Znojmo region - The two faces of Znojmo

Like two sides of the same coin, the landscape of the northern and southern parts of this region complement and contrast each other. In the north are flatlands, bordered to the south by wooded hills. Along the border with Austria, the landscape is suddenly carved by the deep valley of the Dyje River, which forms the core of the national park called Podyjí on the Czech side and Thayatal on the Austrian side. The local landscape bears the marks of human activity from prehistoric times to the present.
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Get to know the two faces of the Znojmo region  - traditions as well as modern agriculture, the forrests next to the wineyards and the hills surrounded by lowlands. Modern agriculture in the Znojmo region is intertwined with historical villages, acres of fields alternate with vineyards, and over everything stand the towers of churches. This borderland region fuses dramatic human stories, from the times of Napoleon’s campaign, through the Second World War, to the decades divided by the Iron Curtain. Today you can explore the entire border on bike or hiking, with literally with one foot in the Czech Republic and the other in Austria. The northern part of the trail is a relaxed ride through a flat cultural landscape, through towns and villages where it seems that time has stood still. The southern part of the trail leads you past undulating rows of vineyards and wine cellars. However, the real adventure awaits you in the royal town of Znojmo. In its lanes, still cobbled with stones from the 14th century, you can spend several days exploring ancient monuments. The local terroir and style of the wines will be very reminiscent of those from the nearby Weinviertel region in Lower Austria. Wines here are classified not just by variety but, since 2009, also using the VOC appellation system (similar to the AOC in France). According to very strict criteria, local winemakers themselves determine the best wines of the Sauvignon, Riesling and GrünerVeltliner varieties and their cuvée. In their distinctive aromas, you will note hints of peach, black currant, nutmeg, gooseberry, honey, linden blossom or almonds. It is an excellent workout for your sense of smell and taste.

Interesting thing

Šobes, an icon of Moravian winemaking

The Šobes vineyard is like a sun-warmed gemstone strung on the blue ribbon of the river Dyje and and framed by the surrounding deciduous forests. It has a rich history and a distinctive charm and atmosphere. Wine reportedly came to the area along with the Roman legions of Emperor Marcus Aurelius; in the rocks above the vineyards there are still visible ruts from the heavy Roman carts that once travelled this way along the trade route to the ford across the Dyje. In the past, the wines from Šobes found their way to the imperial court in Vienna as well as to renowned Viennese restaurants. Many years later, it smoothed a small royal faux pas when Queen Elizabeth was allowed to fill a second glass of the delicious wine from the same bottle, which is not done. The 1997 Pinot Gris (Rulandské šedé) even competed as one of the thousand best wines in the world, and this may even have contributed to Šobes itself being ranked among the top ten locations in Europe considered by experts to be the best for growing grapes. Among wine lovers, the local Riesling (Ryzlink) and Pinot Gris are so popular that they sell out almost before the harvest. In the summer you can sample some of them in the tasting kiosk located right at the vineyard. Its owner, the Znovín Znojmo company, is trying to get the Šobes vineyard registered on the UNESCO list of natural monuments.

 

Day 1

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A circular route takes you from Znojmo to the Czech-Austrian border and into the heart of the Podyjí National Park, whose main feature is the deep canyon of the river Dyje (Thaya), which forms a natural border with Austria. For most of the route you will follow the signs for the Znojmo Wine Trail, but on the way back to Znojmo you’ll use the backbone Moravian Wine Trail. You set out from Znojmo along an asphalt road through Mašovice to the village of Podmolí, from which you’ll enter the Podyjí National Park. An interesting variant for getting into Podmolí is to cycle along route No. 5000, which runs through the woods along an unpaved road directly above the river canyon. This challenging route, however, has more zigzags, thus adds a few extra kilometres. Past Podmolí, the biggest climb is already behind you, so you can deservedly coast down the paved road to the Šobes vineyard and the meandering river Dyje. Along the way, do not forget to take in the beautiful views of the surrounding area. At the vineyard the paved road becomes a dirt road, which brings you to a long suspended footbridge across the river. Cross to the opposite side, where the Gruber Mill once stood, and continue along the Znojmo Trail through Hnánice to an infantry cabin near Šatov. In Šatov, follow the short educational trail named History, Wine and Fortifications. Then why not sample some wine at the Moravský sklípek wine cellar in Šatov. Do not miss the unique Painted Wine Cellar (Malovaný sklep), which is directly on the road back to Znojmo. On the return to Znojmo, follow the Moravian Wine Trail and route No. 5000, which veers off in Konice and runs along a red-marked hiking trail down a dirt road.

