Hostel Mitte - trips
One of the remarkable landmarks of the city of Brno is undoubtedly a huge limestone Ruzena quarry, stretching north from the neighborhoods, Vinohrady and Líšeň. Quarry significantly cut a southern side of the hill Hady (424 meters), where there is a television transmitter. The mining was stopped in 1998. This is a very interesting site. Due to its location, there is an excellent view of the whole Brno, and also on the more distant Pálava. During good weather you can even see the Alps. After mining in the local quarry there remained a few lakes, which are popular mainly among nudists. With special subsoil there is a lot of protected plants. What I certainly very pleased by the fact that even though you're moments away from the boroughs, there reigns a beautiful natural silence does not lie here the sound of the city. The site Hady was in 1992, on a small area of forest at the top of a hill, declared a national nature reserve " Hádecká planinka ". Furthermore, there is a natural monument ' Big Klajdovka "(dating from 1987) and" Jackdaw "- a place where there still exist original karst forest steppe with rare flora. Also, there is a declared state nature reserve" U Brněnky "directly at Lisen road - walkway - a plateau of Devonian limestone, which here consists of numerous rocks and boulders.
Castle of Slavkov-Austerlitz
Castle of Slavkov ranks among the oldest well-preserved manors in Moravia. According to written sources the history of the present Baroque castle began in the 13th century, at that time there was the commandery of Teutonic Knights Order. During the reign of Ulrich III, at the end of the 16th century, new Renaissance castle was built upon the older foundations based on four-winged ground plan with arcades and a huge prismatic tower. The aristocratic family of Kaunitz was in possession of both, castle and the whole manor of Slavkov for more than four centuries. The current owner is the city of Slavkov. The Castle of Slavkov was declared a national cultural monument in 2008. The park at Slavkov castle, with couple of pools and sculptures made by Giovanni Giuliani, are both integral parts of the whole castle area. There is also a 6-hole golf course in the back side of the park. Opening Hours: April9.00-16.00closed on Monday May9.00-17.00closed on Monday Jun, July, August9.00-17.00daily September9.00-17.00closed on Monday October,November9.00-16.00closed on Monday Price list: Historical halls: 120Kč adults 60Kč Children, students,handicaps 70Kč seniors Historical halls and lounges: 170Kč adults 110Kč children, students,handicaps 120Kč seniors Castle underground: 80Kč adults 40Kč children, students, handicaps 50Kč seniors http://www.zamek-slavkov.cz/en/ Traffic connection: By car - highway D1 from Prague - exit Slavkov u Brna - Highway D1 from Ostrava - exit Rousinov By train – railway station Slavkov u Brna By bus – bus station Slavkov u Brna By bicycle – bikeways 5097, 5136
State chateau Lednice is state property from 1945. Is managed by the Ministry of Culture through the National Heritage Institute in Prague, regional office in Kroměříž. The castle is one of the most visited monuments in our Czech republic. Neo-Gothic reconstruction in the 19th century, it has created a residence surrounded by one of Europe's largest parks (almost 200 ha), in which the visitor finds the Palm House, the Venetian fountain, Roman aqueduct, the Chinese Pavilion, artificial ruins minarett and Johns Castle. Thanks to a unique connection with the monuments surrounding human nature was formed in 1996 by the whole Lednice- Valtice UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opening hours: March10.00-16.00Saturday, Sunday April9.00-16.00Saturday, Sunday May, June9.00-17.00Closed on Monday July, August9.00-17.00Daily September9.00-17.00Closed on Monday October9.00-16.00Saturday, Sunday November, December10.00-16.00Saturday, Sunday Price list for guided tours in foreign languages: Representative rooms: 230Kč full 175Kč reduced, Private princely apartments: 200Kč full 155Kč reduced Childrens room and museum of marionettes: 200Kč full 155Kč reduced Greenhouse: 60Kč full40Kč reduced- without guide Minaret: 50Kč full30Kč reduced- without guide Johns castle: 60Kč full40Kč reduced- guided only in Czech language Grotta: 50Kč full25Kč reduced- guided only in Czech language https://www.zamek-lednice.com/en/ Traffic connection: dálnice D2 Brno – Bratislava. exit on 41st km direction Podivín. Lednice is on the road n.422. By train n.S7 Brno hl. n.- Břeclav. From the train station go 300m to the bus station and continue on the way by the bus n.570 to Lednice From 1.5. till 28.9. every weekend and state day there is going a historical train “Hurvínek” from Břeclav to Lednic
