The park, which surrounds the Průhonice chateau, was founded in 1885 by Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca, who used the rugged valley by the Botič stream and its tributaries Zdiměřický and Dobřejovický streams. He had both domestic and foreign trees planted in the park and used truly masterfully chosen vistas as a basis for the entire park composition. Trees, shrubs and various woody plants alternate with meadows, streams and ponds as well as blind branches of streams.
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Planting perfectly follows the variability of tree species during different seasons. Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca has made a lifelong effort and the result is a unique landscape work, boasting world significance. Průhonice Park boasts not only its artistic and historical value, but also its dendrological significance. There are a total of 1600 different species. The collection of rhododendrons, of which there are around 8000 pieces in 100 species and cultivars, is especially noteworthy.
To the southeast of Prague, Průhonice Park is the most important landscape element. It is listed as a National Cultural Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Průhonice Park and the local castle are a great tip for a trip. It is located just a few kilometers from Prague and the charm of this place is evidenced by the fact that a number of fairy tales were filmed here. It is one of the largest natural landscape parks in Europe, its area is about 240 ha and is situated in a truly magical environment by the Botič stream. Whether you are going to relax here or just take a walk and enjoy the peace, believe that a great opportunity for such a trip is the end of May, when rhododendrons bloom here. However, there is something to watch in the park at any time of year!
The Průhonice Park can be entered either through the main entrance at the chateau or from the road leading to Dobřejovice, which divides the park into two parts.
The park is located at an altitude of 280-342 m and visitors can walk about 40 km of groomed paths.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová