Slovácko region - Folk traditions and customs

If there is one place in the Czech Republic where folk traditions are alive and well, it is Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia), and the heart of this region is the area around Strážnice and Uherské Hradiště. Learn about the unique Ride of the Kings, take part in the largest folk festival in the Czech Republic, revel in the bright colours of the folk costumes and the strains of cimbalom music. Visit the brightly painted wine cellars and traditional distilleries. You will not regret it.
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The countryside that you will see here is tended like the orchard of a good farmer. It is as pretty as the kilt of a young lass and gentle as the hands of a grandparent. It is the work of generation after generation, each one improving on that which they have inherited. Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia) was one of the few border regions where most of the population was not expelled after the Second World War. Everyone and everything here has been connected with the land for centuries. When you inhale, you sense the assurance of an ancestral homeland. Wherever the wine trails lead you, you’ll find friendly people, beautiful folk songs, colourful folk costumes, excellent wine and fruit brandy, masterfully made violins and ornately decorated facades. Welcome to Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia), a region of folklore and ancient traditions.

Interesting thing

Does it seem to you that the girl in folk attire riding a horse at the front of the procession is actually a boy in disguise? And why is there a rose in the rider’s mouth? For centuries the local inhabitants have maintained this tradition, depicting the legend of the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus’ expulsion from the lands ruled by Bohemian King George of Poděbrady. So that Matthias could more easily slip through the guarded territory unnoticed, it is said that he masqueraded as a woman. And with a rose in his mouth the king could not speak, which would have given him away. To this day, one of the local young men dresses as a girl and rides through the villages on horseback at the head of a large, regally attired procession. Every year at the end of May you can experience one of the most elaborate Ride of the Kings festivities in Vlčnov, but you can also witness it in Kunovice, Hluk and Skoronice u Kyjova. After you see for yourself the splendour and beauty of the colourful folk attire, decorated horses and customs connected with the Ride of the Kings, you will understand why this tradition has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage.

Day 1

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The circuitous route starting in Uherské Hradiště will lead you along quiet roads and cycle paths through the gently undulating countryside of northern Slovácko. You exist the metropolis of the Slovácko region via the Moravian Wine Trail, travelling through the town of Staré Město to Velehrad. Along the way you’ll find an interesting open-air archaeological museum in Modrá and then awaiting you at Velehrad is the most important pilgrimage basilica in the Czech Republic. After riding through the villages of Tupesy and Břestek and a rolling landscape of fertile fields (trail No. 5150), you’ll arrive in Buchlovice. Relax here on a tour of the charming chateau. Past Smraďavka, ride down to Boršice, where you will experience the steepest climb of the route but subsequently also the steepest descent, to the conciliation cross near Polešovice. This hilly stretch through fields and vineyards offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The highest point of this route is at the same time its halfway mark. Polešovice is the most important winemaking village in the northern part of the Slovácko region. Just past the conciliation cross the route connects with the Uherské Hradiště Wine Trail. You will follow its purple markings around ponds until you reach Ostrožská Nová Ves. Note that the purple-marked trail splits into branches in Kostelany. The segment between Kostelany and Ostrožská Nová Ves leads through the forest along mostly unpaved but easily navigable paths. If you have some time while in Ostrožská Nova Ves, you can make a stop at the sulphur baths or the natural swimming area. The final segment of the trail leads around the airport along an educational trail on the road to Kunovice and back to Uherské Hradiště.

Common Tips

In addition to wine, Vlčnov also produces great homemade distillates, which you can learn about at the unique Museum of Folk Distillates. The plum distillate called slivovice has been part of Slovácko culture since time immemorial and is an inseparable part of the region’s special atmosphere. Enjoy a nip with the locals and you will understand the saying “kudy teče, tudy léčí” – whenever it’s poured, vigour is restored!

Day 2

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This route connects the royal city of Uherské Hradiště with the Strážnice wine region. At first it mostly follows the purple-marked Uherské Hradiště Wine Trail to Uherský Ostroh, from where it continues along the dark blue Strážnice Wine Trail all the way to Strážnice. After leaving Uherské Hradiště, the first major stop is Vlčnov. The town’s complex of wine cellars, locally called búdy, is the largest group of above-ground wine-related buildings in the country. Here you will see evidence of the local craftsmanship in the form of wooden grape-pressing mills without cellars. Before arriving in Vlčnov the trail undulates gently, however there are two steeper hills with a maximum elevation of 70 metres. The last significant hill on the route is on the road between Vlčnov and the town of Hluk. This hill (at 285 metres above sea level) is also the highest point on today’s route. The town of Hluk, notable for its plentiful folk architecture, is part of the ethnographic region called Slovácké Dolňácko. An important monument here is the Hluk Fortress, which contains a museum exhibit. A relaxed trail along a stream takes you to Uherský Ostroh. From here, you’ll follow the Strážnice Wine Trail (also trail No. 47) along the river Morava to Veselí nad Moravou and then on to Strážnice. You can wind up the afternoon with a visit to the chateau in Strážnice, the Museum of Southeast Moravian Villages, or head off to see Jewish sites or the Baťa Canal.

Common Tips

In addition to wine, Vlčnov also produces great homemade distillates, which you can learn about at the unique Museum of Folk Distillates. The plum distillate called slivovice has been part of Slovácko culture since time immemorial and is an inseparable part of the region’s special atmosphere. Enjoy a nip with the locals and you will understand the saying “kudy teče, tudy léčí” – whenever it’s poured, vigour is restored!

