Lednice estate was founded approximately in 1222 as a seat of the local landlord but thirty years later it became a property of the Liechtenstein family who owned it for almost 700 years until 1945. The town that was founded around the estate lies in the fertile wine region Pálava and you can taste wine from local winemakers all year round. In the city you will find a beautiful neo-Gothic chateau surrounded by one of Europe's largest parks that span across almost 200 ha and offers many beautiful sights.
RECOMMENDED STOP IN THE LEDNICE
Among many of the wine cellars in this region, you can find beautiful Chateau Lednice that originally served as a water fortress but was rebuild in 1575 to a chateau to serve as a place of summer festivities.This gave rise to a sumptuous representative summer residence, with rich interiors, in the spirit of English Gothic, that were used as a meeting ground of the European nobilities. During the reconstruction of the chateau a large 92-meter-long, 10-meter-high, cast-iron Palm Greenhouse was built, where nowadays, you can find 250 species of tropical and subtropical plants. The main attraction of this Palm Greenhouse is the palm-like cycad Encephalartos altensteinii whose age is estimated to be between 300 and 500 years! If you have enough time, you should definitely walk through the Castle Park and visit one of the many buildings that are scattered around the grounds.
Another great landmark of this area is the Moorish Waterworks, that is located not far from Lednice Castle and you will find it by the river, on the way to the Minaret. In the past, it served as a steam bath, park irrigation system, and the turbine also generated electricity for the chateau and farm buildings. Today, its technology is only used to irrigate park areas and you can find there an information center and stylish café in designed in oriental style. From there you can either walk, or you can get a romantic carriage ride to Januv Castle , that was built near the hunting field as a gathering place of the nobles before the hunt. After the hunt, there were rich feasts and the “King of the Hunt” was proclaimed. Or you can go visit the 62-meter-high Lednice Minaret, the oldest preserved lookout tower in Bohemia, and also the tallest building of this type outside Islamic countries. The reason for its origin is unknown, according to legend, it was in protest of Alois Lichtenstein against the church. Along the way you will come across a building resembling a bridge. However, it is an Aquaduct, built in the Roman style, which was part of the irrigation system of the park. It also served as an artificial waterfall, where the remaining water at the end of the trough fell freely into the adjacent pond.
The chateau area is open all year round free from 7:00 to 22:00 and the chateau itself is open all year round as well and provides several guided tours. Different opening hours apply during different seasons and some public holidays! When planning your trip we recommend that you check the official website of the operator.