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Chateau Vranov nad Dyjí

Vranov nad Dyjí Chateau is situated on the southern border of the Czech state about 110 km from Vienna,it is one of the most remarkable secular buildings of the Central European Baroque. It emerged from a conversion of a castle of the provincial nobility combining Roman and Gothic features, with the first written account dating back to the year 1100. The chateau was given its present appearance by the counts of Althann in 1665, after a devastating fire. In the late 17th century the Althanns, to the design of renowned court architect Jan Bernard Fischer of Erlach, first built and decorated the impressive Hall of Ancestors that dominates the rugged landscape and magnifies its characteristic visual amenity. Subsequently they built the chateau chapel of the Blessed Trinity as an ideological counterbalance. They topped the conversion in the 18th century by adding the residential buildings of the court of honour. After the Althanns the chateau went to the Polish Mniszek family that brought the renowned Vranov stoneware factory to prosperity. A related family, Stadnický, held the castle until the beginning of World War II. Today, as a national cultural heritage situated in the western part of the Podyjí National Park, it is in the state’s custody.

Contact

Chateau Vranov nad Dyjí
Zámecká 93, 671 03
Telephone: +420 515 296 215 or +420 515 282 088, reservation +420 607 512 356
GSM: +420 724 357 169
E-mail: vranov@npu.cz
Web: www.zamek-vranov.cz and www.novy-hradek.eu/

Tourist attractions in a destination

  • remains of a medieval castle Vranov
  • architecture of the Hall of Ancestors and the chateau chapel of the Blessed Trinity designed by a renowned court baroque architect Jan Bernard Fischer of Erlach
  • large collection of earthen products from the Vranov factory (1799 – 1882)
  • classicism and romantic chateau interiors from the end of 18th and from 19th century

Additional services

  • reservation of tickets
  • distribution of advertising brochures
  • bookshop
  • services for wheelchair bounds
  • services for cyclists
  • snack-bar including a wine gallery and a summer coffee-bar
  • toilets
  • sound distributed courtyard
  • summer archery
  • rental of spaces

Special services:

  • civil and church weddings
  • exhibitions in a former coach shed, in a chateau chapel and in the Thayana Gallery
  • Vranov Cultural Summer (concerts and theatre performances)

Opening hours

  • First circuit. In April and October from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, May, June, and September from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, July and August 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In April and October the opening hours apply only to weekends and public holidays, on working days only for organised groups that are ordered in advance. The closing day is Monday, and the first day after a public holiday.
  • Second circuit. July and August from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Closing day is Monday, usually also after a public holiday.
  • Third circuit. In June and in September on weekends from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, then throughout July and August from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The closing day is Monday, and the first day after a public holiday.
  • Fourth circuit. The visit to the chateau gardens is possible only upon previous arrangement with the chateau administration, from May to September within the opening hours applying to the first circuit.

Outside the opening hours the chateau is accessible only with the permission of the chateau office.

 

Tours

  • First circuit: installed interiors The interiors can be visited only with the guide. The tour takes approximately 55 minutes. The intervals between the individual tours take usually 10 minutes in the summer season. Lunch break is stated in the opening hours schedule for 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The last tour starts one hour before the end of opening hours. The highest possible number of visitors in one group is 25 adults.
  • Second circuit : chateau chapel The interiors can be visited only with the guide. The visit takes approximately 25 minutes. The highest possible number of visitors at one time is 50. Intervals between individual visits take about 30 minutes. Lunch break is from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Last visit begins at 4:30 PM.
  • Third circuit: season Exhibitions of historical and artistic crafts. Visit without a guide. Length of visit is arbitrary. There are no lunch breaks.
  • Fourth circuit: chateau gardens Length of tour is approximately 20 minutes. Maximum number of visitors in one group is 15 persons. The visit is possible only with a guide providing a qualified structured commentary.

Printed guide texts are available in Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, and Hungarian, and also in English and German. Foreign visitors can ask for guided tours with a qualified guide speaking German (throughout the entire season), or English (in July and August).

 

Prices

First circuit
Full admission 130 CZK
Reduced admission I 90 CZK
Family admission 350 CZK
The extra fee for a guided tour in a foreign language: 80 CZK / 50 CZK / 120 CZK / 25 CZK
The extra fee for a visit outside regular opening hours during the season: 130 CZK / 90 CZK / 350 CZK / 25 CZK (i.e. always 100 % on the basic and reduced admission fee)
Second circuit
Full admission 40 CZK
Reduced admission I 25 CZK
Family admission 100 CZK
The extra fee for a guided tour in a foreign language: 40 CZK / 25 CZK / 100 CZK (i.e. always 100 % on the basic and reduced admission fee)
The extra fee for a visit outside regular opening hours during the season: 40 CZK / 25 CZK / 100 CZK (i.e. always 100 % on the basic and reduced admission fee)
Third circuit
Full admission 50 CZK
Reduced admission I  35 CZK

For each circuit: Family admission is fee for two adults and up to 3 children below 15 in. Reduced fee I for children from 6 to 15 years, students under 26 after presenting their pass, elderly people from 65 years and holders of ZTP (handicapped person), ISIC STUDENT and EURO STUDENT. Reduced fee II for organised groups of children under 6.Free admission for children under 6 (aside from organised tours) and holders of these cards and certificates: card of a guide for a disabled person ZTP/P, Fund for Children in Need (FOD), ICOMOS card – personal cards, Czech Association of Museums and galleries, card of employee of the National Institute of Monument Protection plus 3 family members, ICOM cards, journalists announced to the site administration for working purposes. Any claims for a discount from the admission fee or free access must be documented!
Payments in foreign currency are accepted in Euros only.
Payment with a debit card is not currently possible - we are preparing this service for you.

 

Our tips for trips

A medieval ruin Nový Hrádek u Lukova is a national monument closely connected to the Vranov Chateau. It is situated about 14 km east of Vranov. It consists of two objects - the older Luxembourg building with double oval ring or rampart walls from the 14th century and the front castle, which was built in 15th and 16th century from the original fortress. During the Thirty Years' War the castle was seized, demolished, and abandoned by its inhabitants. In early 19th century the front part of the chateau was rebuilt as a hunting lodge. After 1945 the structure ended up in the closed border zone, where the public had no access. Since 1992 the ruin has been open to visitors again. The ruin is situated in the first, most strictly protected zone of the Podyjí National Park. The rich variety of local flora and fauna is outstanding. The view from the castle offers a breathtaking experience - the scenic panorama of the Dyje canyon opens in its entirety with all the valleys and river meanders.

 

Barrier free access

There is non-barrier approach for the third circuit, wheelchair bounds can visit the first circuit too but they must be put over the entrance stairs. This service is offered by the staff free of charge. Wheelchair bounds can use suitable arranged and modernized wheelchair access toilets in the little house next to the entrance gate.