Now, you musn't get this confused with the "Flower garden" as this one is located below the Palace, and to me, nowhere near as nice as the other one.
The area was originally a fruit, vegetable and flower garden. Now it is, lots of lawned & Tree-ed area with Lakes, Fountain's, waterfall's, Statue's, and some nicely laid out garden. There is 64 hectare's to roam over, so it is a huge park!
The Archbishop's Palace or Kromeriz Castle as it is also known, is a listed UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Originally, standing here, was a wooden Gothic fortress from the 13th century.
Today, a Baroque Castle stands in its place!
Guided tours are available, mainly in Czech, but can be arranged in a different language. Tour's take either 30min, 60mins, or 90 mins, and price's are accordingly. I didn't go inside because of the time factor, I still wanted to see the Flower gardens!
It is meant to be, one of the Best collection's of painting's in Czech Republic.
If you do go inside, then expect to see the paintings, books, music, coins and the historic interior.
Highlights are said to be the Library and the Assembly Hall.
I went inside the courtyard area, this is FREE, and entry is available at any time.
Photo's are allowed outside for free, Photo's inside you need prior permission, and have to pay a fee.
OPEN..... 1 April to 31 October, FROM 9-4pm.....June & September from....9-5pm
July & August from 9-6pm.
On Monday, the day following the day on weekends and public holidays, it is closed.
Historic halls 90 minutes, gallery tours 60 minutes, sala terrena 30 minutes, Tower 30 minutes. The courtyard of the building is open to visitors at any time.
ADMISSION CHARGES IN 2011. They vary as there are different ticket groups.
Historic halls ....140czk
Picture gallery... 90czk
Sala terrena ......70czk
You also can buy combination tickets, please check the website.
It is easy to get to, as it's located near the main square.
DID YOU KNOW..................
THE interior was used during the filming of Amadeus.
I saw this gate when I was a the Palace.
It was put there to connect the Palace and city with the suburbs where the Mint house, water tower and other buildings were. The gate was also known as the "Mill Gate." In 1832, a new gate was built in gothic style and attached to the Palace, via the Guard House. Recently a latin inscription was found during repairs.
The Inscription says...."Bishop Charles strive for the renewal of the City."
THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING ROTUNDA EVER!
When I first saw this octagonal building, acting as an axis for the garden's and pathway's, I thought it was "just" another Rotunda.............How wrong I was!
There were four entrance's. I walked inside the building through one, and straight away saw the frescoes and the beautifully frescoed Dome! Then, before I moved on, I saw the Grotto's where I could walk through, which I did. In every one, were waterworks of some kind. The Grotto's had a lot of shell decoration, and the main statue's were Satyrs, mythical, half man, half bird, holding a musical instrument of some sort. The staring, gruesome faces, peered at me from every corner!
I have never seen such unusual decoration, all created by Italian artist's. Plenty of stucco ornamentation added to the beauty! The interior paintings's, date back to 1674.
If you know your mythological figures, then you will find these............
The Rape of Europa, Perseus and Andromeda, The Rape of Prosperina, Hercules with Nessos and Dejaneira, Pan and Syrinx, The Rape of Ganymedos are a few .
I walked around the inside several times because there was so much to see, and each time, I found something new!
It was an important festival going on here, and they were setting up for bands and other perfomances. How I wish we could have stayed.
A MUST SEE!
Whilst I was walking around and enjoying the Kromeriz Flower Gardens, I noticed a very long Colonnade. This Colonnade serves a few purposes. One, is to walk in the shade on a hot day, two, is to shelter from the rain, and three, is the views from the top.
In previous gardens like this, I knew you could usually go up the top, so I walked to one end, and sure enough, there were steps to the top. Once up top, I could see an incredible view of the layout of the garden. My one problem, was the Sun, I was facing it for photo's. This was in the afternoon, so perhaps, morning is best.
This is the place to see the garden at its best, so don't miss it!
I walked the whole length, which is 244 metres from one end to another, giving the Camera a good workout as I went. Of interest, is, If a person speaking in a normal tone at one end facing the ending wall, he or she can be heard clearly at the other end.
