Mikulov – The charm of the South

No matter which part of the world you head to the Renaissance town of Mikulov from, you will be amazed by the unexpected similarities of this piece of wine country with Tuscany. Above the hills of vineyards combed into regular rows tower white limestone rocks, elevated from the bottom of an ancient sea. Especially from the south, in the direction from Vienna, the silhouette of the castle and town roofs will take your breath away - yes, this is the Florence of the North!
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The picturesque town on the edge of the Pavlov Hills with a beautiful castle, surrounded by vineyards, this is what attracts Mikulov visitors. Take a leisurely stroll up Holy Hill (Svatý kopeček), Look around you - white coral limestone, but also beautiful sunny weather which gives the local wine a specific flavor will take you a few hundred kilometers to the south. However, the city wouldn’t be what it was without the Dietrichstein family.


© Ladislav Renner

It was members of this noble family that ruled this region in good times and bad, for 370 long years. It was thanks to them that the local region and vineyards recovered from the hardships of the Thirty Years War. Italian elements have been incorporated intentionally over the centuries in Mikulov, whether it's along the lines of the chapel in the style of Loreto, the central location of the castle gardens or the red rooftops. However, in conjunction with the local folklore, this blend of natural aspects and intentional construction creates something unique, which you will not experience in any Italian city.

Interesting thing

According to legend, Holy Hill served as a place where there were various pagan rituals and cults or witch gatherings. It was therefore allegedly called Tanzberg, thus Dance Hill. Although there is probably not a shred of truth to this legend, one of the young Mikulovwineries refers to it in their name.

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We recommend starting a visit to Mikulovat the castle, including a tour of the exhibition Wine throughout the centuries which you definitely don’t want to miss, as well as the castle cellar with a giant barrel. After the tour, go to the city, the central Mikulov Square awaits you along with Renaissance houses and Dietrichstein tomb. After a good lunch in a local restaurant climb the nearby Holy Hill. Do not worry, no long journey awaits you, its peak with the chapel can be seen directly from the square. However, your journey does not end with the ascent of the hill. In the case of Mikulov that would really be a pity. Before evening it is time to come back down from the top to the ground and ideally below it. Enjoy the hospitality of local wine makers at the evening wine tasting of excellent Mikulov wine.

Common Tips

Near Mikulov, under the Pálava Hills in the village of Klentnice, there is a family-run coffee house called Café Fara. What makes it so interesting? In addition to offering great coffee (coffee connoisseurs rank it among the top 10 coffee houses in the Czech Republic) and honest home cooking the primary genius loci here is - the coffee house building originally actually served as a rectory.

Transportation

Mikulov is about 250 km from Prague by road, from Brno approximately 50 km. From Brno it is accessible by bus, however, the route leads through small villages. An alternative is take at train to Břeclav (from Prague you pass Brno), where you can catch a bus to Mikulov. Connection from Prague by car / minibus is by highway D1 and then the expressway to Mikulov.

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Mikulov Castle

It burned to the ground for the last time a few days before the end of the World War Two when the German Army was retreating. Thanks to the initiative of local inhabitants the chateau was soon sensitively restored and adjusted for the needs of the Regional Museum.

Address

Zámek 1
692 15 Mikulov
GPS: 48.806599411154814, 16.636376207024686

Mikulov, historic market square

The great fire of the original wooden houses in 1584 gave rise to Mikulov square in its present form.

Address

Náměstí
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.806695, 16.638562

Mikulov Dietrichstein Tomb

The Church of St. Anne with an imitation of the Holy House of Italian Loreto was created in the years 1623-1656 in the lower part of Mikulov square.

 

Address

Náměstí
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.80622, 16.639710

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Student fee: 30 Kč

Way of the Cross on the Holy Hill

As a thank you to God for overcoming the plague epidemic that struck Mikulov in 1622, the first building of Holy Hill - the Chapel of St. Sebastian began to be built.

Address

692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.80636, 16.645570

Turold Cave

Discover the underground world of the Turold Cave, located on the outskirts of Mikulov. Instead of stalactites, this cave is adorned with the unique “Turold decoration” – shapes that recall coral reefs and evoke the feeling of strolling along the bottom of a Jurassic sea.

Address

U Lomu 54
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.816389, 16.640095

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 80 Kč

Children fee: 50 Kč

Senior fee: 60 Kč

Student fee: 50 Kč

Galant Hotel

If you are a food and wine connoisseur, the Galant Hotel will be right up your street, as its restaurant offers not only traditional Moravian dishes and international cuisine, but also tasting of the best wines from the region

Address

Hotel GALANT****
Mlýnská 2
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.808418, 16.640897

Hotel Marcinčák

It can seat as many as 157 patrons. Its garden offers a pleasant non-smoking atmosphere with a “kids’ corner”. In summer, this restaurant opens up into the large garden where the scent of lavender is omnipresent. Our chef de cuisine uses fresh ingredients and herbs only. The herbs are grown in the hotel garden.

Address

Hotel Marcinčák ***
K Vápence 69
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805519, 16.625886

Templ

The restaurant at Hotel Templ is founded on a cuisine that combines the classic food of a historic region of a former monarchy with the latest trends.

Address

Hotel Templ
Husova 305/50
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.805256, 16.634496