CZ, Moravian Karst – Macocha Nature Trail II
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.
We were thinking if we should take a cable car up or we walk to the top. This decision making took part at an information table which told us that 353 persons per hour is the maximum capacity of the cable car. It can go 2.5 meters a second and it takes 2 minutes and 20 seconds to get to the top. Eventually, we decided to go afoot as true mountaineers would do. We were in Vyvery Punkvy National Nature Reservation. We could see beautiful cars canyons, gorges, and small or large caves which are an important place for bats to overwinter.
It didn’t take us long to get to the place called Devil’s Gate which is a relict of what was once old flow cave. Also, this one was a stop at the nature trail. It was a klippe with a small tunnel inside. Of course, there are several such karst formations. However, this one is easy to access and it looks great at photos. We discovered couple caves around the Devil’s Gate. Also, we found cave flora which flourishes on limestone and in humidity..
Couple of meters further we got to a direction board, a map and a bench. We were at the place known as Pod Salmovkou. We could either continue on to Blansko or back to Rocky Mill. Yet we were eaded to Macocha. We went along moderately ascending forest path with a side rail along it. We changed our direction couple of times but the red, then green, and the blue trail eventually got us to Dolni Mustek after walking two kilometers. There we finally saw Macocha in all its glory.
Except for wonderful space surrounded with rocks we saw the edge of Macocha. All those who love deep natural formations can come here. The entrance is from the side of the Punkevni Caves. However, you have to book your tickets in advance. An information board is right at the Dolni Mustek observation platform. It said that Amaterska cave is the largest cave in the Czech Republic . More than twenty kilometers is the length of its corridors. Other caves are connected to it suc has Punekvni, S Sloupsko-Sosuvska, or Old and New Rasovna, Pikova Dama and other. Combined this cave system is 34 kilometers long. The cave is in the shape of the letter Y. Founded it was in 1969 by amateur cavers.
We enjoyed beautiful nature’s scenery . This was our goodbay to the Macocha abyss. We headed down to Horni Mustek. Our experience there is, however, the matter of the following article which will come out next week.
GPS: 49°22'24.1"N 16°43'45.2"E (Macocha abyss)
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Most of you know Macochu, Punkevní Cave or Býčí skála. However, the Moravian Karst offers other beautiful places and Rudice is undoubtedly one of them. A unique Rudice sinkhole, Kolíbky rocks or an old windmill awaits you in them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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