Kinský dal Borgo - Hradec Králové - Czech Republic
The Obora Game Park
The "Obora“ game park, overlooking Žehun lake was established in 1562 by Ferdinand II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Bohemia – although reference to this area as a hunting reserve dates back to the XVth Century. The area was originally intended as a breeding centre for horses (mares and foals). The area was later abandoned during the Thirty Years War and then restored as a fenced area by Count Vaclav Norbert Oktavian Kinský at the beginning of the XVIIIth century, primarily as a breeding ground for red deer and wild boar. Today in this area you can find fallow deer and muflon. The present-day look of the Obora game park, with its beautiful entrance gate and the "hunting lodge" overlooking the lake, was developed thanks to Franz Ferdinand II Kinský (1760-1806) and his wife Princess Christine of Liechtenstein. The hunting lodge was built around 1780 at the request of Christine of Liechtenstein for her husband, Franz Ferdinand II Kinský, who was an avid hunter. The hunting lodge as it is, which is next to Hotel Obora, is only possible to visit from the outside, as the inside of this beautiful historical site will be renovated. In 1947 the area was declared a nature reserve (Žehuňský National Nature Reserve) - an area of 911 hectares – and later the entire area of Žehun Lake was also declared a nature protected area, especially for the breeding of birds. This area is a must-see for bird watchers and nature lovers!
Other interesting places to see near the estate are the beautiful mixed forests, the open meadows and lakes. Also near the estate are nature-protected areas (including NATURA 2000). The area close to Kost Castle is called “the Czech Paradise” and is famous for its rock cliffs, deep valleys and beautiful scenery. Kost Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the Czech Republic and is considered the second most important with the origins of the castle dating back to the 13th century.
Different species to be seen on the estate are:
- Fallow deer (Dama dama)
- Mouflon (Ovis musimon)
- Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
- Wild boar (Suus scrofa)