The Lednice-Valtice Complex (Lednicko-Valtický areál)

The Lednice-Valtice Complex is the ultimate must-go of your itinerary. This breathtaking 283 km² landscape area is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by Austria to the south, Pálava region to the west, and the river Dyje to the north and east.
The region on the border of Moravia and Lower Austria was shaped by the family of Liechteinstein during the 18th and 19th centrury to create a nature park. Nowadays, it offers the most magnificent sights.

Lednice Castle and Greenhouse

Lednice Castle and its extensive garden is among the most splendid areas of its kind in the Czech Republic. Its today´s appearance comes from a large-scale reconstruction in the 19th century. The gorgeous exterior promises a splendid interior: panel ceilings, original historic furniture and an impressive 360-degree spiral staircase made without using a single nail, which connects the library with the princely bedroom. Marble fireplaces are to be found in most rooms where people used to get together.
Ouside, a large greenhouse stands adjacent to the right wing of castle. The greenhouse boasts with the most precious greenhouse plant in the Czech Republic: a 300 – 500-year old cycas tree Encephalartos Altensteinii. The castle is surrounded by an extensive park with a number of rare tree species, ponds and fascinating structures, such as the Border House (Hraniční zámeček), Temple of the Three Graces (Tři Grácie), Hunting Lodge (Lovecký zámeček), Obelisk and much more.

The Minaret

The Minaret is a 60 m high romantic-style observation tower. It is located on the grounds of Lednice Castle in the Lednice-Valtice Complex. The Minaret is the oldest preserved observation tower in the Czech Republic and, at the same time, the only Czech minaret. It is situated 175 m above the sea level, its height is nearly 60 m. The Minaret offers magnificent views from three galleries with the total of 302 stairs. The first floor of the Minaret houses eight oriental-style rooms where the Liechtensteins´ kept their collections of oriental items. The top gallery offers a view of the park, nearby Pálava Hills, Bílé Karpaty mountains and even the top of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.

John´s Castle (Janův hrad)

John´s Castle is a pseudogothic artificial ruin of a castle (a fashion of those days) built for Johann, Prince of Liechtenstein between 1801 and 1808. Its architect aimed to create a true imitation of a real castle. All details are considered: among all, three oak spiral staircases go upwards clockwise direction just like staircases in old castles did.
Unlike other artificial ruins, John´s Castle was inhabitable and used as a gamekeeper´s lodge and hunting lodge.

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