The most beautiful chateau gardens

8. 10. 2013

Want to see what paradise could look like?

Visit the most beautiful chateau parks and gardens in the Czech Republic! What does a chateau garden need for you to remember it as one of the most beautiful? All styles can be found in the Czech Republic: complicated, ornamental French gardens with bushes pruned into a variety of shapes, fresh English parks with romantic buildings, and numerous variations.

Gothic and Renaissance gardens

An excellent example Late Renaissance garden architecture is the Flower Garden in Kroměříž, which was created as part of the renewal of the town following the Thirty Years’ War. Together with the chateau and Chateau Garden, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The symmetrical garden is dominated by a rotunda and 244 m long colonnade with statues of ancient gods, as well as two mazes, a palm greenhouse and decorative pergola that you’ll be tempted to relax in.

You can also cast yourself back to Renaissance times at Kratochvíle Chateau, which is surrounded by a herb and vegetable garden formed into geometric shapes. A rarity is the refurbished Gothic garden, the only one of its kind in central Europe, at Svojanov Castle.

Gardens with the scent and style of France

Rococo gardens, be they the gardens at Dobříš Chateau or Nové Hrady Chateau, nicknamed Little Schönbrunn or the Czech Versailles, are like something from a fairytale. The Dobříš gardens are spread over several terraces between the chateau and the orangery and the garden in Nové Hrady lies in the middle of a cour d’honneur. In both you will find bushes pruned into complicated shapes, water cascades and fountains, statues and marvellous box tree broderies.

Gardens without end

The Lednice-Valtice Complex is nicknamed the Garden of Europe and is included on the UNESCO Heritage List. The largest artificially formed landscape in the world encompasses Lednice and Valtice Chateaux, both of which are surrounded by parks and gardens, which freely blend into open landscape with ponds, forests and a number of minor buildings, including hunting-lodges, chapels and colonnades.

While this exquisite landscape is hard to imitate, in some places this has happened. Views of lookout summerhouses and other romantic buildings also enliven the garden and pheasantry at Milotice Chateau and the extensive landscaped parks in Krásný Dvůr, around Veltrusy Chateau and Vlašim Chateau.

Gardens a little differently

While the monastery gardens at the former Piarist monastery in Litomyšl offer a view of two churches and the historic town centre, they are otherwise thoroughly modern. Quiet music is played, there is a large grassy area for relaxation, not to mention a monastery café, flowerbeds and several statues. The symbol of the gardens is the pool and statues gifted to the town by sculptor Olbram Zoubek.

Many pleasant surprises also await in Prague and the Prague Castle Gardens. The most historical of these are the Royal Garden and Summer Palace of Queen Anne with its Ball Game Hall. You’ll also like the Na Baště garden, modified according to the designs of architect Jože Plečnik in the style of Italian and Japanese gardens.

Finally, your quest for the most beautiful gardens in Prague should also take in the Palace Gardens in the Lesser Quarter, as well as one that’s a bit more off the beaten track: the exquisite Vrtba Garden at the foot of Petřín hill.

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