Grand Flower Gardens and Parks
The Czech Republic’s gorgeous gardens reflect the diverse architectural styles of Europe’s history. Come explore and lose yourself amidst the beautiful flowers and wandering paths across the country.
The Kroměříž Garden ranks among the most precious gardens in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 17th century on 40 acres that include a central rotunda, paths flanked by tall espaliers and a 244-meter (800 ft.) long gallery of statues of ancient gods and historical characters. The Čestný Dvůr or Honourable Courtyard from the mid-19th century is surrounded by two big greenhouses-- Hrubý or Rough and Tropický or Tropical-- with a valuable collection of tropical and subtropical flora. Due to this complex flora, Křoměříž has been listed on the UNESCO List of the World Heritage Sites since 1998.
The Royal Palace Gardens adjacent to Prague Castle rank among the most frequently visited as they connect the Hradčanská district with Lesser Town. Many cultural and social events take place, including picturesque wedding ceremonies, available for booking. The St. Wenceslas Vineyard and Villa Richter have been in the spotlight since 2008 when they were completely reconstructed. According to legend, it is the oldest vineyard in Bohemia where Duke Wenceslas, the patron of Bohemia, cultivated “God’s vineyard.”
Included in the UNESCO protection of Prague, Průhonice Park and Castle which can be found several kilometres south of Prague’s historic center is a stunning work of landscape architecture in Europe. The Botič Brook and its tributaries, weirs, and the small lakes it winds between all contribute to the area’s increased air humidity. This climate then positively influences the growth of coniferous trees and rhododendrons. Overall, there are about 1,600 species of Czech and exotic woody plants and the exceptional collection of rhododendrons consists of about 8,000 plants representing 100 species of cultivated varieties. Apart from these attractions, several Czech fairy-tales have also contributed to Průhonice Park’s popularity.
Heading Southeast from Prague, the UNESCO-recognized Lednice-Valtice Complex includes the magnificent gardens surrounding Lednice Chateau. The French garden and English-style park include romantic buildings, such as a minaret, waterworks, aqueduct and many more. The park encircles a pond with 15 little islands and is traversed by a circular route of almost four kilometres. The first exotic woody plants were brought here in the late 18th century and served as the base for a unique collection of North-American woody plants that exist today. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips in the park from April-November.
There are numerous special gardens and parks in the Czech Republic. For information on some other spectacular ones:
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