Lednice-Valtice Complex - The Garden of Europe

Majestic chateaux surrounded by a romantic landscape. The kaleidoscope of blooming flower beds in the French garden transitions effortlessly into a forest-like English garden. The glimmering surface of the ponds is adorned with the soft blooms of water lilies and the well-maintained footpaths are lined with aristocratic buildings that served their owners’ needs for entertainment and relaxation.  All of this was created over the centuries by the Liechtenstein dynasty – with the help of Mother Nature.
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Would you like to find yourselves in a fairy-tale, at least for a day? At sunset, you can watch as the slender pinnacles of an English Tudor-Gothic style chapel get silhouetted against the sky, marvel at a Moorish minaret and worship the beauty of a temple to the ancient Greek god Apollo. Would you otherwise need at least a couple of weeks to make such a far-ranging journey? Well, here everything has been brought together in a single place. Have you ever heard of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape? Welcome to the most extensive cultural and landscape area in the world, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 
 

© Ladislav Renner

For more than six centuries, the area was developed and looked after by the princely family of Liechtensteins. They have left us and future generations with a vast and superb legacy. Over the centuries of caring for their estates, the Liechtensteins employed an admirable combination of common sense and highly educated taste. Certain monuments, such as the current chateaux in Lednice and in Valtice, were rebuilt on the site of earlier castles. Other buildings in this vast area were built from scratch, even though their more recent construction may not be apparent at first sight. Who today knows that romantic dreamers of centuries ago thought it would be fun to build just the ruins of a castle?  And yet it is true. The current shape and appearance of the Janohrad castle is not the result of the relentless ravages of time and neglect – what you see is how it was built and meant to look according to the original romanticizing design.  The area encompasses almost 300 km², with two splendid historic chateaux, a water canal that is perfect for a boating trip, shady groves that provide cool relief on hot summer days, and gardens filled with beautiful flowers. There is everything here to enchant and populate your dreams – silent chapels, romantic colonnades, a triumphal arch... Women can dream about the glamorous lives of the ladies who lived in the chateaux and strolled in its blossoming gardens or the exotic greenhouse; men can imagine what the noble gentlemen’s lives, full of hunting and feasting, were like.

Interesting thing

Do you know what Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic have in common? Well, it is a passion for a drink, which, in Czech, is called “burčák”. Many languages don’t have any comparable name for it as many leading wine-making countries don’t produce it. Burčák is actually an intermediate product in wine-making. It is the partially fermented juice of the fruit of the vine and its alcohol content is therefore much lower than in wine: typically around 1–7%. During a burčák-tasting, the French would probably think that Czechs must be crazy. However, if you happen to be in Valtice in autumn, we recommend you to give it a try.

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Start with a visit of the first chateau on the day’s programme – the Lednice Chateau. In addition to a tour of some of its more important interior areas, you will have a chance to peek into its architecturally important greenhouse. Make sure you have enough time for a walk through the Chateau’s park to the Minaret. Refresh yourselves with a good lunch in Lednice and you’re ready to continue your trip.  The shorter option is to take a boat cruise to the Janohrad Castle. If you still have some energy left, we recommend you to continue to Valtice. On the way you will pass the Rendez-vous hunting lodge (also called The Temple of Diana), Chapel of St. Hubertus, the statue of the Three Graces and the Temple of Apollo. In Valtice you will have a chance to visit the second chateau. Its cellars hide a precious treasure, which is very typical of South Moravia – a tasting exposition of the best Moravian wines, which is known as the Wine Salon.

Common Tips

If you would like to look out over your day’s travels, go to the Reistna colonnade that overlooks Valtice. Take a look around: first you will notice the town of Valtice in between the vineyards; after that, your eyes will probably rest on a tall tower, which looks totally out-of-place in this Central European landscape. It is the Minaret in the Lednice Chateau park.

Transportation

We recommend transportation by bus/minibus or car (there is a need to travel between the individual locations). From Prague you take the D1 motorway to Brno. Valtice lies on the road between Břeclav and Mikulov (D2 motorway, Exit 41 Podivín, Lednice ⇒road 422 ⇒Valtice.

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Lednice Chateau

Lednice Chateau is the jewel in the crown of the Lednice-Valtice Complex and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful complexes in the English Neo-Gothic style in the whole of Europe. Several tour routes lead through the chateau interior, from representative halls, to the princely apartments, rooms of the small princes and princesses and the Puppet Museum. 

Address

Zámek 1
691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.801557, 16.805744

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 230 Kč

Children fee: 175 Kč

Family fee: 635 Kč

Senior fee: 175 Kč

Student fee: 175 Kč

Chateau greenhouse in the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

Cast-iron, steel and glass. These materials may evoke a feeling of cold and, without seeing them as they are, make you feel like you don’t want to explore any further.  But what a mistake! The magnificent greenhouse that they have been used to construct holds a glorious garden of tropical and subtropical plants. You will feel as though you might have been transported into an Amazon rainforest.
 