Veveří is an originally ducal and royal castle located some 12 km northwest ofBrno city centre, Moravia, Czech Republic, on the River Svratka.According to legend, the castle Veveří ("squirrel" in Czech) was founded by Přemyslid Duke Conrad of Brno in the middle of the 11th Century, then only as a hunting lodge. Nevertheless, the first credible recorded mention about the castle is from the years 1213 and 1222, when King Přemysl Otakar I used the fortified castle as a prison for rebellious peers. Opening hours: April, October9.00-17.00every weekend and state day May- September9.00-18.00Monday closed Sightseeing circles: The area of castle Veveří- free acces of all the yards of the castle including the entrance to the terrace, Tower of dust and some of the seasonal exibitions. Price: adult 20 CZK, children under 6-for free, others (students, seniors etc.) 10 CZK 1.circle (basic)- In this circle you will visit representational and private rooms of the last owners of the castle. Duration is 20 minutes. Price: adult 90 CZK, children under 6 years for free, the others (students, children up 6, seniors) 60CZK 2.circle-Building-historical development of castle Veveří.The circle is accesible for people up to 15 beause of physical difficulty. Duration is 60 minutes. Price: adult 150 CZK, the others (students. seniors etc.) 100 CZK. Transport: Because the castle is located near to Brno, there is a lot of ways how to get there. In a warmer season you can go there on your feed or bike there. Use the path which leads from parking place at Přístaviště to hrad Veveří. The path is marked by green colour and it is designated for walking and also cycling. Next option is also limited for the warmer part of year, concretly from 16. april untill 16. october, and it is Brnos ferry. The ferry goes from Přístaviště to hrad Veveří (the stop is called Veveří Bítýška). You can step out of the ferry and go to castle veveří or you can just take sightseeing circle which last about 2 hours. You can also take bus number 303 to get to the castle. The bus goes from the stop called Zoologická zahrada (to this stop goes tram number 1 from the centre of Brno
Moravian Karst is one of the most important karst area of Central Europe. In the area of Moravian Karst, there are more than 1100 caverns and gorges. But only 4 caves of the all number are open to public. There are Punkvevní jeskyně (Punkva Caves) with their underground river – during the cruise you can see there the bottom of the famous Macocha Abyss. Another cave is Kateřinská jeskyně with its unique limestone columns. The Balcarka Cave is full of colorful stalactitic decoration. Sloupsko-šošůvské jeskyně are made by huge corridors and underground gorges. Very remarkable for all visitors is view to Macocha Abyss from two platforms – the Upper and Lower foot bridge. In the central part of Moravian Karst, Rudické propadání is the main place to visit, where river called Jedovnický potok suddenly disappears into the caves and comes out in Býčí skála close to village Josefov after its 12 km long mysterious journey. The Protected Landscape Area (PLA) Moravian Karst has about 92 km2. In summer, we recommend to make a reservation for tickets to caves. Most exposed parts of PLA, valleys called Pustý žleb and Suchý žleb are closed to all car traffic. Instead, there is an ecological public transport – road-trains and cableway. The part from Skalní mlýn to Punkevní jeskyně is connected by the ecological road-train. From the Punkva Caves train station the cableway goes up to Macocha Abyss Plateau. The train and cableway run in connection with entries to Punkva Caves. You can buy entrance tickets to caves and fare for ecological transport at Information Center in Skalní mlýn. Another way to go there is using coach from Blansko-railway station to Skalní mlýn. Opening hours: Januar- March 8.40-14.00Mondays