A million years of history
The caves of the Moravian Karst have a rich history, dating back almost a million years. Our ancestors found shelter in the caves, most popular of which was the “Bull Rock”, since Palaeolithic era. Archaeological findings confirmed that the caves were used by the Neanderthal men over 120,000 years ago. Some of them are decorated by engravings of Magdalenian cultures from the end of Palaeolithic, that has now become world famous.
People inhabited ed or used the caves also during the peak of expansion of the Roman empire and in the Middle Ages. Even in the time of the Great Moravian Empire the Moravian Karst was not abandoned, when the iron ore was used by the metallurgical workshops. The fascination with the caves continues until today, as Balcarka Cave, Katerinska, Punkva Caves, Sloupsko-šošůvské Caves and Drapusk welcome thousands of visitors each year.
Historical and natural sites
The surroundings of the Moravian Karst are known for its historical monuments. These include the Rájec-Jestřebí Chateau, the Old Hut in Adamov, the Lysice Chateau, the Boskovice Castle and Chateau, the Pilgrimage Church in Křtiny and the Chateau in Velké Opatovice. Those, who prefer some hiking, exploration and mystery, can visit the ruins of Holštejn castles, Knight's cave, Hrádek u Babic or Lechenec. Archaeological excavation sites Městečko Holštejn and Tipeček will reveal secrets of abandoned medial settlements. The Moravian Karst area is also famous for its religious monuments, with the pilgrimage churches of the Church of the Virgin Mary in Křtiny and the Church of Our Lady of Sorrow in Sloup being the most important ones.
Much more than the caves
The beauty of Moravian Karst does not hide only in their caves, the whole region offers much more. Macocha abyss, Punkva river canyons, educational trails and multiple national nature monuments (such as Cave of Pekárna, Rudické srážení, Dřínová, Sloupsko-šošůvské caves, Říčky valley or Velký Horník) all attract visitors wanting to enjoy beautiful forests, natural wonders of speleothems and adventure. Our specialty for this area is the beautiful adventurous program The Secrets of Moravian Karst.
How to get there
The Moravian Karst is located north of Brno. You can reach it by train (Brno - Česká Třebová) or during the season you can use the Krasobus bus line, which will take you straight to the center of Blansko city. Accommodation in the Moravian Karst and surroundings is not hard to find, as there are several hotels and smaller guesthouses. If you prefer, you can also rent a cottage or an apartment.