Common Tips

The Šobes winery can contend with those from southern countries due to its special climate, in which warm summer days on the southern slope transition into colder nights followed by morning fogs. The microclimate is very similar to the conditions found along the Rhine or in France’s Rhône Valley. The same conditions are also suitable for a scaly ambassador of Mediterranean wildlife – the European green lizard. Local winemakers have even chosen this creature as the mascot for wines from the most lizard-friendly vineyards. This way, green lizards can be spotted not only warming themselves on the terraces of vineyards but also on the labels of wine bottles from the area.

Day 2

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This route leads you through the southern part of the Znojmo region. The route is suitable for those who favour straight stretches of road amidst fields and vineyards without a lot of climbing. From Znojmo  you ride past the Louka Monastery and in about 15 minutes you’ll arrive at the first wine stop in Nový Šaldorf–Sedlešovice, where they produce excellent wines, particularly whites. The next and also the largest winemaking village in the Znojmo region is Vrbovec. Here you’ll find a group of valuable and remarkably well preserved grape-pressing buildings, located 2 km west of the village. If you have young children, in Dyjákovičky turn toward the neighbouring village of Chvalovice, where the children will surely enjoy a visit to the Prehistoric Park and you can find refreshments. From Dyjákovičky, an endlessly straight stretch leads through fields (first paved and then a dirt road). Do not forget to turn left at one of the crossroads into the village of Slup. Lovers of history and technical heritage will enjoy visiting the Museum of Czechoslovak Fortifications and also a historical water mill. Following the Moravian Wine Trail, then go to Načeratice, where we recommend trail No. 5007 leading through Tasovice and along the left bank of the river Dyje to Znojmo.

Common Tips

The Šobes winery can contend with those from southern countries due to its special climate, in which warm summer days on the southern slope transition into colder nights followed by morning fogs. The microclimate is very similar to the conditions found along the Rhine or in France’s Rhône Valley. The same conditions are also suitable for a scaly ambassador of Mediterranean wildlife – the European green lizard. Local winemakers have even chosen this creature as the mascot for wines from the most lizard-friendly vineyards. This way, green lizards can be spotted not only warming themselves on the terraces of vineyards but also on the labels of wine bottles from the area.

Day 1

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Znojmo

The historic town centre with its numerous churches, all surrounded by mediaeval city walls, has preserved its Renaissance look and is full of crooked lanes, romantic views and picturesque nooks and crannies. Znojmo is also the centre of a well-known wine region, so why not take the time to sample some of the local produce?

Podyjí National Park

Even though it is the smallest Czech national park, the Podyjí National Park is among the most important natural sites in Central Europe. Here you will find an exceptionally well-preserved river valley in a richly wooded landscape full of breathtaking scenery. Among the meanders of the Dyje (Thaya) River is a unique reserve which will enchant you with its charm, warm climate and the many ways to enjoy its beauty.

Address

Správa Národního parku Podyjí, Na Vyhlídce 5, 669 02 Znojmo
GPS: 48.834216, 15.974436

Šobes Vineyard

Visit one of the oldest vineyards in the Czech Republic, which ranks among the ten best vineyard locations in Europe. Its ideal conditions are ensured by a south-facing slope and high quality soil in the very heart of Podyjí National Park where it is located right on the side of a rocky promontory on a bend of the River Dyje.

