The Chateau Valtice belonged to Liechtenstein family from 1387 until 1945. There is one hundred impressive rooms in the four-wing building of the Chateau Valtice. The tour of the Baroque residence, surrounding park and a wine bar in the neighborhood takes at least half a day, and it is accessible only seventeen rooms! The furniture is in the Baroque and Rococo style and it creates a perfect imagine of a life of the rich noblemen in the 17th and 18th century.

In Valtice, there was originally a castle. Its owners was often changed, e.g. it was the legacy of six daughters of a nobleman, or other times it was divided among the three families. The third wife of John I. of Liechtenstein, Elizabeth, gained an one-sixth of the inheritance of the Chateau Valtice in the second half of the 14th century. Elizabeth bequeathed her share to her husband and so the Liechtenstein family acquired the chateau, which became a basis of a huge estate (30,000 ha), that the Liechtenstein family built and managed until the end of the Second World War.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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B Lee (2 years ago)
One of the best places to visit in Czech Republic. Well worth the trip getting there. They have an English tour though abbreviated.... this place needs handheld audio tour in English.
Dave Harper (2 years ago)
nice place. I likes the tour of the castle normally those are boring but here it was interesting not too long and not too short. while waiting for the tour there are places to stay like the chocolate bar which I fully recommend. only downside is that presentation in different languages was available via internet and did not find there WiFi. when you are foreigner and require different language then most probably you are in data roaming so they should rethink their strategy. also the cashier could learn at least few common phrases in english just to provide better service.
Zlata GERGELOVA (3 years ago)
It seems to be a lovely castle but it was already closing when we came there at 17h. The cashier was unfortunatelg very unfriendly.
Ravi Tokas (3 years ago)
Pretty big castle. But currently construction is going on. Also remember that in November it's only open on Saturday and Sundays (11am-4pm) and in December it's closed. Try to visit it in summer only
Peter Gerberi (3 years ago)
Very nice place. Huge park. Need more care. But evidently they try the best. Can imagine how much could it cost. Home of Moravian vinery.
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The first historical record of Lednice locality dates from 1222. At that time there stood a Gothic fort with courtyard, which was lent by Czech King Václav I to Austrian nobleman Sigfried Sirotek in 1249.

At the end of the 13th century the Liechtensteins, originally from Styria, became holders of all of Lednice and of nearby Mikulov. They gradually acquired land on both sides of the Moravian-Austrian border. Members of the family most often found fame in military service, during the Renaissance they expanded their estates through economic activity. From the middle of the 15th century members of the family occupied the highest offices in the land. However, the family’s position in Moravia really changed under the brothers Karel, Maximilian, and Gundakar of Liechtenstein. Through marriage Karel and Maximilian acquired the great wealth of the old Moravian dynasty of the Černohorskýs of Boskovice. At that time the brothers, like their father and grandfather, were Lutheran, but they soon converted to Catholicism, thus preparing the ground for their rise in politics. Particularly Karel, who served at the court of Emperor Rudolf II, became hetman of Moravia in 1608, and was later raised to princely status by King Matyas II and awarded the Duchy of Opava.

During the revolt of the Czech nobility he stood on the side of the Habsburgs, and took part in the Battle of White Mountain. After the uprising was defeated in 1620 he systematically acquired property confiscated from some of the rebels, and the Liechtensteins became the wealthiest family in Moravia, rising in status above the Žerotíns. Their enormous land holdings brought them great profits, and eventually allowed them to carry out their grandious building projects here in Lednice.

In the 16th century it was probably Hartmann II of Liechtenstein who had the old medieval water castle torn down and replaced with a Renaissance chateau. At the end of the 17th century the chateau was torn down and a Baroque palace was built, with an extensive formal garden, and a massive riding hall designed by Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach that still stands in almost unaltered form.

In the mid-18th century the chateau was again renovated, and in 1815 its front tracts that had been part of the Baroque chateau were removed.

The chateau as it looks today dates from 1846-1858, when Prince Alois II decided that Vienna was not suitable for entertaining in the summer, and had Lednice rebuilt into a summer palace in the spirit of English Gothic. The hall on the ground floor would serve to entertain the European aristocracy at sumptuous banquets, and was furnished with carved wood ceilings, wooden panelling, and select furniture, surpassing anything of its kind in Europe.