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Lednice Castle was a summer residence for the princely family of Liechtenstein. Its current Neo-Gothic reconstruction comes from the 19th century.
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Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Czech Republic

Břeclav District, Czech Republic
The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape is spread over the site of a mighty 12th century border castle. Today it is the home of a romantic château, a picturesque village and extensive gardens. Between the 17th and 20th centuries the ruling Dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains into one huge park, where the baroque and neo-gothic architecture of their chateaux were married smaller buildings and a landscape that was fashioned according to the English principles of landscape architecture.

The area around Lednice and Valtice is an exceptional example of landscape design. The artisty evolved over several generations, beginning in the Enlightenment and continued long after—all under the care of a single family. It is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe.

The two castles at Lednice and Valtice look out at each other like lovers across a massive garden expanse. A seven-kilometre-long avenue lined with lime trees connects the two. The castles and the stunning parks around them were a labour of love for the Dukes of Liechtenstein, who spent hundreds of years creating their own piece of paradise in the countryside away from the small nation they administered.

One of the most significant works of garden art in the world connects a natural park with manicured landscapes. In the north part of the park, you can find the oldest romantic construction built between 1797-1802 in Moorish style. The minaret is 60-metres high and has been used as a watchtower. – © Tomas Mehes / Shutterstock
One of the most significant works of garden art in the world connects a natural park with manicured landscapes. In the north part of the park, you can find the oldest romantic construction built between 1797-1802 in Moorish style. The minaret is 60-metres high and has been used as a watchtower. – © Tomas Mehes / Shutterstock

The castle at Lednice is striking for its size and design from the outside, especially when seen as the backdrop to the immaculate gardens of flowers and hedges surrounding it. Take a tour inside and see the collection of furniture and art it holds. Outside, follow the paths through the romantic gardens that lead past lakes and manicured lawns. The area is very popular with cyclists, and you will discover why as you travel enroute to Valtice, through the expansive parks that have been carefully landscaped to blend forests with fields and lakes. At Valtice, admire the impressive Baroque castle dominates the small village that has grown around it. The region is famous for its wine and local stores offer tastings and sales.

Continual Transformation through Constant Excellence

The Lednice-Valtice complex is a unique and vast cultural landscape, designed mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries during the reign of the House of Liechtenstein. The main architectural attractions are the Lednice and Valtice Castles with their extensive parks. The Lednice Castle, originally Baroque, was rebuilt to its romantic Neo-Gothic style in 1846–1858 by the architect Georg Wingelmüller. Important parts of the complex include the palm greenhouse (Georg Wingelmüller, 1843–1845) and the monumental, baroque Riding Hall (Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, 1688–1699).

The beautifully decorated Castle Chapel from 1729, with an organ constructed by Lothar Franz Walther, is a purely Central European baroque masterpiece. – © Lenka Beránková
The beautifully decorated Castle Chapel from 1729, with an organ constructed by Lothar Franz Walther, is a purely Central European baroque masterpiece. – © Lenka Beránková

The Valtice castle gained its present baroque form through successive remodellings during the 17th century. The entire area is a commitment to aesthetic excellence laced with lakes and tree-lined alleys. It also contains forest expanses and vast agricultural areas—with a focus on vineyard-filled landscapes. Apart from the castles, the area is set off by a series of architecturally significant, smaller romantic structures known as follies, as well as pavillions. All structures have been ingeniously incorporated into the landscape over three centuries.

Diana’s Temple or Rendez-Vous is a hunting folly in the forest between Valtice and Břeclav, built in 1812-1813. – © Pecold / Shutterstock
Diana’s Temple or Rendez-Vous is a hunting folly in the forest between Valtice and Břeclav, built in 1812-1813. – © Pecold / Shutterstock


How to Get there

The Lednice-Valtice Area is located in the south of the Czech Republic, near the border with Slovakia and Austria.

It is 260 kilometres, or 2.5 hours by car from Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic. The second largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno, is less than an hour's drive away, or about 60 kilometres. Both Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia) are both about an hour by car.

Lednice-Valtice-Area is accessible from the Brno-Bratislava Highway, just a few minutes' drive from the highway exit.

When to Visit

There are acivities and reasons to visit most times of the year. In February and March, both castles are open during weekends. From April to June, the number of visitors increases, along with the tourism offers. Visits to the region reach their peak in July and August.

In September and October, attendance and many attractions are slowly declining, but vineyards become the stars. In November, the program shifts again to weekend-only. In December, many of the events are over, and in January all attractions are closed.

How to Visit

Thanks to its location, the Lednice-Valtice Area is easily accessible by plane from the Vienna Airport. There are convenient train connections from Vienna Airport to Břeclav-Valtice.

The district town of Břeclav offers a connection with trains or buses to Valtice or Lednice. While public transport is not available, taxis are available in front of the main train station in Břeclav. It is also possible to rent a car in Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, or Brno.

Please check online for the connection information to Valtice or Lednice.

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Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Czech Republic

Hours

There are acivities and reasons to visit most times of the year. In February and March, both castles are open during weekends. From April to June, the number of visitors increases, along with the tourism offers. Visits to the region reach their peak in July and August.

In September and October, attendance and many attractions are slowly declining, but vineyards become the stars. In November, the program shifts again to weekend-only. In December, many of the events are over, and in January all attractions are closed.

Lednice Castle Guided tours:
January: closed
February, March, April: Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
May, June: Tuesday - Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
July, August: daily, 09:00 - 17:00
September: Tuesday - Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
October: Saturday, Sunday, 09:00 - 16:00
November: Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
December: closed
Check the website for up to date information.

Valtice Castle Guided tours:
January, February, March: closed
April: Tuesday - Sunday, 09:00 – 16:00
May, June: Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
July, August: daily, 09:00 - 17:00
September: Tuesday - Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
October: Tuesday - Sunday, 09:00 - 15:00
November: Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 14:00
December: closed
Check the website for up to date information.

Pricing

The Lednice-Valtice Landscape is freely accessible, guided tours, exhibitions and other specialized activities are charged. Information on prices can be found at various attractions and tours.