Vranov Upon Dyje River Chateau & Town

Free Masons Center. National Park Podyji.

Order Tour Code: C SEE10
Tour availability: Tour available in summer season

VRANOV CHATEAU
The chateau was reconstructed from the old stronghold first mentioned in Kosmas Chronicle as early as around 1100 to the baroque chateau by the famous architect Jan Bernard Fischer from Erlach in the end of the 17th century. The interiors are all furnished in the classicism style.
9 HOUR ROUND TRIP

VRANOV UPON DYJE RIVER TOWN
Small town hidden in a romantic Dyje river valley with wide variety of natural beauty and monuments made by hand in the course of many centuries. Each of the sights itself could serve as a sufficient reason why to visit this region. Special combination of all features around give Vranov a hall-mark of something unrepeatable which is like a magnet. It attracts everybody who comes for a visit once and then he comes back again and again....

VRANOV DAM
The biggest water reservoir on the Dyje river. Dam wall 292 m long and 60 m wide was built according to a Swiss project from 1930 to 1933. On the right side of the dam wall there is a power station with three still operating turbines. It used to be the biggest valley dam in the Czech Republic with length of lake over 30 km it reaches as far as to Podhradí nad Dyjí. Nowadays Vranov dam serves most of all as a favourite recreational centre (centres at Vranov nad Dyjí – Vranov Beach, Lančov Bay, Chvalatice, Bítov - Kopaninky, Bítov - Horka, Chmelnice, Farářka, Podhradí nad Dyjí). Valley dam traditionally called “Moravian Adriatic” belongs to the warmest dams in the country.

NATIONAL PARK PODYJI
It is an extraordinarily preserved example of river valley in the hilly country of Central Europe, with a number of protected species of plants and rich in habitat of mammals, amphibians, fish and insect.
Canyon of the Dyje river creates a special river phenomenon with plenty of meanders, deeply trenched valleys of inflowing creeks, miscellaneous rock formations, stony seas and rock cliffs. The territory of NP Podyjí stretching on 63 km2 is linked to the Nationalpark Thayatal on the Austrian side of the border.

The biggest water reservoir on the Dyje river. Dam wall 292 m long and 60 m wide was built according to a Swiss project from 1930 to 1933. On the right side of the dam wall there is a power station with three still operating turbines. It used to be the biggest valley dam in the Czech Republic with length of lake over 30 km it reaches as far as to Podhradí nad Dyjí. Nowadays Vranov dam serves most of all as a favourite recreational centre (centres at Vranov nad Dyjí – Vranov Beach, Lančov Bay, Chvalatice, Bítov - Kopaninky, Bítov - Horka, Chmelnice, Farářka, Podhradí nad Dyjí). Valley dam traditionally called “Moravian Adriatic” belongs to the warmest dams in the country.

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VRANOV CHATEAU
First reference to Vranov as a boundary guard stronghold can be found in Kosmas Chronicle as early as around 1100. In 1687 a Vienna architect Jan Bernard Fischer from Erlach began with a baroque reconstruction. The Hall of Ancestors became the dominating feature of the castle at that time. It has an oval ground plan and was decorated by frescoes with antique motifs (Jan Michael Rottmayr) and by statues of owners of that time – the Althan family (Tobiáš Kracker). Next phase of reconstruction after 1723 was carried out by a Vienna master builder Antonín Erhard Martinelli. It was when the eastern entrance wing and the double staircase with statues from mythology were built (Lorenzo Mattielli). In the 80s of 18th century the southern and western wings were completed and this way today’s ground plan of castle courtyard was created. By the end of 18th century castle interiors were all furnished in the classicism style. Beside preserved furniture Vranov pottery can be seen in several rooms as well. It was produced in a local manufacture between 1799 - 1882.

Opening hours:
April and October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Weekends only)
May, June and September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July and August, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The maximum number of visitors in a group is 25. The tour lasts about 55 minutes.

3 hours to drive from Prague , SE
on the way to Wienna
SE from Prague, 3 hours to drive
Trip:
1)Vranov SEE10 - 9 hour round trip
Trips combinations:
2)Vranov SEE10 + Namest SEE7 - 12 hour round trip
3)Vranov SEE10 + Mikulov SEE9 - 12 hour round trip
4)Vranov SEE10 + Lednice and Valtice SEE8 - 12 hour round trip
5)Vranov SEE10 + Jaromerice SEE6 - 12 hour round trip
6)Vranov SEE10 + Moravsky Krumlov,A.Mucha SEE5 - 12 hour round trip
7)Vranov SEE10 + Moravian Karst SEE4 - 12 hour round trip
8)Vranov SEE10 + Brno and Austerlitz SEE3 - 12 hour round trip
9)Vranov SEE10 + Catholic Pilgrim Sites in Moravia SEE11 - 13-14 hour round trip
10)Vranov SEE10 + Znojmo town, wine-tasting SEE13 - 13-14 hour round trip


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