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CZ: Lednice Chateau – Liechtensteins’ Unique Project– VIDEO

Published: 28.6.2016
Only some places can in beauty equal Prague. Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape – especially Lednice chateau – is such a place. It really deserves its place in the UNESCO’s cultural heritage list. The House of Liechtenstein realized a unique project for their time and there is almost nothing like this in the world. Come and see with us a small share of what waits for you in Lednice.

The compound, as we can see it today, dates to the mid-19th century. Its lords decded to rebuilt a Renaissance chateau to late Tudor Gothic. Jiri Wingelmüller, the royal Liechtenstein architect, had the most important role in the entire reconstruction. However, Josef Kornhäusel's traces here are also significant. Britton P. H. Desvignes built beautiful greenhouse which is adjacent to the chateau.

zámek Lednice

The chateau looks amazing from the outside as well as from the inside. The interiors are among the most beautiful you can find in Europe. There are many interesting features. Notice carved coffer ceiling or remarkable staircase in the library. It goes up to the bedroom of princes. The staircase is made out of one tree. The entrance hall is one of the most grandiose parts of the chateau. There is carved stairacse built in the wall. A brass chandelier of 116 arms and 700 kg of weith hangs down from the ceiling. The Chinese saloon has hand-painted wallpaper which makes it unique. The hunting saloon sees trophies from all over Europe or Africa.

Lednicko-valtický areál zámek Lednice

The House of Leichtenstein owned the dominion of Lednice for almos 700 years. The chateau was their primary summer residence. Therefore, a large compound had been built. We recommend you to explore it entirely.

The vast Frech-style garden and greenhouse are adjacent to the castle. In the greenhouse, there is probably the oldest and the most precious greenhouse flower in our country - half-a-millenium old cycas Encephalartos altensteinii. A vast landscape park follows the garden. Unique collection of trees grows there. You can easily walk there for hours to enjoy the romantic atmosphere. Artificial pond with several islets is to be found behind the chateau. Some of the islets are linked with wooden bridges. You can sail on a boat there. You can sail don the  Dyje river to Breclav or Janohrad.

  Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

Lednice chateau greenhouse

Among other interesting buildings there arethe local late-18th century minaret, replica of the ruin of Januv castle, or a hunting chateau. We recommend you to take a walk in the town of Lednice. It has its own style and tranquil atmosphere for which entire south Moravia is known.

Lednice-Valtice Cultural landscape

It is easy to reach Lednice by car or bus. However, rather a romantic option is to make a boat cruise or cruise train. The later rides the track from Breclav. One section of the track goes along the pond embankement. A historical train rides there every weekend in the season. You can even ride to Lednice by steam train several times a year. The best option is to find accommodation right in Lednice. Or just stay in any adjacent town from which you can ride in the area by bike. South Moravia is the promised land for biking...

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Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

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