CZ, Moravian Karst–Macocha Nature Trail III
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.
Nicely maintained tourist trail took us to Macocha cottage. From there it is only few steps to the observation platform. The place looks impressive already form the distance as it is located on limestone klippe. It has an overhang to make your experience of this impressive even deeper. We must confess we got goose bumps when seeing the height.
This symbol of the Moravian Karst and perhaps the most sought nature sight in the Czech Republic is located on the Macocha plateau between Suchy and Pusty Zleb canyons. Its mouth is 174 x 76 meters. The depth to the surface of the lower lake is about 138,7 meters. The lake’s bed is about 50 meters deeper. We learn that the gorge’s depth possibly reaches unimaginable 190 meters. As of the present, no one exactly measured gorge’s depth. The Punkva flows on Macocha’s bottom. The river was created when the Sloupsky Creek and Bila Water confluence in the Amaterska Cave.
A gloriette above the abyss was built in 1820. The original construction, however, collapsed in 1882 deep down. The same year a new bridge was built and it is still there today (Horni Mustek). The Brno branch of the Austrian Tourist Club stood behind the construction. On the other hand Dolni Mustek was constructed by the Bohemian Tourist Club in 1899. Once we learned that we stand on a structure more than 130 years old we got bit nervous. Fortunately, the bridge was renovated between the years 2001 to 2007 which calmed us down a bit .
Macocha has very rich history. It was formed after the collapse of one large cave ceiling. Yet it is still not certain whether it happened like this or not. Allegedly, the monk Lazarus Schopper made the first descend in 1723. After him many others followed including well-known speleologist Jiri Wankel or his grandson Karel Absolon. The origin of the cave’s name dates back to a 17th century event. Certain stepmother (macecha) pushed her stepson down into the abyss. Locals were angry about this act so they threw her down as well. This dark history is far behind us. Today we enjoy this largest abyss in Central Europe.
We read the information shields and headed back to Macocha cottage. Adjacent to it is a small grocery store and cable car’s upper station. Recently built visitor’s center and huge parking lot are close to it. Our friends were waiting for us there already. They moved to Rocky Mill by car.
As we had still some time, we decided to see a cave in the Moravian Karst that is open to the public. We could decide between Sloupsko-Sosuvske caves, Punkevni Caves or Vypustek cave. Instead, however, we headed to Balcarka, near Ostrov u Macochy town. There is the most beautiful karst formation available to the public but we will tell you more next week.
GPS: 49°22'17.6"N 16°43'49.9"E (car park)
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Today we visit beautiful and mysterious places surrounded by forests, underground caves and tree-top paths.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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