CZ, Blansko – The Heart of the Moravian Karst II
Today we look again into the beautiful city in the heart of beautiful nature. Yes, we talk about Blansko, the entrance to the Moravian Karst. But it is not only that. It is a place of fascinating sights we take look at on the following lines.
The greatest sight of Blansko is its chateau - Blansko. You can find it near the town hall. Its Renaissance glamor will strike you when you go there from the main road. Blansko chateau was founded on the place of former early Gothic stronghold (a type of rural medieval settlement). In this case the stronghold was administered by bishops from Olomouc. They leased it to Czech, Moravian, or foreign noblemen.
In 1604 the chateau saw Renaissance renovation. The original parts of the chateau are southwest tower’s cylindrical torso and chateau’s façade. During the years 1870 and 1883 there were done interesting adjustments which gave the chateau a Renaissance revival gable and wooden staircase in the interior as well as walls and ceilings were covered with wooden boards.
Blansko is a four-wing, one-story chateau today operating a museum. You enter the museum by going through a portal in its western façade. Above is a stone board which was hung up there in 1593. It documents the then owners of the dominion. Right to the portal is a Renaissance clock tower. When you get to chateau’s courtyard you find yourselves in square-shaped square, a point form where you can start exploring the chaetau. You walk through pink, musical, and red saloon and green study room. The coffer ceiling is amazing. Amazing is also a lecture which local guid tells you while going through the chambers. She tells you on chateau’s history, former owners, precious guests who have visited the chateau such as archeologist Jindrich Wankel, writer Ferdinand von Saar or Karolina Meineke. Next you can see the display of Blanensko cast iron displaying large and small items. Also, you can dive deep into the exploration of caves and castles around Blansko. Of course, this is hardly everything you can see around here. But we will leave the exploration up to you. What we can tell you is that there is a park where is also a lake, cast iron statues displaying motives from the antiquity, or wonderful cast iron fountain with reliefs on it.
We walked through the chateau in two hours and continued in our journey. We set off to church of St Martin . The parish is one of the oldest in Moravia, the legend has it the parish was founded in 882. Then Cyril and Method traveled across many settlements in Moravia. However, the first written evidence comes from the year 1136.
Tatars and the Hussite wars were catastrophes that the church had to face throughout the centuries. This Romanesque church was later rebuilt in the Baroque style. A tower was built in the years 1707 to 1710. Inside is one 13th century bell and then two other. The belfry is readjusted as a observation platform. Inside the church there is a stone altar, the way of the Cross built in 1889, or an organ. The Rozmital family have their tomb here. Despite the church is very stark it is charming.
We encountered the memorial to Karolina Meineke, the first wife of Wilhelm II standing near the church, and her son-in-law Karel Teubner. Standing on a hill we enjoyed the panoramic view of the town. In distance we spotted a timbered structure which caught our attention. We went closer to it but how we found it is the matter of the next week’s article.
GPS: 49°21'49.8"N 16°38'45.4"E
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
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.
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.
Don't know where to spend a beautiful sunny day? What would you say to the observation tower associated with a beautiful walk or a cycling trip? I know exactly one such lookout.
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Not far from Pernštejn Castle, along the Svratka River, lies the town of Doubravník. At first glance, you will be fascinated by the majestic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and there is plenty to discover in the area. Let's go to Doubravník together now.
Near the village of Nedvědice stands one of our most impressive Gothic castles, in the Middle Ages the main seat of the influential lords of Pernštejn. Let's go to it together and take a look at the completed generous reconstruction of its gardens.
Near Bystřice nad Pernštejnem on the eastern edge of the Vysočina region, today we will visit the picturesque landscape around the Bobrůvka and Libochovka rivers. Ruins, ponds and majestic rocks await us.
The valley of the Bobrůvka and Loučka rivers offers many romantic nooks and Trenckova gorge near the village of Drahonín certainly belongs among them. Let's go on a slightly adventurous trip over rocks and gorges to a rock gorge with an interesting history.
We concluded our walk in Adamov at a restaurant. Then we set off to Josefovske Valley in the lower reaches of Krtinsky Stream about 3 kilometers away. There is a conservation area where one can learn on recent history of the territory
Today we continue in our journey across the Moravian Karst. We have explored the Katerinska Cave and returned to Skalni Mill. Then we took an asphalt road towards the bottom station of the cable car. The cable car was supposed to take us up to the famous and popular Macocha Gorge.
Once we introduced you the new interactive exhibition in the Moravian Karst Nature House we move bit further. Today we talk about our starting locality which is called Rocky Mill. This one is unique for many reasons.
Today we conclude our tour in the Moravian Karst. We visit the Balcarka cave near Ostrov u Macochy village. This cave hides the greatest dripstones. Also, it is the most popular to visit. It unravels its 15 thousand years of history of human settlement. So lets go inside!
Cerna Hora, a town of about 2000 (20 kilometers from Brno at the edge of Boskovicka Brazda) is situated in the Blansko district. Surrounded with beautiful forests, the town is famous for its brewery. We take a look at other places you shouldn’t miss as well.
In our journeys in the region of South Moravia we stopped at Adamov, a town situated 12 kilometers from Brno. Surrounded by forests the town is located on the confluence of the Svitava and Krtinsky creek. It has a population of 4.5 thousand.
We had paid our visit the House of Nature once we reached Skalni mill, a locality near Blansko district town, also thought about as the entrance to the Moravian Karst. We had also seen some of its surrounding. The trail going to the Katerinska cave is right behind this recently opened exhibition.
Upon seeing the marvels of architecture in Blansko – the wooden church, chateau, Jezek’s bridge – today our goal are not only some other sghts. We also talk about the social life in the city.
Once we visited Blansko chateau and St Martin church we set off to a wooden structure. We spotted it when we observed the town. This structure is a church which actually doesn’t fit in the city’s architecture.
Only couple of days ago, a unique interactive exhibition has been opened in the heart of the Moravian Karst (at the meeting point of Suchy and Pusty Zleb) near Skalni Mill. The exhibition take you through the history of this place in a very innovative way.
Our walk along the Macocha Nature trail led us to the bottom cable car station which was launched in May 1995. We found ourselves at the altitude of about 361 meters. Our goal was Horni Mustek above the Macocha abyss. Horni Mustek is more than 130 meters higher.
Last week we got finally closer to our goal – the fabulous Macocha gorge. First we took a look at it when we were at Dolni Mustek. Then we went up to see its glory from above from Horni Mustek.
Moravian Karst is one of the most important climbing zones in the Czech Republic. There the history of classic as well as modern climbing was made.
Only five kilometers from the district capital of Blansko there is Rajec-Jestrebi, a town of 3.5 thousand by the Svitava River. This town is the northern gateway to the Moravian Karst however also a town where a beautiful chateau is located.
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