Touristic guide

tradice-a-zvykosloviSouthern Slovácko, the territory between the towns Hodonín and Břeclav, is one of the very interesting, ancient ethnographic region.

The largest part of this area is called Podluží since long time ago. The name is derived from the typical character of this region – a standing water - known here as „luže“. Podluží region is then an area under the alluvial forests, in the southernmost corner of the country of Moravia, on the right bank of the Morava River before confl uence with Dyje river. Variety and diversity of southern Slovácko is as well supplied by the neighbouring regions´villages - Čejkovice (belonging to the area of Hanácko - Slovácko), Ratíškovice and Dubňany (representing Kyjovsko region) and last but not least, an original village Rohatec. Nowaday, the rich folk and cultural traditions are mostly associated with these regions. Especially the beauty of Podluží ´s folk costumes, perfection and the color of its embroidery, which held attention of collectors and experts from the mid-19th century. Although the biggest treasures of folk culture and art is now found and admired in museums, southern Slovácko is offering authentic continuation and attentive visitor will fi nd its character at every step. Why should you come then and what local ethnographic regions offer to you?

Almost every village carefully preserves its monuments of folk architecture, so white lime plaster, blue skirting board and varied range of plant ornaments with a typical Podluží´s heart or apple still decorate Slovácko´s chalets, Calvaries, chapels or wine-cellars and wine-shacks. Beautiful countryside around the villages and the presence of alluvial forests is long formed by agricultural activity and wine-growing creates its distinctive character above all. To be sure that Dolní Bojanovice´s Riesling was served out in the imperial court in Vienna and its new varieties are successfull and often awarded at various exhibitions. Bytheway, wine-growing and wine culture penetrate whole folklore life of the region. It is not only kept with love and passion by the older, but also, and what is gratifying, by the youngest generation. Carnivals, folk costume balls, feast and small feast, gathering by the cymbalo or folklore festivals as ethnographic celebration „Podluží in songs and dances“ in Tvrdonice present current developments of folk costumes, cymbalom music and especially of folk dances. The high value of Slovácko´s dance „verbuňk“, its unique place in the world cultural heritage of humanity is demonstrated by its inclusion on the UNESCO list.

Folk traditions are handed in future generations, distinctive character of wine villages, proverbial hospitality, good Slovácko ´s cuisine and wine are for sure reasons to visit the southernmost corner of the Czech Republic. „So, Welcome!“

Life of the Slovácko´s village had its inevitable rhythm, working days changed for days off , life passed according to season and in accordance with liturgical calendar. A life was enriched by various customs and ceremonies, which were often very old and probably of before christianity origin, and accompanied the residents from cradle to grave. Although just a fraction of folk traditions and customs have survived till these days, they are succesfully maintained and developed due to the activities of local Slovácko´s clubs, folk costume bands and folklore ensembles in last few years. And what from the annual customes of Slovácko survived here?“

The fi rst months of the year are in sign of fun, folk costume balls, pig-slaughtering, and this period culminates in carnival – walkabout of carnival dancers, musicians and a parade of masks (bear, goat, horse, Gypsy, Turkish motives). So far, we can see in some villages an ancient dance of free boys „pod šablema „,which means, that each housekeeper sticks on dancing boys´swords (now wooden) pieces of bacon, donuts, and other delicacies. Unrestricted joy ends by midnight by „burying of contrabass“.

According to the Catholic tradition, on Ash Wednesday begins a Lenten period of 40 days. Other maintained traditions of Easter cycle, thanks to ethnographic ensembles are, carrying of Death, called Morana, from the village and thus burying of winter and calling of life-giving spring. The Holy Week is known for baking of „sweet Judas“ on the Ugly Wednesday, and especially for boys´ rattling on Maundy Thursday and on Good Friday, when a noise of wooden clapper replaces the sound of silent bells. Seriousness and Lent of the previous days is changed for a festive walk of boys and married men – called „mužáci“ on Easter Monday. Bands in folk costumes walk around the houses, where single girls live and they beat these girls with rod of osier with colourful ribbons. For this „šlahačka“ they can enjoy rich entertainment and traditionally decorated Easter eggs.

In May slim Maypole with decorative top appears as a manifestation of love of inlove boys in front of the windows of single girls.

Summer months are then in sign of a fi rst feasts. With feast is associated most preserved customs and nowadays, it is the largest social event and showcase of traditional folk costumes and music for every single village. Celebrations are in charge of in winter elected elders. Feast begins with playing and raising of the Maypole, followed by a rich parade and dance entertainment.

On Monday married men are enjoying themselves, on Tuesday the married women, in the end you cannot miss fi nal feast. Feast, of course, is an opportunity for acquiring new folk costume parts, but it also includes large household cleaning, preparation of feast cakes and all the traditional holiday meals.

Not even work and life of wine-keepers is without singing, storytelling and ancient ceremonies, which are to protect the vineyards and ensure the quality and quantity of wine. The most signifi cant ceremony is „mountain driving“. It‘s a ritual of closing the vineyards at the time of ripening of the grapes, and it is associated with reading of special rights. This happens from mid-August to mid-September. Last feast must end on the 25th November, on the day of St. Catherine, because then come four weeks Advent period preceding the Christmas.

01Keeping the rich folk traditions and wearing of folk costumes is inherently linked with religious belief. Religious ceremonies and celebrations strengthened the existence of these traditions for centuries and the changes since 1989 have contributed to a partial restoration.

Ceremonial procession carried out on May on the feast of Corpus Christi, thus found its place in annual customes cycle. It starts with famous mass, is followed by parade with canopy, where the white bridesmaids carry baskets with fl owers, men carry banners. A parade stops at four altars and in front of each a part of one of the four gospels is read. In the whole Slovácko, this procession catches attention mainly with unique variety of folk costumes weared by single people. Especially the girls of Podluží wear beautiful decorated, hand-embroidered ceremonial scarves, fastened over the headgear.

Religious pilgrimages have still an important place in the Catholic calendar, for the faithful people of Slovácko.

One original place of pilgrimage you can fi nd in Podluží, in the village Týnec. Since 1680, procession goes for a prayer in the feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist (29 August) to the local church to the miraculous picture of the Virgin Mary. At the time of greatest glory at the end of the 19th century, the village was visited by up to ten thousand pilgrims in their folk costumes and band of single visits this pilgrimage (now inseparably linked with the local feast) in folk costumes till now. Massive oak in th end of the village enjoys respect and its age is estimated at 400 years. On the tree there is placed the picture of the Virgin Mary from 1859. Since the end of the 19th century small chapelle decorated with Podluží ´s ornaments stands under the tree and was built in 1891 by Simon and František Kučera. The village chapelle is being cared of by descendants of families and other faithfuls. And passers perform short worships at the mentioned chapelle.

Village Mikulčice has then newer tradition (since 1990) and has the second place of pilgrimage in the region. Pilgrimage to honor the Moravian Missionaries of St. Cyril and Methodius is held on the day of their holiday - 5 July, in the premises of Slavonic settlement. The glory of this pilgrimage is a folk costume band of young people, sometimes around hundred of participants, each year the leading team of pilgrimages is from differnt village of Podluží.

