Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape – one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe | Czech Republic
Lednice-Valtice Area – sometimes called as “Perl of South Moravia” is a region in south-east of Czech Republic, close to Slovak and Austrian borders. This region, covering an area of almost 300 km2, was ruled by the dukes of the Liechtenstein family between the 17th and 20th centuries. The dukes built many towns, villages and castles in the area and created such a big and romantic park.
Most of the buildings in Lednice-Valtice Area were designed by the famous architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the Baroque style. These intermingled with the existing castles of Lednice and Valtice which are in the Classical and Neo-Gothic styles. The result is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe. Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach also designed many of the buildings in Salzburg, Austria, which is another UNESCO World Heritage city.
The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
The Lednice-Valtice Area is the home of a romantic château, a picturesque village and in particular a jewel of landscape architecture of unprecedented proportions. The notional milestone at the beginning of the long period of development of this whole area is the end of the 14th century, when the Liechtenstein family obtained a share of the land.
Best option for visiting this landscape is using the bicycle.