CZ, Moravian Karst– Katerinska Cave
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.
We didn’t hesitate for a second and set off towards it right away. About half-a-kilometer from the car park (at Suchy Zleb’s edge) there is an administrative building and an office box. There we bought our tickets. Only couple of meters from there took us to observe a rocky Gothic portal , an actual entrance to the cave. However, before entering the cave we had read some texts. We had learned the cave is a part of an old outlet cave Traces of water and water erosion only confirm that. The cave was opened in 1910. The cave is year-round opened except for in December. It was discovered by professor Karl Absolon’s working group in 1909. We had entered in with many expectations.
We had moved through a short corridor in the rock to the Main hall of the cave. It is the largest inner cave space in the Moravian Karst. At the same time, it is the largest underground dome opened to the public in the Czech Republic . It is 95 meters long, 20 meters high and 44 meters wide. There are, however, only several dripstones. Accumulated cave matter in the middle of the sightseeing trail, cave bear models, and lightning this experience was fascinating. And it got even better when the guide turned off the lights and played bear roar and a music after that. Lights went on and off in rhytm which created beautiful background. Excellent acoustics is why there are couple of musical performances every year. We saw small pieces of glass attached at cracks on rock walls. These are to show if rock are about to crumble due to movement. As none of the glasses had a crack on it we didn’t worry at all.
We left the Main dome for the New Cave ,. There we saw the symbol of this natural creation. It is the formation known as “The Witches” lit under colorful light. Then we walked through the “Bamboo forest”, an area of 4-meter tall and thin stalagmites and other dripstone formations in shapes of sheep, waterfall and other things...
The cave is not only a wonder of nature as it was also a place where Pleistocene animals waited through the winter. Thus, many skeletons mostly of cave bears were found. On our circuit we also observed such remnants of the past. The whole tour took us about an hour. Except for expanding our knowledge and enjoying the surrounding we cleansed our lungs in stable 8 degrees Celsius.
Another thing we found interesting was the origin of cave’s name . The legend has it that it was named after a girl who shepherded sheep around the cave. Once a storm came so she hid with her sheep to the cave. When the storm was over, she returned home and realized a sheep went missing. She thought that it got lost in the cave. Therefore, she went to look for the sheep. Unfortunately, the girl got lost in the cave as well. She never returned. Whether this is true or not is upon your decision.
You certainly should visit this beautiful cave if you happen to be in the Moravian Karst.
GPS: 49°21'38.0"N 16°42'35.5"E
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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