What you should not miss while you are visiting the Pálava Hills
Tips for trips
1) Towards the ruins of Děvičky Castle, across the peak of the Pálava Hills and ending in Mikulov
The Pavlov Hills are a limestone formation that extends from the village of Pavlov, around Mikulov and to the border with Austria (approx. 20 kilometres in the southern part of Moravia). This landscape will definitely attract you to numerous hiking or biking trips – across the whitish Pálava hills to the ruins of Děvičky Castle. Its perimeter walls as well as a renaissance tower with loopholes have been preserved until today. This romantic structure is not only located in the Pálava natural preserve but it is its dominant part. You can access it using the green and red-marked hiking paths leading from the parking lot in the village of Pavlov. The view of its surroundings resembles an aerial view. And then you can continue your trip on the top of the Pálava range and get to the ancient town of Mikulov.
The dominant part of the town of Mikulov is its chateau which is located on the rock surrounded by the town’s buildings. From there you can see the “Svatý kopeček” (Holy Hill) in the east as well as the Turold peak in the north, which is a part of the Pavlov Hills. The western part leads to a plain while in the south, close to the town, you can visit the small “Šibeniční vrch” (Scaffold Hill) and “Šibeník” (Scaffold) Pond. The Holy Hill (363 m over the sea level) represents one of the Pavlov Hills. This hill (including the clock tower and St. Šebestián’s chapel) is a major landmark located above the town of Mikulov. Two smaller chapels (St. Rosália’s Chapel and St. Barbora’s Chapel) are to be found behind it. The “Kaple Božího hrobu” (Redeemer’s Grave Chapel) is located in the adjacent woods may be accessed using the hiking path nearby.
3) Turold Cave
The Turold Cave is located in the Turold natural preserve (on the suburbs of Mikulov) and, together with the “Liščí díra” (Fox Hole) Cave, it comprises a labyrinth of corridors which is 2.5 km long. Unlike the other caves which are open to the general public, this cave originated as a result of ruptures and crevices in limestone rocks affected by alpine deformations.
4) Around the banks of the Nové Mlýny Waterworks
The Nové Mlýny Waterworks serves for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and water transportation. Its surroundings are suitable for hiking and cycling. There is a road connecting Dolní Věstonice and Strachotín on the embankment. On one of the two islands created when the Waterworks was filled you can find ruins of St. Linhart’s Church which had formed a part of the village of Mušov that is currently under water. Nowadays, this church is the only remainder of the old village of Mušov; however, its cultural and historical values are rather high. A research conducted in this currently deconsecrated church reconstructed in the Baroque style revealed Gothic mural paintings from the early 16th century. The church is probably the oldest Romanesque religious building in the Břeclav District. The second island is an archaeological location where more than 2,000 graves from the Great Moravian Empire have been discovered.
5) Archaeological Museum in Dolní Věstonice
History connoisseurs should definitely visit the archaeological museum in Dolní Věstonice which presents the world famous statuette of “Věstonická Venuše” (Venus of Věstonice).“The age of Mammoth Hunters” is a permanent exposition located in the former town hall of Dolní Věstonice. It presents the archaeological locations examined between Dolní Věstonice and Pavlov, which are currently famous all around the world as they had revealed settlements of mammoth hunters from the period of 25,000 - 30,000 BC. This exposition is supplemented by unique samples of local findings – the oldest ceramic and fabric items, firestone tools, jewellery, necklaces, stylised sculptures and statuettes of both humans and animals. A copy of the famous statuette of “Věstonická Venuše” (Venus of Věstonice) is on display as well.
6) Lednice – Valtice Resort
No wonder that this region was formerly called “Lednice and its gardens” while nowadays history connoisseurs propose a new official name of “Great Lednice” for this municipality. Majestic chateaux are surrounded by large gardens. Maintained flowerbeds are covered by thousands of flowers. Meandering fields with golden crops reach as far as to green woods. This romantic landscape is decorated by ponds with shiny water surfaces being full of water lilies. Numerous fantastic buildings and structures may be seen along the roads and paths. All that was created by the Liechtenstein Dynasty acting hand in hand with Mother Nature. The Lednice – Valtice Resort is interlaced with paved paths on which you may ride a bicycle, take a walk or ride a horse (you can book a horse ride in the Hippoclub Lednice).
7) Junction of the Morava and Dyje Rivers – a cycling trip
Two mighty rivers, the Morava and Dyje Rivers, meet in the southmost strip of Moravia, in the middle of a deep forest. Their junction also forms a borderline between three different countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. During the era of the Iron Curtain the area alongside the Dyje River, i.e. the border with Austria, was absolutely inaccessible for common people. In spite of the fact that the local countryside often looks like a virgin land, the overall look of the landscape has been affected by human activities in many respects.
The baroque chateau with a chapel as well as the church consecrated to Assumption of the Virgin are the main tourist attractions in Valtice. The chapel is used for music events. The chateau was used by the Liechtenstein Dynasty as its “family house”. Nowadays 21 rooms of the chateau are open to the general public. An exhibition of torture has been presented in the Frog Cellar since 2012. And the chateau cellar, which is the oldest cellar in Valtice, offers its visitors not only a visit to these unique premises supplemented by an explanation of the history of viticulture but also a presentation of products of the most famous wine growing company – Vinné sklepy Valtice, a.s.
9) OUR HOTEL AND PAVLOV
You will enjoy evenings and early nights on our summer terrace where numerous events are held throughout the whole summer holidays – for example wine tasting events, barbecue parties, dulcimer music sessions and country band evenings. You can also play bowling in the bowling bar which is located only a few meters far from the hotel.Lovers of Moravian wine will be pleased as well since numerous wine cellars are located in the close vicinity of the hotel and you can taste really great wine in each of them. Furthermore, you can discover and enjoy many other great attractions yourselves. We look forward to hearing tips related to your experiences – please send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.