Eggenberg brewery garden Český Krumlov

The former Renaissance Rosenberg Garden is in the northern part of the historical heart of Český Krumlov, situated on the left bank of the River Vltava in the Latrán district, to the south of the Křížovník monastery complex, and offers a wonderful view of the actual centre and the prominent chateau tower. The garden was created in the middle of the 16th century by the extensive estate of the widow Anna of Roggendorf, mother of the famous Czech aristocrats Vilém and Petr Vok of Rosenberg; she cultivated a variety of trees here, such as walnut, lemon, and fig trees. Different kinds of spices were also planted in the garden, and there were three fishponds with a wide variety of fish, and an aviary with birds from all different regions. Its layout was influenced by the aesthetics of the gardens of the Middle Ages. In the Mannerist spirit, Petr Vok of Rosenberg converted the garden, together with all the buildings of the former mansion house, now the brewery, into an important town palace garden, with lavish buildings and a beautiful layout. The former mansion house is protected as a monument in its own right. As for the garden, proceedings are under way to have it declared a cultural monument. The monumental aspect of the garden comprises the individual historical buildings, such as the mansion house, the perimeter walls, the gardener’s house, the remains of the orangery, the garden summer-house, as well as the way in which the spatial and compositional relationships between the ancient buildings have been preserved, relatively undisturbed by incongruous modern buildings. Despite the fact that it has frequently changed hands and maintenance has been intermittent, the garden has managed to retain its character and still inspires visitors to the present day.