Mikulov - The charm of the south

For cyclists, your dream vacation starts right here. And not only because of the numerous kilometres of well-groomed trails criss-crossing through vineyards but also because of the romantic spots offering memorable experiences at every kilometre along the way.
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From whichever direction you start off towards the medieval town of Mikulov, you will be astonished by the surprising similarity between this corner of Czech wine country and Tuscany. Above the slopes of vineyards groomed into orderly rows loom white limestone rocks that rise from the bottom of a prehistoric sea. Especially if you are coming from the south, from the direction of Vienna, the silhouette of the Mikulov chateau and the town rooftops will take your breath away – yes, this really is the Florence of the north!
 
Words cannot describe the feeling you’ll get when you sit down in front of one of the small wine cellars above Dolní Dunajovice and look around. To the south, you’ll see a curve on horizon created by the majestic towers of the Mikulov Chateau, continuing with the ruins of a watchtower above the town and the rugged contours of limestone rocks, which from the fortifications of the medieval castle Děvičky then drop down to the water surface of the Nové Mlýny (New Mills) reservoir system. Between you and the Pálava Hills lies the “Moravian Grand Canyon” – a green valley of vineyards that promise excellent wines. For lovers of wine, it is enough to say that on the local “lime”, as the locals shorten the technical term “limestone subsoil”, the grape variety that fares best is Welschriesling (Vlašskýryzlink in Czech). If you are looking for an absolutely local wine, ask for the variety called Pálava. Not only did it get its name from these hills,. In a glass of this wine, you will see and feel the golden sun, the wind-borne scent of wildflowers and a distinct honey aftertaste.

Interesting thing

The oldest known inhabitant of the region is famous around the world. It is a certain Venus of Věstonice, a female of plump form whose statue was made by a mammoth hunter some 30,000 years ago. Prehistoric humans settled below the Pálava hills because of the area’s rich natural resources; from the slopes of the limestone hills migrating herds of mammoths could be observed, and the rivers provided an abundance of fish. The figurine, along with stone tools and animal bones, remained hidden among the remains of a prehistoric fire for tens of thousands of years. It only saw the light of day again in 1925, broken in two pieces that were situated close together. At first it was not believed that they belonged together; it was only after being cleaned that the pieces resembled a female figure. The ancient clay statuette of a nude woman with large breasts and a prominent backside proved to be truly unique. The Věstonice Venus is the oldest clay sculpture in the world. Several years ago the Venus was analysed using computer tomography, and the results confirmed the initial suspicion that the statue was fired from fine clay mixed with water. What’s more, it also contains small white granules, which might be precipitated limestone or bone fragments. Another detail was also discovered: on the Venus’ buttocks is a preserved fingerprint of a child of around 10 years old. Experts say its value is incalculable, but when an American antiquities dealers tried to put a price tag on it in 2004 the figure cited was 40 million dollars! 

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The Mikulov cycle route is a circuit that takes you through a region of plentiful sunshine, vast vineyards and genial winemakers. From Lednice you follow the Mikulov Wine Trail to the northwest along the Lednice mill race. A paved road leads for 4 kilometres through a forest to a weir on the river Dyje (Thaya). Ride along the river’s right bank until you arrive in the winemaking village of Bulhary, then continue below the slopes of the Pálava hills to the village of Pavlov, one of the oldest winemaking villages in Moravia. Along the way you’ll enjoy a lovely view of the Nové Mlýny reservoir system. In Pavlov be sure to fortify yourself before tackling the hilly stretch of road between Pavlov and Klentnice. Then it’s almost entirely downhill to the medieval town of Mikulov. On hot days you can cool down with a tour of the Turold Cave. Also worth a tour is the Mikulov Chateau  and the Jewish cemetery and synagogue. In the historical centre of town you can enjoy lunch or coffee at one of the stylish local restaurants. Past Mikulov you connect up again with the Mikulov Wine Trail (also EuroVelo 9 and 13), which takes you to the village of Sedlec, where you turn onto bike route No. 41 and follow the flat terrain along the upper edge of the Nesyt pond until you reach the Border Chateau on the banks of another one of Lednice’s ponds. Then follow trail No. 41 back into Lednice.

