Arrival at Mikulov (easily reached by train from Vienna via Breclav).
this historical town famous for its longstanding
connection to wine-making and its Jewish
monuments – synagogue
and old cemetery.
Overnight in Mikulov.
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
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-
Overnight in Cejkovice.
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-
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.
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
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.
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
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
called Macocha (depth 187,5 m).
Overnight in Moravsky Kras.
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
the Alps – the chateau gate from 1492.
Overnight in Moravska Trebova.
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
of interesting architecture and monuments that Litomysl has
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
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
Overnight in Litomysl.
Litomysl – Hradec Kralove (63 km / 39
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
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,
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
Overnight in Hradec Kralove.