Inside the Border House

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One of the sights in Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape is the Border House. It lies in the village of Hlohovec, 4 kilometres north of Valtice. Nowadays it is used as a luxurious hotel and a restaurant. It is written in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Border House was originally built as a summer residence of Liechtenstein family, who were coming here to spend summers by Lednice lakes. It was named according to the border between March of Moravia and Lower Austria which ran through the House. There was a creek flowing through the House to mark the border. There still is a sign on the façade saying: Zwischen österreich und Mähren (Between Austria and Moravia). The area became a part of Czechoslovakia in 1919.

Border House was built in classicistic style between 1816 and 1819. It was designed by a bricklayer Karel Schlepa. As the House was about to be built on boggy land, it had to be reinforced by wooden planks and the foundations were made on them. Stone used was brought from stone pit in Archleb. From the notable people working on the construction, we mention stone mason Schebesta from Mikulov, locksmith Petr Schmidl from Lednice, locksmith Jan Speitel from Valtice, gilder Antonín Pölt, painter Lichner from Vienna and glassmaker Terezie Hubertová.

Border House is a ground floor building with three pavilions. The middle one is bigger and it has a buttress with three-axial Tuscany loggia. Pavilions on sides are smaller with big French windows with a couple of Tuscany pillars. The whole building is made as an architectural background in the middle of beautiful natural surroundings.

Nowadays there is another building built next to the Border House itself. It is a luxurious hotel of the same name. The original Border House serves as its restaurant. It is a popular venue for weddings, different trainings, seminars, or celebrations. The place is visited not only by Czech people but also by foreign tourists or prominent guests.
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