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Bouzov Castle (and a lavender farmhouse in Bezdekov)

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Central Europe has a broad legacy of castles. Whether they are medieval, romantic, fantasy or fairy tale, there are so many that I would not give an article to collect them all or to place them on a map. The Olomouc region in Moravia it was not going to be less and a fortress of medieval origin keeps within its walls much of the great history of these lands, where Swedish captives, Teutonic Knights and even the Nazis were not lacking. We talk about Bouzov Castle and today we enter fully into it.


Also, before returning to Olomouc where we sleep, a Lavender farmhouse in Bezdekov It has shown us possibilities that we would never have thought beyond cosmetic ... coffee or lavender cookies?

Bouzov Castle, very close to the Javoricko Caves

It's around 1:00 p.m. when we have left the Javoricko Caves, of which I told you in the previous article, in less than 5 minutes Enter the town of Bouzov, one of those that do not go unnoticed on any route by car in the Czech Republic, dominated as in medieval times by a castle on its hill ...! Bouzov Castle!


Caves and castle, due to its proximity, are a perfect combination although remember that, if you do not have a car, you should check the Olomouc tourist office for some excursion or organized departure. In addition, a great option to eat is just before taking the way up the hill, in the same Bouzov Hotel, with very affordable prices



With a full stomach, we focus on the highest part of town. A short walk of 5-10 minutes leads us to the entrance we are looking for



We are in low season and that makes the schedules more limited, although with availability from March to November for guided tours

BOUZOV CASTLE SCHEDULE:

In March and November, is only open from 11 to 13 from Monday to Friday and of 9 to 15 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
The month of April and the month of October, the schedules are of 9 to 16 every day
The high season, between May and September (included), the entrance is extended from 9 to 17 every dayadding an hour until 18 in July and August
Finally, if it is January, February or December, restoration tasks are performed and remains closed to the public although it is possible to organize a guided tour on demand

The prices depend on the guided tour chosen There is something for everyone, from the most basic (gentlemen's hall, chapel and colonnades room) to the so-called "bird's eye view" (which includes climbing the tower) with prices ranging from 60 kc to 150 kc and with the possibility of using the Olomouc Card


Do you guess my choice? You know how much I like to climb the towers. In my other life I was "bird", no doubt

From the medieval past of Bouzov Castle to its romantic reconstruction

We know the first written references of Bouzov Castle dated from 1317. In fact, anyone who comes without information to this fortress, one of the most visited monuments in the Czech Republic, would say that it is a medieval monument excellently preserved




However, the reality is that its current form comes from the 19th and 20th century romantic reconstruction since the first settlement was burned in 1558 for financial reasons of its owners. And it is that we are facing a castle that has passed through a multitude of hands, which makes its walls overflow history in every room and every stage



Although the visits are usually in Czech and an English dossier is provided to follow them (in Spanish as of the date of this article not yet - although you can print this article, haha-), today we are only English speakers and have had the sensitivity to do it in this language



We cross one of the two bridges that ends with another short drawbridge over a dry but deep pit Around the castle It is from this moment that we begin to tour the interiors of the castle, when we realize that they offer collections of furniture and art from all kinds of eras and styles.



FromBuz de Buzov, its first owner between 1317 and 1339, the medieval fortress passed to the lords of Vildenberk and later in 1382 to the margrave Jost, in 1396 aHeralt of Kunštát and after 70 years, going from hand to hand until its first reconstruction after a fire.



From here its uses changed and the Thirty Years War between 1618 and 1648 would make it a prison for Swedish captives, to happen in 1696 at the hands of the Teutonic Knights where, finally, it would remain until the year 1939, in principle as lodging (already without defensive uses) and finally with tourist purpose


It is precisely at this time when, based on the design of architect Georg von Hauberrisser,Eugene von Habsburg (the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order) would carry out its reconstruction between 1895 and 1910, giving it the current appearance of typical Czech architecture with German elements and completing the interior equipment with private collections of Archduke Evže where, by the way, I find both the candlesticks made from deer horns like the paintings with true air of "fantasy" that give color to walls and interiors



Thus we go through sauces such as the old office, the gentlemen's hall, rooms and bathrooms, Elizabeth's palace, the hunting hall, the lobby, the column room and a spectacular chapter room


Note that although currently Bouzov Castle already has central heating and other modern facilities, the 30 stoves of different ceramics (really spectacular) that give magnitude of what it was to keep life inside still remain

Bouzov Castle, scene of films and Nazi warehouse

Although the current sensibility with the animal world would prevent such an "occurrence," the fortress still retains trophies in the form of carpets of polar bears that lived in the pit. It tells the story that they aged and became excessively aggressive and had to sacrifice them. Anyway…


We cross, from tower to tower, the buildings that are grouped around the main surveillance and that leave a complex of Horseshoe bastions, battlements and viewpoints



It is precisely the climb this 61 meter high watchtower which makes me especially excited.



From here you get the best views of the environment in which we are located, the town that has grown around this settlement and the fortification itself towards its inner courtyard


It is not at all rare that, following its history, during World War IISS commander Heinrich Himmler succumbed to his charms and I decided to incorporate it as one of the castles of the Black Order, using it as a warehouse and thus ending the property of the Teutonic Knights who still today claim their return (in addition to starring in the sad story of the 38 dead near theJavoricko Caves)

Armory, where a preserved Gothic vault, knights' bedrooms and neo-Gothic chapel with Gothic altar are located, occupy the central part of the castle that ends the visit in the dinning room



Nor is it surprising that such an impressive display of carved furniture and other works of art, along with its inner courtyard with fountain (which we cannot miss), will play an important role in the inspiration from fairy tales or as the setting for historical films (Princess Fantaghiro, Arabela, ...)



Finished the Nazi domino, Bouzov Castle is since 1945 state property and was declared in 1999 national monumentwith varied uses for exhibitions, social events, concerts, plays or even weddings (Paula, what would you think of another wedding here?).

The farmhouse of Bezdekov, where lavender cookies are born

Although it is as a curiosity (as they are still beginning), the day, which began atJavoricko Caves and which we have enjoyed A walk through history in Bouzov Castle in about 1 hour 30 minutes, we have continued it in a picturesque farmhouse of the town of Bezdekov where lavender fields are seen from afar.


This is the illusion of a family that has seen in the properties of local lavender, beyond the cosmetic use of other places in the world (the lavender fields of Tuscany must be beautiful too), a gastronomic use



The first cafeteria with these uses, but also lemonade, cookies and other type of pastries, have begun to be marketed from this small farm (no longer so small) and has had great repercussion throughout the country to the point that the requests for the family.


It is also great news for the rural tourist world, still stagnant in the face of the visitor, and that begins to see possibilities that years ago did not see.



However, we would still spend some time for this visit that is far from those workshops to learn how to make cosmetics or food, aroma-therapy treatments or regional lunches that have already exploited in other places in Italy, for example

Touch return to the beautiful Olomouc that we met yesterday and where we will spend the last night. That underground palace of beautiful galleries or the imposing Bouzov Castle dominating the hill leave one of the most complete days in theOlomouc region in Moravia. More tomorrow. Na zdraví!


Isaac, from Olomouc in Moravia (Czech Republic)

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