Friday, May 27, 2016
Buchlovice Castle, Czech Republic
Buchlovice Castle (or chateau) is a grand residence near Uherské Hradiště, built because nearby Buchlov Castle (a real castle) was too drafty and dark to please the owners.
The tour shows some pretty cool rooms, and the English text even has some of the interesting tidbits and stories often left out in favor of dates and names of artists and owners and architects.
Afterwards, wander the grounds. You'll find formal gardens, wild foresty and meadowy bits, rhododendrons in May, interesting species of trees, streams and bridges, peacocks, and plenty of benches with nice vistas.
If you go...
You'll find frequent bus connections from Uherské Hradiště, a short distance away. A tour of the castle currently costs 120 Czech Crowns (around $5) and entry to the grounds only is 20 Crowns (around $1). If you're interested in the interesting species of trees on the grounds, buy the guide at the ticket booth. Plan plenty of time to wander the extensive grounds.