90 Castles and chateaux
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Vranov nadDyjí
Reason to visit
This sumptuous chateau built on
a promontory in the picturesque valley
of the Dyje River was one of the most
renowned noble residences
of the Baroque era. The main reason
for its fame was its charming owner,
Maria Anna, Marchioness of Pignatelli,
whom Count Althann – a favourite
of Emperor Charles VI – brought home
to his family residence from Spain.
It was an open secret that the real reason
for the monarch’s frequent visits
from nearby Vienna was the vivacious
and intelligent lady of the manor.
Of historical interest
The present appearance of the residence
was imprinted on the castle – which had
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– by the counts of Althann in the late
17th century. They called upon one
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European Baroque – the Viennese court
architect Fischer von Erlach. Throughout
the 19th century the chateau was
in the hands of the noble Polish family
Mniszek, which led the renowned Vranov
stoneware factory to prosperity.
The richly furnished interiors
reflect the refined culture
of aristocratic life at the chateau.
The monumental oval ancestral hall
of the Althann family from the late
17th century is a gem of the builder’s
art in Europe. The chapel is the work
of the same architect.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public holidays.
Every year there is a seasonal
exhibition in the coach house in front
of the main gate of items from closed
depositories of South Moravian castles
and chateaux.
Zámecká 93
671 03 Vranov nad Dyjí
Zákupy
Reason to visit
Ferdinand I of Austria, the last crowned
king of Bohemia (as Ferdinand V), liked
to stay at this chateau after he abdicated
the Austro-Hungarian throne in 1848.
He virtually never reigned alone and
was regarded as a kind-hearted but
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related coalition of European aristocrats
(he was derisively called “der arme
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Against all odds he lived to a ripe old age,
and he took good care of his summer
residence, which had been thoroughly
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Of historical interest
After the fall of Napoleon, Zákupy was
designated in 1815 as a refuge for the
general’s son, widely known as “the
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with Marie Louise of Austria, daughter
of Emperor Franz I. The young duke died
of tuberculosis without ever having seen
his new residence.
The interiors of the chateau
were gloriously adapted for the retired
emperor in the fashionable style
of the Rococo Revival. For his
maximum comfort, a Baroque lift
was restored, whose technical
equipment is part of the tour.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Borská 1
471 23 Zákupy
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