The South Moravia Region
5-DAY TOURISTIC PROGRAMME
The Jurkovič villa
Since 2011, the villa of the famous architect Dušan Jarkovič in Brno – Žabovřesky is once again accessible for the general public. The villa was built in 1906 and it is one of the supreme examples of modernist architecture inspired by the British and Viennese art with elements of folk art.
Funkcionalist coffee-bar in Brno
The Coffee Bar Era has often been compared to the Tugendhat Villa in Brno. It took 50 years of waiting before coffee aroma has smelled there again. The café in Black Fields once belonged to a prominent area where the Brno elite used to meet.
Observatory and planetarium
Right in the centre of Brno, in a picturesque park named Cow Mountain, an observatory and a planetarium is located. Throughout the year, variety of caprivating shows for school children or for smaller ones take place there. You can enjoy romantic time by watching the evening starry sky with a telescope.
The Kohoutovice aquapark
The Kohoutovice Aquapark offers a 25-metres long 1.8 to 2 metres deep swimming pool with with 6 lanes. For relaxation, there is a leisure pool with bubble grids, water spouts and water nozzles.
The fundamental work of art of the functionalist architecture, Villa Tugendhat, is located in Brno – Black Fields. The Villa was built in 1929-1930, according to the design of the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He drafted the building in 1929 by request of Mr. And Mrs. Tugendhat.
The Brno dam
The Brno Dam, earlier known as, Kníčičská Brno Dam is one of the most distinguished recreational areas in the immediate vicinity of the Moravian metropolis. The reservoir with an area of 252 hectares was built on the river Svratka in the years 1936 to 1940. Today, the dam is a popular holiday destination with regular water traffic. The dam used to serve as a water supply for Brno, for a recreation and as a source of power energy. The dam is cruised by six eco-friendly electric steamer boats: Brno, Veveří, Dallas, Bratislava, Prague and Pioneer. Alongside the docks, there are summer restaurants and bars, which lure visitors to enjoy pleasant moment there. The dam is a favourite place for the recreation of the local people and visitors. The dam is outlined by with woods so it doesn’t only offers all kinds of water sports, but also an opportunity for hiking and cycle-hiking. Not that far from Veverská Bítýška, there is the Veveří Cast. In winter time, the dam becomes a paradise for skaters.
Southern Moravia - the wine trails
The town of Velké Bílovice is the largest centre of wine growing in the Czech Republic. The educational trail presents the places of interest in and around Velké Bílovice, the viticultural traditions and contemporary lives of the viticulturists. You can walk it or go on a bike. The trail begins on the main road towards Čejkovice, where you can find the first curiosity – a spindle press – a unique reminder of the viticultural traditions. there are information boards along the trails where you can learn the most important white and blue varieties of grapes cultivated in Velké Bílovice. You can compare the cultivation of vineyards today and before, look how the cellars are built and learn how to well degustate vine all with the beautiful view of the wineries. The end of the wine trail is situated at Habán Cellars in Velké Bílovice. The authentic arched cellar comes from the second half of 16 century and it was built the Hutterites, Anabaptists of Tyrolian origin. The Hutterites an important part of the viniculture development in that area. They were good in many fields, including the making of ceramics.
Over a thousand caves were discovered in the Moravian Karst,, but you can only visit several of them. During the tour of caves you can get to the bottom of the Macocha Abyss and you can take a boat ride on a subterranean river Punkva. You can admire the stalactites and stalagmites in the Kate cave and Balcarka cave. In another cave you can inspect the archaeologist field. Strange myths are related to the cave Výpustek, once transformed into an underground factory, and the Bull Rock veiled by bloody legends.
The Lednice-Valtice complex
With a total area of almost 300 square kilometres, the complex is the largest conceptually adapted landscape in the world, which is listed on the UNESCO list. It is situated between two towns (Valtice and Břeclav) and one municipality (Lednice). In addition to castles, you may find several small buildings there, such as chapels, colonnades, artificial ruins and a triumphal arc. A 23 metres high obelisk can also be seen there reminding of the peace agreement between France and Austria in 1798, as well as the John´s Castle, Minaret or the Hunting Lodge which served as the forester´s residence. There are several aristocratic buildings at the banks of the Lednice ponds, for example, the Temple of Apollo, the Pont Lodge, the Border Lodge which is used as a hotel, or the New Court. You can have a look at the baroque riding hall there. On halfway between Lednice and Valtice, the tourists admire the chapel of Saint Hubert, which is dedicated to this patron of hunters, opticians and mathematicians.
Nearby Valtice you have to visit the Temple of three Graces with a well-known statue of three women, the Belvedere Castle, Lany Chateau, the Reistna Colonnade and Rendez-Vous. Lednice-Valtice complex is often nicknamed as the Garden of Europe.