Address

Zámek 1, 691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.801690, 16.805481

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

Minaret in the grounds of Lednice Chateau

The Lednice Minaret is one of the tallest structures of its type in non-Islamic countries. It was built in the Moorish style according to the design of J. Hardmuth at the beginning of the  19th century and is one of the many Romantic buildings you’ll encounter when wandering through the Lednice-Valtice Complex.

Address

Zámek 1, 691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.8142033, 16.8127103

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 50 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Student fee: 30 Kč

John’s Castle

Imagine a lively celebration after a successful hunt, with the men boasting of their catch and the ladies dancing in their beautiful gowns. Although John’s Castle looks at first glance to be a romantic ruin, it is in fact a fully functional hunting lodge.

Address

Janův hrad Zámek 1 691 44 Lednice na Moravě
GPS: 48.8046519, 16.8324625

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Family fee: 160 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

The Temple of Diana (Rendezvous)

Minor Romantic structures were intended for the amusement of the nobility and their guests within the Lednice-Valtice Complex, and the Temple of Diana is like a revelation – as you approach it, the building is hidden behind tall trees until the last moment.

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 50 Kč

Children fee: 35 Kč

Family fee: 135 Kč

Senior fee: 35 Kč

Student fee: 35 Kč

Chapel of St. Hubertus in the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

The name of the chapel is a reference to a nobleman named Hubertus who lived in Aquitaine at the turn of the 8th century. He lived a very profligate life, until, one day when on a hunt, he encountered a stag with a golden cross between its antlers. A revelation came to him that day and he turned to God.
 

Address

Zámek 1, 691 42 Valtice
GPS: 48.760969, 16.806231

The Three Graces in the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

The statues of the Three Graces – Athena (goddess of wisdom and justice), Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty) and Artemis (goddess of the hunt) – attract tourists walking on the paved road branching off from the main travel route between Lednice and Valtice.

Address

Chrám Tří grácií, 690 06 Břeclav
GPS: 48.7748500, 16.7968500

Temple of Apollo in the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

There are mythical images of the god Apollo on a sun chariot, a pair of cupids with Apollo’s lyre and four figures of the muses. All of these are part of the figurative elements on the front facade of another magnificent structure built for John Liechtenstein on the side of the Mlýnský Pond.

Address

Chrám Apollo 196
691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.7829300, 16.8244903

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 30 Kč

Valtice Chateau

The jewel in the crown of Valtice is its massive Baroque chateau, the former residence of the Lichtenstein family. Situated in the centre of a tradition wine region, the chateau was built in stages by thirteen princes and in the 18th century the residence, with its furnishings, collections and rich inventory competed with Imperial court in Vienna itself.

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 160 Kč

Children fee: 110 Kč

Family fee: 430 Kč

Senior fee: 110 Kč

Student fee: 110 Kč

Wine Salon of the Czech Republic

The annual competition for the best wines is organized by the National Wine Centre.

The great Moravian and Czech wines and the romantic environment of the castle in Valtice create an exquisite combination that will enchant every visitor to South Moravia.

Address

Zámek 1
691 42 Valtice
GPS: 48.739504, 16.755581

Opening Hours

Eat Art Gallery

The restaurant serves gourmet Czech and international cuisine. It organises cooking courses and sells homemade jams and patés. The stylish rooms come with satellite TV, minibars and free Wi-Fi access. 
 

Address

Kapucínská 1
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805406, 16.638313

Hotel Marcinčák

It can seat as many as 157 patrons. Its garden offers a pleasant non-smoking atmosphere with a “kids’ corner”. In summer, this restaurant opens up into the large garden where the scent of lavender is omnipresent. Our chef de cuisine uses fresh ingredients and herbs only. The herbs are grown in the hotel garden.

Address

Hotel Marcinčák ***
K Vápence 69
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805519, 16.625886

Templ

The restaurant at Hotel Templ is founded on a cuisine that combines the classic food of a historic region of a former monarchy with the latest trends.

Address

Hotel Templ
Husova 305/50
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805256, 16.634496

Hotel Marcinčák

It can seat as many as 157 patrons. Its garden offers a pleasant non-smoking atmosphere with a “kids’ corner”. In summer, this restaurant opens up into the large garden where the scent of lavender is omnipresent. Our chef de cuisine uses fresh ingredients and herbs only. The herbs are grown in the hotel garden.

Address

Hotel Marcinčák ***
K Vápence 69
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805519, 16.625886

Galant Hotel

If you are a food and wine connoisseur, the Galant Hotel will be right up your street, as its restaurant offers not only traditional Moravian dishes and international cuisine, but also tasting of the best wines from the region

Address

Hotel GALANT****
Mlýnská 2
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.808418, 16.640897