closed April- September10.00-16.00Monday 8.20 -16.00Tuesday- Sunday October- December 8.40-14.00Mondays closed during of visit: 55 - 70 minuts lenght of route: 1100 - 1550 metres entrance: 80 - 160 CZK (different routes) Reservation: It is better to make a reservation in advance Kateřinská jeskyně - phone n. +420 516 413 161 Jeskyně Balcarka - phone n. +420 516 444 330 Jeskyně Výpustek - phone n. +420 516 439 111 Sloupsko-šošůvské jeskyně - phone n. +420 516 435 335 Transport: Train: train S2 from Brno to Blansko, than change for a local bus n.226 to Skalní mlýn Both of the ways of transport takes about half an hour to get there. GPS : 49°22'14.54"N, 16°43'32.47"E http://www.moravskykras.net/en/punkva-caves.html adress: Skalní mlýn, 678 25 Blansko, Czech Republic
It is said that half of Brno goes to the dam lake and the other half to Marian Valley. And it is true. Marian Valley is easily reached by bus. The Marian Valley consists of “lakes” (man made water reservoirs that were built from 1953 to 1967) surrounded by forests. During your walk you can visit several mills, restaurants, playgrounds for children and three caves, two of which are freely accessible. Worth visiting! Marian Valley is located on the eastern outskirts of Brno, near the city of Líšeň. It is a part of the Říčky, which stretches from the cottage settlements Lhotka up to the village Podolí highway from Brno to Vyškov. (About 12 km from the city, 20 minutes away. The valley has several restaurants. In the woods above the valley is hidden from our ancient history, whether, for example, a Celtic oppidum and later settlement from the Great Moravian period Old Castle, the headland above the first pond, or the remains of a medieval Horákovského castle, which had reportedly extinguished in the year 1464th If you go against the river flow by Mucha shed through the forest to the north, about two kilometers walk a straight path to the forest pond below Bělkový mill. Early morning in the summer, you may find that the whole pond will be just yours; in the immediate vicinity of the city is a fairly strange feeling. From this natural pool is one kilometer to reach Ochozská cave, known for its largest cave system in the southern part of the Moravian Karst. Entrance is closed by a massive iron grilles danger of imprisonment when a sudden increase of the underground creek level. On the contrary, the world-famous cave Bakery, which was found engraved battle three bison to horse bones from the period magdalena’s culture is freely accessible, as well as caves Švédů table, which in turn famous for finding the jaw of the Neanderthal man and his tools from the period of about a hundred thousand years ago. Traffic connection: Take a tram n.8 in the direction Líšeň (Mifkova) and take off on the stop Jírova. Than continue by the bus n.55 to Mariánské údolí. a dále pokračovat autobusem č.55 do stanice Mariánské údolí
Deer park Holedná
While deer and mouflon visitors can see to move freely, it is not the same for feral pigs, who could hurt humans. Part of the branches is there fore in the south-western part of even a small deer park with an area of about 200 x 150 m, where feral pigs live. You can feed pigs can with apples, carrots or dry bread, which appreciate mainly child visitors. Part of the deer park is a small pond where ducks are settled, but also fish and amphibians. Water surface, especially lakes, can be found also on other locations in the area. You can also find resting arbours and ordinary benches used to relax. Traffic connection: Holedná entire deer park is fenced, so it kept animals inside . Therefor the entrance is possible only from a few places . Bus no. 52 from Mendlovo náměstí in the direction Bystrc Zoo, and use a stop Kohoutovice, hájenka, where is also one of the entrances. Second entrance is on the stop called Stará dálnice. You can get there by the bus n.52 from Mendlovo náměstí. Here are also some parking places for car free of charge. In Bystrc there is an entrance through the street Pod Horkou and Udolí oddechu. The closest tram stop is Kamenolom, where is goign tram n.1 in the direction Bystrc (Ečerova). By the tram n.1 we can go to Jundrov, tram stop vozovna Komín. There change for a bus n.67 and go to the stop Nálepkova, from where is an entrance to the deer park.
