What’s to See in Moravia?

Moravia Czech church

My previous Czech trip posts were on rural Czech prices, the sleepy town of Znojmo, and what it’s like to go cycling through Moravian wine country.

Mikulov castleOf course I have zillions of photos from the trip, some for fun and some for the article I was working on, so I am posting a few here of what you actually see in the region. In part you see a region rebuilding after lots of communist neglect. Some old castles and fortresses are in good shape, such as the one in Mikulov pictured here: the government sunk money into reconstruction as kind of a jobs creation program. Others languished since nobody owned them except the state and therefore nobody cared.

The Czechs have made up for lost time though and now there’s also the expected expat property boom taking place where foreigners are buying up historic homes and refurbishing them. The villages are the epitome of the word “picturesque” now, with colorful houses and wine cellars leading to the inevitable church in the center. Most towns seem to have a castle as well, a remnant from the days when the Lichtensteins and their allies ran a feudal system and collected lots of spoils.

This arch is on a cycling route through an odd park that’s filled with the follies of people who had more money than they could spend. This arch is out in the middle of nowhere really. There’s a stone structure built to resemble a medieval castle in ruins – turrets and all – just for amusement and occasional hunting parties. Other grand houses, sculptures, and a minaret are on lands that were shaped to make a lake with islands. This was all in addition to the other castles that were their real quarters.

moravia cyclingOn the natural side, the scenery is more pastoral than breathtaking. Lots of vineyards and farmland – the latter punctuated by concrete bunkers from 1938 near the Austrian border. You can ride a bike for miles and miles along the Signal Road, which serviced the Iron Curtain fortifications that kept anyone from leaving.

For more info on Moravia and the Czech countryside, visit the official Czech Tourism site.

Comments
  1. Rainfield

    thanks again for yuor wonderful pics.
    now i can see how beautiful there is without going anywhere but just sit in front of my laptop

  2. Marilyn Terrell

    I’d like to be cycling through that arch right now! How is it possible that such a grand design has no paved road leading through it?

  3. Scott

    Hi Tim!
    I happened to see this shoutout to you in our local paper, and didn’t know if you knew about it.

    http://www.ocregister.com/travel/travel-countries-world-1890315-currency-hotel

    Hope all is well!

  4. tim

    Scott,

    Thanks for the heads up. I knew about the original in the Seattle Times, but not that it got syndicated to the OC Register. Very nice!

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