The Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape is a complex of over 280 km² founded on an acropolis dating back to the 12th century, which today includes romantic castles and ruins, a town and two villages, temples, churches and an immense green area with pine forests and lakes.
It was slowly built up in the 18th and 19th centuries by the local lords belonging to the royal house of Liechtenstein. Today, you too can feel like a prince for a day by visiting this huge park.
The most hardened walkers can lose a whole day strolling through the gardens and forests, but the best way to explore this breathtaking landscape is by bicycle: pedal at a leisurely pace to discover the countless beauties of this complex.
To add a touch of romance, or if you are feeling lazy, choose to visit Lednice-Valtice with a boat trip on the lakes or a fairytale carriage ride.
The main attractions within the Lednice-Valtice park are the two castles of Lednice and Valtice, both residences of the Liechtenstein family.
Lednice Castle is the jewel of the complex.
It was Hartmann II of Liechtenstein who had the old medieval castle demolished in the 16th century and a Renaissance residence built in its place; in the 17th century the residence was demolished and a Baroque castle built in its place.
The castle was renovated several more times and its current appearance dates from 1846-1858, when it became a summer residence for the Habsburg dynasty, built and decorated in the English neo-Gothic style then in vogue. Today it is one of the finest examples of New English Gothic in Europe.
During the guided tour, you can visit the sumptuous interior, with the state rooms, the prince’s flats, the little princes’ and princesses’ rooms and the Puppet Museum.
Equally impressive is the exterior of the castle, with its mock ruins, fountains, temples, the artificial Baroque grotto and, of course, the beautiful gardens and greenhouses.
Built in the 12th century, Valtice Castle was renovated several times and its current Baroque appearance dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. From the 16th century onwards, the Liechtensteins established their main residence in Valtice Palace and lavishly decorated its interior with rich furnishings and works of art.
On a guided tour you can admire the sumptuous court of honour, the interior of the castle and the spacious cellars. You can then take a leisurely stroll through the castle park and take a look at the remains of the natural Baroque theatre.
The castle is a must-see for lovers of wine tourism. The castle in Valtice is home to the National Wine Centre, where you can taste the best wines of the Czech Republic, winners of the annual Wine Fair.
Here are some other interesting buildings to note during your visit to the Lednice-Valtice complex:
Due to its vastness, the Lednice-Valtice complex cannot be visited entirely on foot; the best way is by bicycle.
An excursion by bicycle allows you to combine nature and culture in an unforgettable day, all without excessive exertion: the complex is mostly flat and most of the signposted cycling routes are within everyone’s reach.
An easy 18-kilometre route starts in Valtice and runs through Kolonáda, Úvaly, Sedlec and Lake Nesyt to Hlohovec.
If you are more experienced, you can try your hand at the Liechtenstein Trail in South Moravia: this too starts in Valtice and after 39 km will take you to the monumental Rendez-Vous, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. If you are not yet tired, you can add another 24 km and arrive in Austria, in Schattenberg and Wilfersdorf.
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