CZ, Blansko: The Nature House of the Moravian Karst
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.
We by ourselves realized that history is not necessarily an obligatory component in schools. In the Nature House of the Moravian Karst , we got immersed to the world of Devonian sea, we saw limestone rocks which were foundations for caves and their dripstone decoration. Also, we met Prehistoric dwellers and flew together with local bats. We saw the live in local forests and also the impact of man on the karst territory.
First things first. With the fall season around the corner, we made a vacation and set off for several days on a trip. This time, we traveled to the area known asBlansko. We saw some castles, towns, and natural sights. In fact, these would be matter for our articles in the following weeks. Among the first places we visited, were places inside the Moravian Karst. Of course, we hadn’t had a slightest idea about the existence of the Nature House of the Moravian Karst. However, a nice lady at one visitor center informed us about it. So, we put the place on our list.
Somehow, we found ourselves in front of a part-timber structure. A massive bridge leads to it from one side, an asphalt road form the other. New information boards and, well, the entire look of the place pointed to its recent completion. Right in front of the entrance, there stands an interesting exhibit of a water cave. You can try how the cycle of water works. Next there was a roofed part with benches, strange wooden statues, and the entrance to the main building. Right upon the entrance, we found ourselves in front of the box office and a souvenir shop. A nice lady told us about the exhibition, gave us some promotional materials and tickets. Nothing held us from going back in time.
Gradually, we had learned the story of the Moravian Karst area, about its geology until the present times. The exposition had several parts. First, we dived ourselves into the coral sea. Then we had learned about karst formations, and met people who lived in local caves. Changing background sounds, and touch screens made the experience more interactive. There are games, quizzes, videos, revolving or touch-sensitive illustrations. And even there are models of animate or inanimate nature objects. You can “catch” bats with a tablet and recognize concrete specimens. Also, a 3D cinema caught our attention. We climbed couple of stairs to the second floor. The distant past was replaced by the “present”. Mankind’s influence on the Moravian Karst is detailed here.
Except for paid exhibitions there was a children’s playground. Kids can roleplay a caver and walk through a small cave. They can also assemble a puzzle dripstone. The Nature House of the Moravian Karst hold many other events. It is open through the year and individual exhibitions will be expanded. Be sure to have enough time for the visit.
We were excited about this “museum”. We wish many visitor would come here and experience a time travel to the Prehistoric era by the 21st century technology. Of course, this was one of the places we have seen. We tell you more next week.
GPS: 49°21'48.4"N 16°42'31.1"E (car park)
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
The Moravian Karst is undoubtedly the most beautiful area in the Czech Republic. Blansko, a town offering many historical, cultural, nature, and other sights, is located right there. It is also an ideal destination for a trip for couple of days for its great life in culture and perfect sport opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
It has been a long time since our last visit to the second largest city in the Czech Republic – Brno. This historical “capital” of Moravia is located on the confluence of the Svratka and Svitava rivers. It has been an important center of culture, justice, and education.
The Moravian metropolis greeted us by a nice sunny day. We set off for some sightseeing. First thing we saw was cathedral of St Peter and Paul.
Not a long time ago we enjoyed the town of Hranice. Several hours of walk later we moved on. Again, we parked our in Teplice nad Becvou, one of the most important spa areas in the Czech Republic.
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.
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.
Not only Mikulov but its chateau, the greatest sight here, is closely related to wine tradition in Palava region. Mikulov Chateau is located on a quite high rock known as the Chateau Hill. It looms over the city. From there you can see all its nooks and beyond.
Someone still talks about Mikulov. It looks even magnificent on pictures. Still, it took me long before I actually went there.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who likes Moravia and its southern part have to love Mikulov. It is an old town smelling after wine, hot Palavian air. Altogether it is wrapped in kindness of local inhabitants.
The second biggest town of the Czech Republic and the biggest Moravian metropolis at the same time, this is Brno. This town is, from times immemorial, a rivalry synonym with Prague, as far as their mentality or even their language (dialect) are concerned.
Today we will together experience an unforgettable cruise along the Bata Channel, which in the past served as a waterway for the transport of lignite from Ratiskovice lying near Skalice, to the distant Otrokovice, but also for irrigation of the surrounding area. Currently it used primarily for recreational purposes. Used for ship passenger with a predominance of sightseeing cruises.
A trip to Buchlov castle was so enchanting we decided to spend another weekend at Czech castles and chateaus. This time we decided Milotice set closer to us. The chateau is located at the edge of the town bearing the same name.
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