Castle Dolní Kounice
The monastic castle , the only one in our country , is historically linked with the Congregation of the Sisters Premonstrates from a nearby monastery Rosa Coeli. After the dissolution of the monastery in the first half of the 16th century main palace building in the opulent Renaissance palace was rebuilt . Gothic defense system of walls, towers and ditches remained until today. Construction of the castle, was built between the years 1285 and 1330. At the core is an elongated trapezoid, almost a rectangle, a middle rungs 27 x 47 meters. It is situated by the edge of a steep slope to the river Jihlava. Around two-storey palace buildings circulates on three sides by a large exterior courtyard, now partially enclosed by economic buildings. Opening hours: May-September10.00-16.00every weekend Price list: Adult70CZK Child20CZK www.zamekkounice.cz Traffic connection: by car-If you are traveling from Brno, it's easy. From the highway to Vienna to go down Bratčice exit (first exit after RAJHRAD) turn towards Bratčice and continue to the intersection, there you turn towards Nemcicky. If you do not take the highway, leave for Brno to Rajhrad, then the direction Syrovice, Bratčice and the path has been the same, after passing NĚMČIČKY continues along the main to Pravlov, here you turn to the right toward the Lower Kaunitz to arrive in Lower Kaunitz. After about 150 meters turn right on Castle. Here you can park your car and continue walking 100 meters to the castle. by bus- tram n.2 to the final in Modřice and change for bus no. 512 GPS: 49°4’2.07″N, 16°28’20.22″E
Monastery Rosa Coeli in Dolní Kounice
The monastery Rosa Coeli was opend in about 1183 by Vilém of Pulín for the women’s monastic order of Premonstratensian order, which , according to the report of the chronicler Jarloch, came from the principal nunnery in Louňovice. We have not learnt about about the construction extent of the Romanesque monastery neither from the sources nor from erchaological finds. We do not even guess reasons why there was the reconstruction of the monasterial church and contiguous convent in the Gothic style in 1430’s. The Gothic building was propably finished under Provost Ruland at the end od the thired quarter of the 14th century. During the Hussite wars, the monastery was burnt. Opening hours: April- June 10.00-17.00every weekend July- August10.00-17.00daily September- October10.00-17.00every weekend Price list: Adult30 CZK Seniors20 CZK Students, children15 CZK www.jizni-morava.cz/en/object/36531-monastery-rosa-coeli-dolni-kounice Traffic connection: by car-If you are traveling from Brno, it's easy. From the highway to Vienna to go down Bratčice exit (first exit after RAJHRAD) turn towards Bratčice and continue to the intersection, there you turn towards Nemcicky. If you do not take the highway, leave for Brno to Rajhrad, then the direction Syrovice, Bratčice and the path has been the same, after passing NĚMČIČKY continues along the main to Pravlov, here you turn to the right toward the Lower Kaunitz to arrive in Lower Kaunitz. After about 150 meters turn right on Castle. Here you can park your car and continue walking 100 meters to the castle. by bus- tram n.2 to the final in Modřice and change for bus no. 512 GPS: 49°4’2.07″N, 16°28’20.22″E
Babí Lom - Lelekovice
Freely accessible lookout Bílý Lom is near the village of Lelekovice nearby Brno. The construction of the cylindrical plan stands on a rocky outcrop in difficult terrain at an altitude of 521 m. It is said that in clear weather you are able to see the peaks of the Alps from the top. Concrete lookout Babí Lom located on the south slope of Babí Lom peak (562 m.n.m.), which rises to the north of the village Lelekovice. Fifteen meter high tower provides a scenic view and east to Drahany Highlands, west to Žďárské Vrchy and Českomoravskou vrchovinu. Southeasterly direction can be observed wooded hills Chřiby and Ždánice Forest and if you look south, you will see part of Brno with the castle Špilberk. The observation tower has two observation decks, the higher has 12 meters. Traffic connection: tran from Brno to Česká, then transfer to bus No. 41 to Lelekovice. From Lelekovice we continue along the hiking trail to the lookout. (Shortest turistic option) map on the previous page A dense network of tourist signs series allows many combination of trails. You can start or end in these places around Brno: Útěchov, Jehnice and Ořešín, followed by the municipality Lelekovice (bus) Vranov (bus, train), Czech (train) and city Adamov (train)
Discover Pálava – a region kissed by the sun
The South Moravian region of Pálava, is a part of UNESCO Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve. Where is the best starting point to explore the beauty of the Pálava Region? Most would say it is the fairytale town of Mikulov, whose dominant feature is the Baroque chateau perched high on a cliff. Another gateway to the region is the wine-growing village of Pavlov, which is situated at the foot of the highest peak in Pálava, Děvín. Also in the vicinity are some of the best attractions in South Moravia – the wine trails. Along marked paths you can set off to the Pálava Hills on bike or on foot, and as an added bonus you can taste the excellent wines, which are rated as among the best in Europe. You can also set off in the footsteps of the prehistoric mammoth hunters to Dolní Věstonice, where the world-famous Věstonice Venus statue was found – one of the most valuable treasures of the Czech Republic. Palava In the northwest projection of the Pannonian Plain, in the warmest and almost driest area of the Czech Republic, it is the Pavlov Hills. The local ground is still guarded secrets of ancient mammoth hunters, Celts, and forgotten the fate of soldiers X. Roman legion 's legend began with the cultivation of the vine. Palava was in 1976 declared a protected area and a decade later UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is an area with many unique species of plants is also an excellent location for growing grapes.
