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Z Velkého Března do Zubrnic

Castle Park in Velké Březno

The castle of Velké Březno is surrounded by an outstanding natural English garden with a large variety of uncommon trees and shrubs. Originally, the gardens encircled only the castle, which was built by Count Karel Chotek, the highest burgrave in the Czech kingdom, in the middle of the 19th century. These original areas are noteable for having the oldest trees in the gardens. The gardens were expanded at the start of the 20th century, and today there is an English park of more than 5 hectares and a small French garden with a view over a lake with water lilies and reeds. The expansion was done by the grandson of the castle founder, Count Karel Maria Chotek and included many newly build area for popular pastimes, for example a swimming pool, an area for playing bowls, two fountains and many benches overlooking nice views. The uniqueness of the park comes from the diversity and large variety of interesting and uncommon trees and bushes. There are more than 100 different species, including not only native Central European varieties but also species from Japan, China, and North America. Among the fascinating species are the rare Mountain Hemplock (Tsuga mertensiana), one of only two of this species growing in the Czech Republic; the Kobushi Magnolia (Magnolia kobus) which is native to Japan; and the Ginkgo tree (Ginko biloba), native to China but now found in many natural parks in Europe. In the past, ginkgos were grown around temples and therefore they are considered by some as sacred trees. Their leaves are used in medicine. Also among the rare trees here are the Pin Oak or Swamp Spanish Oak (Quercus palustris), a red oak variety from North America. This group of oaks is characterised by its deeply lobed leaves with bristles. In the spring and summer, the original 100 year old magnolias flower beautifully, as do the old Rhododendron trees (Rhododendron hybridum) and Yellow Azalea (Rhododendron luteum). Also outstanding are the Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) or Smooth Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens), which the Count personally ordered, this is documented by his correspondence with the gardener in the castle library. The castle park is well marked with trails, and it is possible to have a tour guide, who will be able to tell you more about the rare and interesting species.

Park Velké Březno

Park Velke Brezno

Park Velké Březno

Park Velke Brezno

Park Velké Březno

Park Velke Brezno

Useful information

Useful links: www.zamek-vbrezno.cz/…idka-parku-1

GPS position

N 50° 39.764', E 14° 8.355'
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Contact

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