It has always been the most prominent feature of folk culture in Slovácko and it still can be seen thanks to ethnical ensembles, Slovácko´s clubs and folk costume bands, when there is folk costume ball or feast, pilgrimage or folklore festivals. The folk costume has undergone major developments over the past decade, some of its parts or variants completely disappeared, and in these days mainly ceremonial costume of single girls and young men is preserved.

kroj-podluzackyThe folk costume of Podluží

Costumes from Podluží belongs to the most spectacular ones in Slovácko. Single boys wear red cloth trouser-leg, which are richly embroidered with blue cotton, wide open sleeves shirts are of fi ne linen, decorated with embroidery stripes and fi - nished with wide lace. They put over the shirt short decorated waist coat („lajbl“) with attached cockade, ribbon. The headgear worn by single boys is a hat called „guláč“ (on the south Podluží) or „húseňák“ (on the north Podluží). It may not even miss the most famous symbol of the region known as „kosířek“, that is bleached feather of heron. All the boys then put on high leather boots with running silk tassels, brass horse-shoes and colorful embroidery on the shin.

Single girls dress on the most festive day pier sleeves, over them then brightly embroidered short waist coat and irreplaceable combination of up to six starchy white farthingales and overskirt in pastel tones. On their heads they wear red hats called „rožky“ with a charming upright ribbon of four loops, the same pattern is repeated even on the long bow running from the neck. The most valuable parts of girls‘ costumes are richly embroidered aprons „fěrtochy“, collars of sleeves called „límec“ and lace „tacle. Girls put on pleated high boots.

Folk Costume of Čejkovice

Costume from Čejkovice belongs to the southern Hanácko-Slovácko group and boys´festive costume remains typical black cloth trouser leg with wide embroidery and black short waist-coat „Kordula“. Black embroidery is applied on the ceremonial shirt too. Most attractive is however fancy headgear called „šmukáč“, with several feathers of heron and cascade of ribbons.

Single women‘s festive costume keeps the original type of sleeves with lay embroidery collar. Waist-coats, aprons and even the top skirts are currently in a very nicely harmonized pastel shades and the most prominent feature is the original head kerchief hold. Unlike in Podluží, girls put on lower lace shoes with brass hooks.

ratiskovicky-krojThe folk costumes of the south Kyjov

This group includes frequently worn costumes from Ratíškovice and Dubňany. Single boys dress narrow trouser leg of blue cloth with a rich black embroidery, inserted into the high plain boots. Black embroidery is repeated even on the white shirt with loose sleeves fi nished with needlework. Over the shirt, incised decorated waist-coat is worn with painted running ribbons and as a headgear they put on black hat „širáček“ with colorful chenille and essential feather of heron..

Single women catch your attention with black embroidered leeves with lay and again in black embroidered collar. The sleeves above the elbow have a balloon shape („kadrle“). Red wide skirts to the knees should be slightly shorter than white petticoat. The apron is most brightly decorated – is fi nished with needlework („fěrtoch“) and very expressive head kerchief hold it.

Folk costume of Rohatec

Costume from Rohatec has developed into a separate type, limited to one village. Festive male costume is similar to the previous type, is signifi cant with lining on the trouser legs and with decorated hat with a feather.

Women‘s costume options are very original. Mainly black embroidery applies on the wide sleeves and the authentic binding of kerchief. The richest part of this costume used to be a wedding bonnet with pearls, inlaid with small mirrors and completed with a large bow with richly decorated ribbons.

Ethnographic celebration „Podluží in songs and dances“ in Tvrdonice

The largest showcase of folk costumes, folk music and demonstration of ancient customs and traditions of the region, can be seen each year on the folklore festival Podluží in songs and dances, in the village Tvrdonice. Since 1946, the fi rst weekend in June happens meeting of all generations of lovers of folklore in the local folklore ethnographic complex.

01Oneness and originality of southern parts of Slovácko is sill featured by here and there preserved folk architecture, which is particulary represented by farmers´ and small holders´houses.

Wood from the alluvial forests wasn´t suitable for building, there was no stone, but people here could always count on enough good brick clay. Therefore, the farm-houses were made of unfi red bricks until the 1st World War, the bricks dried in the sun only („kotovice“), were also known as „adobe brick“, as in to the mixture of clay and chaff was pig hair added. Characteristic sign of Slovácko´s houses are an ancient thatched roofs, which are often covered with houseleek to protect the house against lightning, but in the last century, it was fully replaced by the red covering of burnt bricks. Buildings were turned into the street with facades and passers-by were attracted by picturesque and richly fl owering beds of ancient cabbage- roses, dahlias, white lilies, mauve roses, asters, rosemary, mint and sage. Hallmark of folksiness was then provided by traditional wooden fence from the decoratively carved laths. In the middle of front garden there used to be and here and there still is situated a short corridor leading to the main door, where on the wooden benches under the grape-vines grannies with kerchiefs often sit. Most captivated always was and still is the interchangeable facade of building in lower Slovácko, namely white lime plaster regularly and carefully renovated, blue skirtin board, and especially with love and with taste decorated leeward. Also bricked parts, sometimes called „žebráčny“, which were added to main door. Here the skills of Slovácko´s women painters focused on, in colorful paints and in a range of plant ornaments and leeward become a display of housekeeper – of lady of the house.

In addition to residential buildings, an important elements of still preserved architecture of the region are wine-growing buildings, such as wine cellars and winepress winepress houses called „búdy“, and especially smaller sacral objects, so the chapels, calvaries, tributes.

In Dolní Bojanovice you will be impressed with Slovácko´s Cottage - House No. 217,which is a historically protected building from the beginning of the 19th century and it acquired its present form about a hundred years later. Exterior of the cottage is dominated by typical leeward, decorated with ornaments of plant motives (apples, tulips, grapes and vine) made by early died woman painter Hedvika Fukalíková. Since 1996, the object is managed by the local Museum association. When visitng the interior, you will get a comment on the original interior lay-out and on the equipment of typical rustic building of the 19th century and at the same time you will become familiar with a rich history of local folk costumes and of annual customes. Enrichment of the tour is a newly discovered and previously made accesible, well from 1901. The so-called „Old letty“, building no. 166 in Lužice was refl ected in the archival material for the fi rst time in 1828, but as evidenced by its name, its own history goes back to the mid-18th century. The building served as a comfortable base for the imperial offi cers in the time of the mandatory housing of troops in the villages and later for a variety of municipal needs. Only activity of the local Museum associ- ation in Lužice saved it from the planned demolition and its major reconstruction was completed in 2009. The interior of this important monument of folk architecture presents the visitors not only with permanent exhibition of housing at the turn of the 19th and 20 century, an exten sive collection of agricultural tools and objects, but also with occasional exhibitions on the history of the village and thematic exhibitions of annual customes (vintage, Christmas and Easter holidays), supplemented by examples of folk craft-making.

