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Chyše - Chateau 

Chyše – ChateauChyše Chateau is an ancient place, the history of which begins in the 12th century. The original stronghold was first mentioned in 1169, nonetheless, it had to be built much earlier because it is denoted as the home of Odolen, the son of Střez, who accompanied King Vladislav II (also denoted as Vladislaus II of Bohemia) on his expedition to Milan in 1158. Odolen is considered as the forefather of the influential family of Pětipeský of Chyše.

The stronghold was later rebuilt into a castle, but you will not find it there. Instead, you will find the present-day chateau, which is the result of the reconstruction of a Renaissance castle in Gothic Revival style. The author of this last reconstruction is Ignác Ullmann who worked for the contemporary owners of the chateau, the family of Lažanský of Buková, from the 1850s.

The famous Czech writer, Karel Čapek, was temporarily hired by the family as a private tutor and he stayed at the chateau in 1917. The description of the chateau later appeared in one of Čapek's works – in his novel Krakatit.

The chateau was ultimately returned to its pre-war owners who have almost completed all renovation work and opened the stylish chateau interiors, chateau cellars, a medieval bastion, a Baroque well, as well as an exhibition dedicated to Karel Čapek to the public.

A chateau brewery is a part of the chateau complex, built between 1839 and 1841. Brewing in Chyše has a long tradition dating as far back as the 1580’s. In 2007, production of high-quality chateau beer was renewed after 74 years. A stylish restaurant and a traditional alehouse are open to visitors in the historical interiors of the chateau brewery.

Chateau Park

The extensive reconstruction and renovation of the chateau also embraced the careful revitalization of the adjoining unique chateau park covering an area of 9 hectares, as well as the rehabilitation of its water management.

From an artistic and historical point of view, the chateau park may be considered as a good example of landscape architecture of the mid 19th century, which ingeniously utilised the articulated terrain to deploy almost all forms of contemporary garden architecture, combining them in perfect harmony.

Taking advantage of the broken terrain, the chateau park is divided into two parts with a distinctly different architectonic layout and greenery. The first part, dominated by the chateau, winds and spreads along a brook, which forms a shallow valley. Below the chateau, the brook winds along a small hill, on which the castle had once stood, and it flows into a small pond that creates a mirror reflection of the chateau.

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