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ACCOMMODATION IN THE MORAVIAN KARST

Cottage for a rent close to the Macocha Abyss, Punkva Cave, Katherine- and Balcarka Caves.

The strategic position of Lipovec Chalets in the Moravian Karst PLA offers the possibility of relaxation in a beautiful and peaceful environment, in the nature with your closest ones, where you will be close to all the tourist destinations. For your easy orientation we have also prepared a map with a color marking of individual destinations and attractions, divided into four circuits according to the focus. Just pick the right spot on the map, click on it and let yourself navigate the adventure.

MORAVIAN KARST

Ježibaba z Kateřinské jeskyně
Moravský kras
Moravský kras

Punkva Caves – The Punkva Caves can be found in Pusty Zleb, about 1 km from the Skalni mlyn information centre. The caves were discovered in stages in the years 1909–1933 by Professor Absolon’s group of speleologists. The visitors walk through mighty underground spaces and corridors decorated with stalactites and stalagmites as far as the bottom of the world-famous Macocha (=Step Mother) abyss. The foot walk is followed by a motor boat ride along the Punkva underground river.

Katerinska Cave The entry to the Katerinska cave can be found in the deep canyon of the Suchy Zleb near the Skalni mlyn information centre. The access is through an entrance corridor leading to the ‘Main Hall’, known for ages. With the size of 95 by 44 by 20 m the ‘Main Hall’ is the largest underground space accessible to the public to be found on the territory of the Czech Republic. For its excellent acoustics the cave is occasionally used for vocal and instrumental concerts. The cave includes the “New Katerinska cave”, discovered in 1909 by Karel Absolon’s group of speleologists.

Balcarka Cave  – The Balcarka cave is situated in a picturesque karst valley near Ostrov u Macochy. The underground labyrinth of corridors, fissures and caves has two levels. The entrance portal of the cave is a significant paleonthological and archaeological locality. It is a place where bones of Pleistocene animals were found as well as stone and bone instruments and fireplaces of people of the Early Stone Age. Further parts of the cave were discovered in stages in the years 1923–1948. These caves can boast of unique, very rich, varied and colourful stalactite and stalagmite decorations.

Sloupsko-šošůvské Cave A large complex of underground domes, corridors and chasms created in two floors. Sloupsko-Sosuvske caves is an important place where cave animal skeletons (bear, lion, hyena) have been found. ‘Eliska’s Cave’ with its rich stalactite decoration has an excellent acoustics and that is why it is sometimes used for chamber music concerts. During reconstruction in 1997, the ‘Stupnovita chasm’ was spanned with a bridge and a new nontraditional view revealed to the visitors. ‘Nagel chasm’, 80 metres in depth, is the greatest underground abyss of this type in the Czech Republic.

Macocha AbyssThe Macocha Abyss is a sinkhole in the Moravian Karst cave system  located north of the city of Brno, near the town of Blansko. It is part of the Punkva Caves and the Punkva River flows through it. The sinkhole is about 138.7 meters deep and also the deepest of its kind (light hole type) in Central Europe. It is a popular tourist attraction for casual visitors to the region, in addition to cavers and advanced technical divers.

Výpustek Cave – The Vypustek cave is one of the most important cave systems in Czech Republic. The labyrinth of corridors and domes was created by underground Krtiny stream. In the Vypustek cave there were people living in the paleolith and neolith period already. From that period of time the bone tools were found here. Already in the 17th century the quack doctors were comming into the cave. They were looking for the bones of primaeval animals here. From that period of time we have the first describtion of the cave spaces. After him, in the year 1669, Jan Ferdinand Hertold described the entrances into the corridors and abysses, which had not been explored till that time, because everybody was affraid of that.

Information Centre Skalní mlýnThere’re some park places and bus stop of the bus named as Krasobus and stop of the tourist eco-train in front of the information centre. From here you can go to the Punkva Caves and cable car (2 km).

