Palace, Eisgrub (Lednice)
One of the most interesting collections of Neoclassical and Romantic buildings can be found situated along the Thaya on the border between Austria and Moravia. Along the seven-kilometer avenue which connected their residences at Feldsberg (Valtice) and Eisgrub (Lednice), the princes of Liechtenstein laid out a landscape garden on the English model with buildings from a variety of different architectural styles. From the 13th century to 1945 both locations were inextricably linked to the House of Liechtenstein, and in the 16th century Feldsberg became the main seat of the princes, along with their summer residence at Eisgrub. It was towards the end of the 18th century that Prince Johann Josef I began to regulate the countryside, laying out the gigantic landscape garden that still exists today.
The imposing Neo-Gothic palace complex, built by Georg Wingelmüller, replaced an earlier miniature Baroque palace. With its flag-tower, battlements and oriels it is modeled on castles found in England and Germany. Wingelmüller also built the adjoining glasshouse - one of the earliest examples of its kind.