There are few regions in the world which offer their visitors such a combination of architectural gems, wonderful countryside and traditions that are hundreds of years old. Six UNESCO monuments, vineyards soaked in sunshine and the hospitality of the locals make South Moravia a true paradise for each and every tourist.
Six UNESCO monuments, six wonders of the world
As a tourist, your first steps should head in the direction of Telč. Everyone who visits cannot fail to feel as if they are in a fairytale. Telč surely boasts the most beautiful square in Europe, which is a perfect textbook example of the Renaissance. Another wonderful location is the Lednice-Valtice Complex with two chateaux, a beautiful park and many romantic buildings. The complex has been nicknamed the Garden of Europe.
The Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora in Žďár nad Sázavou is certainly one of the most important buildings designed by the Baroque builder Jan Blažej Santini Aichel. The church is linked to the legend of St. John of Nepomuk, who acted as confessor to the king’s wife Sophia. Because he was not willing to divulge the secrets confessed to him, he was tortured in the old town bailiff’s headquarters. His body was them hurled from Charles Bridge. This mystical church is the only one of its kind in the world.
Baroque gardens and a modern villa
Lovers of gardens and parks will be catered for in Kroměříž. This city, which is also known as the Athens of Haná, has a wonderfully preserved historical centre and beautiful chateau gardens.
The Jewish Quarter in Třebíč was the first Jewish monument outside of the territory of Israel to be included in the UNESCO list. Třebíč also offers visitors the Basilica of St. Procopius. Or you can also visit the newly renovated three-storey Villa Tugendhat in Brno designed by the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This absolutely revolutionary work of modern architecture is regarded as one of the four most important villas in the world.
Enjoy scenery straight from a postcard
The region of South Moravia can also boast two intangible UNESCO monuments which illustrate the importance of local traditions and wealth of local folklore. The Ride of the Kings and the Moravian Slovakia dance Verbuňk are testament to the fact that traditions are alive and well in South Moravia even in the 21st century. All of these tangible and intangible treasures are set against the wonderful countryside of this region. The local countryside is some of the most picturesque in the whole of the Czech Republic and also enjoys considerable protection. You can even visit four protected landscape areas here as well as a UNESCO biosphere reservation.