Having read about the Chateau, I was keen to see it and the garden's.
People by the name of Petrvald, from the town of Petrvald, owned an old, medieval fortress, and lived there until the 17th century. At the same time, Jan Detrich, also from Petrvald, built the Chateau for his wife Eleonora, who was from Italy. She decided the Chateau was too cold to live in, so they moved out, and the Petrvald family took over the Chateau.
The Chateau is built in the Italian Baroque style in 1707. The Petrvalds lived here till 1800, and then the "Berchtold's" moved in and lived here until 1945, when the castle was nationalized.
So, we arrived at the Entrance gate to be greeted by several Teacher's, and about 30 student's. One of the Teacher's was at the window buying ticket's.
This changed our mind's about seeing the inside of the Chateau, as we didn't want to be with a group of school children, so we only saw the gardens.
ADMISSION IN 2011 .......
Inside the Chateau, can only be seen on a tour
April - October.....Adults 120czk ......Children 70czk
The Chateau Park......
April, October....Adults......20czk...Children 10czk
May - September...Adults....40czk...Children 20czk
In April and October from 10am to 5pm The Chateau is closed on Mondays.
May, June, September from 10am to 5pm..Closed Mondays
July to August from 9am to 5.30pm..Tuesday to Sunday.
The Chateau is closed to public on the workday immediately following a national holiday.
The last tour starts one hour before the end of the opening hours of the historical interiors of the chateau.
Visitors can not enter the interior with luggage, umbrellas, or bags.
NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED, in fact, no to everything would be the easiest!
Lucky for us, the Chateau Fuchsia garden was open. The discoverer of fuchsias, that have become one of the symbols of Castle Buchlovice, was a Franciscan monk and botanist Charles Plumier (1646-1704)
The Chateau's Fuchsia display is fantastic! There are approx 1200 varieties of these beautiful plants, and most of them were in flower. What a picture this was!
It is said to be, one of the largest and the most famous collections of Fuchsias in Central Europe. Since 1982, visitor's to the Chateau & Garden's have been able to come in here and have a look, and you can buy a Fuchsia too!
THE FUCHSIA GARDEN IS OPEN....
1st June - 30th September daily, Closed on Monday's.
June 9-4pm....July/August 9-5pm...September 9-4pm
Admission is included in the entry price.
Time to explore the huge expanse of garden's............ In the 19th century, some of the gardens were extended and are of English style.
Now we are going for a walk around the beautiful Chateau Park. Spick and span was this garden! Lawn's were mowed, the hedge's trimmed and terraced in French style. Rose's were added for some colour.
The centre path at the back of the Chateau, had another gorgeous fountain. I loved the Urn's, they had some funny face's on them, and were filled with flower's. There were many Statue's scattered through-out the Park.
What I liked, was the way the garden's are set out. Where-ever I looked in the garden, I found a nice vista, and a view with the Chateau in the background. I really enjoyed this Chateau Park/Garden, and can see why it is known to be amongst the best parks in the Czech Republic. It also has some very important and historic collections of plants.
Entrance to the Garden/Park only is
April, October: Adults...20czk
May - September: Adults...40czk
There are several buses departing from Brno, UAN Zvonarka from the station No.8 to Buchlovice. The trip is approx. 1 hour long and the price of the ticket varies from 58 to 70 CZK, depending on which company is operating the bus.
Located high on a hill overlooking Buchlovice is Buchlov Castle. We followed Polesi Road up through the Chriby Hills to the Castle.
Pulling into the Car park, once again we were asked for money to park the Car.
I walked up the uneven, rough track to the Castle. Once there, I had a look around, and decided not to go inside. To me, it wasn't a real impressive Castle.
The Castle dates to the 13th century when it was built in gothic style, it has a defensive tower, a residential Palace for the Royal's, and a chapel also built in the Gothic style.
People were enjoying a meal and drink in the Cafe at the Castle.
Interesting .....The Castle belonged to the King, but was given to Noble families even while in his possession.
After the 16th century, it changed to private ownership, and then it was changed from Gothic, to a Renaissance Castle.
In 1945, the castle came under the ownership of the Czechoslovakia, and is now a recognized national monument.
It is one of the oldest castles in Moravia.
Located about 7kms from Buchlovice
April and October:...... on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 9,00 - 4PM
May and June: Daily.... Tuesdays-Sundays 8-5pm Closed on Monday's.
July and August: Daily..9-6pm
September: Daily......... Tuesdays-Sundays 9-5pm Closed on Monday's.
ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults...55czk
On my return from the walk up the hill to Buchlov Castle, I made my way to the small Cafe located in the Car park, and bought an ice-cream. There are a quite a few outdoor seats, and some nice wood sculpture's. Children would love the rocking horse.
From here, there is a great view over the valley that we had driven from.