Labyrintarium and park

The park and its labyrinths

TWELVE GARDEN LABYRINTHS AND MAZES AT ONE PLACE

Twelve labyrinths at one place, hidden in the green of the historic English park. It is the "labyrintharium" in Loučeň, the first in Bohemia and unique in Europe. A place offering entertainment, relax and meditation. This charming place will seduce parents and their children, couples in love as well as active “third age younkers”.

The word “Labyrintharium” is a neologism which was created in Loučeň, patented and introduced in the standard Czech vocabulary.

What are the labyrinths like?

The garden labyrinths are not only a matter of fashion. Due to their mysterious character these structures contain something what remains timelessly amusing and what emanates a strength capable of recharging your energy.

Labyrinths and mazes

Twenty-three-hectar plot of the castle park containing twelve labyrinths and mazes

If you are seeking after something what is unique in our country or Europe-wide so be welcome here at the Loučeň castle. The labyrinths that are spread on the castle grounds represent an exclusive Europe-wide curiosity.

Labyrinty a bludiště

What is the difference between a labyrinth and a maze?

There is only a single path leading through a labyrinth. A maze, unlike a labyrinth, contains several crossways and forks, each way you will take, will lead you however in the right direction. Strolling in labyrinths or mazes has a peculiar enchantment and makes pleasure not only to children. These luring structures will seduce people of any age.

The labyrinths are mysterious. It is another incentive, why one should be acquainted with. They are almost as old as the mankind. The labyrinths are known from Antiquity. They appeared as design on walls of caves or floors in tiles of mosaic in churches. The classical pattern interlinked around the centre, while the branching multicursal puzzle with choices of paths became popular during the Renaissance. Some medieval labyrinths on cathedral floors served as substitutes of pilgrimage paths when pilgrims were following them on their knees while praying.

The labyrinths have been also used for private meditation and therapeutics. They recharge the energy. The specialists have confirmed that the labyrinths in Loučeň park are situated on energetically favourable sites. Following their analysis, primary the famous “Stone labyrinth” is endless source of energy. If you believe it or not, the perambulation through our labyrinths and mazes will be an exciting experience for you.

The map you will get at the entry will show you a nature trail interconnecting different labyrinths and mazes to be followed on the vast grounds of the Loučeň park.

You will be passing alongside the following intricate structures:

  • Royal labyrinth
  • Letter maze
  • Digital labyrinth
  • Sandstone maze
  • String maze
  • Stone labyrinth
  • Stockade labyrinth
  • Paved maze
  • Yew tree labyrinth
  • Grass maze
  • Light maze
  • Box tree labyrinth


The castle park

ENGLISH STYLE GARDEN

Almost until the second half of the 19th century, the castle was surrounded by a French formal baroque garden characterized by symmetrical patterns and geometric shapes of flowerbeds. The family Thurn-Taxis yielded to the fashion of the Romantic period and from the year 1838 onwards they started to radically alter the garden in the manner of English style parks. The tens of rare species of exotic trees had been planted on the plots down the slope having replaced the previous useful orchards. The park was gradually significantly enlarged.

Two baroque sculptures dating from the beginning of the 18th century, partially hidden in hedge, are reminding the former French style garden. The statues carved on mythological themes represent “The Rape of the Proserpina” and “Aeneas shouldering his father fleeing Troy”.

Two baroque sculptures dating from the beginning of the 18th century, partially hidden in hedge, are reminding the former French style garden. The statues carved on mythological themes represent “The Rape of the Proserpina” and “Aeneas shouldering his father fleeing Troy”.

Remarkable buildings in the park

The Small House of the Prince Alexander, undoubtedly the most romantic building in the castle precincts. Due to the used building material – white stone and dark stained wood this two-storey half-timbered villa was originally called “Swiss house”. The wooden bridge in its proximity spanning a rather deep ravine is supported by stone pillars that were erected in the 1860´s. The Orangery, a large glasshouse suggesting the industrial building style, was renown especially for camelias growing. Nowadays the Orangery became a sought-after venue for wedding receptions and other events.

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