Common Tips

For all lovers of good coffee, but also of good food and drink, a stop in Klentnice on your way between Pavlov and Mikulov is a must. Right next to the church you’ll find a beautifully renovated historical rectory, which now houses a stylish café and restaurant as well as a small coffee museum. Enjoy a cup of espresso with one of the locally renowned home-made cakes or a koláč – you will not regret it.

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Pálava

There aren’t many places in the Czech Republic that can boast such a beautiful and diverse landscape as the Pálava Hills, with their snow-white rocks, springtime mosaic of blooming steppes and vineyards spanning across sun-drenched hillsides.

Pavlov

At the foot of the highest peak of the Pálava Hills – Děvín – is the winemaking village of Pavlov, which since the 13th century has been the site of Děvičky Castle. Its ruin, which towers above the village, offers a breathtaking view of the NovéMlýny reservoirs and the entire region below Pálava.

Prehistoric settlement near Dolní Věstonice and Pavlov

More than one world first can be claimed by the prehistoric settlements at Dolní Věstonice and Pavlov, which were inhabited by humans more than 25,000 years ago. 

Mikulov Castle

The silhouette of this monumental castle in South Moravia is visible from afar. In its time it has played host to a number of important personalities, such as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Here visitors can see various museum exhibitions, paintings from the collection of the Dietrichstein family, a library and a gigantic wine barrel.
 

Address

Zámek 1
692 15 Mikulov
GPS: 48.806599411154814, 16.636376207024686

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 150 Kč

Family fee: 320 Kč

Museum of the Jewish Community in Mikulov

For centuries Mikulov was a major Jewish centre in Moravia. This means their heritage is still very much an on-going concern. Come and visit the local museum and reveal the turbulent fate of the Jewish population, one which produced Rabbi Löw, a figure enveloped in myths and legends.

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

Holy Hill in Mikulov

Climb to one of the oldest shrines in the Czech Republic, which towers above the ancient Amber Route. 

Address

692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.8067569, 16.6468781

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

My hotel - Grand Moravia Restaurant

Grand Moravia Restaurant is a four star hotel restaurant in the Moravian style. The menu offers dishes from the Moravian and Czech cuisine. You can taste the specialties of the surroundings - for example Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad or Lednice local specialty duck with horseradish sauce and dumplings. Everything is cooked from fresh ingredients and honestly. There do not use artificial ingredients and flavorings.

Address

21. dubna 657
691 44 Lednince
GPS: 48.8030739, 16.8011253

Springer Winery

SPRINGER Winemakers possess vineyards in two locations – Čtvrtě and Skale – with a total area of 5 hectares and 24,000 grapevines. We are members of the Integrated Wine and Grape Production System. The aim of this system is to minimize the use of protective chemicals for the treatment of vineyards and to use environmentally-friendly agents instead.
 

Address

Bořetice 402
691 08 Bořetice
GPS: 48.9102361, 16.8534561

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

Hotel Zámeček

Friends and business partners can taste culinary specialties in the hotel restaurant which offers Czech and international cuisine. Our masters cooks prepare meals as an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The wide menu will please gourmets as well as dietary, everyone can be satisfied.

Address

Hotel Zámeček Mikulov ***
K Vápence 6
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.8062531, 16.6246461

Wine cellar Úvaly

Looking at the incredible thousands of old bricks, which are lined not only vaulted cellars, does not want to believe that the site is several years old. There is a restaurant, a summer terrace. On chilly autumn evenings is ready to fire in a room full of fur.

Address

Úvaly 77
691 42 Valtice - Úvaly
GPS: 48.7447472, 16.7030194

Wellness Hotel Iris

Welcome to the famous wine-producing village of Pavlov near the Lednice-Valtice Park, where you’ll be surrounded by vineyards and wine cellars wherever you go. In addition to the vineyards, this is also home to the Wellness Hotel Iris. The hotel restaurant is simply a great place to dine; you can choose from a daily menu, regular special events involving dining on the terrace are part of the fun.

