Kroměříž - A fateful encounter

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the bishops’ summer house and the wonderful gardens which, in many respects, are a reminder of the marvellous gardens in Versailles. Enter the world of timeless beauty, elegance and good taste – discover Kroměříž, one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic.
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In 1664, Bishop Charles II of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn came to the town of Kroměříž to start its reconstruction after the ravages of the devastating Thirty Years’ War.  He established a building council and called in some of the ­leading builders and architects of the day to help him carry out his plan of a restored and redeveloped town. The result is the charming town we can all visit today, which brings together architecture, art and nature, reflecting the skills of its builders.  The beauty of Kroměříž has been appreciated by the many important guests who gathered here in the past for political and diplomatic meetings.  For example, in August 1885 Kroměříž hosted an important meeting between Franz Joseph I, the Emperor of Austria and Tsar Alexander III of Russia.


 
Experience for yourself the historical grandeur of this fatefully attractive little town – discover the charms of its historic architecture and the powerful magic of its beautiful gardens. It is not a mere coincidence that many historical films have chosen Kroměříž to be their setting – e.g. the Oscar-winning Amadeus, A Royal Affair, Angélique or the series The Musketeers.  The atmosphere of the times of Louis XIV can be captured not only in France but also in the heart of Europe. To cap off a pleasant day, consider sampling the sacramental wine from the local Archbishop’s Cellars. The making of this wine was in fact licensed by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Interesting thing

The breathtaking backdrop of the Kroměříž Chateau and its adjacent gardens are well-known attractions to film-makers looking for a realistic historic setting.­ One of the most famous of these films was the world-renowned Amadeus, which was directed by Miloš Forman and awarded 8 Oscars. The movie captures the life of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Many of its scenes were shot in Kroměříž, mainly in the Archbishop’s Chateau. In 1983, the American crew occupied the chateau for 10 days. Strict security was enforced during the filming. Certain students and other residents of Kroměříž appear in the film as extras and others got a chance to surreptitiously peek beyond the Chateau’s walls and catch glimpses of important Hollywood stars.

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We can think of no better place to start your tour of the beauties of Kroměříž than at its Archbishop’s Chateau. Here you can admire its majestic rooms and halls as well as a gallery with works by some of the greatest painters of the 15th to 18th centuries. If you are in the mood, you can also visit the Archbishop’s Cellars, where a selection of quality, local sacramental wines is on offer. From the cellars it is only a short walk to the Chateau Garden where you can take in the marvellous way in which the landscape, trees, flowers, water features, architecture and animals have all been brought together.  To complement a visit to the green of nature, we then recommend you to take a tour of some of the historic architectural gems of Kroměříž. You can enjoy the Mill Gate, the Archbishop’s Grammar School, the Church of St. Moritz and the Church of St. John the Baptist. In the historic centre you will certainly be able to choose from the town’s selection of good restaurants, many of which offer local traditional specialties. Refreshed and rejuvenated, you can then proceed to the Great Square where you should not miss the Town Hall, the Regional Governor’s House, the Museum of the Kroměříž Region, the historic fountain and the Baroque era Marian Column. The highlight of any day spent in Kroměříž will undoubtedly be a visit to its famous Flower Garden. In the soft light of the setting sun, you will be able to marvel at its splendid colonnade, pavilion and, most of all, its flowers planted in remarkable ornaments. On your way to the garden, note the Chateau Granary.

Common Tips

Your tour of Kroměříž’s main monuments between the Chateau Garden and the Flower Garden can be guided by the signage set­ in the pavement. This UNESCO trail has been designated using bronze plates with the town’s logo that are set into the paving at approx. 20 m intervals. You should be able to comfortably walk from one to the other.

Transportation

Kroměříž is about 270 km away from the centre of Prague.
You can get there by car in about three hours. The train or bus ride takes three to four hours, depending on the particular connection. Buses and trains leave every hour. The train station is in the city centre.

