56 Castles and chateaux
57
Milotice
Reason to visit
This pearl on a string of Baroque
chateaux in Moravia is located amidst
fertile vineyards and wine cellars
in the Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia)
region along the Moravian wine trail.
It acquired its current appearance,
including a French Baroque garden,
a pheasantry, an orangery, a riding
school and stables, in the 18th century
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residence was twice ravaged by foreign
marauders.
Of historical interest
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Hungarian, spent most of his time
at the imperial court in Vienna,
but he often invited select members
of Viennese society to his Milotice estate,
particularly to show off his singular
collection of noble thoroughbred horses
in the sumptuous castle stables. Portraits
of his 32 most precious stallions
are displayed at the chateau.
A tour of the interiors with period
furnishings, precisely recreated
on the basis of contemporary
photographs and recollections
of living eyewitnesses, o$ers insight
into the lifestyle of the last owners
of the chateau, the German family
Seilern Aspang.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
A sales gallery of wine
and a wine bar.
Zámecká 1
696 05 Milotice
Mnichovo
Hradi%t!
Reason to visit
In the western spur of the beautiful
countryside known as Bohemian
Paradise, the Wallenstein family
built a luxurious residence exactly
corresponding to the family motto:
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Of historical interest
The chateau’s founder, the prominent
Protestant politician, writer and patriot
Václav Budovec, was executed in 1621
as one of the main leaders of the
Bohemian uprising against the emperor.
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with the entire estate was awarded
to the emperor’s military leader
Albrecht von Wallenstein, becoming part
of his vast and ever-growing holdings.
A few years later, his life also came
to a premature end when he was killed
by assassins to stop his plans to top
off his stellar career with coronation as
king of Bohemia. His body, after many
transfers, was laid to rest 150 years after
his death in the St. Anne Chapel near
the chateau.
Several circuits through the rich
interiors of the Baroque chateau
take visitors back to the aristocratic
lifestyle of the 18th century. At that time
22,000 volumes of books were moved
here from another chateau belonging
to the powerful Wallensteins, Duchcov,
where the ageing lothario and diplomat-
machinator Giacomo Casanova lived
in exile, managing its library until
his death.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public holidays.
Special Saturday backstage tours
of the historical chateau theatre from
the 18th century (V–IX).
Sunday tours for children by
a guide in period costume and with
a fairy tale about enchanted knights
(VII–VIII).
Státní zámek
295 01 Mnichovo Hradi%t!
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