September 18, 2014

Moravia: Exploring the Czech Republic

In recent years, the Czech Republic has become a major tourist destination and rightly so!  Prague has become the number one stop for tourists to the republic but should you stop there?  That answer is No, there are many other areas to discover of equal interest.

One of these regions is Moravia.

Located in the eastern part of the country, Moravia is known as the quieter and more “real” Czech Republic.  The region is full of quaint villages, lush green vineyards, history, outdoor activities and has held on to its traditions.

Brno Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul Moravia Czech Republic

Brno Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul by Millenium187

Below are 5 reasons to include Moravia in your itinerary of the Czech Republic:

  • Castles & Chateaux

There are more than 2,000 Castles and Chateaux in the Czech Republic and Moravia has more than its fair share.  Among these are medieval Helfstyn Castle with its imposing walls and setting above the Becva river; gothic Buchlov Castle; lavish baroque Kromeriz Castle was built in 17th century and includes must see gardens ;  Slavkov Chateau was the site of a famous victory for Napoleon at Austerlitz; and gothic Lednice Chateau whose grounds include an English style park and a Temple of Apollo.

Lednice Chateau Moravia Czech Republic

Lednice Chateau by Zp

Kromeriz Castle and Gardens Moravia Czech Republic

Kromeriz Castle and Gardens courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

  • Wine

Wine is up and coming in the Czech Republic and Moravia produces the vast majority of it.  Most notably known for its dry white wines the reds are coming up.  There are many wine festivals held during the harvest time with the largest held in Znojmo, Mikulov, Brno and Melnik.  Twelfth century Valtice Castle houses the Czech Republic’s National Wine Center where you can enjoy tasting some of the best wines produced in the country.

Valtice Castle Moravia Czech Republic

Valtice Castle courtesy of Czech Republic

 

  • Towns & Villages

The towns and villages of Moravia include thousand years of history and were once the stomping grounds of the Liechtenstein’s.  Visiting the towns and villages of Moravia will help you understand the long and varied history of the region.  One of the most ancient towns is Znojmo where you can see wall paintings in the Romanesque Chapel of St. Catherine.  Telc is known as one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic and is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Olomouc has long been a cultural center and is full of cobblestoned streets, stately cathedrals and grand palaces.  Mikulov offers history, architectural wonders and nature.

Telc Moravia Czech Republic

Telc courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

 

  • Tradition

The diverse folk customs can still be found in Moravia, in fact, they have seemed to flourish.  During travels, visitors will come across people in tradition clothing as well as many folk festivals including Easter, music, Gypsy Song and Kings Ride festivals.

Moravian Costumes Czech Republic

Moravian Costumes Czech Republic by Jialiang Gao

 

  • Outdoor Activities

Moravia is full of beautiful and varied natural wonders.  These include many trails for bikers or hikers, parks, gardens, lakes, rivers as well as caves and chasms. The Litovel Morava Natural Park is best explored by bike as its trails are smooth and wide.  In the Jesenik Mountains adventurers will find waterfalls and the eerie Hill of Crosses.  Those wanting to explore the underworld, sights include Javoricko caves and Karst caverns.

Moravian Karst Czech Republic

Moravian Karst courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

 

Yes, there are a lot of reasons to visit Moravia! Whether you want history, architecture, wine, nature or castles and chateaux you will find it here.  The one thing you won’t find are the crowds of PragueLife is a little slower in Moravia.

 

Would you visit Moravia while in the Czech Republic?

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Comments

  1. Five excellent reasons to visit Moravia. I loved Prague, but would love to experience the “real” Czech Republic.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Crossing the Vltava: Prague

  2. Absolutely! Would love to visit Moravia.
    Insidejourneys recently posted..Celine Dion Headlines the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2012

  3. Sophie says:

    I’ve been in Brno several times (government work can take you to the oddest places). It’s a very nice little city. Quite a few nice restaurants and Spielberk Castle looming over town (looks deliciously spooky at night). Brno is a nice stop for a day or two on the Prague to Budapest train journey.
    Sophie recently posted..Warsaw’s Jewish cemetery: a memorial to a cruel past

  4. Oh, YES, I would LOVE to visit Moravia. Looks BEAUTIFUL! We have some friends heading to Prague this summer. Maybe they’ll get a chance to go. Now I’m even more jealous!
    Courtney Mroch recently posted..Can You Help? Paranormal Group Collecting Donations to Benefit Cancer, Veterans & Mental Health

  5. We were contemplating between visiting Barcelona and Prague this past month. We decided on Barcelona but have always planned to go and visit Czech Republic one day. Thanks to you, I now have an extra place to consider going to besides just Prague!
    Shirlene from Idelish recently posted..{Spain} Cuevas El Abanico, a Cave Hotel in Granada

  6. Ruth says:

    Debbie,
    I would love to visit Moravia. All the places and activities you described sound very appealing. I have heard about some of the cities in the area but haven’t seen too many pictures. The pictures in this post show how beautiful these places are. I would love to travel full time to explore all of Europe hidden corners!!!
    Ruth recently posted..That Boring Place Called Cancun

  7. Mark Wiens says:

    Yes, I would love to visit Moravia while in Czech Republic! Looks like there’s an awesome mixture of traditional culture, outdoor adventure and historical buildings – beautiful place!
    Mark Wiens recently posted..27 Popular Chinese Dishes You’ll Love Eating in Yangshuo, China

  8. inka says:

    I was always curious about Moravia. Great post pointing out the highlights.
    inka recently posted..Snow in the Taurus mountains

  9. Laurel says:

    Beautiful photos! I was just in Prague a few days ago and loved it, but really want to explore Moravia. There’s a lot more to the Czech Republic than just Prague, as lovely as it is.
    Laurel recently posted..Frescos: The Most Dangerous Cultural Attraction in Europe?

  10. I love Prague, but I have heard that the rest of the Czech Republic is really wonderful (in a different way of course). Good to get some more details on potential destinations.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..One for the Bucket List: Trekking on a Glacier

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Couldn’t agree more! I really want to see Prague but my dream would be to rent a car to explore the rest of the Czech Republic.

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