Why you should visit the Ostrava Castle Park...
Ostrau Castle enchants with one of the first English gardens on German soil. Over the centuries, the noble family of the Veltheims designed the extensive Ostrau Castle park according to their preferences. They laid out opulent pleasure gardens or vineyards, created new and charming visual axes into the surrounding area, planted strange woody plants and even gave expression to their spirituality with the routing of the paths. It is made even more picturesque by the sun-reflecting moats and ponds.
Particularly impressive among all this is the autumnal yellow shining ginkgo - could it become your next photo motif? In Ostrava it is already one of the giants among all the other tree species. It already measures over 15 metres, and can reach a total of about 40 metres. Unfortunately, no one knows when it was planted, but it is to be hoped that, like other gingko trees, it will grace the castle park for over 1000 years.
little insider tip
The new digital scavenger hunt in Ostrava introduces you to the person of von Veltheim. In it, the head of the household tells about his family history, leads to exotic trees and favourite places and poses tricky tasks. The tour works without registration or download and is available via the Lialo web app.
We have compiled even more digital guided tours in Saale-Unstrut for you in various blog posts.
Visit the club-run Schlosscafé Ostrau
If strolling and snapping photos in the picturesque green space is not enough, you can taste cake and coffee in the shady retreat of the castle with its small volunteer-run café. In colder hours, hot chocolate, homemade mulled wine and warm buttered pretzels can be enjoyed there.
little insider tip
A very unusual speciality is the Winterlinge mulled wine. You certainly haven't tried it yet.
Ostrava Castle is also an excellent location for weddings, birthdays, seminars or conferences.
Experience the Winterling Days in Ostrava Castle Park
However, the colour yellow does not only attract visitors to Ostrava Castle Park in autumn, but also in winter. Every year between February and March, the flowering of the winter lilies - one of the first early bloomers of the year - is celebrated with the Winterling Days. The Schloss Ostrau e.V. association organises a small programme around the blossoming time on the weekends. so be sure to come back to Ostrau in winter!
psst ... did you know that ...
in the castle and castle park Ostrava the film "Alfons Zitterbacke - Chaos in the Classroom" was filmed? Soon, visitors will be able to experience the filming. But that's all we can say for now...