The elegant church greets us first on the square in Valtice, along with the fountain (foreground).
In one of the walkways, was this stone relief.....all that remains from the hunting 'cabin' located south of the castle (see the second photo below for a picture of what it once looked like). The Soviets destroyed this as they were afraid that many Czechs would hide out there on their way to escape into Austria (just a couple kilometers away).
Since we were there after mid-October, the castle was closed for it's winter rest. We'll come back in the springtime to see more and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Do join us next spring!
The Valtice and Lednice castles/chateauxs are now the property of the Czech Republic; they were not returned to the Lichensteins possession after the Velvet Revolution. As we mentioned in the Lednice posting, these are now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Center.
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