The historic town of Mikulov can be found near the border with Austria, ie in the beautiful landscape of the wine region of South Moravia. Whether you long for beautiful nature, history or good wine, Mikulov is the right place to visit. Mikulov is a beautiful historical town, whose origins can be found in the 12th century. Due to their geographical location, cultural and religious streams met in the city, which significantly influenced the city's life and form. Among the distinctive ethnic and religious streams of this area are, for example, local Jews. Since the 16th century, one of the largest Jewish communities was located in this area not only in Moravia but in the Czech Kingdom as a whole. In Mikulov, for example, you can walk along the educational trail through the Jewish Quarter, where you will visit the local synagogue, cemetery or a ritual bath discovered several years ago.
The dominant feature of Mikulov is the chateau located on a prominent rock cliff. Originally a noble castle, it was left to the Lichtensteins in the 13th century by Přemysl Otakar II. The Dietrichstein castle was acquired from them and after the fire in 1719 the castle gained its present appearance. Unfortunately, the castle burnt down once more in 1945, but thanks to the Association for the Reconstruction of Mikulov Castle it was restored during the 1950s according to plans from the reconstruction in 1719. At present, the castle houses the local museum, which welcomes all those interested in local history and culture.
The Stations of the Cross leading to the Holy Hill (Svatý kopeček) are among the most interesting local religious monuments. It is one of the first pilgrimage sites in South Moravia and is one of the oldest Stations of the Cross in Bohemia. The founder of the Stations of the Cross was one of the owners of the Mikulov estate, Cardinal Francis of Dietrichstein (1570-1636), Bishop of Olomouc. In 1622 plague epidemy wound appeared in the area of Mikulov. One of the motivations for the Stations of the Cross was the disappearance of the plague. At the top of the Holy Hill you will find a chapel dedicated to St. Šebestián, one of the protectors of the sick plague.
If you've enjoyed enough culture and history, head out to the surrounding countryside. The surroundings of Mikulov are ideal for hiking or cycling, as well as for horseback riding, swimming or boating. Rocky Pavlov Hills attract visitors with various forms of karst phenomena and plant diversity. The connection to the landscape of the Lednice-Valtice area is also interesting. There is also good marking of cycling paths that lead the Moravian-Austrian border. Aqualand Moravia - Psohlavky will welcome water lovers.
When you visit Mikulov and its surroundings, you should not forget to taste the local wine, because Mikulov is an important wine region. There are also wine nature trails that will guide you through the history of local vineyards and wine cellars. Nature trails are easiest to go by bike or on foot and to choose from several variants.
Whether you want to spend a pleasant romantic weekend with a glass of good wine in your hand or enjoy the beautiful nature and get to know interesting places of Moravia, do not hesitate to book a car with the Driveczech driver.