The Czech town of Valtice, known under its German name Feldsberg under the Hapsburg and Austrian empires, contains one of the most impressive Baroque residences of Central Europe. It was designed as the seat of the ruling princes of Liechtenstein by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the early 18th century. Construction was supervised by Domenico Martinelli, who was employed as an on-site architect.
Lednice Castle

Although Lednice Castle preserves elements from the Middle Ages, its present appearance is the result of reconstruction between 1846 and 1858, when neo-Gothic architecture was in fashion. The ostentatious Baroque riding school edifices, designed by the architect Johann B. Fischer of Erlach, have been preserved since the end of the 17th century. A glass house, built 1843 and 1845, leans against the manor on the eastern side.

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The palace is surrounded by an English park with fanciful structures such as a Temple of Diana (1812) and the artificial ruin of a medieval castle, known as Janohrad. Together with the neighboring manor of Lednice, to which it is connected by a 7km-long lime-tree avenue, Valtice forms the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.
Janohrad at Lednice-Valtice
Valtice is considered to be the center of Moravian viniculture. The cellars of Valtice Castle house the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic, a tasting room of national renown. The Secondary School of Viniculture and the Viniculture Academy of Valtice, located within the castle complex, prepare students for careers in the wine industry.
Wine Cellars in Valtice


Photo credits

  1. Lednice Castle. © Vítězslav Krejčí, 2006.
  2. Janohrad Ruin at Lednice Valtice. © Zdenek, 2006.
  3. Wine Cellars. © Lynne Fitz, 2007.
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