CZ, Pálava: Great Bike Ride around Pálava
Once again, we are in the south of Moravia, in a region of wine, fruit trees, traditions and people with a warm nature. This time we will move around the protected landscape area of Pálava, which is the driest and warmest place in the whole of the Czech Republic. Pálava is an extremely valuable landscape, there are some of the most fertile vineyards in Moravia.
Today's bike trip will start in the village of Kobylí. From here, across the cycle path, largely along the field road around Bořetice and Velké Pavlovice, we set off to Starovičky. Here is our first stop waiting for us. In 2014, a lavender farm was established here. You can buy a ticket for the field at a local lavender shop, and the field is about 1.2 km away on foot. The road is relatively dusty in the dry, surrounded by vineyards and directly from the field there is a beautiful view of the Pálav Hills.
From there we continue through Šakvice on mostly flat terrain to Mušovské lakes. From Strachotín to Dolní Věstonice we drive directly along the dam between the lakes. We have beautiful views of the countryside. In Dolní Věstonice we stop and refresh ourselves in one of the local cafes. This village is known for the discovery of the famous Venus of Věstonice, and yet there is peace and quiet without crowds of tourists.
We are slowly starting to climb to Horní Věstonice, to Perná to Klentnice. The hill is not the smallest, but it can be managed. As a reward, other beautiful views await us from all sides. Here is the highest peak of this bike trip. Now there is no hill waiting for us and we go down from Pavlov to the lake. In 2016, the Pavlov Archeopark opened a historical museum under Pavlov. We walk on the plain again, passing the villages of Milovice and Zaječí. Near Zaječí it is possible to visit the Maják lookout tower, from which there are other views of the whole of Pálava and the vineyards below it. We don't even want to believe that we were in Pálava a while ago, it seems so far away from us. Then it is only a short distance to Rakvice, Velké Pavlovice and our base in Kobylí. There we will have a rest, a glass of wine and a great dinner.
Our bike trip around Pálava is about 80 km long and can be done in less than 5 hours, but I would recommend reserving the whole day for this trip. There are several other stops along the way and you will definitely not be bored here.
GPS: 48°49'46.8"N 16°40'20.7"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Just several kilometers south from Brno there is Rajhrad, a beautiful wine-growing town. There is a unique Benedictine cloister and adjacent to it the Memorial of literature in Moravia. Also, there St Peter and Paul church. To us, Rajhrad is an ideal place for a one-day trip from Brno either by train, car or bike. In summer, one afternoon is enough to enjoy it.
The Blue Mountains region is located in southern Moravia and unites the villages of Kobylí, Vrbice, Bořetice, Němčičky and Velké Pavlovice. Today we will ride a bike from Kobylí through Bořetice, Vrbice and Velké Pavlovice. This circuit has 25 relatively undemanding kilometers and a large number of attractions await us on the route, which are worth seeing.
If you like to visit non-traditional places and prefer shorter walks, this place will be perfect for you. South Moravia is beautiful in every season, so you can come here at any time. Have you heard about the lookout tower in Kobylí in the Břeclav region?
The term Moravian Tuscany has only appeared in the last few years. This undulating part of South Moravia with its colorful fields and vineyards really resembles the famous region of Italy. No wonder it is very popular among photographers from all over the world who come here to create their best images. And not just among photographers.
When the Creator was giving he was particularly generous to the south Moravians. Thus, they could call their land the “land of wine.” He gave them the most sun in the Czech lands as well as warm climate doing good to grapes but bolstering recreational activities as well – for instance at Vranovska dam, Brnenska dam or on the lakes near Palava. So what waits here for visitors? Great Moravian landmarks, castles, chateaus, sacral buildings, great works of engineering, border fortresses, and beautiful places in nature. There is no coincidence in south Moravia being the second most interesting locality for tourists right next to Prague.
There is beautiful historical town of Znojmo near the border with Austria on the south of Moravia. It became famous for its wine and cucumbers. Only few know that you can find here, for instance, the relic of St Bonifac, many Middle-Ages landmarks, and that popular TEDx conferences take place there. Let's see Znojmo throughour article and the lense of our videocamera.
It was a forgotten borderline town. Nobody would travel there. Today, it is a growing center of wine where many talented people work. Valtice town is, like Lednice, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Apart from beautiful Renaissance-Baroque chateau or a park, there is the famous Wine Saloon, two beautiful churches, a number of interesting houses, as well as several buildings scattered across the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape. We recommend you to spend at least couple of hours in Valtice while on you are on your trip across south Moravia. However, the best would be to spend a whole day there.
Only some places can in beauty equal Prague. Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape – especially Lednice chateau – is such a place. It really deserves its place in the UNESCO’s cultural heritage list. The House of Liechtenstein realized a unique project for their time and there is almost nothing like this in the world. Come and see with us a small share of what waits for you in Lednice.
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