Castle Lomnice played an important part in Moravian history. Since its beginnings in the High Middle Ages many families have lived between its walls. None of them however, influenced the area more than the Serényi family which found its home here in the mid-17th century.

Since then members of Serényi family proved to be enlightened landlords and statesmen. František Gabriel Serényi enfranchised the people of Lomnice from any socage and dues as early as 1673. Even though the family originally comes from Hungary, they have been demonstrating their loyalty to Czechs and Moravians for centuries. Accordingly, the Serényis fought on the Bohemian side at the Battle of White Mountain which they later paid for by losing a quarter of their property.

History repeated itself centuries later when their properties in Lomnice and Luhačovice were seized by communists. The party took this step despite the fact that the owner at the time, Alois Serényi had fully supported Czechoslovakia during the First Republic and during mobilisation against Nazi Germany in 1938, he even voluntarily registered himself as an officer. The following year he signed the National Declaration of the Bohemian and Moravian Nobility, to pledge loyalty to the president and the Czech people. As such, he was object of Nazi persecution. Under immense pressure he was forced to sign the German citizenship to save six citizens from Luhačovice held as hostages by the Gestapo.

The six hostages were all freed after he signed the documents. Furthermore, the ongoing threats against his immediate family finally came to an end, especially the imminent danger of his children being taken away.

Also, the administration of the spa had urged him to accept the German citizenship to enhance the spa´s position and to secure the spa’s interests during occupation. Many documents of that time confirm that due to his outstanding engagement Spa Luhačovice remained the only non-Germanised spa in the country. Thereby, he saved more than 1600 Czech jobs.

The seized properties were given back to Isabella Thienen, the youngest daughter of Alois Serényi through restitution in 2016/17. At that time castle Lomnice had been used as a school for decades. The family offered to share the premises, but its management decided to leave. 

Zámek Lomnice z dronu – foto: Tomáš Kletzander