Address

Šatov 404, 671 22 Šatov
GPS: 48.81517194619444, 15.977124878295854

Hnanice

The oldest section of the Church of St. Wolfgang contains a miraculous spring. You can drink its healing waters or dab it on whatever ails you, and perhaps it will help, just as it once is said to have returned a blind knight to health.

Šatov

The poetic and archaic-sounding name of this winemaking village is said to derive from the name of the third wife of the Bohemian King Vratislav II, Svatava. In the 14th century it was colonized by German settlers, who developed the art of winemaking. Its former glory and wealth is still visible today in the splendid and large grape pressing facilities in front of the wine cellars.

Address

Šatov 22 671 22 Šatov
GPS: 48.7931742, 16.009923

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 30 Kč

Senior fee: 20 Kč

Student fee: 20 Kč

Day 2

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Znojmo

The historic town centre with its numerous churches, all surrounded by mediaeval city walls, has preserved its Renaissance look and is full of crooked lanes, romantic views and picturesque nooks and crannies. Znojmo is also the centre of a well-known wine region, so why not take the time to sample some of the local produce?

Louka Monastery near Znojmo

Enjoy a degustation session of quality wine in the cool cellars of the monastery in Louka, where the largest producer of wine in the Czech Republic, the joint stock company Znovín Znojmo, is currently located. You will experience a combination of the spiritual atmosphere of an ecclesiastical centre and a calm degustation session.

Address

Loucká 3622/29, 671 81 Znojmo
GPS: 48.84066187708944, 16.058576027751883

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 100 Kč

Children fee: 60 Kč

Senior fee: 60 Kč

Student fee: 60 Kč

Nový Šaldorf - Sedlešovice

An ancient winemaking tradition is alive and well, nestled in the picturesque valley near the village of Nový Šaldorf. You can come here to discover the tastes and aromas of the quality wines offered by the Modré sklepy (Blue Cellars), as this place has been known since time immemorial.

The water mill in Slup

Would you know the correct names for all the parts of an old water mill? No? Then you can find out in the functional water mill on the River Dyje not far from Znojmo. It was established back in the 13th century by the Cistercian convent in Oslavany. The mill has kept its present-day appearance since the time of the Renaissance.

Address

Slup 94, 671 28 Jaroslavice
GPS: 48.78314421026233, 16.200242261291464

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Arte Vini

Historic vaulted cellar dug into the sandstone massif creates ideal conditions for grape processing and especially for the subsequent aging of wines. In the letters, directly below the old wooden press from the 19th century, is open to a cozy bar where you can enjoy both the local delicacies cold, or to order your prepared as warm hospitality. Of course, the wine bearing the brand Arte Vini are always to be served by the glass as well. Complemented by a range of interesting wines imported from around the world.

Address

Nový šaldorf 29/5
671 81 Nový Šaldorf-Sedlešovice
GPS: 48.8267175, 16.0572167

Hotel Ryšavý

Enjoy our great range of relaxation and sporting activities, prepared an indoor pool with hot tub, steam room and a children's pool. The Hotel Ryšavý can also play tennis, squash and bowling. The restaurant will treat you to excellent and honest dishes based on traditional recipes of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

Address

Hotel Ryšavý ***
Vémyslice 73
671 42 Vémyslice
GPS: 49.0209647, 16.2588486

Hotel N

Its location in the well known wine growing area is more than strategic. The hotel lies outside the busy centre full of traffic, but, on the other hand, it is just ten minutes´ walk from the historical centre of Znojmo. It is only fifteen kilometres to the border crossing between the Czech Republic and Austria: Hatě - Kleinhaugsdorf.
 

Address

Hotel N ***
Křížové náměstí 62/4
669 04 Znojmo, Přímětice
GPS: 48.8841289, 16.0350342

Hotel Lahofer

The hotel has a wine shop and information center Znojmo winery. Do not forget to taste the best wines Znojmo, which offers while recommending to every meal. The restaurant at Lahofer you will enjoy the best dishes that are prepared with the greatest possible care. 
 

