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CZ: Znojmo – Wine, Cucumbers, and Fascinating History – VIDEO
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.
Thanks to an important ford across the Dyje river there ran a trade route. This resulted in first settlement around Znojmo thousands of years in the past. Large stronghold was built on rock above the river iin the second half of the first millennium. Its lords ruled over large part of south Moravia and Lower Austria. They built St Hippolyte rotund in the times of the Great Moravia. Also, vast burial grounds were uncovered by the archeologists and the research still continues there. Znojmo moved onto the other riverbank of the Dyje during the rule of Konrad, a House of Premyslovci prince. It was him who built the castle here.
The importance of the town varied in the course of centuries. However, Bohemian kings considered it ever important for its proximity to the borders and its location on one of the roads from Vienna to Prague. The town boomed in the 19th century. Railroad linked the town with greater world. It was the so called Northeastern Railway from Vienna, across Jihlava to Prague. A large viaduct remains from the time the railroad was built - 1871. It crosses Dyje river valley. The railroad boosted local vegetable and orchad industries - including the growing of cucumbers.
So what to see in Znojmo? First of all, you should see some of the most liveliest cultural events. Znojmo grapeharvest belongs to the most popular. Every year, tens of thousands of people cove here. Wine is not the only thing you can experience here. There are many side events as well. Znojmo Music Festival is also very popular. It is devoted to the giants of classical music but you can hear there jazz as well. Wine is present also.
Many visitors come to see Podyji National Park which is nearby. This is one of the most beautiful nooks in our country especially in autumn. Make some time to explore the town itself. There are many surprises to experience.
First of all, head to church of St Mikulas and St Vaclav chapel. The church is in the high Gothic style. It is a three-navy structure rib vault. Petr Parler was one of the architects who applied this type of vault. Apart from high columns and decorated altar inside church you can find interesting pulpit in the shape of the globe. A sort of rarity is the relic of St Bonifac. Around the church,you can enjoy there beautiful vistas over the Dyje river valley and the hill which sits opposite to the church. On the top of the hill, there is a castle and a rotund. We move there now.
St Katerinarotunda is unique for vast indoor painting originating in 1134. Unlike other similar structures, the paintings are of sacral themes. These focus on the concepts of kingdom and state. The House of Premyslovci's castle is available to tour it through.
It is the right time to start the tour around Znojmo. Its historical center is relatively vast. We recommend you to take a time when exploring narrow streets and to enjoy the atmosphere. Perhaps try to go up of some of the open towers in Znojmo. What you can get is not only a beautiful vista of the town but the local landscape as well.
Also, you shouldn't skip the underground of Znojmo. The entrance is near the town hall. This one is among the most interesting undergrounds in the Czech Republic. We recommend you to make a trip to Loucky cloister. Visit some of the local wineshops. The most famous wine-growing company Znovin Znojmo has tours around their facilities. Wine pulses in the veins of the town as blood. If you don't taste it you would miss the best what Znojmo offers.
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…
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…
The Jewish quarter and St Procopius' basilica are the last Czech sight which made it to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The sights were added in 2003 but have existed in Trebic much longer time. Today, we show you what you might be missing if you haven't been to Trebic yet.
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.
Famous Versailles in France was example for many other residencies of nobility. The chateau in Jaromerice, dubbed Moravian Versailles, was, aparently, also built with French Versailles in mind. It is no false advertising to bring more tourists to this gem of the Baroque era. Jan Adam of Questenberk really wished to build his own Versailles in Jaromerice. This town was supposed to become cultural center in the region as well as home to culture and muses. Plans were grandiose yet lack of funding allowed only partial fulfilment of Jan Adam's dream. Even though, the chateau really became center of culture and it has remained venue of many important culture events ever since.
The season when castles and chateaux are open is getting to a close. However, there are still several weekends left to go there. In case you didn't enjoy history throughout the summer you should make another historic trip. Above Namest nad Oslavou Town, there is a chateau of four wings. You can enjoy the vista over the chateau from a stone, Baroque-bridge crossing the Oslava river. And from the chateau garden you can have a splendid vista over the town. A guided tour is one way how to get to the garden. No wonder than that President Benes made his summer residence of this chateau.
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.
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…
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 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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.