Červený Dvůr Château Park
The Château Park in Červený Dvůr near Český Krumlov is one of the most important cultural monuments beyond the borders of South Bohemia thanks to its landscape and architectural values. It is accessible all year round and a natural-historical nature trail passes through it. The château itself is not open to the public, it is a psychiatric hospital.
Červený Dvůr was a popular summer residence of the Krumlov nobility for centuries. The predecessor of the château was the so-called New Chvalšinský Court, founded in 1591 by William of Rosenberg. His brother and heir, Peter Vok of Rosenberg, established a game preserve here in 1598, where beavers, pheasants, partridges and quails were kept. In 1672, Marie Arnoštka of Eggenberg had the Rosenberg summer palace rebuilt into a Baroque château. As early as 1736, a water supply system for water fountains was built in the park.
In 1947, the château grounds were transferred to the ownership of the Czech Lands, and in 1949 they were nationalised. On 5 November 1963, it was declared a cultural monument. Since 1966, it has been a psychiatric hospital, the only psychiatric hospital in the Czech Republic fully specialised in the treatment of addictions.
Park and nature trail
The three-kilometre-long nature trail through the château park in Červený Dvůr was created in cooperation with the hospital, the National Institute of Psychiatry in České Budějovice and the Blanský les Protected Landscape Area Administration and opened in 2005. It introduces visitors to the history and development of the park through 14 stops (information boards). The trail is easily accessible and suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Historical buildings: Pheasant house from 1840 (now a café of the same name), obelisk on the Cross Field, gardening with a farmhouse, remains of the Chapel of the Holy Cross from 1841 near the farmhouse, neo-Gothic Marian column, gatehouse, mauricovna (caretaker's house), Kůrový domek House (a house for children, later used for tool storage), and others.
The park's water management system, which has been preserved to this day, is unique: 21 ponds, small ponds, artificial ponds, fountains, reservoirs, which served both utilitarian and ornamental functions; 3,420 m of flowing streams and brooks; 3,000 m of artificial streams and drainage channels; 4,100 m of water pipes (gravity hydrostatic water lines); 500 m of covered streams and canals.
Park opening hours
April-October Monday-Friday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m, Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November-March Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.