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Archbishop’s Chateau in Kroměříž

The former summer residence of the Archbishops of Olomouc with its picture gallery and an extensive library is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

Address

Sněmovní náměstí 1, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.300404, 17.393571

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 150 Kč

Children fee: 100 Kč

Family fee: 400 Kč

Senior fee: 100 Kč

Student fee: 100 Kč

Archbishop’s cellars in Kroměříž

One of the many noteworthy places in Kroměříž is without a doubt the Archbishop´s Chateau, which boasts beautiful interiors – a picture gallery of first-rate works by European painters and a Rococo assembly hall. Due to its extraordinary beauty and state of preservation the palace and gardens are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Address

Na kopečku 1487
767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.300445468488135, 17.392173032165488

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Chateau Garden in Kroměříž

Enjoy the calm of the Chateau Garden, which, with its area of 64 hectares, boasts Romantic structures such as the Pompeii Colonnade with its ancient statues, the Colloredo Colonnade, the Chinese Pavilion and Max’s Courtyard, complemented by hundreds of rare tees, water ponds, streams and small bridges. With the chateau as a background, this is one of the most picturesque historic building complexes in Europe.
 

Address

Sněmovní náměstí 1, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.30492, 17.392220

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 70 Kč

Children fee: 45 Kč

Family fee: 185 Kč

Senior fee: 45 Kč

Student fee: 45 Kč

Mill Gate and the Archbishop’s Grammar School in Kroměříž

What did Kroměříž look like earlier? You may catch a hint at the last of the three town’s gates, the so-called Mill Gate, which used to adjoin the old castle moat protecting the Kroměříž Chateau. Later, the Archbishop’s Grammar School was built next to it. It is still in operation and is part of the town’s architectural heritage.

Address

Sněmovní náměstí 1
767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.300065, 17.391711

Church of St. Moritz and Church of St. John the Baptist in Kroměříž

The veil covering Kroměříž’s history may be lifted in the Church of St. Moritz, one of the largest Gothic structures in the Czech Republic.  It is located right next to the Archbishop’s Grammar School on Stojanovo Square.

Address

Stojanovo náměstí 3
767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.298643, 17.390525

Opening Hours

The Great Square in Kroměříž

If you take a look around, you can still feel the atmosphere of a medieval market which was part of Kroměříž’s planning design in the 13th century. And you can also learn about the town’s historical development by visiting its civic as well as ecclesiastical monuments that surround the square’s landmark – the Baroque Marian Column, which was built after the plague epidemic in 1680.
 

Address

Velké náměstí, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.298658, 17.392950

Bishop’s Mint in Kroměříž

Go back in time and see the former power and glory of the Bishops of Kroměříž. Today’s building of the mint dates back to 1665 and it is the last preserved mint in Moravia.

Address

Sněmovní nám 1, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.300404, 17.393571

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 50 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

Kroměříž Gardens

During the summer, Kroměříž is reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. The local gardens, which are included in the UNESCO world heritage list, represent a perfect symbiosis of light, plants, water, art and architecture. The Castle and Gardens are some of the most beautiful in Europe. You will be engulfed by a labyrinth of green walls, original floral and sculptural decoration, so take a walk along the colonnade and past the historical greenhouses.

Address

Sněmovní náměstí 1
767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.300012, 17.392918

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 70 Kč

Children fee: 45 Kč

Senior fee: 45 Kč

Student fee: 45 Kč

Černý orel Brewery

Discover what this ancient town house hides in its bowels. A pharmacy was opened here more than 270 years ago and nowadays the building is home to the famous Kroměříž brewery together with a restaurant, guesthouse and hotel. In the restaurant, the head chef will offer you “Černá orlice” chicken steak or marinated pork tenderloin.

Address

Velké náměstí 24/9, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.2982168591, 17.3919765289

Octárna Restaurant and Hotel

Taste some exquisite dishes in the restaurant of the Octárna Hotel in the very heart of Kroměříž. Modern innovations in the art of cooking are complemented by tried and tested classics and we can recommend the ideal wine to go perfectly with every meal. Sitting outside on our comfortable teak chairs will be reminiscent to you of a seaside atmosphere.

Address

Tovačovského 318, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.297274529931826, 17.399130785903026

Octárna Restaurant and Hotel

Taste some exquisite dishes in the restaurant of the Octárna Hotel in the very heart of Kroměříž. Modern innovations in the art of cooking are complemented by tried and tested classics and we can recommend the ideal wine to go perfectly with every meal. Sitting outside on our comfortable teak chairs will be reminiscent to you of a seaside atmosphere.

Address

Tovačovského 318, 767 01 Kroměříž
GPS: 49.297274529931826, 17.399130785903026