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9-day itinerary for Cycling Trail
Mikulov - Hradec Kralove

Length: 345 km / 216 miles

Day 1)
Mikulov

Arrival at Mikulov (easily reached by train from Vienna via Breclav). Sightseeing around
this historical town famous for its longstanding connection to wine-making and its Jewish
monuments – synagogue and old cemetery.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2)
Mikulov – Lednice-Valtice Area – Cejkovice (57 km / 37miles)

The first day on the cycle route takes you to Valtice with its reknowned baroque chateau
(in its cellers the National Wine Salon serves only the very best wines in the Czech Re-
public). On to the fairy-tale, neo-gothic castle in Lednice with its outstanding park and
greenhouse. Finish the day in Cejkovice with accommodation in a hotel situated at Cejko-
vice chateau.
Overnight in Cejkovice.

Day 3)
Cejkovice – Kyjov (35 km / 22 miles)

Today is one of the less demanding stages, the route of which leads you through the
fertile, wine-growing landscape to Milotice. Here you have the possibility to visit its baro-
que chateau and French-style gardens with water lily ponds and wetland areas. The exhi-
bition of Moravian baroque sculpture in the chateau orangery is also worth a visit. The
last, short part of the route goes straight to Kyjov.
Overnight in Kyjov.

Day 4)
Kyjov – Slavkov (42 km / 27 miles)

Overcoming the hills of the Zdanicky forest is the main part of the route from Kyjov to
Slavkov. On the 2nd of December 1805 the then largest battle in the world was fought by
the French army (73 000 men, 250 cannons) lead by Napoleon against the allied Austrian
and Russian armies (87 000 men, 350 cannons). Although outnumbered and outgunned,
the French army had time to pick the terrain. They emerged victorious but at a terrible
price. 12 000 French troops died with the allies loosing 27 000 men and all of their artillery.
To this day, the crop fields on the former battleground are more fertile due to the number
of bodies in the ground.
Overnight in Slavkov.

Day 5)
Slavkov – Moravsky Kras (50 km / 32 miles)

The route today leads over demanding hilly terrain but the destination is worth it - the
Moravian Karst – a famous cave system and one of the most popular tourist destinations
in the Czech Republic. Today’s stage could finish with a boat trip down the underground
river Punkva in one of the caves along with a trip to the bottom of the deepest Czech
abyss called Macocha (depth 187,5 m).
Overnight in Moravsky Kras.

Day 6)
Moravsky Kras – Moravska Trebova (62 km / 38 miles)

While being a long stage, your reward is that the trip from Moravsky Kras to Moravska
Trebova leads mostly downhill. Moravska Trebova offers a series of interesting monuments
as well as the chateau, which contains the oldest, renaissance monument found above
the Alps – the chateau gate from 1492.
Overnight in Moravska Trebova.

Day 7)
Moravska Trebova – Litomysl (36 km / 23 miles)

Today‘s short stage is designed to allow you more time to explore the charming town of
Litomysl. You have here the possibility to extend your stay for a night because of the
sheer amount of interesting architecture and monuments that Litomysl has to offer.
Litomysl is one of the main towns containing the most famous renaissance monuments in
the Czech Republic. You can start with the Litomysl chateau with its arcade, protected
as a national, cultural monument and also protected under UNESCO. Walking around the
historical town square with its many arcades and valuable baroque and renaissance houses
is an experience indeed. Visit also the Portmoneum – the museum of Josef Vachal a painter,
graphic artist and writer whose interest in philosophy, religious icons, theology and
demonology makes this museum a wonderfully bizarre experience and difficult to describe.
Litomysl also hosts many well known cultural actions; perhaps the most famous is the
annual International Opera festival – Smetanova Litomysl, named after the celebrated local
composer Bedrich Smetana.
Overnight in Litomysl.

Day 8)
Litomysl – Hradec Kralove (63 km / 39 miles)

On this last day the cycle route passes through Chocen, Vysoke Myto and Trebechovice
pod Orebem. This last town is known for its museum of nativity scenes. A collection of
more than 400 are presented as well as a valuable mechanical nativity scene which is
protected as a national, cultural monument. Today’s destination is Hradec Kralove, which
was known as the seat of the Czech queens. At the beginning of the 20th century, Hradec
Kralove was changed by the best Czech architects into a showcase of modern archite-
cture. A building of European importance is the newly-reconstructed museum of the
architect Jan Kotera.
Overnight in Hradec Kralove.

Day 9)
Departure

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