Historically protected building no. 155 in Lanžhot, stands on the village square neer to the church and inside, there is located a municipal museum. It offers one of the last examples of well maintained farmer house. The antiquity is emphasized with colorfuly painted facade with typical leeward with ornamental wall paintings, wooden fence and even the traditional arrangement inside the building. There is an exposure of folk housing in Podluží, with a unique painted rustic furniture, original wooden frame-work and numerous collections of folk costumes. The house has a rampart, where large agricultural tract of examples of farming items and tools starts and is fi nished with garden – back-yard. Visitors of the village Mikulčice will be attracted by very picturesque image that is created by the renovated and with Podluží ornaments decorated chapel of St. Roch, with renewed cemetery wall and putation at the time of great famine and plague, which affected the local region, while the rescue was said to be a rich trader saint called Roch, who brought number of wagons of grain and bread. However, truer dedication is to contemporary saint called Roch, the patron of cholera vineyards, dividing the upper and lower part.

The existence of the fi rst winegrowing facilities at this site was recorded in the cadastral maps in the second half of the 18th century. In the last century, especially lower Nechory, expanded to its present form of broken terrain of the village with square, streets, with now numbering about 400 of wine- cellars and winepress houses. Some of them were for its real value declared as a cultural monument Fine design of most of the cellars and either winepress houses is based on local traditions – whitened walls, colorured skirting board and simple ornaments from Podluží. The latest constructions are in the name of ordinary winepress houses with a residential fl oor, used for social and commercial purposes. Late Baroque sacral building of Calvary in Tvrdonice, which is currently situated in the middle of the village, built at their own expenses people of Tvrdonice as a manifestation of thanksgiving for the end of the plague epidemic in 1760. Trihedral shape symbolizes the divine Trinity and belonging to architecture of Podluží reveals blue skirting board, lime walls and red ceramic roofi ng. Very stylish example of folk art is a decorative painting with typical ornaments of- garnet apples, hearts and carnations. Color decoration is regularly renewed before ethnographic celebration „Podluží in songs and dances“ in June. The side wall niches of Calvary contain oil paintings on the metal plates, namely picture of St. Florian as the guardian against fi re and St. Vendelín, patron of cowboy. Picture of the Virgin Mary Šaštínská then reminds of the nearby popular pilgrimage site in Slovakia.

01Skills, workmanship and sense of balance of the ornament is manifested in all sectors of folk art in Slovácko, and have also infl uenced folk crafts.

Though many of the traditional craft went under and craft products were already fully fabricated, we can still fi nd valuable examples of artistic production in the lower region of Slovácko, especially in the fi eld of carving, painting and decorating. In the open countryside you can discover an ancient carved crucifi xes, continuous care is devoted to annual renewal of ornamental painting of calvaries and chapels, of leewards and wine cellars. Unique painted rustic chests and other equipment of traditional interior can be seen in the single municipal museums. Most skills are still maintained in the activities related to wearing of folk costumes, for example tailors, shoemakers, embroiderers, ribbon women-painters and even number of women, who still know how to wash folk costume components, starch, iron, fold and fi nally get someone correctly dressed. In the village of Dolní Bojanovice you can admire a unique set of carved wooden crucifi xes made by František Vymyslický (1841 - 1933), a native of this village. Work of „old man Vymyslický“, as he is still called in respect in his birthplace, has become the culmination of folk carving in Podluží. Central Crucifi x in the cemetery was constructed in 1905 and the height of that respectable work reaches up to 6.5 meters. About 5 meters is covered with a carved biblical and liturgical themes, which are even found on the other cross. Deeply religious woodcarver recalled the story of Adam and Eve at the Tree of knowledge, the way of the Crucifi x with separately shown instruments of Christ‘s torture, symbols expressing the Church and faith - the chalice with wafers, wine grapes, etc. Effect of carving masterhood is raised by colors, which were restored recently, and thanks to its undispute value the Cruciix is registered as a real cultural monument. The second cross of Vymyslický is located in front of the church of St. Wenceslas and the third one then is found next to the fi eld path heading to wine cellars, in the area Cacardov.

Folk motives and traditions of wearing folk costumes also brake into the compositions of Christmas nativity scenes. Podluží, as to the rest Slovácko, are not the typical centers for these nativity scenes, despite you can still fi nd unique items in this region.

01There is no reason to lie! Even in sun generous South Moravia the sky gets a bit cloudy sometimes. The raindrops and unpleasant wind can certainly discourage one from walking and cycling through a temporarily unpicturesque landscape.

It should not be a reason for squandering your precious moments in the room of a guesthouse or hotel. It´s an ideal opportunity to visit other sights. Yes, of course , we are in South Moravia and wine cellars seem to be a good general destination, but there is another option: museums and galleries.

And maybe, you even wanted to visit some of the local cultural institutions regardless of the weather. It would not be surprising at all. Those with permanent expositions are few here, but there is a lot of interest to see: from the archaeological discoveries of ancient monuments of national formation in the territory of our country, which was called The Great Moravian Empire, to the machine equipment used not too long ago in coal-mining or oil extraction. And mining is perhaps the last thing you would expect in South Moravia. That is one more reason to get new information. As we have already mentioned above, there are plenty of museums, galleries, memorial halls etc. In Hodonínsko and Podluží. Accept our invitation to at least some of them.

You can start in Hodonín, where there is The Masaryk Museum in the baroque castle, located on the Castle Square, with an exposition dedicated to the life and the work of the fi rst Czechoslovak president, T. G. Masaryk. You can see the originals possessions of Masaryk´s or his family members, such as his popular equestrian clothing or the hammer anvil from the Čejč´s blacksmithery, where he studied. There are also facsimile manuscripts and prints of TGM, etc. There are also held here short-term exhibitions and other events, the others can be visited in the Exhibition Hall Europe, located in no. 21 on National Avenue, which is owned by the Masaryk Museum as well.

You can not miss The Art Gallery in the upper part of the long National Avenue. Visitors here, by the way, can admire the canvas of renowned painters Jožka Úprka, Alois Kalvoda, Stanislav Lolka, Vladislav Vaculka, the graphic art of Jano Kohler, Bohumír Jaronka, or the sculptures of Franta Úprka, Jakub Obrovský , Ferda Štably or the famous Olbram Zoubek. The very signifi ant masterpiece of the collection is a gypsum sculpture from August Rodin transfered to bronze. Tourist interested in technical exhibits should visit, just a couple of hundreds of meters further away, the Museum of Oil Extraction and Geology, with its historical and geological halls. The museum is situated across from the railway station and as a benchmark are used massive mining machinecs, located directly in front of the building. It would be impossible to fi nish our descriptions of museums without mentioning a tour of the Slavonic settlement in Mikulčice, the village in a deep aluvial forest. There are two expositions here. The older one offers some locally discovered artifacts which is dominated by two oak boats (monoxyly) with a length of 9 and 10 meters. The newer one is from 2008 and it is a modern museum of archaeological presentation combining elements of the spoken word, music and fi lm screenings with direct inspection of exhibits and foundations of the second Mikulčice church. If you have a need for fresh air, take a tour of the campus - of course in the indicated route. You will see the foundations of many stone building discovered here, which are now fi tted out with describing panels. The research here, albeit limited, is still in progress.