In the midst of some stunning countryside strung with vineyards and dotted with white cliffs lies Mikulov in the shade of its own castle. Dominating the town is the highly conspicuous Baroque chateau, which welcomes its visitors from atop a high cliff. Inside you can visit the period chateau cellars where visitors learn about the region’s centuries-old wine producing traditions, as well as viewing other exhibitions on the town’s history. A stroll through the charming town centre is a relaxing experience – on the main square you can admire some ornately decorated houses and the imposing Dietrichstein Mausoleum. Chateau Mikulov The former Liechtenstein and later Diestrichstein chateau on the rock has been a unique dominant of the Mikulov skyline for centuries. The original governor ´s castle was donated by Přemysl Otakar II in 1249 to the Liechtenstein family as the fief. In late 16th century the new owners of the seat, the Dietrichstein family, had the chateau reconstructed to the present appearance after the fire in 1719. In 1945, during the retreat of the German army, the chateau was burnt down to the foundation and reconstructed in 1950 thanks to the care of the Union for Renewal of Mikulov Chateau. The reconstruction was quite demanding. The most interesting parts of the chateau are the chateau library and the Ancestors´ Hall. Now the chateau has been the seat of the Regional Museum of Mikulov with several interesting exhibitions. Opening hours: April9.00-16.00friday-sunday May-June,September9.00-17.00monday closed July- August9.00-18.00monday closed October- November10.00-17.00friday-sunday Chateau tours: I.History80CZK II.Chateau cellar and Giant Barrel50CZK III.Wine through the Centuries50CZK IV.Romans and Germans in the Land Below the Pálava Hills50CZK It is possible to combine tours www.mikulov.cz/tourism/monuments-and-sights/chateau/?languageId=1 Traffic connection: Bus n.729105 25 from Brna to Mikulov Mikulov is on the way to Viena, follow the road E461.
Křtiny is a market town (městys) in Blansko District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic, lying on boundary of the Moravian Karst nature reserve. It has 792 inhabitants (2006). The town is an old Marian pilgrimage site (administered by the Premonstratensians) and is dominated by a Baroque pilgrim complex; the original project by Jan Santini Aichel was modified during construction and was not fully completed. It comprises the Church of the Holy Name of Mary (houses a Gothic statue of the Virgin Mary), St. Anne Chapel, Provost Residence and other buildings. Chateau Křtiny Vallis Baptismi – Valley of Baptism – Christening (Křtiny). This ancient name proves the importance of the traditional places where the town Křtiny in the middle of splendid and varied nature since 1750 is a baroque temple complex, castle and park designed by Jan Blazej Santini – Aichl. On 10.200 ha of forest owned by the Mendel University in Brno, located on the northern border of city of Brno in the neighborhood of Jedovnice, Křtiny, Adamov, Bílovice nad Svitavou and Vranov u Brna, partly belonging to the Moravian Karst, manages since 1923 Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny. As well as Křtiny castle with park. Although church and castle are not located on the highest point in the landscape, they dominate Křtiny valley. www.zamek-krtiny.cz/en/portfolio/history Traffic connection: Take the tram n.2 in the direction Modřice smyčka, and take off on the stop called Stará osada. Change for a bus n.201 to Křtiny. Or you can use a train S2 to Adamov and than change for a bus n.157 to Křtiny, obecní úřad.
Kroměříž is a Moravian town in the Zlin Region of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is the Baroque Kroměříž Bishop's Palace, where some scenes from Amadeus and Immortal Beloved were filmed. The Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1998. The town, inhabited by slaves from the 7th century, was founded in 1260 by Bruno von Schauenburg (de), bishop of Olomouc. Bruno chose Kroměříž to become his see and he also made his castle the centre of his dominion which consisted of more than 60 vassals from the whole of Moravia. Kroměříž is referred to as a market village in a document by Přemysl Otakar II from 1256, but in 1266 it is already called a town. Bruno also established what was to become the famous Archbishop's Palace. The town was badly damaged in the Thirty Years' War, was plundered twice by Swedish troops (1643 and 1645), after this the Black Death came. Bishop Karl II von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn rebuilt the city and the palace after the war. The Constitutive Imperial Congress sat in Kroměříž in 1848. Kroměříž is a birthplace of Max Švabinský (born September 17, 1873; died February 10, 1962), one of the most important Czech painters of the last century. A permanent exhibition called Max Švabinský Memorial can be seen in the Museum of Kroměříž Region (Czech: Muzeum Kroměřížska), located in the lower part of Big Square (Velké náměstí), near the entrance to the Bishop's Palace (Gallery - Titian´s Marsyas) You can visite here jewish town hall, House of county representative, Pub of Heppnar, Fountain at the main square, House of the prince, Floral garden, Mill gate, Town hall etc. www.kromeriz.eu/en Traffic connection: Take the bus n. 39 or the bus n.14 from Brno ÚAN Zvonařka to Kroměříž.
