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.
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.