Visitors of South Slovácko into technology and technics have a further opportunity to see The Permanent Exhibition of the History of Mining and Glassmaking in Dubňany and Hodonínsko. According to its name, it‘s clear that it will be found in the young town of Dubňany. In addition to the monuments they have been collecting articles related to ethnography. If we move to the next-door village called Ratiškovice, there will be an unconventional kind of museum waiting for you, The Museum in Wagons. It is really made from two railroad waggons, and shows the history of mining industry in the area, informs about options in coal transportation to Baťa´s factories at that time. One of the options was the trailer, which you can actually try.



From Ratiškovice it is just a step to the neighboring village of Rohatec, where you can see the smallest museum in this part of Moravia. The exposition is focused on local history, ethnography and local artist´s works and it is located in a room of the former municipality.


The same situation is in Lanžhot, the village village promoted to town status a couple of year ago. Its museum has three rooms of expositions showing folk living in Podluží. From the exhibits we could note the text appointing at that time president Klement Gottwald as an honorary citizen of the village. The presidental offi ce refused this honourable offer that time. There is another permanent exposition of life in Podluží at the end of the 19th century placed southwest from Hodonín in Lužice.

It is quite similar to those one in Dolní Bojanovice and the visitors can experience the typical equipment of the rustic cottage from the 19th century and get some information about the rich history of local garbs and folk costumes.

By contrast, the Čejkovice permanent exhibition is focused on the important personality of the fi rst Czechoslovak president T.G.Masaryk, who spent here a considerable part of his childhood. Something quite unusual is that the terracotta plaque of the fi rst man of the Czechoslovak State installed on the house in the year 1933, has remeined here until now. A one of a kind Museum is also an allwood windmill ram type device from the year 1870 standing near Old Poddvorov in which the tourists operate with the old way of handling grain.

01The local colour of each region or area is made of famous people, who were born there or have moved there and who fell for those places.

Neither fl at area of southern Slovácko is an exception. But the question remains the same, who should we include among the „famous people“? Naturally those, who are already in awareness of society, in a good sense, those who excel in many ways over the neighborhoods, those to whom the national media pay enough attention to ... But what about hundreds of local people in the Czech Republic, let so in Europe, certainly „nameless“, but in their community and the general surroundings very well-known folk singers and makers, homeland and ethnic workers, the organizers of folklore and other cultural events, excellent wine maker etc. ? They very constitute the soul of the region. They are signifi cantly contributing to regions´ Podluží and Hodonínsko beautifulness and enable not forgetting on their ancestors and traditions. And yet, you wont read about them now. The list would be little boring. Besides, some of them, together with other regional personalities, are associated with education, literature, classical music, fi ne arts, religion, medicine or anti-Nazi revolt, and are introduced in the text about the individual municipalities, from which they came or were they live or lived.

Some of those names - perhaps - the most important people from Podluží and Hodonínsko, should be mentioned now ...

Undoubtedly, the most important among them is a familiar person, as far as of monumental character, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1850 - 1937), born in Hodonín. The future philosopher, educator and mainly statesman lived in the mentioned town (and in Mutěnice and Čejč too) in the early age, the happiest years of his childhood, from six to eleven, he spent in nearby Čejkovice. He did not hesitate to act against the dominant opinion in society, eg. in a dispute about the veracity of manuscripts „Královédvorský and Zelenohorský“ or in anti-Semitic Hilsner´s case from Polná, he did not conform to the authority and paradoxically, he was the fi rst man of our re-estabilished country. He was rejected in the end of the 19th century, uncritically celebrated at the time of the First Republic, systematically displaced form the mind and memories of poeple during the communist regime. Only after November 1989, he was truly assessed - then as a man and politician with the positive and negative aspects. Yes, even the negatives existed, eg. as a president, he could not always manage to be non-party. But the positives, especially his unshakable moral position, clearly prevailed.

And one more remarkable matter relates to a person of TGM. Although it is seen from the date of his birth, we don not realize the power of it: The most important period of.his work came in his 68 years of age and later, he signifi catlly determined the fate of the State for further 17 years, so at the stage of life when the vast majority of people slowly stop their active work and retire. Masaryk proved that physical aging may not be crucial.


Originally from Čejkovice is an philosopher, a Catholic theologian, educator, writer and essayist, as well as the prisoner of the past regime, Dominik Pecka (1895 - 1981). From his very numerous works we are choosing following works: From the diary of an old professor and From the diary of vanity. I guess you know the songs „White wine“ or „In the wide fi eld, there is a well“. And you fi nd them traditional. So trust us, these songs were only popularized, they have the author, who for long did not want to admit that. As for many others. We talk about František Hřebačka (1912 - 1970), known as Fanoš Mikulecký. This house painter, composer, organizer of folklore life of Podluží, co-founder of ethnographic and homeland magazine Painted region and the central character in the fi lm called Opera in the vineyard, came from Mikulčice.

Sergeant Antonín Bartoš (1910 - 1998) from Lanžhot, distinguished himself in the fi ght against Nazism and after the publication of the book Clay-Eva calls London by Radomír Kunc, he went into a wider awareness as the commander of czechoslovak para-airborne invasion shot from England. He also worked in south Slovácko.

Signifi cant fame accompanied by abroad exhibitions, gained textile graphic designer Anna Netíková (1917 - 1999) from Rohatec by the delicate beauty of sewing thread pictures.

In Ratíškovice was born Professor of European Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno, Václav Frolec (1934 - 1992), among others the author of several popular-science books (eg. Christmas in the Czech culture, Simple beauty), which are available to the experts and even to nonspecialists.

One of the legends of folk singing in Podluží is certainly Josef (Jožka) Severin (1916 - 1991) from Tvrdonice, whose name is in the title of the well known cymblo music.

01South Moravia was always synonym for a rich and fertile region, which even today, when the pressure of global cultural trends is huge, has a genuine and impressive folklore strongly linked with a diverse range of quality Moravian wines and unforgettable taste of traditional regional cuisine.

It is agricultural tradition, countless numbers of active winegowers and vineyard lines, which along with plenty of sunshine and the diversity of soil create favorable conditions for the growth of wine and potentional wine tourism in South Moravia.

Vineyards, wine cellars and wine cellar lanes have always made unmistakable character of the Moravian, or Slovácko´s countryside and in the Word, you actually hardly fi nd another region where it would stand so many family wine cellars and small vineyards.

Just like that it is in Podluží and Hodonínsko regions. Wine, live wine traditions and wine tourism are an integral part of every village of this southernmost part of Moravia.

Our invitation to visit our undeniably odd area is not only in the form of this text, that is about wine and those who produce it and take care of it, but also in the form of a folklore and wine events in Podluží and Hodonín.

Growing of grape-vine has a long history in the area of the Czech Republic. It is assumed that grape-vine was brought to our country already in the 3rd century A. D. by Romans. Large development of vineyards in Podluží and Hodonínsko was recorded in the fi rst half of the 13th century, when wine organizations in the municipalities rised, as a kind of urban guilds. The organizations followed a principles, that were later taken to „horensko“ orders. The main task of the organization was to protect vineyards, to ensure control of wine production as well as providing a guarantee of product quality. We can say that the same principles and rules have remained and are still observed after seven long centuries. Even today, wine- growers from all municipalities join in associations or in clubs. Mutual cooperation and exchange of experience in the cultivation of wine, wine production, but also in the subsequent marketing, it is for most small and medium-sized wine merchants completely indispensable. And thanks to this cooperation, it is possible to offer a wide and attractive range of wine products, programmes and actions, which hopefully variegate the stay of each visitor or tourist of villages in Podluží and Hodonínsko. Diversity of soils, a relief of the landscape, vineyards´orientation and the specifi c vineyard microclimate, create an unmistakable character of local wines. Hundreds of small wine-growers, dozens of smaller fi rms, but also the big wine producers, they all inherently belong to atmosphere of wine-growing villages of this area.



