This easy-going trail, suitable even for less experienced cyclists, takes you through the picturesque and romantic landscape around the river Dyje (Thaya) from Lednice all the way to the South Moravian city of Břeclav. The relaxed ride begins at the famous gardens of the Lednice Chateau
. A long alley of trees leads you down a paved road to the Hunting Lodge – a Neoclassical building with Tuscan columns built in 1811. From here it is only a short jaunt to John’s Castle
(Janův Hrad), another legacy of the powerful House of Liechtenstein. But save a visit to John’s Castle for the return journey and continue farther and deeper into the floodplain forests between blind channels of the river Dyje. After about 7kilometres following the Lužní les (Floodplain Forest) nature trail on paved bike route No. 41, turn right after passing the forester’s lodge and soon you will join up with the orange-marked Podluží Wine Trail. Ride this trail down to Charvátská Nová Ves and along quiet streets take the back way up to the Church of the Visitation in Poštorná
. Well-placed signs will guide you there. At the church you will exit the Podluží Trail and cycle along route No. 42 south to the border with Austria. Along the way you will pass small bunkers that are a reminder of wartime events. At the crossroads Nad Německými loukami (Above the German Meadows) turn left and follow the state border along a paved military road, which soon turns left again, and you will find yourself on the site of the former Slavic fortified settlement of Veligrad, where you can breathe in history that is much older than the war. Near the settlement the Liechtensteins had an Empire-style chateau built, which now houses an exhibition on the archaeological exploration of the adjacent settlement. After a stop at Pohansko
you only have 4–5 km left until you reach the centre of Břeclav. A short stretch along the river Dyje is the only unpaved section of this route. After a well-earned rest and tour of Břeclav
, we recommend that you board a boat that will transport you and your bike from Břeclav back to John’s Castle. Another way to get back to John’s Castle is via a dirt road that runs along the left bank of the Dyje.