» CZ, Moravian Karst: Balcarka – The Cave of Greatest Dripstones
CZ, Moravian Karst: Balcarka – The Cave of Greatest Dripstones
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!
We set off to the car park once we walked through the legendary Macocha gorge, bought souvenirs and had a snack. Then we moved to Ostrov u Macochy, well actually to a car park at the Balcarka cave. Once we got off our car we noticed a sight belonging to the village. It loomed on rocky cliff in the Konciny neighborhood. The sight we talk about is a Holland wind mill built in 1814. Inside survived some equipment like a wooden construction to mill grain. Unfortunately, you cant acess the mill as it is a private property. Now metal-sheeted roof is a replacement for originally shingle roof. I think they shouldn’t have changed it. We remembered our trip to Holic when we saw the mill for there is a similar sight.
Anyway. Our goal was to visit the cave. We had still half-an-hour of free time after we bough our tickets. We sat in a small buffet there. Around stand information panels explaining how fauna changed during warm and cold periods of the last ice age, or the way the Magdalene hunters got there and how they lived in the Moravian Karst.
Panels explaining the last thousand years stand near the exit from the cave. We learned the human activity became significant only in the 10th century. They cut and stumped the forest, built fields and pastures. We observed holes typical for a surface karst. They are created when limestone dissolves and ground sinks underground. Many mines suggest there were some limestone-mining operations here.
The place we stood at is an edge of Ostrovsky Zleb. The Balcar cave was in front of. The area around the cave was declared a natural reservation in 1998. The sites with the highest level of protection are bat wintering site, steppe and forest steppe flora. Following the stairs we moved towards the cave entrance for only couple of minutes were left to the start of the tour.
The tour guide took us through the public-accessible caves that have the most beautiful dripstones, domes, or a fascinating museum displaying a collection on the Balarca cave. It introduces the cave as the cave of hunters who hunted elks, horses. The cave was also a wintering site for cave bears. The museum explained exploration of the cave which began in 1923 when Josef Samalik entered it. 13 years later different parts of the cave were connected together. The cave has a complex system of corridors which are situated on two levels. These corridors are connected via tall domes. Several Prehistoric fireplaces were discovered here as well as animal bones. Balcarka has been recently renovated. Now there are renovated pathways and lights (as in the Katerinska cave ). Your tour guide will also play you a audiovisual performance..
The tour took us an hour. We wondered nature for what it can do. Excited but tired we left the cave. For the public it is opened from March through November. We also left the Moravian Karst for other places we wanted to explore in the Czech Republic.
GPS: 49°22'37.0"N 16°45'27.3"E (car park)
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
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
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!
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.
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.
Today we visit beautiful and mysterious places surrounded by forests, underground caves and tree-top paths.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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