Address

Hotel LAHOFER ***
Veselá 149/13
669 02 Znojmo
GPS: 48.8572275, 16.0470039

Hotel Weiss

The hotel’s character is admired by the guests at any event hosted there and it takes pride in its high quality. You can take advantage of our services during your visit in the Moravian wines region or on your journeys. Wine cellar capacity is 60 people and adjacent lounge 20 people.

Address

Lechovice 56
671 63 Lechovice
GPS: 48.8749258, 16.2358544

Hotel Savannah near Znojmo

Situated near the Austrian-Czech border, in close proximity to Znojmo, one of the oldest Czech towns, the Savannah Hotel provides a wide range of services, such as a spa and wellness centre with a swimming pool, steam rooms as well as Ayurvedic relaxation massages.

Address

Hotel Savannah **** deluxe
Chvalovice 198
669 02 Chvalovice – Hatě
GPS: 48.7630000, 16.0592000

Hotel Drnholec

 Not only the rooms, but also the restaurant and bar are decorated in the style of the English countryside. Guests can stay in single and double rooms in which you can add an extra bed and cot. For a fee, you can stay with your pets. The hotel boasts a great restaurant and wine cellar. Companies can rent the conference room for 25 people.

Address

Hotel Drnholec ***
nám. Svobody 5/8
691 83 Drnholec
GPS: 48.8574233, 16.4865772

Privát Bohemia

A buffet breakfast is provided. The public area is air conditioned and there is a fully equipped kitchen for shared use. Guests can relax in a garden with a sun terrace and enjoy barbecue facilities as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

Address

Šatov 174
671 22 Šatov
GPS: 48.7943536, 16.0061722

Hotel Premium

Comfortable accommodation, wellness treatments and a pleasant restaurant with international dishes and local specialties can all be found under one roof at the Premium Hotel. Being the oldest part of the hotel, King John’s Wine Cellar offers a wide selection of the best Znojmo and Moravian wines.

Address

Hotel Prestige ****
Pražská 2133/100
669 02 Znojmo
GPS: 48.8690061, 16.0354964

Autokemp Merkur Pasohlávky

Free WiFi access is available in this camping. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a seating area. There is a full a kitchenette with a refrigerator and kitchenware. Private bathrooms also come with a shower. At Autokemp Merkur Pasohlávky you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and barbecue facilities. 
 

Address

691 22 Pasohlávky
GPS: 48.9003181, 16.5694028

Hotel Ryšavý

Enjoy our great range of relaxation and sporting activities, prepared an indoor pool with hot tub, steam room and a children's pool. The Hotel Ryšavý can also play tennis, squash and bowling. The restaurant will treat you to excellent and honest dishes based on traditional recipes of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

Address

Hotel Ryšavý ***
Vémyslice 73
671 42 Vémyslice
GPS: 49.0209647, 16.2588486

Hotel Lahofer

The hotel has a wine shop and information center Znojmo winery. Do not forget to taste the best wines Znojmo, which offers while recommending to every meal. The restaurant at Lahofer you will enjoy the best dishes that are prepared with the greatest possible care. 
 

Address

Hotel LAHOFER ***
Veselá 149/13
669 02 Znojmo
GPS: 48.8572275, 16.0470039

Hotel N

Its location in the well known wine growing area is more than strategic. The hotel lies outside the busy centre full of traffic, but, on the other hand, it is just ten minutes´ walk from the historical centre of Znojmo. It is only fifteen kilometres to the border crossing between the Czech Republic and Austria: Hatě - Kleinhaugsdorf.
 

Address

Hotel N ***
Křížové náměstí 62/4
669 04 Znojmo, Přímětice
GPS: 48.8841289, 16.0350342

Hotel Weiss

The hotel’s character is admired by the guests at any event hosted there and it takes pride in its high quality. You can take advantage of our services during your visit in the Moravian wines region or on your journeys. Wine cellar capacity is 60 people and adjacent lounge 20 people.

Address

Lechovice 56
671 63 Lechovice
GPS: 48.8749258, 16.2358544