Lednice is a Summer palace which is known as the Versailles of Southern Moravia. The palace is built in an English Neo-Gothic style and dates, as it looks today, from 1846-1858. However, its roots date back much further. The first record of Lednice dates back to 1222, when a Gothic fort with a courtyard stood in its place. Since that time, it has undergone multiple reconstructions and renovations.
Lednice palace first passed into the hands of the House of Liechtenstein in the 13th century and since that time, its fortunes were inseparably tied to that of the noble family. In the 16th century it was Hartmann II of Liechtenstein who had the old medieval water castle torn down and a Renaissance chateau constructed in its place. However, at the end of the 17th century the chateau was torn down and replaced by a Baroque palace. The new palace featured a large formal garden and a massive riding hall, which was designed by Austrian architect Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach. The riding hall is still in existence to this day and stands almost completely in unaltered form.
During the 17th century, Lednice served as the Summer residence of the Princes of Liechtenstein. But it would not remain unchanged for long. In the mid-19th century, the palace was once again extensively rebuilt, this time in a Neo-Gothic style. Since that time, it has remained mostly unchanged. During the beginning of the 19th century, Prince Alois II decided that Vienna was not a suitable place for entertaining in the summer. Therefore, he had the Southern Moravian Chateau of Lednice rebuilt into a summer palace where he could entertain the European aristocracy.
The palace is incredibly popular with visitors to this day. In fact, it is the most visited historical home under the National Heritage Institute. Once you have seen the dashing cream-colored palace, it is not difficult to understand why.
The Chateau’s extensive grounds feature a glimmering lake, immaculate gardens, and a greenhouse which is flooded with flowers. There is also a Venetian fountain and a French-style garden with multiple sculptures.
A notable feature of the interior is the hall which is located on the ground floor. The hall is furnished with select furniture, luxurious wooden paneling, and intricately carved wooden ceilings. This hall once served as the setting for countless sumptuous banquets at which the European aristocracy gathered for entertainment.
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