CZ, Moravian Karst – Macocha Nature Trail I
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.
Actually, the Macocha Nature Trail goes off the Skalni Mill to Katerinska cave. Then it goes up steeply following the Katerinska trail. Its elevation surpasses 100 meters until it reaches the edge of Suchy zleb. Only then it goes to the Macocha Gorge. From there it takes you up to the Konska observation platform and then down following the Salmova trail. Next stop is Pusty zleb and the trail goes by the bottom station of the cable car and also by Punekvni caves back to Skalni Mill. Our intention was to take this trail the other way round.
Five minutes later we encountered the last infoboard (the first for us) at the Macocha Nature trail. I tells us on the Punkva underground. This area was put to the list of important marshlands as according to the Ramsar Treaty. Interesting about this area is the fact that it is the largest cave system in the Czech Republic. It has more than 34 kilometers of corridors, domes, and gorges. The rivers Punkva, Sloupsky potok, Bila voda and couple of others flow there. We were in the area that was close to the Punkva river. This locality is extraordinary not only for marshland fauna but also for its rare endemic species.
Looking at wild “water”forest reminded us of some tropic areas. But unlike there the temperature didn’t rise above 20 degrees. Bit later, we encountered another infoboard. This time it unraveled the mystery of the hole in white-grey rock. Its name is Stajgrova Cave. It consists of a 150-meter corridor in a crack. We, however, didn’t dare to even enter it. We even didn’t know if we might. On our way, we saw many small caves, gorges, or places where the Punkva flows outside.
All of a sudden, we found ourselves at the entrance to the Punkevni caves . The construction of a new administration building was taking place in the time of our visit. The new structure is very well design and fits the environment. Inside, the visitors will find excellent service. This most popular cave system in the Czech Republic enchants its visitors with dripstones, lakes, gorge, corridors, and inner domes. On the Macocha’s bottom, boats can take you through the underground. You better book your trip, which is certainly magnificent. We didn’t do it which translated into not seeing this fascinating complex.
Near the cave, we encountered the bust of famous Czech archeologist and speleologist Jindrich Wankel. In the 1850s and 60s, he mapped many caves of the Moravian Karst. He also explored Macocha Gorge. The cable car’s bottom station stands right after the turn.
If we eventually took it to the edge of Suchy Zleb or we simply further followed the trail is the matter of the next article.
GPS: 49°21'48.1"N 16°42'30.5"E (Skalni Mill 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!
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.
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.
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.
We are going to conclude our mini-series on Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape in podivin. It is a small town on the way to D2 freeway. This town doesn´t belong to the compound. However, it would be a missed opportunity to not to see it. A uniqe Jewish wedding ceremonial hall or Januv castle (a Liechtenstein structure imitating historical architectonic styles) are just a few to name some landmarks. We are not completely sure how the name Podivin came into existence…
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.
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.
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!
Those who enjoy mysteries and scary stories wander to mysterious places in grim autumn weather. Do you like to be scared? Then join us for a trip to vampires, witches and other creatures of Bohemia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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