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.
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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.
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.