CZ, South Moravia: By Bika to Moravian Tuscany
The term Moravian Tuscany has only appeared in the last few years. This undulating part of South Moravia with its colorful fields and vineyards really resembles the famous region of Italy. No wonder it is very popular among photographers from all over the world who come here to create their best images. And not just among photographers.
We planned today's bike trip from the picturesque village of Kobylí, through neighboring Terezín, Hovorany to Šardice. There is a great path between the vineyards between Terezín and Hovorany. In Šardice, after fifteen kilometers, we stop at a truly original barrel-shaped lookout tower. The view of the keg fits beautifully into the local landscape, it was built here in 2017. It is in this first section of the route that it is possible to see the rolling fields of all possible colors so reminiscent of Tuscany. In addition, we can admire both new and very old vineyards or stop for a glass of delicious juice in one of the open wine cellars. A relatively new "Mutěnická" cycle path leads from Šardice to Mutěnice. It is also suitable for skaters. The road is pleasant, flat and you can breathe a pleasant coolness from the floodplain forests in the steamy heat.
A rarity of Mutěnice are those cellar streets - Mutěnské Búdy, in which you can easily get lost. In total, there are about five hundred wine cellars in this locality. A typical element of most Mutěn cellars is the "žudro" entrance façade and traditional painting with Slovácko ornaments or scratched sgraffito. From Mutěnice we will be moving to Čejkovice and Vrbice back to Kobylí. The last section between the vineyards near Čejkovice and Vrbice has an incredibly romantic atmosphere. It is as if we are not in Italy, not in southern Moravia, but right in the heart of France's vineyards. Probably everyone has Čejkovice connected with the Templars and the Templar cellars. In addition to these, the village boasts a small castle, which attracts visitors, or a house where T. G. Masaryk lived.
We drove a total of 50 km today. The great advantage of this region is the possibility to compose the route according to your time and strength. The routes lead between forests, by road, new cycle paths, but also only by paved roads and somewhere between vineyards. Let yourself be seduced and set off today. In Moravia, cycling conditions are ideal for all ages.
GPS: 48°54'15.5"N 17°01'49.2"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
When the Creator was giving he was particularly generous to the south Moravians. Thus, they could call their land the “land of wine.” He gave them the most sun in the Czech lands as well as warm climate doing good to grapes but bolstering recreational activities as well – for instance at Vranovska dam, Brnenska dam or on the lakes near Palava. So what waits here for visitors? Great Moravian landmarks, castles, chateaus, sacral buildings, great works of engineering, border fortresses, and beautiful places in nature. There is no coincidence in south Moravia being the second most interesting locality for tourists right next to Prague.
The Blue Mountains region is located in southern Moravia and unites the villages of Kobylí, Vrbice, Bořetice, Němčičky and Velké Pavlovice. Today we will ride a bike from Kobylí through Bořetice, Vrbice and Velké Pavlovice. This circuit has 25 relatively undemanding kilometers and a large number of attractions await us on the route, which are worth seeing.
Once again, we are in the south of Moravia, in a region of wine, fruit trees, traditions and people with a warm nature. This time we will move around the protected landscape area of Pálava, which is the driest and warmest place in the whole of the Czech Republic. Pálava is an extremely valuable landscape, there are some of the most fertile vineyards in Moravia.
South Moravia is often called the land of sun and wine. The number of cultural sights of different historic periods is without parallel in th Czehc Republic. However, no other architectonic style is more present here than the Baroque.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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