Moravia Dreamin’: Slowing Down in Eastern Czechia
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South Moravia Travel Guide: Fields, Wine and Local Sights
I took a short trip down to the eastern part of the Czech Republic for a short family visit. Each time I come here, I’m amazed at how relaxing, quiet and slowed down the pace of life here seems to be. If you’d like to visit Central Europe, but want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the regional metropolitan areas of Prague, Bratislava, Vienna or Budapest, may I suggest to travel to Moravia to put your feet up and forget that your boss is pushing a deadline onto you come Monday. This brief South Moravia travel guide give you a headstart on what this tradition-rich area has got to offer.
Wine, Wine and Wine
The greater region of Moravia can be further separated into smaller counties and districs, but for the purpose of keeping is simple, let’s keep it general. This region is basically the area just before the Slovak border, a winemakers’ region known for its abundance of the delicious HOME-MADE drink. Are you crazy about locally-sourced drank? Then my Moravia travel guide will make you happy. Many houses have wine cellars for storage, with some people using larger, external cellars set into smaller hills. If you’re sporty but also a wino, you can explore one of the many bike routes going up, down and through the area, stopping at these wine cellars for wine tasting as often as your heart (and motor skills) desire. Not into biking? Then just show up and cellar-hop!
The sub-region of Slovacko (due to its close proximity to Slovakia) is rife with vineyards, cellars and also local microbreweries, so there really is something for everyone!
Historic Area with Tons of Local Sights
There are some really gorgeous small municipalities in Slovacko. Hop between villages or towns and sample some of the local cuisine – which is heavy on meat and dumplings, as a heads up, or visit some of the historic sites. Take your pick between castles, churges, municipal houses and beyond. One of the cooler things I visited were small castles and parks in the towns of Straznice and Milotice. Both surrounded by huge parks and gardens, these castle grounds are not only fit for a queen but also perfect for a lazy picnic afternoon. Bring some of that homemade wine also!
The castle in Milotice is cool because there’s not only a gorgeous Versailles-light garden to feast your eyes on, but adjacent to the garden is a huge park with loads of meadows and ponds on one side, as well as rose garden on the other side. If you’ve got a green thumb, you can also visit the garden center on the castle grounds and buy some regional plants or produce. I shamefully stole some cherries off the tree – they were delicious!
The regional folklore is really a force to be reckoned with here, as well. In addition to the winemaking, the food and the sights, Moravia – and Slovacko – is rich in folk traditions rooted in regional dialects, history and traditions. You won’t see anyone on the street wearing a folk dress; however, you can spot Moravian decorations on almost every older house, or visit one of the many pottery shops to buy some of the famous, decorated Moravian cups, plates or, really, anything. Basket weaving and decorated fabrics with elaborate motifs are also a hot item.
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