Mělník
Chateau
Visit the place where 23 Czech
queens and princesses have lived.
The Renaissance chateau in Mělník,
together with the Church of Sts. Peter
and Paul, rises above the confluence
of the rivers Labe (Elbe) and Vltava.
A tour of the chateau presents the rich
collections of paintings and furniture
of the Lobkowicz family, which owns
the chateau today.
From the chateau’s terrace and
restaurant you will enjoy magnificent
views of the confluence of the Labe
and Vltava rivers, the majestic Říp
Mountain, the volcanic peaks of the
České středohoří (Central Bohemian
Uplands) and the St. Ludmila Vineyard.
The best known wine fromMělník,
Ludmila in its distinctive bottle,
is named for St. Ludmila. You can
taste it in the chateau cellars.
Reason to visit
In the Great Hall of the chateau you can
admire part of an outstanding collection
of vedutas and maps of European
countries and cities from the 17th
century, which are a testament to the
excellent skill of cartographers, graphic
artists and printers of that period.
A comparable group of maps can be
found only in the collection of King
Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Near the chateau, in the crypt of the
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, you can
visit one of the biggest ossuaries in the
Czech Republic, containing the bones
of up to 15,000 people.
Nelahozeves
Chateau
The Nelahozeves Chateau, with interiors
richly decorated with frescoes, is among
the most beautiful Renaissance buildings
in the Czech Republic. It also includes
a museum and gallery with the exhibition
“Private Spaces: A Noble Family
at Home”, which examines the lifestyle
of the noble Lobkowicz family in the
19th century. This family has played
a major role in the history of Central
Europe for more than 600 years and also
boasted the title of prince of the Holy
Roman Empire. They were patrons
of science and of artists such as Ludwig
van Beethoven, among others.
Reason to visit
The chateau holds one of the largest
Czech collections of Spanish
painting from the late 16th and early
17th centuries. The Lobkowicz collections
contain some 1,500 paintings, including
masterpieces by Brueghel, Velázquez,
Rubens, Cranach, Croll and others.
From early spring until autumn,
a popular music festival called Dvořák’s
Musical Nelahozeves runs at the
chateau. The festival is a celebration
of the works of Antonín Dvořák, whose
birthplace and museum is located
just below the chateau.
The nearby Veltrusy Chateau
is a Baroque building with a beautifully
landscaped park, where centuries-
old trees tower above sculptures and
pavilions – and time seems to have
stood still. The Veltrusy Chateau also
offers tours and exhibitions.
GPS: 50°15‘39.221“N, 14°18‘1.148“E
39 km; 40minutes.
Direct connections from
the Masarykovo Railway Station
(metro Náměstí Republiky) leave
every 1–2 hours; journey time around
50minutes.
IV–X (daily except Monday)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
14 Trips from Prague
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The Mělník Regional Museum
is located in the former Capuchin
monastery right in the centre
of town and focuses on the history
of winemaking in the region. A wine
tasting in the 14th-century cellars here
brings the museum tour to a pleasant
conclusion.
GPS: 50°21‘8.604“N, 14°28‘30.019“E
32 km; 40minutes.
Connections from the Main
Railway Station leave every 1–2 hours,
with a transfer in Všetaty; journey time
around 1 hour.
Direct connections from
the Holešovice Railway Station
leave at least twice per hour;
journey time around 40minutes.
I–III 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
IV–XII 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
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