Near the village of Nedvědice stands one of our most impressive Gothic castles, in the Middle Ages the main seat of the influential lords of Pernštejn. Let's go to it together and take a look at the completed generous reconstruction of its gardens.
Since the middle of the 13th century, Pernštejn has stood about 30 kilometers northwest of Brno on a rock above the Nedvědička River. It was originally built as a small building, but as the power and wealth of the Pernštejn family grew, it gradually acquired its imposing form today. The largest reconstruction took place in the 15th and 16th centuries.
At the end of the 16th century, the Pernštejns had to sell the castle, and until 1818, when the local influential Mitrovsky family acquired it, it changed several owners. In the 19th century, the Mitrov family planned a romantic reconstruction of the castle, but due to lack of funds, it never took place. That is why the castle has largely been preserved in its original Gothic-Renaissance form. Its status was also greatly aided by the Moravian Land Fortress, which it gained after the Swedish siege in 1645.
The castle grounds also include large unique gardens from the early 19th century, which at the time of their creation were among the fifteen most important gardens in Moravia and Silesia. However, due to almost 90 years, when no one maintained the gardens, most of the buildings were in a state of disrepair and most of the vegetation needed renovation.
An extensive reconstruction has been underway since 2015, which will restore the gardens to their former beauty and glory and should end during the summer of 2020. Already in March, finishing work was underway, and in the summer you can see most of the beautiful gardens.
I recommend combining a trip to Pernštejn with a walk along the Pernštejn nature trail, which will take you to several beautiful views, among other things. Most of them you will most appreciate the majestic appearance of the castle in a romantic landscape.
One of the longer branches of the nature trail will take you through the town of Nedvědice through the beautiful forests of the Svratka valley to the village of Doubravník with its unique church and historic houses.
If you are looking for a rather shorter walk, I recommend a visit to the Mařenčino loubí viewpoint with a gazebo. You can then return to the castle grounds around the majestic Výří skály and the wooden covered bridge over Nedvědička.
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.
The situation at the moment is such that you can also travel abroad, but many people have decided to stay in the Czech Republic in the summer to support local entrepreneurs. And it's not a bad idea at all. Here are some tips on where to go.
The Bukovanský mill complex is located in the very center of Slovácko in southern Moravia, between the villages of Bukovany and Ostrovánky. The mill complex offers an untraditional experience in a rustic Slovácko style. Around it you will find a restaurant offering typical regional and old Czech cuisine, as well as accommodation in the style of Slovácko cottages, where you can spend a pleasant stay. A visit to the Bukovanský mill is guaranteed to enchant you.
Northwest of Brno, a short distance from Tišnov, lies the town of Lomnice in a picturesque valley. The local baroque church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary attracts visitors from a distance, and the local chateau or the former Jewish quarter and synagogue are also worth seeing. Let's go to Lomnice together.
Although it is a small village, it offers quite a lot of tourist attractions and destinations. The picturesque village of Petrov boasts the Plže Nature Reserve, where you will find unusual wine cellars. Those who like wine will certainly not despise this village, because the area of the local cellars has a really magical atmosphere. The famous Baťa canal also flows through the village, where there is a lot of traffic in the summer months. There are plenty of bike paths in the area, so this area is also ideal for sports lovers.
Mutěnice (Mutenitz in German) is a village in the South Moravian Region in the district of Hodonín. They are about 10 kilometers away from the district town of Hodonín, to the northwest. Mutěnice has over 3,700 inhabitants and the cadastral area of the village is approximately 3,237 hectares. The Mutěnický stream flows through the village. The village is located at an altitude of 170-265 meters above sea level.
The Holedná game reserve is absolutely exceptional, because not only children but also adults have the opportunity to see and admire the life of wildlife with their own eyes, as it is a purpose-built hunting facility used for professional breeding of mouflon and fallow deer on an area of 327 ha. Although the game reserve is thoroughly fenced on all sides so that the animals do not escape, the whole area looks very large and unrestrained.
The historic town of Tišnov is known to most people in connection with the famous monastery of Porta Coeli in the neighboring Předklášteří. But Tišnov itself is definitely worth a visit, let's go to it together now.
The valley of the Bobrůvka and Loučka rivers offers many romantic nooks and Trenckova gorge near the village of Drahonín certainly belongs among them. Let's go on a slightly adventurous trip over rocks and gorges to a rock gorge with an interesting history.
Near Bystřice nad Pernštejnem on the eastern edge of the Vysočina region, today we will visit the picturesque landscape around the Bobrůvka and Libochovka rivers. Ruins, ponds and majestic rocks await us.
On the territory of the South Moravian village Mikulčice there is one of the most important archeological sites in the Czech Republic, which is undoubtedly related to the early history of our state. Hradiště belonged to the important fortifications of the settlements of Great Moravia and was one of the important centers of power and spirituality. Near Slovanské hradiště there is also a cycle path along the Morava River and a new bridge has been built there, which leads directly to the Slovak side.
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.
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.
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!
Not far from Pernštejn Castle, along the Svratka River, lies the town of Doubravník. At first glance, you will be fascinated by the majestic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and there is plenty to discover in the area. Let's go to Doubravník together now.
It seems that this year we won't visit the sea, but it does not matter at all, because our country offers a lot of beautiful places for vacation. Today we will take you to the capital of Moravia and look into history. We will talk about Špilberk Castle.