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an avid botanist and he also travelled
a lot. In Western Europe he became
excited by a new method of bringing
the natural landscape all the way
up to buildings. Part of his conception
was also a series of romantic pavilions
modelled almost down to the last detail
after the French palace Versailles.
Of historical interest
The history of the estate is linked
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who owned the chateau up until
the Second World War, when the Nazis
usurped it as a resort for the elites
of the Third Reich. Since 1945 it has
been in the possession of the Czech state.
The charm of the 18 accessible
rooms in the chateau competes
with a visit to its singular naturally
landscaped park. Many beautiful
moments were spent here
by J. W. Goethe, who set up
a makeshift study in one
of the pavilions.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends and public holidays.
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late-summer concerts (IX).
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Kratochvíle
Reason to visit
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in wealth and good taste, had Italian
architects build for his and his friends’
pleasure a charming water summer
palace for moments of fun and relaxation
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in the Czech lands, including Emperor
Rudolf II himself, who did not visit this
Renaissance gem.
Of historical interest
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with some land near Netolice in 1569
as a gift for good service in administering
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With his admirable managerial skills
and his strictness towards the subjects
of the dominion in southern Bohemia,
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conditions, including through the building
of productive ponds, and managed to fully
fund the expensive lifestyle of his master.
The donated manor prospered so much
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that its location was absolutely ideal
for the leisure of Renaissance society,
and at great cost he reacquired it and built
his own villa.
A colourful array of murals
with hunting and religious scenes
and gilded stucco shines in its full
splendour after extensive restoration
work. The administration of the state-
owned chateau is gradually returning
the period furnishings to the chateau
in accordance with the original
purpose of the rooms.
V–VIII Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends and public holidays.
The chateau complex is
the regular venue for Theatrical
Summer (VII).
Státní zámek Kratochvíle
384 11 Netolice
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