Czech Getaways: Southern Moravia/Highlands
Part five of a six-part series of weekend getaway spots in the Czech Republic
A mecca for wine lovers, this region is also perfect for cyclists, hikers and history buffs. Lowlands and hillsides with extensive vineyards create the largest part of its territory. Along the border with Austria rise the limestone hills Pavlovské vrchy (Pavlovské hills); north of Brno you will find the Moravský kras (Moravian Karst) area with its maze of abysses and caves. The meanders of the Dyje river create a part of the Czech-Austrian border and are included in the Podyjí National Park. The ragged ridges of the White Carpathians create the eastern border of the region. Wine, vineyards, wine cellars, vintage and rich folklore are all associated with southern Moravia. The Lednice-Valtice complex of two chateaux has a special charm. It is included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural and natural heritage. Brno with a number of significant historical sights became the centre of the region. Mikulov (pictured here; click for larger view) is a major centre of winemaking set below the picturesque Pálava hills. Folk costumes, folk decorated buildings, traditional music and folklore festivities are typical of the Slovácko region. Local nature offers ideal conditions for walking tours, cycling and water sports, angling, horse riding or mountain climbing. The Podyjí National Park is a significant biosphere reserve; the Moravian Karst is the oldest protected landscape area in Moravia-
Highways, high-speed roads and main roads: Praha – Brno – Břeclav, Brno – Mikulov, Znojmo – Mikulov – Břeclav; High-speed railway corridors: Praha – Brno – Břeclav – Vienna, Břeclav – Otrokovice – Přerov, dense network of regional railways. The international airport Brno – Tuřany.
Českomoravská vrchovina (Czech-Moravian Highlands)
Českomoravská vrchovina is situated on the territory which connects Bohemia and Moravia. It stretches from the south.-Bohemian lakes to the border of the Haná region.m The region is one of the least densely populated and boasts some of the cleanest environment in the country; hence its nickname - “the green heart” of the Czech Republic. It is a region full of rugged beauty, exuding a romanticism all its own. Its atmosphere has inspired many artists, painters, sculptors, composers and writers. This region is ideal for active relaxation and recreation. The Renaissance town of Telč (pictured here; click for larger view), the town if Třebíč with its well-preserved Jewish quarter and old town and the pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora near Žďár nad Sázavou belong among most popular sights in the region. All three are included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural and natural heritage.
Highways: Praha – Brno – Jihlava. International roads: České Budějovice – Pelhřimov – Jihlava – Znojmo, Jihlava – Havlíčkův Brod – Kolín. Main railways: Praha – Havlíčkův Brod – Brno, Jihlava – Havlíčkův Brod – Kolín, České Budějovice – Jihlava – Brno.
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