Visit this Baroque gem, which looks down from a promontory in the picturesque valley of the River Dyje.
The region around Vranov in southern Moravia, traversed by the life-giving Dyje river, had invited settlers from prehistoric times. By the 11th century at the latest, i.e. after Moravia had been invaded by Prince Oldřich, a border fortress was built here as part of the defence system along the Dyje river. The first recorded reference to it dates from 1100, and appears in the famous Chronica Boemorum by Cosmas, Dean of the Prague chapter.
The State Chateau at Vranov nad Dyjí is one of the most remarkable secular buildings of the Central European Baroque. It emerged gradually from the end of the 17th century and continued to develop over the course of the 18th century, by rebuilding the original gothic castle of the local overlord.
Chateau visitors are impressed first and foremost by the remains of the medieval fortifications, the castle chapel by the outstanding Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fisher von Erlach, as well as the sumptuous collection of earthenware from Vranov’s famous pottery factory (1799–1882) or the richly furnished classicist and Romantic castle interiors from the end of the 18th and 19th centuries.
We especially recommend that you view the unique oval Hall of Ancestors of the Althann family with its wonderful Baroque fresco work.