Once a seat of the Austrian Emperor Ferdinand V. Habsburg.
Order Tour Code: C NWW1
National Cultural Monument
The first written references to Ploskovice date back to the 11th century. In this time a forteress used to stand on the place of the chateau.The chateau itself was founded and built between 1720 and 1725 by a princess Anna Marie Frantiska Tuscany from the Saxon - Lauenburk family, the wife of Gaston III, the last from the Medici family.
The princess was a great lover of art, she employed distinguished architects and artists and she kept expensive court.
The project of sophisticated Baroque building was designed by a famous architect of that time. Presupposing authorship of Octavio Broggio is according to the latest stylistic analyses doubted now and Kilian Ignac Dietzenhofer is being considered as its author.
In 1805 the manor becomes a private property of the Toscany branch of the Habsburg family and from 1849 it passes on to the abdicated Austrian Emperor Ferdinand I, who was at the same time the Last czech crowned king Ferdinand V, called Good.
He, since his childhood handicapped member of the Habsurg family, used the Ploskovice chateau together with the Zakupy chateau as his summer residence.
Prague builder Jan Belsky assisted by an architect Josef pokorny raised the chateau by one floor and added axially two administrative buildings.
After 1918 the chateau of Ploskovice fell as property of the Habsburg family to the state and was handed over the Ministery of Foreign Affairs for representative purposes. During the occupation a school for young nationalists, so called Napola, used to be here. Since 1960 the chateau has been opened for public.
Apart from the pictoresque interiors on the first floor of the chateau there is also a possibility to visit artificial caves, so called grottos, which are newly opened in the basement of the chateau. An ingenious system conducts water to the fountains placed here. Plastic figural decorations are devoted to the water gods.