The silhouette of this monumental castle in South Moravia is visible from afar. In its time it has played host to a number of important personalities, such as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Here visitors can see various museum exhibitions, paintings from the collection of the Dietrichstein family, a library and a gigantic wine barrel.
The Baroque castle
standing on a rocky cliff has been a landmark of the Moravian
town of Mikulov
for several centuries. In 1945, when the German Army was retreating, it was totally destroyed by fire; however, it underwent intensive renovation and was opened again just a few years later. Inside the castle you should definitely not miss seeing its library
and the Hall of Ancestors
, where you will meet its former owners, though only as works of art. Make sure you do not forget to stop at one of the local wineries - it would be a pity not to taste the best product of South Moravia
, a traditional wine-producing region.
The castle garden in Mikulov
is one of the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic. It consists of terraces built on different levels around the hill on which the castle stands. The garden is only open in the main tourist season from April to September.
Mikulov Castle has opened a permanent exhibition dedicated to wine production
. It is titled Wine Across Centuries
and will transport you back to ancient Egypt, a Romanesque wine cellar
, Gothic chapel
and Baroque theatre