When the princes of
Liechtenstein wanted a place to breed horses, they came here to this village in southern
Moravia, currently in the Czech Republic and built a castle.
In fact, they built two
castles, one in Lednice and the other 5 kilometres down the road in the
village of Waltice.
Vineyards flourish in this
fertile land, supplying succulent grapes to the centuries-old wineries. The region also boasts
a rich folk art, displayed annually at the Festival of Folk art in Straznice.
Castle looks like like something from a book of fairy tales. And it's all the more
dramatic because of the way it sneaks up on you.
You can't see it from the
road, and it's not until you walk down the tree-lined lane that you spot it and the atmosphere
of the past hits you with a jolt.
The princes, of course,
are gone and so is the bustle of royal life, but the gardens and buildings are
The Lednice Castle has been renovated many times. The
last major changes were made in the middle of the 19th century when it was recast in the
English Gothic style, but it is once again undergoing extensive renovations, courtesy of the
is located in South Moravia of Czech Republic. It is part of Lednice–Valtice
Cultural Landscape, togetehr with Valtice Castle.
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Lednice Castle garden
Lednice Castle lake
Lednice Castle courtyard
After you visit the Lednice Castle and the associated agricultural
museum, take a stroll in the well groomed English gardens or explore the tropical plants
in the original greenhouse with its unique iron-frame
One of the more unusual
features of the estate is a 180-foot-high minaret near the pond at the end of the grounds. It
is a very popular spot to visit and provides an excellent view of the
The Lednice Castle
is closed on Mondays and public holidays. The season starts on April 1 and finishes Oct.