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Visiting Castles & Chateaux

Castles & Chateaux

It may surprise you to find a large number of Castles and Chateaux in South Moravia. This is a region steeped in history and legends.  It would certainly take longer to visit all the historic sites that the time one would have in short hiking or cycling holiday. However it is possible to plan a route that will enable you to enjoy the most outstanding ones to give you a flavour of what is available. We will provide you with alternative routes as to how you best achieve what you want to see.

Here is a short list of the most prominent Castles and Chateaux:

Bítov - castle and chateau: The well-preserved Gothic castle and chateau situated on a promontory between the Dyje and Želetavka rivers, was first mentioned in 1046, when it was a part of a castle system of Prince Břetislav. In the course of later centuries it was radically rebuilt several times and some annexes were added. Castle interior includes valuable illusory paintings.

Buchlov – castle
:  One of the oldest castles in Moravia, the landmark of woody slopes of this part of Chřiby hills. Its core dates back to the 13th century, but its construction went on to the 17th century. The castle is newly restored and is the venue of numerous cultural events.

Buchlovice – chateau
The castle in Buchlovice and its large park create a real architectonic jewel – a nobleman’s residence built in Italian villa style. It was built in the 17th – 18th century in late Renaissance style by the Italian architect D. Martinelli.

Lednice - chateau and park
This Neo-Gothic castle is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. Formerly a Gothic stronghold, it had been rebuilt in Renaissance and in Baroque style. The castle gained its final form in 1846 – 1859 with a pseudo-Gothic adaptation. The castle is surrounded by a magnificent park with many romantic buildings (a minaret, John’s castle, Apollo’s chapel, three Graces, St. Hubert chapel) and an intricate network of lakes with artificial islands.

Mikulov - museum and chateau: The castle dates back to the beginning of the 13th century and was later reconstructed into a renaissance chateau, then reconstructed in baroque style following a fire in 1719. At the end of World War II it was raised to the ground. Under the care of architect O. Oplatka it was rebuilt and restored from its original plans.

Milotice - chateau
: This Gothic stronghold was rebuilt into a Renaissance castle in the 16th century. The castle gained today’s built in the 18th century. The castle is surrounded by an English park and French garden.

Nový Světlov - chateau
: Originally a stronghold on the hill above Bojkovice. It was founded at the end of the 15th century as a defence against Turkish raids. It was rebuilt into a Baroque castle in the second half of the 18th century and later adapted in Neo-Gothic style in the 19th. The castle is surrounded by a park with subtropical flora.

Veveří - castle
: The first mention of the originally Romanesque castle dates back to 1222. In the late 13th century, an early Gothic, royal castle was built there. It was rebuilt to its current form in the middle of the 18t century. The fortified castle withstood Hussite attacks, but later fell prey to the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War.

Vranov nad Dyjí - chateau
: The monumental Baroque castle towers on a rock above the dam lake Vranov. It was built in place of a large Gothic stronghold, which fell to fire in 1665. Very interesting is the ellipsoid great hall, or the Holy Trinity church.

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