The Moravian Karst House of Nature – The Moravian Karst House of Nature is a modern visitors’ centre with an interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition and a 3-D cinema room. Besides learning the basic facts you can take an active part in exploring by using touch screens, mechanical models, real rocks and fossils, animations, dioramas, videos, games and quizzes. The House of Nature offers educational and adventure programmes for schools, travel groups, senior groups, organizations and companies. We believe that such an unusual experience will encourage your interest in the Moravian Karst and after your visit to the House of Nature you will get more than you might expect out of a trip to this region.

SIGHTS

Zámek Rájec nad Svitavou
Nový hrad u Adamova
Poutní kostel Jména P. Marie ve Křtinách u Brna

Holštejn Castle – The ruins of the castle, which was established in 1278 by Hartman, the son of Crhy of Ceblovice. At the beginning of the 14th century the estate was purchased by Vok of Sovince. The Ruins are situated near the of the same name village Holštejn.

Windmill in Rudice – The windmill is one of the dominant landmarks in Rudice and home to a museum of the history of the village and a permanent exhibition of speleology, mineralogy and the history of the iron industry and mining.

Pilgrimage Church in Křtiny – The Baroque pilgrim complex is the dominated feature of the town Křtiny. The original project by Jan Santini Aichel was modified during construction and was not fully completed. It comprises the Church of the Holy Name of Mary (houses a Gothic statue of the Virgin Mary), St. Anne Chapel, Provost Residence and other buildings.

Nový hrad Castle – The ruins of a large Gothic castle four kilometres south of Blansko. In addition to the well-preserved outer ward, the extensive site also contains small remnants of the original Starý Hrad (Old Castle). Nový Hrad was burnt down and left in ruins during the Thirty Years’ War. It later underwent architectural alterations. The current owners are trying to return the castle to its original form. Open day events are held irregularly at the castle. A number of films and television fairytales have been filmed at the castle.

Chateau and Museum of Blansko – The delightful Renaissance chateau is the highlight of Blansko. A number of distinguished personalities have lived here, such as the doctor and archaeologist Jindřich Wankel and the Austrian writer Ferdinand von Saar. The most famous personality associated with Blansko Chateau is Caroline Meineke, wife of the future King of England William IV and heroine of an ancient tale of unrequited love.

The chateau is now home to the Town Museum, whose exhibits reflect the tradition of the iron industry and the production of artistic castings in Blansko. Its historical interiors and documentation on the history of research in the Moravian Karst are also of considerable interest.

St. Martin’s Church – A Baroque structure built in 1672–1691. A Romanesque (and later Gothic) church originally stood here, established in the first half of the 12th century by Bishop of Olomouc Jindřich Zdík. In 1707–1708, the church was restored and a new tower, an oratorio and a choir built. The church was restored and enlarged in 1889.

The staircase to the tower’s bell loft was restored in 2012 and the lookout built offers a remarkable view of the whole of Blansko and the surrounding area.

A monument to Caroline Meineke, the first wife of King of England William IV, can be found near the church. The period of Caroline’s life spent in Blansko is also commemorated by a rosarium set in the shape of the initials of her name.

Rájec nad Svitavou Chateau – An extremely valuable complex in architectural terms with luxurious interiors. The small castle in Rájec was converted into a Renaissance chateau in 1570 by Bernart Drnovský of Drnovice. The Roggendorfs were other important owners of the chateau. The chateau was destroyed in a fire in 1756. Shortly afterwards, in 1763, the Roggendorfs sold the Rájec estate to the Salm family. The Salms had a Classicist chateau built here in the French style, inspired by the architecture of the age of Louis XVI, in the years 1763–1769.

State Chateau of Lysice – The chateau Lysice rangs among the most valuable monuments, combining the charm of family intimacy with a unique series of interiors and unrepeatable atmosphere of the park. All those result from the integration of creative forms of several centuries, being merged in a single harmonic unit, which is an important evidence of our ancestors´ life and integral part of not only regional, but also national history.

