The castle was the residence of Queens and Princesses of Bohemia. In 1753, the Lobkowiczes acquired the castle and in 1992 they regain it after the restitution. Today George Lobkowicz and his wife Bettina look after the castle.
The castle has Roman, Gothic (gate, Chapel ST Lumilla) and Renaissance (arcades, sgraffitis) architectural styles. The castle tour exhibits the furniture, equipment, works of art and paintings owned by the Lobkowiczes.
Daily castle visits and wine tasting from 10am to 5pm.
Vine cultivation in Bohemia started in Xth century and became an important activity in the middle age. Charles IV (1316-1378, Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia) established rules for vine cultivation and wine making. After a decrease of importance due to wars and industrialisation, Chateau Melnik winery regained interest from the introduction of French techniques (terrace cultivation and sparkling wine).
Click here for details about history, vineyards, grape varieties and more. Forgive me if I do not remember well the wines I tasted ...
Castle visits and wine tasting every day from 10am to 5pm.
The picture shows wine glasses we bought there (were there really 2 ?). We also visited a glass-making factory in the neighboorhood.
When visiting Melnik, we were driven by car by our gids (a Brussels-Praha couple) who led us to Melnik Castle, having lunch in a restaurant and visiting a glass foundry. On the way back, we were shown two more castles but we had no time for a visit. They looked so beautiful that I collected a brief description for each:
Kokorin castle was built in the XIVth century, renewed in XIXth century in a romantic Neo-Gothic castle. Guided tours May - Sep.
Kokorin Castle, 27723 Kokorin, Tel +420 315 695 064, email email@example.com,
Nelahozeves Renaissance palace dates from XVIth century. Important private art collections: paintings (by Bruegel the Elder, Veronese, Rubens, ...), furniture, ceramics, porcelain, glass, armor. Jan - Dec.
Nelahozeves Castle, 27751 Nelahozeves, Tel +420 315 709 111, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Veltrusy Castle: baroque, classicist and Romantic buildings dating from XVIIIth century. Guided tours Apr-Sep.
Veltrusy Chateau, 27746 Veltrusy, Tel +420 315 781 146, email email@example.com
Prazska 2639, Melnik, 27711, Czech Republic
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I reached Melnik by train from Litomerice...but taking the bus back to Prague....
From Prague, at least on weekdays...the busses run to Melnik every 30 to 60 minutes....quite frequent...from Nadrazi Holesovice, but less frequent from Florenc bus station.
Please check with the bus station about the schedules going & coming back to Prague...