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The most beautiful Czech parks and gardens – part 2 (Moravia)

photo: Lednicko-valtický areál (czechtourism.com)

All lovers of gardens and nature parks will find what they long for in the Czech Republic. This series introduces the most interesting of them. The first part was dedicated to Prague and its vicinity while the second part focuses on Moravia.

Lednice-Valtice Complex (map)
The complex was built in the course of the 18th and 19 century for the noble Lichtenstein Family and covers an area of 300 sq. km. It is situated on the border of Moravia and Lower Austria in close vicinity to the Protected Landscape Area of Pálava and is considered one of the largest human-made landscape parks in Europe today. There are many architectonic and natural treasures. The best known of them is the Lednice-Valtice Chateau and the Minaret view tower. As for natural monuments, we should mention the Lednické ponds nature reserve that includes Nesyt, the largest Moravian pond. When visiting the complex, you can enjoy a ride in a carriage, sail the Dyje River or watch birds of prey. You may also visit the permanent exhibition of sea and freshwater aquariums at Lednice Chateau or the chateau greenhouse with exotic plants. The Lednice-Valtice Complex has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its exceptional natural and cultural value.

Kroměříž (map)
The local Flower Garden designed by two Italian architects in the 17th century is a masterpiece of late Renaissance garden architecture. Square and rectangular fields with ornaments of colourful patches or hedgerow labyrinths are aligned along a central axis. The 250-metre long gallery with statues of Ancient gods is truly fascinating. There is also a landscape park covering an area of 64 hectares with many water bodies, brooks and romantic buildings in Kroměříž.

Milotice (map)
The central axis of the French chateau garden heads towards a fountain placed in the lower part of the garden, a grassed area with hornbeam arbours and lanes of conker alleys. The upper part of the garden is decorated with beautiful patches of red roses that create the uniqueness of this garden from June to September. There is also a horse barn, riding-school and two orangeries that form the border of the upper part of the garden. There is a pheasantry and a shooting pavilion from 1766 in the northern part of the garden.

Author: Petra Hubálková
Added: 05.07.2012

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