10 Castles and chateaux
11
Buchlovice
Reason to visit
This chateau nestled in a Baroque
JDUGHQ ZDV D JLIW IURP WKH (DUO 'ČWĜLFK
RI 3HWĜYDOG WR KLV QREOH ERUQ ,WDOLDQ ZLIH
So that she would feel comfortable
in her new home in Moravia,
he had plans drawn up in the style
of the so-called villa rustica, in which
the building is set in the open rural
landscape. The purest example
of an Italian Baroque villa in Central
Europe, it amazed contemporaries
– and continues to do so today.
Of historical interest
The chateau gained international fame
at the beginning of the 20th century,
when its owner was Leopold Berchtold,
who in 1912 became the foreign minister
of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
In this grand manor, leading politicians
of the time made decisions about
the fate of Europe. Meetings were held
here about the annexation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina to the Austrian
monarchy, which was the main reason
Buchlov
Reason to visit
Lovers of the mysterious will like
the local legend about the Lady in Black,
Catherine, who it is said had husband,
the lord of the castle, murdered in 1582.
At night, her ghost sets off from
the gloomy chamber called the “Room
RI WKH 'HDG´ WR URDP WKH FDVWOH
The truth, however, is that impatient
nobleman died in battle, and the room,
where accused poachers once were
judged, now displays the castle’s most
valuable exhibit, an Egyptian mummy
LQ D FHGDU FRI¿Q IURP WKH UG FHQWXU\ %&
Of historical interest
Construction of the royal fortress castle,
which the sovereign endowed with
the power of jurisdiction and so-called
hunting rights, began in the 13th century.
for the outbreak of the First World
War. Count Leopold was a great
philanthropist: He built a modern public
hospital at the chateau.
The luxurious rooms of a residence
surrounded by greenery reflect
the elegant lifestyle of the aristocracy
at the turn of the 20th century. Here
you will discover the collecting tastes
and family history of the owners.
The Baroque garden, which was
transformed in the 19th century
into a sentimental park and adjoining
English park, is an important example
of historical green space
in the Czech lands.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Children will enjoy the rescue
station for wild animals and a small
zoo on the chateau grounds.
Státní zámek Buchlovice
687 08 Buchlovice
Almost all of the owners had extensive
construction work done, therefore today
the castle is a textbook of architectural
styles from the Early Middle Ages
to the 19th century.
In addition to the rare Egyptology
collections, don’t overlook the rich
natural-history collections with
a number of curiosities. There is also
an extensive library founded in the late
16th century which contains more than
10,000 volumes. The castle tower,
at an altitude of 545 metres above sea
level, provides an excellent view of
the gently undulating and welcoming
Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia) region.
VII–VIII daily,
IV–VI and X Tuesday–Sunday.
Polesí 418
687 68 Buchlovice
1,2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9 12-13,14-15,16-17,18-19,20-21,22-23,24-25,26-27,28-29,30-31,...102