We found the Temple of Apollo on the banks of Mill Pond. The Temple, which is the Temple to the God of the Sun, dated back to 1817. It is impressive with its column's and a relief of the God of Apollo on a sun chariot.
The interiors of the building is open to the public, and there is a spiral staircase that takes you to the roof top terrace.
JULY...Daily expect Monday....10-4.30pm
JUNE & SEPTEMBER....Sat & Sunday only 10-4.30pm
Terrace is closed in rainy weather.
Admission: Adults.....20 CZK
Check out the website for more of these and other Follies scattered in the area around Lednice.
As I walked around the park, I came to the area where the Boat's were.
The Boat's are quite a good way to reach the sites located near and at the end of the Chateau Park. There are several walking paths, but it is quite a way to walk there and back!
There is a short route that takes you from the harbour under the Chateau and to the Minaret.
Good views of the Chateau on this one!
2km...The trip takes 25mins one-way .....Adults....90czk
The longer one, leaves from the Minaret and meanders around the River Dyje instead of going direct and takes you to the artificial ruin of Januv Hradek.
4kms...The trip takes 45mins one-way....Adults ...120czk
You read right, and Aquarium in a Chateau!
It is called the "Malawi" aquarium, and is situated in the former Stables [see photo]
There are quite a few tanks, some with Coral and Moray Eels, Rays, Catfish, freshwater fish and they even have Piranha's!
If you have been through an Aquarium there you walk through a tunnel and the fish swim over you, then you may be a little disappointed!
OPEN.....9-5PM April to October......9-4pm November - March weekends only
ADMISSION IN 2011...Adults 40czk Children....20czk
Thank goodness the garden was FREE ENTRY, as there is little else that is!
I couldn't even go into the Greenhouse unless I paid money!
Anyrate, the gardens are huge and lovely, although, like many of the Chateau's, they are mainly green with parterre's and some bright coloured flowers. This does look nice, even though the flower's hadn't been long planted, and so do the larger hedges with archways, I never knew what I was going to find in the next area! Would it be a Fountain, or beautiful Urns or Statue's, there usually were some garden seats, but really, it was a garden to explore!
I imagine children would have fun.
It is 50czk if you wish to visit the Greenhouse.
The website for the Greenhouse is good, and will tell you all about it, opening hours, what you can expect to see etc.
There is a "Bird's of Prey" show held at the Lednice Chateau put on by a company called "Zayferus."
The profit's from the show go towards the preservation of Bird's of Prey.
We didn't go to the show, as we have been to many, but if you do, you will see Eagle's, Owl's, Hawk's, Falcon's and other Birds in the 45min show. The commentary is more learning about the Bird's and their habitat.
Before the show, their Handler's were walking around the grounds with their Bird, one an Owl and the other the Eagle. They were happy to answer any questions and for people to take photo's, which is how I got mine.
THE SHOW OPERATES.....
Saturdays & Sundays from 9-3.30pm
April and October from 9 -3.30pm, excluding Monday's
May to September 9 -3.30pm.......Daily, excluding Mondays.....Lunch break 12-1pm
We came to Lednice because of the Chateau that dates back until 1222.
The Chateau in the 13th century, belonged to the Liechtensteins who owned the nearby Valtice Chateau which we had previously seen.
The Liechtensteins at one stage, were the wealthiest family in Moravia.
In the 16th century, the old medieval water Chateau was demolished and replaced with a Renaissance chateau. At the end of the 17th century, the chateau was torn down and a Baroque palace was built, which included a large formal garden, and a massive riding hall which still stands today.
Between 1846-1858, the Chateau was again renovated, and this is how it looked when I saw it!
Prince Alois II had decided that Vienna was not suitable for entertaining in summer, and had Lednice rebuilt into a English Gothic Summer Palace. Here, in the majestic Hall, many banquet's were held for the Aristocrat's of the Country.
It is beautiful to look at from the outside, it has nice garden's and many other features, which I will tell you about in the next few tips.
The Chateau is OPEN.....
April and October only Saturdays and Sundays..9-4pm
May to August every day except Monday..........9-6pm
September every day except Monday...............9-4pm
ADMISSION IN 2011......As there are many tours, this part is tricky!
Tour I.....................150czk......representative rooms in ground floor.
Tour 2....................150czk..... private apartments of the Prince
Tour 3...................150czk.......children`s room & Museum of marionettes
Tour 4.....................40czk.......Grotto Grotto... artificial baroque cave with ghost exhibition.
Entry to the Garden is FREE
So, as you can see by the list, if you do all the tours, and all the walking, you would probably need a full day here.
If you are here at lunch-time, as we were, then the tours are not operating, so try and come at a different time!
In the north side of the chateau is situated 175-200 ha of gardens, meadows, ponds and forests. The landscape is definitely artificially created, nevertheless it is a protected area of birds. The north side incloses a river Dyje.
