Ploskovice is a chateau in the village of the same name in the Litoměřice district in the Ústí nad Labem region, about six kilometres east of Litoměřice. The National Heritage Institute manages the castle and makes it accessible to the public.
Ploskovice Chateau was founded in the first quarter of the eighteenth century by Anna Maria Františka Toskánská in the neighbourhood of an older manor house, which was demolished about ninety years later. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Habsburgs acquired the grounds and the castle became the summer residence of the former Emperor Ferdinand I.
A romantic chateau built to the design of the Baroque master Dientzenhofer
Kilian Ignatius Dientzenhofer constructed the one-storey chateau with a square ground plan near Litoměřice in North Bohemia during 1720-1730 for Anna Maria of Tuscany, wife of Gaston III, Duke of Tuscany, the last member of the famous Italian family of Medici.
Today's appearance of Ploskovice Chateau in North Bohemia comes from the second half of the 19th century. The chateau is now open to the public, and the guided tour will take you around an exhibition of furniture from the 2nd half of the 19th century, showing what the rooms looked like at the time when the Austrian Emperor stayed at the chateau in the summer after his abdication.
In the ground floor of the southern part of the chateau, you will find artificial water caves, called grottos. These Baroque halls with fountains and wall paintings date from the early 18th century. The centre of the grotto is formed by an oval-shaped hall with a compressed dome. The walls display reliefs of ruins of ancient buildings.
When at Ploskovice Chateau, you definitely should not miss seeing the ingeniously designed park covering an area of eight hectares, decorated with numerous fountains, a pond and rare flora. The design was created as early as in 1720, but its present form dates from the 19th century when the chateau was renovated.