In Podluží and Hodonínsko, two winegrowing subregions - Slovácko and Velké Pavlovice - blend together. And they create a Moravia wine region, together with Znojmo and Mikulov.

Slovácko wine region lies in the southeast of Moravia and has very heterogeneous natural conditions. This subregion includes 115 municipalities, 8,627 wine growers and 4,534 hectares of vineyards. Ecological conditions are very diverse.

The southernmost part of the Slovácko´s subarea is Podluží, with slope vineyards on cross-country shift to the river Kyjovka or on fl at-lying lands with light soil. Low altitude and light soil intensify summer land temperatures, which contributes to the production of wines with a strong character of plant variety. White varieties are represented by Grüner Veltliner, Rhine Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Miller Thurgau or aromatic Sauvignon and Moravian Muscat. From the red variety then Frankovka, Zweigeltrebe, Modrý Portugal and Saint Laurent. Interesting is then a blue variety of Cabernet Moravia, which was newly bred by Mr. Lubomír Glos in the village of Podluží called Moravská Nová Ves and which is already grown up to 1% of all vineyards in the Czech Republic.

Velké Pavlovice wine subregion today affects the region of Podluží and Hodonínsko only through municipalities of Moravský Žižkov and Čejkovice. With two and a half thousand hectares of vineyards, it is placed on the second place behind the Mikulov region. Almost six thousand registered wine-growers foreshadow that you can realy see a traditional winery, which is an integral part of life of most local residents.

01The importance of vineculture in the area of Podluží and Hodonínsko is illustrated not only by the cultivated vineyards, but also by maintained wine cellars, wine cellar lanes or wine cellar colonies. Visitors are attracted not only by its picturesqueness, but also by the increasing possibilities to taste local excellent wines and to see the wine cellars.

Among the interesting wine cellar sites belong Nechory settlement, with nearly fi ve hundred wine cellars, near Prušánky. Next, we can mention wine cellar street Zlatý kopeček in Čejkovice, Dubňanská hora near Dubňany, V předních a pod Čaganovem in Dolní Bojanovice, Výmol, Zátiší a U myslivny in Moravská Nova Ves, Slavín in Ratíškovice, U cihelny, U myslivecké chaty a Těšické Budy in Mikulčice, Hradíštěk in Týnec or wine cellar area U hřište in Hrušky. Naturally, we can not ignore Josefovské Budy in Josefov, Výlety in Moravský Žižkov, or wine cellar streets in Starý and Nový Poddvorov, or wine cellars in Lužice, Tvrdonice, Kostice and in Lanžhot.

In the major wine center in Čejkovice, it is possible to visit the 650 m long wine cellar built by Templars, whom this village belonged from the 13th century.

In recent years, the day of open wine cellars has become a biggest attraction phenomenon in most wine-growing villages of Podluží and Hodonín.

These wine events, held annually in various communities in the fi xed term, are dedicated not only to admirers of cellar architecture or wine lovers, but also to fans of local folklore, regional traditions and gastronomy. The most popular are the open cellars in Čejkovice (June), in Tvrdonice (June), in Nový Poddvorov (June), in Moravská Nová Ves (July), in Hrušky (July) and in Mikulčice (August).

Winery in association with ethnographic traditions can also be learnt by the celebrations of „Mountain driving“ or during the vintage. Mentioned „Mountain driving“ can be visited every year, for example in Týnec (August), Prušánky( August) or Josefov (August). Vintage is offered in Prušánky (September) and Moravská Nová Ves (September).

Another important wine event going on in almost every village is the traditional wine tasting, where local and nonresident winemakers may compare the results of their work in the vineyard.

01Moravian wine cycle-tracks form a comprehensive network of marked cycle-tracks named according to the nine previously recognized wine-growing sectors of South Moravia.

Each of them has its own wine track, with a rich and unrepeatable offer for all visitors and tourists. Through Podluží and Hodonínsko passes a total of three of these tracks, and that is Podluží wine track, wine track Mutěnická and backbone network of Moravian wine track.

Podluží wine trail passes almost through all the villages of Podluží and Hodonínsko, and it is the longest track located in our area. It is the southernmost range of Moravian wine tracks leading predominantly through fl at areas, characterized by the cultivation of the grape-vine, where sections of ordinary roads alternate with sections leading to the picturesque vineyards and the shady routes on the banks of the ponds and in the leewerd of alluvial forest. Hospitable tenants and delicious wine can be found on the track of Podluží almost everywhere, and you will also become familiar with live wine community and unique examples of folk cellar architecture.

Cycle circuit, which has the length of nearly 115 km, is directly linked to the international cyclecorridor too, from which you can receive it by routes in alluvial forest, just after a few pedals of your bicycle.

Moravian Wine trail is the backbone network route of unique regional cycling routes through the picturesque countryside of South Moravia. Red marked Moravian wine track passes through all the Moravian wine subregions and crosses seven out of ten lines of local wine tracks. On its route you can fi nd 70 wine-growing villages, such as Čejkovice, Starý Poddvorov, Dubňany or Ratíškovice, ten of protected natural sites and important historical and architectural monuments of the region.

01It is the southernmost part of moravian Slovácko. Podluží is the namesake of the deep pools - Luže, which are even now an essential part of the alluvial landscape. The town of Hodonín dominates as the natural center of Hodonínsko.

We are speaking about a paradise for fi shermen, hunters, biologists, and in fact for all who like the odd beauty of fl oodplain landscapes. It is a great place for ornithologists, who may encounter more than 250 species of birds. In regards to raptors, this area is probably the richest site in Central Europe. Regularly about eleven types nest here: red kites, sea eagles, royal eagles and sakers, to name a few. Even enthomologists say that the fl oodplain forests at the Confl uence are the richest site in Central Europe. The fl atheaded borer is one of the most beautiful beetles, more than 50 species of which live here, half of the species found in the Czech Republic. There are more then 49 species of fi sh living in rivers, pools, fl ooded areas after the clay extraction etc. Virtually everywhere in the vicinity of water we can discover the presence of beavers, which came to our country from Austria and found ideal conditions for life in the alluvial forests. Regularly in September comes rutting season for deer and in late October for fallow deer. The grunting and other sounds of deer during this time is one of the most unforgettable experiences of the autumn forest imaginable.

Podluží and Hodonínsko is a colourful area which combines unique natural and cultural values. Part of the area extends to the Lednice-Valtice area, and is located in the Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve, which also holds the UNESCO status. You‘ll fi nd here a lot of sites that are part of the Pan-European nature conservation Natura 2000. In the area there are wetlands, included in the international Ramsar Convention for the Protection of Wetlands.

