54 Castles and chateaux
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M!lník
Reason to visit
A visit to this castle with its spectacular
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and Vltava rivers below the ancient
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on the horizon is like a trip to the roots
of Czech history. Two legendary Slavic
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(Czechs), were united in a princely
marriage here. Princess Ludmila,
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to the Czech lands and founded
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Of historical interest
From the Early Middle Ages, the castle
was inhabited by the widows of Czech
kings and princes, and during the reign
of Emperor Charles IV the town became
part of the dowry of Czech queens. Later
the chateau was owned by various noble
families, and since the 18th century
it has belonged to one of the oldest
surviving Czech aristocratic families –
the Lobkowicz family.
The high point of the accessible
ceremonial and residential rooms
of the Early Baroque chateau
is the Great Hall with its unique
collection of 17th-century maps
of all major European cities along with
illustrations of the places. They are
a testament to the excellent work
of the cartographers, graphic artists
and printers of that time.
I–XII daily.
The origins of winemaking
in Bohemia date to the 10th century,
when Princess Ludmila established
the first vineyard in M!lník. The current
owner renewed the production
of wine and o$ers a rich selection
in the chateau cellars – the most
famous of which is Ludmila, whose
distinctive bottle shape dates
to the time of the great medieval
monarch Charles IV.
Svatováclavská 19/16
276 01 M!lník
Mikulov
Reason to visit
The town of Mikulov is located in the
heart of South Moravia’s winemaking
region, in the beautiful Protected
Landscape Area of Pálava. Besides visits
to local and family wine cellars and
tastings at wineries and wine shops,
also worth a stop is the historical chateau
cellar with an exhibition on traditional
winemaking. A richly decorated giant
Renaissance wine cask able to hold
101,400 litres and weighing 26.1 tonnes
is the largest in the Czech Republic.
Of historical interest
This Baroque chateau towering high
above the town became the victim
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to the ground a few days before
the end of the Second World War,
as the German Army was retreating.
Thanks to an initiative by local residents,
it was not long before it was sensitively
restored and its interiors adapted
to house a regional museum.
The museum expositions present
not only the local winemaking tradition
but also the history of the chateau
and the noble Dietrichstein family.
There are also archaeology displays
and seasonal short-term exhibitions.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday.
Since 1994, one of the highest-
quality collections of contemporary
art in the Czech Republic has been
forming in the chateau’s “Workshop”
as the result of the annual summer
art symposia held here.
Zámek 1
692 15 Mikulov
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