Olomouc is a city in Moravia, in the east of the Czech Republic. Located on the Morava River, the city is the ecclesiastical metropolis and historical capital city of Moravia. Today it is an administrative centre of the Olomouc Region and sixth largest city in the Czech Republic. The city has about 102,000 residents, and its larger urban zone has a population of about 480,000 people. Olomouc contains several large squares, the chief of which is adorned with the Holy Trinity Column, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The column is 115 ft (35 m) high and was built between 1716 and 1754. The city has numerous historic religious buildings. The most prominent church is Saint Wenceslas Cathedralfounded before 1107 in the compound of the Olomouc Castle. At the end of the 19th century, the cathedral was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style. It kept many features of the original church, which had renovations and additions reflecting styles of different ages: Romanesque crypt, Gothic cloister, Baroque chapels. The highest of the three spires is 328 ft (100 m), the second-highest in the country (after Cathedral of St. Bartholomew in Plzeň). The church is next to the Bishop Zdík's Palace (also called the Přemyslid Palace), a Romanesque building built after 1141 by the bishop Henry Zdík. It remains one of the most precious monuments of Olomouc: Such an early bishop's palace is unique in Central Europe. The Přemyslid Palace, used as the residence of Olomouc dukes from the governing Přemyslid dynasty, stood nearby. Saint Maurice Church, a fine Gothic building of the 15th century, has the 6th-largest church organ in Central Europe. Saint Michael's Church is notable. The Neo-baroque chapel of Saint John Sarkander stands on the site of a former town prison. At the beginning of the Thirty Years' War, the Catholic priest John Sarkander was imprisoned here. Accused of collaboration with the enemy, he was tortured but did not reveal anything because of the Seal of Confession and died. The torture rack and Sarkander’s gravestone are preserved here. He wascanonized by Pope John Paul II during his visit in Olomouc in 1995. John Paul II also visited Svatý Kopeček (Olomouc) (cs) ("The Holy Hillock"), which has the magnificent Baroque church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary. It overlooks the city. The Pope promoted the church to Minor Basilica. Several monasteries are in Olomouc, including Hradisko Monastery, Convent of Dominican Sisters in Olomouc and others. Olomouc is proud of its six Baroque fountains. They survived in such number thanks to the city council's caution. While most European cities were removing old fountains after building water-supply piping, Olomouc decided to keep them as reservoirs in case of fire. The fountains feature ancient Roman motifs; five portray the Roman gods Jupiter (image), Mercury (image), Triton (image), Neptune andHercules (image). One features Julius Caesar, the legendary founder of the city (image). In the 21st century, an Arion fountain was added to the main square, inspired by the older project. In the largest square in Olomouc (Horní náměstí, Upper Square), in front of the astronomical clock, is a scale model of the entire old town in bronze. www.olomouc.eu/en Traffic connection: The best way to Olomouc is by the train R909
Moravský Krumlov is a town in the Znojmo District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. The city is named Moravský Krumlov ("Moravian Krumlov") to differentiate it from Český Krumlov ("Bohemian Krumlov"), which lies in South Bohemia. Founded presumably in 1260 by Ottokar II of Bohemia, the town boasts quite a remarkable history, reaching its peak in the 16th century as the residence of the mighty Lords of Leipa, hereditary marshals to the kings of Bohemia. In 1622 the Krumlov château and the domain were acquired by the House of Liechtenstein. On the last night of World War II (7 May 1945), it was heavily bombed by Soviet air forces. As a result, three quarters of the town lay in ruins. The château, the Augustinian monastery, All Saints Church, and St Florian Church were among the buildings that survived. Until 2011, the castle of Moravský Krumlov was home to the series of paintings by Alphonse Mucha known as "The Slav Epic" (Slovanská epopej), which are now housed in Prague. www.dokrumlova.cz, www.meksmk.cz Traffic connection: The way to Moravský Krumlov takes around 40 Minutes. From the public transport you can choose between bus(number 44,45) and train S41.