When began this project of large gardens, a lot of plants were needed. So some seeds from America and Asia were bought and introduced to here. In Lednice have been some trees, which are adapted to local climate, but are absolutely uncommon in Czechia, for example Maclura pomifera. There are recently approximately 600 kinds of trees.
Notice some throughviews in the landscape. Perfect!
All park around the chateau is separated into two parts: 175 ha english gardens and parks in the north and 10 ha french geometric gardens in the south.
At the beginning there were not large flower-beds around the chateau. From 1886 started some layouts and created 10 ha regularly, geometric and fantastic gardens. The most important garden designer was Michelli.
A wide path compose the main axis, it leads from the Glasshouse to the south. The viewpoints are made by some statues or fontains. The french gardens are parted into several rooms, divided by tall walls. The yew-tree walls are two meters wide and always perfectly cut. Except yew-trees (Taxus baccata) dominate here lavender (Lavandula) and summer season flowers.
The chateau inside is just lovely. You can see, that Lichtensteins were rich and lived in luxus.
The most interesting thing is wooden stair, which goes from the library to prince's bedroom. It was made without any nails.
The interior is rich with carpets, pictures, portraits, furniture and porcelain. Well decorated are the ceilings in some rooms.
There are two tours: I. tour - the representative halls, the Entrance hall, the Chinese room, the Library, the Blue hall, ...
II. tour - the private rooms of the Lichtenstein family, their bedrooms, study room, the Picture gallery,...
I recommend both.
The entrance fee is 100 Kc (4 euros). The tour takes 45 min.
Unfortunately i don't have any photos of interior, so check out the website bellow.
Lichtenstein dynasty came to Lednice in 12. century. Jan from Lichtenstein owned some houses there and later built a castle, more as a stronghold. In 17.century came a decision to rebuild the castle. Lichtenstein dynasty became rich, owned a lot of houses, villages and towns, forests, land all around.
Charles Eusebius from Lichtenstein invited to Lednice a lot of famous artists and architects. First the castle changed its image to a Renaissance style chateau, by an architect Jan Bernard Fischer from Erlach. After him came Domenico Martineli and the chateau got a new Barroque shape. Then it was rebuilt also in 18. and 19. century. From 1863 the chateau belonged to Alois II., who was the Emperor's ambasador. 1886 was built the french garden in southern side, 10 ha large.
Today's Gothic revival view was made by an architect Jiri Wingelmuller in 1845. So it is a mix of architectural styles, but looks magnificent.
From 1945 Lednice chateau belongs to the state Czech republic.
The most popular tourist spot.
Entrance to the gardens is free, to the castle 100 CZK (extra 50 CZK when the tour is in foreign language - English, German).
You can also visit the decorative greenhouse and the trip to Minaret and Januv Hrad are recommended as well.
May - August: 09:00 - 17:00, closed on Mondays
September: 09:00 - 16:00, closed on Mondays
April, October: 09:00 - 15:00, weekends only
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This remarkable area was developed between
the end of the 18th century till the half of the
19th century by the owners - the Lichtenstejn's family.
Many famous architects helped to shape the Baroque complex
e.g. C. Tencalla, D. Martinelli, J.B.Fischer von Erlach and J. Ospel.
The castle area covers 250 square km South-East of Brno.
We have an expression in England, " My house is my castle!"
Well seems that a few years back some of the wealthy aristocrats
could say the reverse..
"My castle is my house!"
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO
World Heritage List in 1996. It is the largest composed landscape in Europe.
The important historical and artistic landscape is located between two towns
- Lednice and Valtice. The area abounds with ponds and parks where romantic
buildings are located - Apollonuv Chram, Belveder, Hranicni zamecek,
chram Tri gracii, Januv hrad, kaple sv. Huberta, kolonada na Rajstne,
Lovecky zamecek, minaret, Novy dvur, obelisk, Rendes-vous,
Rybnicni zamecek, Lany, Pohansko
(zamecek = little castle, chram = temple).
The Lednice Castle - built in the English Tudor's Gothic style -
is a masterpiece of romantic architecture and also one of the
most visited sights in the Czech Republic. The Lednice Castle
is surrounded by beautiful Baroque park with romantic buildings
and ponds with artificial islands (boat cruises available).
The Palm Green House from the 19th century which was
reconstructed lately is the oldest building of its type in Europe.
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There was some problem with his built in
card reader not reading my mini SD card,
so I pulled out my memory card reader, he didn't
seemed bothered either way, probably in a hurry to
get home. But kinda defeats the logic travelling to such
a beautiful place and then sticking yourself in front of a
screen. Time should be used more wisely!
Like running round with a digital camera snapping away! LOL
But just see what a workplace!
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