Mikulov

Portz Insel

The locality is about 4 km southeast of the centre of the City of Mikulov, on an elevated place named Quiet Island (formerly Portz Insel). In the present-day peninsula part of which is surrounded by Nový pond, you will see the summer residence, later rebuilt as a hunting lodge.


Commissioned by Franz Cardinal Dietrichstein, the summer residence was built around the year 1629, and became a favourite leisure destination for the Mikulov nobility. The peninsula was formerly an island and it could only be approached over a brick bridge made up of fifteen arches. The summer residence complex, including the bridge, was listed as cultural heritage site.

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A Common Territory

A Common Territory

The landscape between the former borderland castles in Mikulov and Falkenstein used to be one continuous area.

The “Portz Insel” Project

The “Portz Insel” Project

The Mikulov, Portz Insel Project – Accessing and reconstruction of a designed historic landscape, was carried out by the City of Mikulov and its partners – the municipalities of Sedlec u Mikulova and Drasenhofen in Austria.

History of the Island Complex

History of the Island Complex

In the era of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, the cultural landscape around Mikulov was the scene of extraordinary activities. Artificial ponds and small streams to the south and east of the residential town were interconnected into a magnificent landscape system, the unifying element of which was water. The pond cascades, stream and millrace beds, water mills and fisheries, avenues of trees and orchards, bridges and summer houses all created an almost magical landscape.

The Brick Bridge

The Brick Bridge

The historical brick bridge is in all respects a unique structure not only in this country, but also on a broader European scale.

The Border Across the Area

The Border Across the Area

From the 17th century onward, the border between the Czech Lands and Austria running through the area of Portz Insel was frequently changed.

The Countryside around Portz Insel

The Countryside around Portz Insel

The countryside of today’s floodplain of the stream Včelínek (in German Niklasgraben) which begins a short distance south of Mikulov in Austria, has a rich and varied history.

Ponds

Ponds

The pond building and fish farming managed by social elites evolved into a phenomenon at the close of the Middle Ages and in the early centuries of the modern times.

Educational Trail

Educational Trail

The project aim also included, following the repair of the bridge, making it accessible again. In the past, the bridge was connected to the road network which, however, fell into disrepair after the Second World War. Within the project, the roads have been resurfaced and used in the development of the educational trail for visitors. It guides them through the area and takes them as far as the village of Drasenhofen in Austria.