Along the Lichtenstein trail – to see UNESCO sights
Route tracking: Valtice – Rendez-vous – Three Graces – Janův castle – Lednice – Border chateau - Hlohovec - Valtice Characteristics: An easy ride through Lednice-Valtice area offers a unique landscape experience which, thanks to its outstanding value, is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. Romantic structures as well as parks and gardens appear unexpectedly in the middle of the forest, which the Lichtensteins build here at the southeast region of Moravia. Description: The lenght of the route is 27,9 km.The town of Valtice is not only the former seat of the ancient Lichtenstein dynasty and an architecture jewel in the Lednice-Valtice area crown, but it is also a major wine town. The trip may be started by a visit of an impressive Valtice underground or the Salon vín, which offers a tasting of the best 100 wines of the Czech Republic in the castle cellars. As an access road to the Lichtenstein trail we can use a cycle trail no. 5045 running from Valtice square past a two-spire church of Ascension of Virgin Mary towards Lednice. At the end of the town the trail leaves the road and runs on an easy dirt road towards decorative parks and impressive buildings in the countryside. Shortly after you enter the forest you will see a romantic building in the shape of a Roman Triumphal arch – Templeof Diana, which, thanks to the meetings of hunters in the past in these forests, is called Rendez-vous. The hunters also used the newest structure in the area – St. Hubert chapel. From this building, dedicated to the patron saint of hunters and shooters, the trail continues along a forest road towards Nový dvůr. At the crossroads, where the markings for the main trail go to the right, take the road straight on to reach a Classicist crescent building. At the axis of the crescent stands a sculpture of Three Graces. The beauty of Greek goddesses of Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite in front of the folly was carved by Martin Fischer from a single piece of stone. The view from the sculpture over Prostřední Lake to Rybniční zámeček (Fishing chateau) reveals the composition approach of the Lichtenstein builders. After coming back to the main trail you ride past an Empire style farm Nový Dvůr, which became famous by horse breeding of the Lichtensteins. The trail runs past the Temple ofApollo at the lake shore through Valtice avenue of trees eastward. The following part of the trail can be flavoured with a detour around Janohrad (John’s castle). Located at the bank of the river Dyje, the folly, which is an imitation of a medieval ruin, will celebrate a 200-year anniversary this year. Janohrad is a crossroads of cycle trails and also a stop for cruise boats to Břeclav. A quiet hard surface road at the river Dyje bank along floodplain forests will take you back to Lednice in a few minutes. You may rather need hours to visit all sights that Lednice offers. Lednice castle, greenhouse, and a large Baroque park represent a unique building and landscape artistry activities of the Lichtensteins in South Moravia. As a reminder of advanced winemaking in the region under the Palava hills on the way back to Valtice the Lichtenstein coat of arms will be accompanied by a green cellar entrance of the Mikulov wine trail. But before we can find out more about the busy wine tourism activity in Hlohovec cellar colony of Šulaperk, there is a short part on the road and a shady trail along the water towards Border chateau. A former borderline between the Margraviate of Moravia and Archduchy of Lower Austria ran through the middle of the chateau, which was composed as an architecture jewel in the surrounding monumental landscape. The ground floor of the chateau houses a restaurant whose excellent cuisine and a magnificent view are the best invitation for a late lunch. The uphill among the cellars of the traditional Moravian village of Hlohovec runs towards Šulaperk, a renowned wine cellar colony, which was born at the beginning of the 19th century. Try a glass of Hlohovec Frankovka or Green Veltliner from Stará Hora vineyard, the last five kilometres to your destination in Valtice will become shorter and more joyful. If you still have any energy left at Valtice square and you still miss the dominant of Valtice in your itinerary, take a two-kilometre climb to Reistna colonnade, whose gallery offers a panoramic view of the town and the landscape in Lednice-Valtice area. Recommended points of interest: Valtice: chateau, Valtické underground, Salon vín of the Czech Republic, Reistna colonnade, Rendez-vous, Three Graces Lednice: chateau, Minaret, Janův hrad (John’s Castle) Hlohovec: Border chateau Traffic connection: dálnice D2 Brno – Bratislava. exit on 41st km direction Podivín. Lednice is on the road n.422. By train n.S7 Brno hl. n.- Břeclav. From the train station go 300m to the bus station and continue on the way by the bus n.570 to Lednice