Just 53 km south of Brno is Lednice Castle, which began life as a Renaissance villa but was re-designed in the 19th century in Neo-Gothic style after the English ducal castles and is a masterpiece of romantic architecture. This national cultural monument, part of the Lednice-Valtice area, is one of the most visited in the Czech Republic. It is the former summer residence of the Lichtensteins and here you can see the romantic historic interiors, original Chinese wallpapers and extraordinary carvings such as a spiral staircase carved from one piece of wood.
The monument also has a palm greenhouse from the mid-19th century containing the oldest collection of tropical and subtropical plants in Europe. A Baroque park surrounds the Castle. This extends into a English landscape park with romantic follies (a minaret and a “ruin” of a Roman aqueduct) and lakes with artificial islands.