Address

Wellness Hotel Iris***
Lužní 215
692 01 Pavlov
GPS: 48.8744922344, 16.6720769722

Sonberk Winery

Loess soil vineyard Sonberk, first founded in the XIII. century, with an extraordinary view of the most beautiful South-Moravian nature site Pálava Hills is a place with a true genius loci. We write a new chapter of history at Sonberk -  a story of an unique place, an extraordinary vineyard and work of people, creating with their heart.

Address

Sonberk 393
691 27 Popice
GPS: 48.9260889, 16.6682331

Nad Sklepy wine cellar

Thanks to our services from accommodation to wine tasting and wine sales so you can experience what it is from our region visitors expected a friendly atmosphere, Moravian cultural values, traditional design, but also standard complying with the demands of the modern era and innovative products that will surely attract your attention. Maximum accommodation capacity of 12 persons. Free internet access, pets welcome the possibility to hire and bicycle storage.
 

Address

Nad Sklepy 210
691 89 Bulhary
GPS: 48.8328222, 16.7435058

Harmonie Guesthouse

 Free Wi-Fi is provided in the entire building and free private parking is possible on site. The rooms include a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Some are suitable for disabled guests. Spa is 600 metres away and cycling tracks are in the vicinity. Valtice can be reached in a 10-minute drive.

Address

Slovácká 735
691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.7983031, 16.8135228

Proneco Guesthouse

Situated in the village of Klentnice, in the middle of the Pálava Protected Landscape Area, Penzion Proneco offers a self-catered accommodation, a garden, an on-site wine bar and tennis courts. Free WiFi is available and free secured parking is possible. All rooms in Proneco Penzion come with a TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a private bathroom with a shower. A shared kitchen is available for guests in the attic rooms.

 

Address

Penzion Proneco ***
Klentice 78
692 01 Klentnice
GPS: 48.8490628, 16.6433106

The Garni Hotel of the 1st PLAVEBNÍ Comp.

You can choose from 10 comfortable non-smoking double rooms and suites with a total capacity of 20 beds and 15 extra beds. You can choose either duplex, attic or ground floor suites. More demanding clients can use a two-bed Deluxe room. Secure parking is available right in front of the hotel.

Address

21. dubna 706
691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.8064761, 16.8045772

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

My hotel

Four-star My Hotel is a popular tourist destination of the Lednice area featuring the Neo-Gothic chateau from the 19th century and belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The hotel attracts with its beautiful exterior and very elegant interior and excellently equipped rooms with a capacity of 120 beds. There is a guarded parking. Pets are allowed.

Address

21. dubna 657
691 44 Lednice
GPS: 48.8030739, 16.8011253

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

Wellness Hotel Iris

Welcome to the famous wine-producing village of Pavlov near the Lednice-Valtice Park, where you’ll be surrounded by vineyards and wine cellars wherever you go. In addition to the vineyards, this is also home to the Wellness Hotel Iris. The hotel restaurant is simply a great place to dine; you can choose from a daily menu, regular special events involving dining on the terrace are part of the fun.

Address

Wellness Hotel Iris***
Lužní 215
692 01 Pavlov
GPS: 48.8744922344, 16.6720769722

Wine cellar Úvaly

Looking at the incredible thousands of old bricks, which are lined not only vaulted cellars, does not want to believe that the site is several years old. There is a restaurant, a summer terrace. On chilly autumn evenings is ready to fire in a room full of fur.

Address

Úvaly 77
691 42 Valtice - Úvaly
GPS: 48.7447472, 16.7030194

Hotel Zámeček

Friends and business partners can taste culinary specialties in the hotel restaurant which offers Czech and international cuisine. Our masters cooks prepare meals as an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The wide menu will please gourmets as well as dietary, everyone can be satisfied.

Address

Hotel Zámeček Mikulov ***
K Vápence 6
692 01 Mikulov
GPS: 48.8062531, 16.6246461