Back down the stairs, and time to checkout the underneath. Impressive too, as there are various statues under it's arches of greek gods and historical persons, altogether, 44 antique statues in above-life-size, another 46 busts rest on the arcade pillars
It was a special day, so underneath here, was a Band playing, and out in the garden were seats, where people were sitting and enjoying the Concert.
What a lovely setting to have a concert!
Excellent views from the top!
The Flower Garden (once called "the Orchard of Delights") was built between 1665-1675. The garden, built by Italian architects, is located behind the town fortification walls.
It is a combination of late Renaissance Italian Alps gardens, and French Baroque [like Versailles]
It is set out in geometrical design. Little, low hedges, and bright coloured annuals, displayed in swirling scroll's, make it very attractive. The annual's were not at there best, just newly planted, but have a look at a photo on a website when they are in full bloom, it is stunning then!
In the centre of the garden, there is a Rotunda and it is from here, that the garden's radiate.
This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
OPEN.....Open the whole year. Summer 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, winter 7:00 am - 4:00 pm ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults...40czk
It is one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen.
The Town square is huge, and it probably has to be, because this is where they hold open air concerts, and they were setting up for one when we were there.
The 16th century Town Hall, with its 41m high tower is located in the square, as well as many shops, the Tourist Information centre, and Toilet's.
The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, built in the Art Nouveau style, there is a Plague monument, a baroque fountain and burgher houses, very nice!
Underneath the very thick arches, some Cafe's have table & chairs, so that you can sit outside.
A lovely square!
The door is open, and inside the Church I go. This is St. John the Baptist Church, that was originally the 12th-century Johanite Maltese hospital. Founded by Bishop Bruno, the three-nave Gothic Church was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style following a fire in the middle of the 19th century. .
It was built between 1737 and 1768. In 1768, 12 bronze crucifixes were placed around the perimeter of the church.
Inside, there were many ceiling Frescoe's that were beautifully done. Beaut Altar's and interior decoration, it was worth seeing.
Located in the main square is the Baroque Marian column. As in other Towns, it was built in gratitude for the end of the plague epidemic in 1680.
The column is decorated with sculptures of St. Vaclav, St. Florian, St. Roch and St. Moric and was renovated in 1716.
Near the column, is a fountain which was built in 1665 as part of the town water system. For some reason, they keep on changing its look!
This garden is on the other side of Kromeriz. The entry cost around 20 Kc. It is not as large as Podzamecka zahrada, but it is nicely looked after with loads of flowers, promenade, fountains and statues.
As it's name says, this garden is next to the Castle. It has 54 hectars. In the summer it is very beautiful, with loads of flowers and trees, ponds and small rivers.
There are 3 entrances to this garden: One is on the right side of the Castle, another is next to the Wine Cellars (walk past the Castle and turn right), and the last is next to river Morava - by the bridge.
Beautiful garden built for "pleasure" at the time it was "constructed" one of very few still mostly complete and still a garden.
middle has a gazebo-like thing with amazingly beautiful frescos. (have a pic of that soon, promise!)
Flower Garden (Kvetna zahrada) - the 17th-century gem of baroque landscaping (F. Lichese, G. P. Tencallo) with a rotunda in the centre and a 233 m long collonnade adorned with classical sculpture.
I'm sure you think it should be botanic garden, but believe me it's not a botanic garden. It's more like a park. It's really beautiful and if you visit Kromeriz you should certainly consider visiting it.
The admission fee for adult person is 10 Kc and students and kids 5 Kc.
Right next to the entrance there are some interesting bushes and on some of them you can find a small notes with poems or just quotes from famous people. Some of them are even in English.
ok...i will go back to my journals to remember everywhere i've gone, but for now...
the castle in kromeriz - big tourist spot for people who visit the town. pretty area. inside, if i remember correctly, there was an art museum with some beautiful works. not expensive at all to get in. students get discounted entry fee.
you can join a group or go in a group of your own thru the wine cellars. they show you the cellars, describe the history, and then there's wine sampling!
mass wine is made here as well. i took a bottle home that was used in a cousin's wedding.