22. 7. 2013
Mělník Chateau and Jiří Lobkowitz’ wine cellars: A trip to meet St. Ludmila
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 magnificentviews 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 from Mělník, 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. 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.