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.
Valtice were also part of the Leichtenstein dominion there. They also fell under Lower Austria. Only on July 31, 1920, Valtice became a Czechoslovakian territory. Today, the town is only a mere kilometer away from the Austrian borders. You can't even tell when you cross the borderline when going to the country.
Apart from delicious wine it is the chateau which proves to be the greatest lure. The chateau is situated on a small hill near the sqaure. Originally, a Gothic style castle was situated on its place. Later, it would be rebuilt to a Renaissance chateau and then to the grandiose Baroque style chateau. At the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, the current design was created by the Italian architect D. Martinelli. The two corner towers at the entrece and the two wings of the chateau have remained in the Renaissance style. Chateau interiors don't boast with the same level of uniqueness and variety as at Lednice. Still, it is worthy visiting the interior of the chateau. Especially were you interested in history.
Once you walk through the gate behind the main courtyard you find yourselves in a vast garden and lanscape park. There are various tree specimen there, over 85 types. A herb garden, which is relatively new to the chateau, is situated below the chateau. The garden is opened during the season. It is a wonderful experience mainly in spring and summer. It will please your sight and your nose. Visit the National Wine Center situated at the chateau. Among ohter things there is the public exhibition of degustation Czech Wine Saloon.
There are several landmarks in the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape which are open to the public. Among them is the bautiful colonnade at Reistna. There is a splendid vista over the town, large share of the landscape as well as over Palava. Be sure to not to miss Rendez-vous and Belveder chateau. Bosou nohou is an interesting nature trail going around the colonnade.
The best choice is to set off to Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape by bike to enjoy local bike trails as we already wrote in our articel on Lednice. By the way, you can easily ride down to Vienna from here.
Those who want to spend active vacation in South Moravian region, those who want to invest their time in adrenaline activties shall find many oportunities to heaten their blood. There are many things you can do on the land, on the water, in the air – the choice is yours. The last week we introduced you to the first part of our miniseries. Now comes the second…
Those wanting to cool down in South Moravia (the region has the highest number of sun hours of any Czech region) during hot summer days should go under ground. There you can find many world's firsts and you can enjoy it regardless if you are adrenaline seeker, a senior or you have children.
About 30 kilometers northeast of Brno lies a beautiful town of Vyskov through which the River Hana flows. The history of the town dates back to the 12th century. For a long time the town belonged to the Olomouc bishopric, i.e. from the 13th to the 19th century. Today its historic center includes beautiful landmarks which have been gradually returned to their former shine and glory.
Who around Brno doesn't know about Lulec. Even people from quite afar come here to swim in U Libuse natural swimming pool. Often they stop by to have a snack during bicycle trip. There is a lot to do for bicyclers around these parts.
The Czech Republic has many beautiful castles and chateaux that are open to the public. Whether in Bohemia or Moravia, the film footage has made Karlštejn everlastingly famous, the same goes for Pernětejn, Bouzov or Křivoklát. But we often forget small towns, townships, and villages where there are castles and chateaux as well. One of such is Lysice Chateau.
There are many great options what to do for those who intend to have active vacation in South Moravia and are attracted to adrenaline activities. On the water, in the air, on the land – the choice is yours. This is only the first part where we introduce you what you can do in this splendid region…
Everybody knows that south Moravia is a land of the greatest wine. But not many know that there are healing water springs. Yet there is nothing better than to enjoy these two liquids, and you can do more than just to drink them…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!