Alluvial forests in the broad alluvial rivers Dyje and Morava belong to the richest ecosystems in Central Europe. In Podluží we fi nd one quarter of the total area of alluvial forests in the Czech Republic! The landscape, however, not only consists of the richness of plant and animal species, but also of the history of a phenomenon – the alluvial forest.

02The local forest ecosystem began to develop after the last glacial period, about 10 000 years ago. Its present form, however, decisively infl uenced man. Characteristic parts of the forest with huge oaks emerged as the forest plan of foresters, therefore from 18 century this areas include spots with the clearings and young stands, which one will come and admire in the future. Enduring beauty and ecological stability of alluvial forests is guaranteed by plenty of water and equal representation of all ages forests.

The Indigenous alluvial forest was completely different from that which we know today. Its current form of oak and narrow-leaved ash was created by Leichtenstein foresters in the 19th century. They plentifully sowed acorns to ready agricultural land, that was in parallel use for the cultivation of fi eld crops for several years, until the forest prevailed over it. Nobody can guess today that the current fl oodplain forest, Podluží, with its majesty and the diverse communities of plants and animals is an ecosystem created by man!

According to the number of trees with hard or soft wood we can distinguish hard and soft meadow.

In the soft meadow, where there is an annual high groundwater level and frequent fl oods, there occur groves composed mainly cricket-bat willow, purple-osier willow, common alder and grey poplar. From bushes you can fi nd here ashy willow, black dogwood, and spindle-tree. Very interesting in Podluží is a rare occurrence of liana forest grapevine, the only known location of occurrence in the Czech Republic. In wet meadows, narrow-leaved ash, oak trees, elm and cord are dominant. In the drier sites common maple, European hornbeam and lime trees are common. The rich shrub is dominated by midland hawthorn, spindel-tree, snowball bush, red dogwood and more. A completely specifi c category is that of fl oodplain meadows, which have evolved in a number of types depending on the level of ground why rare species of insects and wood-destroying fungus are found here.

01Ranšpurk National Nature Reserve (19.2 ha, declared in 1949) can be found south of Lanžhot on the territory of the Soutok preserve. The reserve is a unique example of alluvial forest, which was left to develop spontaneously from the 1930‘s. That is why rare species of insects and wood-destroying fungus are found here.

National Nature Reserve Cahnov - Soutok (13.5 ha, declared in 1949) is situated only a few kilometers south from Ranšpurk. The location is, as in Ranšpurk, signifi cant for an alluvial primeval forest; in the 19th century, after the end of grazing, it was left to its own development. It is fi nding many rare species of insects, rare hydrophilic plants and many wood-destroying fungus.

Stibůrkov Lake Nature Reserve (28.62 ha, 1994) is a site consisting of flooded alluvial meadows, pools at the site of dead branches of the Morava River and the alluvial forest. Approximately a kilometer southeast of Tvrdonice we can fi nd this reserve. Here you can fi nd one of the last residues of preserved wetlands in the Moravia flood plain. The site is overgrowing with plant communities typical for alluvial meadows; of note is the vegetation of aquatic plants, in which white waterlilies are the most remarkable. The water here has a representation of our smallest higher plant water meal, coming just around the size of 1.5 mm. The wetlands are occupied by many species of birds, linked to this type of habitat. Marsh harriers can be found here, as well as little grebes, water-hens and penduline tits, who build typical nests from grass and animal hair,suspended on thin branches. Stibůrkov lakes are important reproduction sites of amphibians, especially frogs. Swan mussel occur here and are currently a specially protected species.


František´s Pond Nature Reserve (19.5 ha, 1994) - it can be found about two kilometers east of the border Poštorná - Reinthal. The pond surrounded by rushes and meadows with sand loving vegetation, is particularly distinguished by the occurence of rare species and wetland and aquatic plant communities. Regularly we meet with pickerel frog and large population of small fi sh – european wheaterfi sh is preserved here. The most signifi cant aquatic plant is rigid hornwort.

Skařiny Nature Reserve (13.20 ha, 1956) is an important part of the natural park Mikulčice Meadow. This reserve lies on the the blind branch of the Morava river, about three kilometers southeast of Mikulčice. Skařiny is an important ornithological site with fl ocks of rare bird species such as grey heron, common kingfi sher, white stork or penduline tit. Occasionally found here also rare species of predators such as red kite, or sea-eagle. Other common predatory birds are buzzard, horned owl or staniel. The reserve is an outstanding example of an alluvial forest with a rich herbal fl oor. We fi nd here lesser celandine, ramsons, yellow star-of-Bethlehem and rare corydalis. The locality is also rich in amphibians (especially frogs) and insects (especially beetles and butterfl ies).

Stupava Nature Reserve (53.54 ha, 1996) is located close to the river Kyjovka, northwest of Hodonín. It is composed of thermophilic oak-wood, which is a home to rare species of insects.

02Špidláky Nature Reserve (20.9 ha, 1992) close to the Čejkovice, represents the last residuals of the steppe in the agricultural landscape of Podluží. It Includes three sites with the occurrence of the indigenous fl ora of the pannonian steppe and they are home to rare species of insects. It got its name from the fi eld elevation called „špidláky“, which rise from the surrounding fl at landscape.

The Natural monument Očov´s Grassland (35 ha, 1990) is located on the outskirts of Hodonín and is exceptional for reed-grass meadows with rare plants and animals, especially birds and amphibians. You can fi nd here european toads, green toads or fi re-bellied frogs. Ameliorative interventions, made in the past, have had a negative impact on the water rates of the meadows and therefore indigenous species of marsh plants are gradually disappearing.

The Natural monument Nivky za Větřákem (0.24 ha, 1993), between the villages Starý poddvorov and Mutěnice, is a small site with meadows and woods, in which rare species of plants occur.

Nature Park Mikulčický luh, lying between the Morava river and Mikulčice represents a typical alluvial forest landscape with the forest formed especally by forest oak, smooth elm, ash-tree and hornbeam. The Park is an important ornithological site and home to the well-known archeological site Mikulčické Hradiště.

01Biosphere Reserve Lower Morava
The UNESCO World Organization for Education, Science and Culture establishes in each state a Biosphere Reserve (BR) as an examples of a balanced relationship between human activities in the landscape and the natural environment. In 2007 there were more than 500 in the world, including six in the Czech Republic. Lower Morava was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2003 and represents diverse and rich fl ora and fauna found nowhere else in our country. Along with possessing great historical and cultural value, Lower Morava possesses areas that are a unique part of nature. We have to mention large complexes of unique alluvial forests and meadows on the lower river fl ows of Kyjovka, Dyje and Morava. Part of the Biosphere Reserve is also the harmonic landscape of the Lednice-Valtice area, which extends to Podluží as well.

Natura 2000 is a network of sites in the Member States of the European Union, which are being preserved with all animals and plant species. Next to conservation of species, biodiversity and improvement of natural habitats, its aim is to create a line between the interests of nature conservation and friendly management in their respective localities. The areas that should become part of this system are proposed by individual member states and the proposal itself is preceded by a long process of information gathering, mapping of sites and species, and management consultation. Natura 2000 consists of two basic categories. The fi rst of these is the so-called bird areas; and the second is other major european locations. Bird areas are areas that meet special criteria for the life and reproduction of birds. Usually it refers to breeding grounds. Declarations of signifi - cant european sites in turn serves to preserve and recover natural habitats, which consist of rare species of fauna or fl ora. In the area of Podluží and Hodonín there are several Natura 2000 sites.