LEISURE

Velká dohoda
Western Park Boskovice
Rozhledna Podvrší u Veselice

Leisure Outdoor Centre Velká dohoda – The leisure centre in the nature near the villages Lipovec and Holštejn. There’re ferraty, climbing wall, cable way and cave to visit named as Vápenka.

Leisure Outdoor Centre Baldovec – Cable way, climbing wall, paintball, archery and wellness centre.

Observation tower Podvrší u Veselice – A combined observation and telecommunications tower at the top of Podvrší Hill (589m above sea level) from 2001. You climb the spiral staircase to stop at a height of 32 metres above the ground. The view over Moravský Kras opens before you towards Drahanská Vrchovina with its highest peak, Skalky, and also on to Českomoravská Vrchovina, Boskovice brázda, and in the event of good visibility, the even more distant Pálava.

Western Park in Boskovice – The Western Park Boskovice is a unique “western town” featuring an authentic Wild-West environment. Comedy theatre performances in a huge natural amphitheatre with a beautiful waterfall add a genuine magical touch to the Indian and cowboy stories. The full-day programme offers a lot of entertainment for families with children and for all of you who want to have a good time: special weekend events with interesting programmes, country balls with country-dance classes, a night performance “Horse Show”, a cabaret show in a Saloon Bar, etc.

Babí lom Observation tower – This fifteen-metre-high observation tower was built not far from Lelekovice in 1961 on the southern peak of the rocky ridge of Babí Lom (562 metres) on a site where a gazebo once stood. The observation tower is open to the public all year round. The designs for the fifteen-metre concrete tower were drawn up by the architect Mojmír Korvas from Brno and the building work performed by members of the sports club Sokol Lelekovice, who carried more than a hundred cubic metres of sand, stone and other material to the top of the ridge themselves.

The Alexandrova observation tower – The oldest stone observation tower in the Blansko region, which has had a rather turbulent history, has stood on the hill Špičák (496 metres) overlooking Adamov for 125 years. Following extensive reconstruction in 2009, it now has a walkway at a height of almost 14 metres above the surrounding terrain. It offers interesting views of the Svitava Valley and the surrounding forests. It is open to the public all year round.

ZOO PARK in Vyškov – ZOO PARK Vyškov originated in 1965. It is directed to breeding of primitive and exotic species of domestic and farm animals. At present we breed about 461 animals of 140 species or breeds. We would like to show children and adult visitors that a cow is not a violet monster from TV with a notice Milka on its back, that an egg is not artificially produced in a factory but it has its natural origin in a hen’s body and many more facts that are almost a mystery from children in our dehumanization days.

DINOPARK in Vyškov – DinoPark is built just outsider the town and it reminds of the real Mesozoic era. DinoPark is a unique theme park where you can see about 70 static and movable life-sized prehistoric saurians. These models are very intricate robotic equipments controlled by an air conditioning and a system of computers. Dinosaurs gathered in groups show probable scenes from their lives more than 65 million years ago.

SPORT

Cyklistika
aquapark Blansko
bowling

Water parks- BoskoviceBlanskoVyškovKuřim

Outdoor swimming pools – SloupKřtinyAdamovSpešovLuleč 

Indoor swimming pools – Blansko

Ponds – Šošůvka, Ostrov u Macochy, Jedovnice, Suchý, Blansko (přehrada), Šistý (Rudice)

Bowling

Skiing

Ice Skating

Bicycle touring  – Cycle tracks

Bike rental: OlomučanyOstrov u Macochy

Bike servis: KOLA NOVÁK, CYKLO BIKE SPORT

Tourist information centres

SingleTrail Moravian Karst – Jedovnice

RESTAURANTS IN THE SURROUNDING

Staré časy Restaurant
Ostrov u Macochy č. p. 6
telefon: +420 516 412 321 | e-mail: ostrov@hostinec-stare-casy.cz