84 Castles and chateaux
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Reason to visit
Not even 30 alchemists led
by the famous Dr. John Dee
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could create a potion that would
guarantee him offspring. He died
childless, and his enormous estate,
as well as his debts, were inherited
by his younger brother Petr Vok.
Vok gradually sold off some of the
ancestral residences, then he and his
entire court relocated to the chateau
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in the Renaissance style for his comfort
and also as a place to house a unique
archive and collections which could
nearly rival those of Emperor Rudolf II
at Prague Castle.
Of historical interest
Petr Vok, an educated and art-loving
prince who was very charming
and appealing to women, could sire
no children. And so with his death in 1611,
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journey through Czech history came
to an end. Their presence in South
Bohemia is recalled above all by a large
number of breeding ponds, which
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and imprinted the local landscape with
its unique atmosphere.
Tip: In an English park on the banks
of the huge pond called The World
there is an unusual stone tomb
with 26 co$ins of members
of the Schwarzenberg family.
Because of its excellent acoustics,
it used to be used for concerts.
The Renaissance chambers
of the Ro+mberk family and the
rooms of courtiers and ladies-in-
waiting give an idea of life in the
noble courts of that time – such
as the art of fine dining and feasting.
Over the summer holidays you can
also visit the stables, a kitchen
that prepared food only for dogs,
and underground casemates,
which later were transformed into
wine cellars. Also possible is a walk
through the beautifully furnished
private apartments of the last
owners, the Schwarzenbergs.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday.
Zámek 115
379 01 T#ebo/
Valtice
Reason to visit
At the southernmost point of the Czech
Republic, the powerful and wealthy
Liechtenstein family had a 185 km
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area of marshes and swamps around
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situated between their beautiful chateaux
in Valtice and Lednice, they created
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of water lilies, shaded forests, scented
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To surprise and delight their guests,
they invited the best Viennese architects
to build a number of marvellous little
buildings here.
Of historical interest
Valtice historically belonged to Austria,
and from the Middle Ages until 1945
it belonged to the Liechtenstein family.
A succession of 13 ruling princes gradually
built an epic residence whose splendour,
furnishings and rich collections could
compete with those of the Viennese
imperial court in the 18th century.
In the summer season,
a tour of the princely chambers
of the Liechtenstein family can
be combined with a visit to nearby
points of interest, such as the hunting
lodge called Rendezvous, a classical
colonnade o$ering beautiful views,
and the Chapel of St. Hubert,
the patron saint of hunters, where
masses to give thanks would take
place after aristocratic hunts.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday,
IV weekends and public holidays.
This chateau in the heart
of the traditional winemaking region
o$ers, in addition to tastings from
its own cellars, a summer wine festival
(VII), a tasting of the semi-fermented
young wine called bur"ák in late
September, and a wine festival
in early October after the harvest.
Zámek 1
691 42 Valtice
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