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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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 Prague. Life is a little slower in Moravia.