Bird area Soutok - Tvrdonicko is a fl oodplain complex characterized by a network of water channels, wetlands, periodically fl ooded alluvial meadows, forests and solo oaks. This diverse amount of natural habitats offers ideal conditions for the life and reproduction of many bird species. Among the most important species you can fi nd here are white-neck fl ycatchers, middle spotted woodpecker, common kingfi sher, grey-headed woodpecker; or among raptors, honey buzzards, red kites, black kites, imperial eagles or sakers. The area is an important rest stop and meeting place for water and migrant birds.

02Bird area Hovoransko - Čejkovicko it is situated among the villages Čejkovice, Hovorany and Vrbice and is characterized by dispersed greenery and dense bushes lining the fi elds, the forest edges and river banks. On this small area traditional farming is preserved, which helps to maintain an appropriate environment for the occurrence of many species of birds, the most signifi cant of which is ortolen, that build breeding grounds only here. Other important species of birds are syrian woodpeckers, inhabiting the old orchards, and barred warblers living in bushes along the fi eld roads.

The signifi cant European site Niva Dyje Niva is a very valuable stretch of the river Dyje with the natural character of run, with a typical occurrence of numerous meanders and dead branches and with a preservation of a large complex of alluvial forests and meadows. In riverfl ood-plains occur many rare animal species such as fi re-bellied frogs, petite fi sh bitterlings or a species of bat called the lesser horseshoe bat. An object of protection is also the degree of native insect species, for example sawyer or fl at bark beetle.

The signifi cant European site Soutok- Podluží
it is the largest complex of alluvial forests, meadows and wetlands at the lower reaches of the rivers Morava and Dyje. In the conditions of the Czech Republic it is a unique area with predominant hardwood meadows. Typical for this area are drier unfl ooded residues of old river terraces and sand dunes, so called „hrúda“, which rise above the surrounding terrain and differ from the surroundings in both biological and soil conditions. The continental fl ooded meadows are an important element. The complex network of forest and meadows is penetrated by series of water channels with plentiful aquatic vegetation and numerous endangered species of plants. The site also offers a number of endangered and protected animal species, including the Danubian newt, European otter or European beaver.

The signifi cant European site Hodonín ´s Doubrava
a complex of exceptionally diverse alluvial forests, defi ned by hypothetical triangles with the tops in Mutěnice, Hodonín and Dubňany. The Forests are characterized by a high proportion of thermophilous oak stands growing in the sand. You come across protected species of plants, such as mud gladiolus, iris or spinifex. You‘ll fi nd here also rare animal species, for example, barbastelle, fi re-bellied frog; and protected species of insects such as the stag beetle and footman moth.

The signifi cant European site Očov this area is expansive, with several hundreds of hectares of alluvial forest with soft, hard and fl ooded meadows with endangered and rare plants such as square garlic, black sedge or low violet. It is situated in the location between Hodonín and the Morava river,in the deforested agricultural landscape. We fi nd here even the small bitterling, whose reproduction is completely linked to the presence of swan mussel, which within it inseminates the fi sh eggs and the initial growth of fry starts.

The signifi cant European site Čejkovické Špidláky
this site is characterized by steppe grasslands with a rich representation of thermophilic species of grasses, among which we fi nd a number of especially endangered and protected plant species. Here grows, as in one of only three other places in our country, South Moravian wormwood and we discover here also alpine kale, which is interesting for its method of dissemination of seeds and for this is called steppe runner. After fadeaway the entire plant breaks off, the wind carries it through the countryside, while the seeds are gradually released. The steppe character of this location site is suitable for the rare ground-beetle, which is also present.

01The most beautiful view of the world is from the saddle. Or so it has been said about horses. But if true, then certainly this saying is correct for bicycles as well. And especially when in Podluží and Hodonín. This mostly fl at area is perfectly made for cycling. So saddle your bike and ride through the most beautiful cycle tracks in South Moravia.

The bike belongs to Podluží and Hodonín perhaps since its inception. Here you can meet a gammer dressed in garb on a prewar bicycle as well as a manager in a suit riding his mountain bike. Everybody cycles here: Mayors, representatives, councilmen and deputies; the sober and the not so sober; the disabled and people with the fl u on the way to the doctor. They cycle from the spring to the winter, in the rain and snow. Everybody rides their bicycle here to the vineyards, factories, supermarkets; to the church; and even to the wine cellars. And nothing discourages them from cycling, not even fines.

There is a great network of cycle tracks in Podluží and Hodonínsko which is connected to the Austrian and the Slovak borders. The long run routes connect Podluží and Hodonínsko with Austrian Vienna, Bohemian Prague and Polish Krakow. We should not forget The Liechtenstein Trails or The Moravian Wine Routes, which will take you through the wineries and wine cellars to the liquid treasure of the country.

The unique places that are Podluží and Hodonínsko also display local folk customs and traditions such as The May Pole Building; Garb Feast; The Mountain Driving and Opening; and gabfests on the cimbalon. You can also see typical architecture almost virtually on every step; uncountable calvaries, painted chapels, the žudra houses, and streets of cellars create the essential colours of the area. Believe it! Here you’re not going to get bored in the bicycle saddle. And when you discover the genius loci, hidden in the landscape, you will keep coming forever.

02Yes, cyclists are really welcome in the Podluží and Hodonínsko area.

And it is not just a cliche. The proof is a project called Cyclists Welcomed, which is a nationwide certifi cation scheme for evaluation and inspection of the tourist services and facilities of participating establishments. Certifi ed establishments are labeled with a green and white logo depicting a smiling bicycle. The certifi cation involves standards comparable with systems in other European countries.

www.cyklistevitani.cz

03Beskydy-Carphatian artery

  • Route: Břeclav – Hodonín – Vsetín – Český Těšín
  • Length: 276 km

Route goes from Podluží to the White Carpathian Mountains along the Slovakian borders, through Luhačovické Zálesí to the Valašsko, around Beskydy Mountains to the Silesian Valley. Use cycle trails no. 43/44, 45, 46/47. It leaves the Podluží region in Rohatec village.

TIP

  • From Břeclav to the Hodonín
  • Length: 31 km.

