Zatonie Ducal Park
You hear “Zatonie,” you think “a walk!”
Zatonie Ducal Park is one of the favourite weekend destinations of Zielona Góra’s residents. And this is not surprising, for a walk along the renewed alleys in the 52-hectare landscape park can be truly relaxing. During a leisurely stroll, you can see, among other things, the preserved ruins of the 17th-century palace and the beautiful Rose Temple, or just enjoy the joys of nature, including the wild garlic, which has become the park’s emblem. Thanks to a cycle path leading from Zielona Góra, you can safely get to the park by bicycle as well. But no matter whether you choose to go for a walk or to ride a bike, you absolutely must visit the palace orangery. There, in the cafe, you can delight in aromatic coffee and delicious desserts that will make you forget about the passing of time. And it is worth staying there a bit longer, because after dark the ruins are floodlit with colourful illuminations. Zatonie Ducal Park is thus an ideal combination of history and modernity.
Zatonie (Ger. Günthersdorf)
Zatonie is an old village located 10 km from the centre of Zielona Góra, the first mention of which dates back to 1305. Together with 17 other villages, Zatonie was absorbed within the administrative boundaries of Zielona Góra on 1st January 2015.
The history of the park in Zatonie dates back to the 17th century
It was likely when Baltazar von Unruh decided to build a baroque manor house residence in the village. The first landscape garden layout was also created at that time, according to the trends of the then epoch. However, it was Duchess Dorothea de Talleyrand-Périgord who contributed to the development of Zatonie, and became the most famous figure related to this place. After the visit of the King Frederick William IV in 1841, the Duchess of Dino made a decision concerning the reconstruction of the palace and the extension of the garden in order to, as she mentioned in her diary, “make it really impressive and grand.”
The famous Prussian landscape architect
The first well-preserved park plan, designed by the prominent Prussian landscape architect, Peter Lenné (realised after his death), dates from the middle of the 19th century.
The park extended across an area of 32 hectares. In the heart of the park was the Johanna Meadow. The three main view axes radiated from the north façade of the palace towards the Gardener’s Lodge, the Big Pond and the hill with the Rose Temple. The last axis is the central one in the landscape park layout.
The historic glory
In the second half of the 20th century, the deserted territory gradually lost its appeal, however, thanks to the endeavours of the local community, it was restored to its former glory. After the revitalisation completed in 2020, the 52-hecatre palace-park complex constitutes an unique attraction of Zielona Góra. The park looks spectacular every season, but it is particularly worth visiting in spring, when a characteristic aroma of wild garlic spreads in the air.