Day 1

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Uherské Hradiště

This royal city, founded in the 12th century by King Ottokar II, still pulsates with life today. The historical town hall is easy to find, located in the city centre half way between two important medieval squares.
 

Monument to Great Moravia in Staré Město

You can learn about the history of the Great Moravian Empire, one of the oldest Slavic states, at the fortified settlement in Mikulčice and in Staré Město near Uherské Hradiště. The Great Moravia Monument will take you back to Central Europe as it looked more than a thousand years ago, in the 9th century.

Address

Památník Velké Moravy Jezuitská 1885 686 02 Staré Město
GPS: 49.07793196077309, 17.444093406184038

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 50 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Family fee: 80 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Student fee: 30 Kč

Open-Air archaeological museum in Modrá

In the immediate vicinity of an archaeological site and a replica of a church from the time of the Great Moravian Empire is a remarkable open-air museum.

 

Address

Modrá 170 687 06 Velehrad
GPS: 49.110750, 17.413190

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 80 Kč

Children fee: 60 Kč

Family fee: 180 Kč

Senior fee: 60 Kč

Student fee: 60 Kč

Basilica at Velehrad

One of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Czech Republic, a spiritual centre and the place to which the beatified Pope John Paul II made his first official trip as pontiff.

Address

Stojanovo nám. 206 687 06 Velehrad
GPS: 49.1034711, 17.3955758

Buchlovice Chateau

It represents one of the purest examples of Italian Baroque villas in open rural countryside in Central Europe. It was commissioned by Count Dětřich of Petřvald for his wife, so that the transition from sunny Italy was not too painful for her.

Address

Náměstí Svobody 13
687 08 Buchlovice
GPS: 49.0838165697735, 17.336489865081802

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 130 Kč

Children fee: 90 Kč

Family fee: 350 Kč

Senior fee: 90 Kč

Student fee: 90 Kč

Kunovice

The dream of many boys and men – to become a pilot or an aircraft engineer – has been a reality for three generations of employees of the aircraft manufacturer in Kunovice. If you are fascinated by the world of air flight, do not miss the local Aviation Museum, which consists of 22 historical planes (among them, MiGs, Sukhois and Ilyushins) and a Mi-4 helicopter.

Address

Letecká 686 04 Kunovice
GPS: 49.0353581, 17.4581550

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

Day 2

km
46
hrs
10
sights
6

Uherské Hradiště

This royal city, founded in the 12th century by King Ottokar II, still pulsates with life today. The historical town hall is easy to find, located in the city centre half way between two important medieval squares.
 

Vlčnov

This village is renowned for the colourful beauty of its folk costumes, its winemaking, the richness of its musical traditions, its folk architecture, and especially its customs and traditions. The unique Ride of the Kings has attracted the attention of artists, ethnographers, folklorists, and lovers of folk art from around the world for two centuries.

Baťa Canal

In recent years a trip along the Baťa Canal, a water course tens of kilometres long linking the towns of Kroměříž and Hodonín, has become a very popular tourist activity. It’s not just the trip along the River Morava (part of the waterway) in a boat or on board one of the cruise ships that give a feeling of romance; the nearby castles, chateaux and nature reserves also play their part. Whether you make the trip along the Baťa Canal by bike or boat, boredom will never be a threat!

Address

IC Baťova kanálu
Zámecká 2
698 01 Veselí nad Moravou
GPS: 48.95438190527118, 17.371187210083008

Chateau in Uherský Ostroh

Led by a guide in period costume, you can visit the oldest rooms of the chateau, climb the tower with views of nearby Buchlov Castle, and delve into the mysterious world of the imagination in the chateau cellar.

Address

Zámecká 24 687 24 Uherský Ostroh
GPS: 48.9861436, 17.3900458

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Chateau and observatory in Veselí nad Moravou

You can relax in an English park with ponds, which surrounds a Renaissance chateau.

Strážnice

You will feel as if you are in another century at the Museum of South Moravian Villages. Do not expect some boring institution – it is an open-air museum where you can see for yourself how ordinary people once lived and worked. You can literally touch the folk architecture as well as water works and vineyard and farm buildings.

Penzion Blatnička

The modern rooms feature a LED TV and a private bathroom fitted with a shower or a bathtub. Some units come with a balcony or French window, while others have also a kitchen. 
 

Address

Blatnička
 195
696 71 Blatnička
GPS: 48.9334819, 17.5333739

EkoFarma Sádky

Agro Hotel is fenced in a area of 50 000 square meters, surrounded by 500 apple and plum trees of organic farm and beautiful lake with little isle, which is great for romantic rides on a rowing boat. Accommodation is provided in the new rooms nestled into objects CykloCentra Sádky. 

Address

Na Záhonech 217
686 04 Kunovice
GPS: 49.0495156, 17.4331169

Penzion Blatnička

The modern rooms feature a LED TV and a private bathroom fitted with a shower or a bathtub. Some units come with a balcony or French window, while others have also a kitchen. 
 

Address

Blatnička
 195
696 71 Blatnička
GPS: 48.9334819, 17.5333739

EkoFarma Sádky

Agro Hotel is fenced in a area of 50 000 square meters, surrounded by 500 apple and plum trees of organic farm and beautiful lake with little isle, which is great for romantic rides on a rowing boat. Accommodation is provided in the new rooms nestled into objects CykloCentra Sádky. 

Address

Na Záhonech 217
686 04 Kunovice
GPS: 49.0495156, 17.4331169