Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape

The Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape (also Lednice–Valtice Area or Lednice–Valtice Complex, Czech: Lednicko-valtický areál) is a cultural-natural landscape complex of 283.09 square kilometres (109.30 sq mi) in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It comprises the municipalities of Lednice, Valtice and Hlohovec, and the rural area of Břeclav.

Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape Montage II.jpg
from top: Lednice Castle, Valtice Castle, Rendezvous Pavilion, one of Lednice Ponds, John's Castle, Rajsna Colonnade, Venetian fountain in Lednice Castle garden, view on Lednice Castle park with Minaret
LocationLednice and Valtice, Czech Republic
CriteriaCultural: (i), (ii), (iv)
Inscription1996 (20th Session)
Area14,320 ha (35,400 acres)
Coordinates48°46′33″N 16°46′30″E / 48.77583°N 16.77500°E / 48.77583; 16.77500Coordinates: 48°46′33″N 16°46′30″E / 48.77583°N 16.77500°E / 48.77583; 16.77500
Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape is located in Czech Republic
Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape
Location of Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape in Czech Republic

In 1996, the Lednice-Valtice Area was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its unique mix of Baroque, Neolassical, and neo-Gothic architecture, and its history as a cultural landscape designed intentionally by a single family.[1] It is adjacent to the Pálava Landscape Protected Area (Pálava Biosphere Reserve), a biosphere reserve registered by UNESCO several years before.[2] The close proximity of two cultural landscapes protected by UNESCO is unique.


The House of Liechtenstein acquired a castle in Lednice in 1249, which marked the beginning of their settlement in the area. It remained the principal Liechtenstein residence for 700 years, until 1939 and World War II.[3]

17th–19th centuriesEdit

The Dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their properties into one large and designed private park between the 17th and 20th centuries. During the 19th century, the Dukes continued transforming the area as a large traditional English landscape park. The Baroque and neo-Gothic architecture of their chateaux are married with smaller buildings and a landscape that was fashioned according to the English principles of landscape architecture.[3]

In 1715 these two chateaux (castles) were connected by a landscape allée and road, later renamed for the poet Petr Bezruč. The Lednice Ponds are situated between the town of Valtice and villages of Lednice and Hlohovec; as are the Mlýnský, Prostřední, Hlohovecký, and Nesyt Ponds. A substantial part of the cultural landscape complex is covered in pine forests, known as the "Pine−wood" (Boří les), and in areas adjacent to the Thaya River with riparian forests.[3]

20th centuryEdit

In 1918 the region became part of new Czechoslovakia. The Liechtenstein family opposed the annexation of Czech territory into Sudetenland by Nazi Germany, and as a consequence their properties were confiscated by the Nazis, and the family then relocated to Vaduz in 1939. After World War II the family made several legal attempts for restitution of the properties. Post-war, they had passed into ownership of Czechoslovakia: its Communist regime did not support returning large estates to exiled aristocratic landowners.

After the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution in 1989, the Liechtenstein descendants again renewed legal attempts for restitution, which were denied by the Czech state, the present day owner of the properties.[4]


The principal elements are:

  • Chateau Valtice and its contiguous town of Valtice
  • Lednice Castle and its contiguous village of Lednice
  • The village of Hlohovec

Pavilions and folliesEdit

St Hubert Chapel

In addition to the castles, there are many large to small residential pavilions located throughout the designed landscape, often serving as chateau or hunting lodges.[5]

Temple of the Three Graces
  • Temple of the Three Graces (Tři Grácie)
      — a semicircle gallery with allegorical statues of Sciences and Muses and a statue of the Three Graces from the 1820s
  • Pond House (Rybniční zámeček)
      — at the shore of one of the Lednice Ponds
Nový dvůr


The garden follies and the conservatory of Lednice Park were listed in the 1998 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund, for their deteriorating condition resulting from insufficient financial resources.[6] The Fund had previously studied the preservation of Lednice and Valtice Castles, and after 1998 it helped fund restoration of the Valtice Rendezvous folly as a demonstration project with support from American Express.[7]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  2. ^ "Pálava Nature Reserve | Mikulov.cz". mikulov.cz. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  3. ^ a b c Sváček, Libor (2015). UNESCO. pp. 60–71. ISBN 978-80-7339-067-9.
  4. ^ "The former Liechtenstein possessions of Lednice-Valtice". Minor Sights. September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. ^ The term zámeček (German: Schlösschen, literally a small château) — is usually translated here as a "manor house" — or a "hunting lodge" (Czech: lovecký zámeček, German: Jagdschlösschen), if it served for hunting.
  6. ^ World Monuments Fund – Lednice and Valtice Cultural Landscape
  7. ^ Elaine Louie, New York Times, "Saving Endangered Art and Architecture," June 25, 1998.


  • Kordiovský, Emil – Klanicová Evženie (eds.), Město Břeclav, Muzejní a vlastivědná společnost, Brno (2001).
  • Památkový ústav v Brně: text on the reverse of a tourist map, Shocart, Zlín (1998).

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