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CZ: Valtice – Moravian Capital of Wine – VIDEO

Published: 5.7.2016
It was a forgotten borderline town. Nobody would travel there. Today, it is a growing center of wine where many talented people work. Valtice town is, like Lednice, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Apart from beautiful Renaissance-Baroque chateau or a park, there is the famous Wine Saloon, two beautiful churches, a number of interesting houses, as well as several buildings scattered across the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape. We recommend you to spend at least couple of hours in Valtice while on you are on your trip across south Moravia. However, the best would be to spend a whole day there.

Valtice were also part of the Leichtenstein dominion there. They also fell under Lower Austria. Only on July 31, 1920, Valtice became a Czechoslovakian territory. Today, the town is only a mere kilometer away from the Austrian borders. You can't even tell when you cross the borderline when going to the country.

Valtice   Valtice

Apart from delicious wine it is the chateau which proves to be the greatest lure. The chateau is situated on a small hill near the sqaure. Originally, a Gothic style castle was situated on its place. Later, it would be rebuilt to a Renaissance chateau and then to the grandiose Baroque style chateau. At the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, the current design was created by the Italian architect D. Martinelli. The two corner towers at the entrece and the two wings of the chateau have remained in the Renaissance style. Chateau interiors don't boast with the same level of uniqueness and variety as at Lednice. Still, it is worthy visiting the interior of the chateau. Especially were you interested in history.

Valtice chateau

Valtice chateau   Valtice chateau

Once you walk through the gate behind the main courtyard you find yourselves in a vast garden and lanscape park. There are various tree specimen there, over 85 types. A herb garden, which is relatively new to the chateau, is situated below the chateau. The garden is opened during the season. It is a wonderful experience mainly in spring and summer. It will please your sight and your nose. Visit the National Wine Center situated at the chateau. Among ohter things there is the public exhibition of degustation Czech Wine Saloon.

Valtice   Valtice

There are several landmarks in the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape which are open to the public. Among them is the bautiful colonnade at Reistna. There is a splendid vista over the town, large share of the landscape as well as over Palava. Be sure to not to miss Rendez-vous and Belveder chateau. Bosou nohou is an interesting nature trail going around the colonnade.

Valtice

The best choice is to set off to Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape by bike to enjoy local bike trails as we already wrote in our articel on Lednice. By the way, you can easily ride down to Vienna from here.

GPS: 48°44'31.4"N 16°45'28.7"E

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

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