Břeclavská kasárna malovaná (Breclav´s painted barracks) , V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali...(I joined up in the army in Hodonin..), these two folk songs you can sing while riding, but in fact now it is only mere history: there are new appartments in both barracks these days. The trail will take you through the mostly fl at landscape upstream along the Morava river, and through South Moravian villages with their rich folk customs and traditions. The Route: Břeclav( a museum, Jewish synagogue, a swimming pool) – Kostice – Tvrdonice ( ethnographic festivals of Podluží in song and dance) – Týnec (Hradíštěk – the romantic square with wine cellars) – Moravská Nová Ves ( wine alley Výmol and Zátiší) – Mikulčice( Slavic settlement – The National cultural monument) – Lužice ( folklore, wine) – Hodonín ( The Masaryk´s museum, ZOO, spas, swimming pool, port…)

Moravian Trail

  • Route: Lednice-Valtice Cultural area – Podluží and Hodonínsko – Uherskohradišťko – Kroměřížsko – Olomoucko – Upper Pomoraví – Jeseníky mountains
  • The Length: 310 km

The cycle trail leads mainly along the Morava river from the South Moravia to the Jeseníky mountains. It crosses the Podluží region from Břeclav to Hodonín and Rohatec and it imitates the Beskydy-Carphatian artery. The Moravian Trail, together with the Succinite Trail creates the backbone of Moravian – Silesian trails and routes of a total length over a thousand kilometres. In the future these trails are supposed to be part of the pan-europian cycle trails – Euro vela no.6 ( Normandy – The Black Sea) and Euro-vela no.9 ( The Baltic Sea – The Adriatic Sea).

Greenways Prague - Vienna

  • Route: Prague – Příbram – Tábor – Jindřichův Hradec – Znojmo – Valtice – Vienna
  • Length: 470km

Praha–Wien Greenways is a network of bicycle, hiking, horse riding trails between Prague and Vienna. The long line cycle trail connecting two Europian cities is the backbone of the network. Other regional loops give tourists enriching opportunities to explore Rožmberk Heritage Greenways, Lichtenstein Heritage Greenways or Handicraft Greenways. From Podluží it is accesible through the Břeclav and Valtice, where you can decide, if you will go to Prague or Vienna…

www.prahawien.greenways.info

04The Moravian wine trail of Podluží

  • Routes: Each of the ten wine regions has got its own range of wine trails. All circuits are connected by the main Moravian Wine Trail. This “wine highway” joins the venerable town of Znojmo with Uherské Hradiště. These trails follow safe, well paved roads through the wineries and gardens. All directional signs and information show the logo Moravian Wine Trails. The color of the logo determines which of the paths a visitor is located on. In each village which is located on the wine trail you can fi nd an information panel with a map of the routes in that particular wine-growing region.
  • Length of the routes: a total of 1200 km.

www.stezky.cz

The wine trail of Podluží

The most imporatnat trail in the Podluží region is the The Wine Trail of Podluží with 115 km of length. You can actually find wine cellars in every single village. So take a break and discover the hospitality of local wine makers and the spirit of unique cellar architecture.

TIP

  • To Podluží and Hodonín for wine casting.
  • Length: 32 km

If you like wine, there is nothing to worry about. This trail is made just for you. But don´t forget, alcohol doesn´t belong on the road, so it would be better to book overnight staying somewhere on the trail. It will be useful when you are pleasantly tired or slightly tipsy. Route:Hrušky (wine cellars) – Moravská Nová Ves ( wine cellars alley)- Prušánky (wine cellar village Nechory) – Nový Poddvorov (wine cellars) – Čejkovice (gothic fortress, The Templars cellars) – Starý Poddvorov (windmill) – Dolní Bojanovice (wine cellars, folklore).

05The Great Moravia history

  • Length of route: 37km

You can fi nd here a museum exposition in the premises of The Empire styled manor house, which was built between 1810 and 1811 by the Lords of Liechtenstein. Perhaps the most signifi cant archeological site in Mikulčice is the largest discovered center of The Great Moravia Empire and it‘s no surprise that it is awaiting recognition on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Route: From Břeclav follow the Wine trail of Podluží to Pohansko – Lanžhot – here turn left to cycle track no. 44 towards the border crossing Lanžhot/Brodské (SK)- before it turns left to the dam of the Morava river--and follow cycle track no. 44 to the left towards Mikulčice-Valy.

www.mikulcice-valy.info

06The small circle of Hodonín

  • Lenght of route: 56 km
  • Route: Hodonín – Lužice – Josefov – Prušánky – Nový Poddvorov – Mutěnice – Dubňany – Ratiškovice – Rohatec – Hodonín

The route crosses the catchment wine villages of Hodonin. An excess of things to experience will bring to all cyclists a pleasant time: cellar alley, cultural monuments, and especially the friendly hospitality of the region.

The big circle of Hodonín

  • Length of route: 86 km
  • Route: Hodonín – Lužice – Josefov – Prušánky – Nový Poddvorov – Čejkovice – Čejč – Mutěnice – Dubňany – Milotice – Vacenovice – Rohatec – Hodonín

Route suitable to more trained cyclists. The mild rises around Nový Poddvorov and Čejč should not discourage even the least able. The beautiful panoramas over the vineries, green southern ridges, as well as numerous weekend folklore feasts and festivals, will definitely captivate you.

Hodonín´s circle Podluží

  • The length of route: 26km
  • Route: Hodonín – Lužice – Mikulčice – Moravská Nová Ves – Týnec – Lužice – Hodonín

The route goes from partly folklore villages with excellent climates to the alluvial forest in Podluží. We recommend the stop by the Lužák (the lake) in Lužice.

EURO circle

  • The length of route: 23 km
  • Route: Hodonín – Holíč (SK) – Skalica (Sk) – Hodonín

This route takes our cyclist to Slovakia, to the town of Holič and Skalica´s port. A Pleasant environment in the immediate vicinity of the Morava river and Bata´s Channel can bring you fi shermen´s specialities as well as trips by boat.

01If you are not among the typical lazy beach loungers and prefer a more active rest, you could not choose a better place for your vacation than Podluží and Hodonínsko. These places offer unique experiences from walking and bicycle trips through the wine region and industry, to boating on the Morava river, to a trip through Baťa´s Floating Channel to even sightseeing by air.

Put off your worries and come enjoy yourself in Podluží and Hodonínsko. You can start for example with cycling. „But the whole country is interlaced by the cycling tracks,“ you might say. But where else are they linked to wine tourism in an area of unique wine cellars and the hospitality of local wine growers? After only a few delicious drinks in the cool cellar, a few meters under the ground level, you will suddenly forget about the hurried world full of worry and stress up there.

Put your bike on a boat deck and let the currents of the Morava and Dyje river carry you. Many recreational opportunities and pleasantly spent times await. Maybe in a rented houseboat. Would you like to swim, surf, go bowling or fi shing? No problem.

And after an active rest, of course again preferably with a glass of good wine, may be needed. What you, however, should defi nitely not miss, are the renowned local folk festivals. Have you ever seen actual May Pole raising? Come to the folk costume feast or the renowned ethnic festival called Podluží in songs and dances. Dance with couples in folk costumes under the May Pole and trust that this is a night your will never forget.. Well then, welcome to Podluží and Hodonín!

 

Baťa´s fl oating channel and the river Morava

If you like running water and like to journey on a ship deck, you can‘t miss the historic waterway known as Baťa´s Floating Channel with thirteen ship canals, which run at an elevation of 18.6 m for a distance of about 65 kilometers. Baťa´s fl oating channel is navigable from Sudoměřice (Skalice in the Slovakia) to Otrokovice. It originally served as a transport route for the transportation of lignite from Ratíškovice to a power station in Otrokovice. Today‘ s use is only recreational. If you want to take innovative pictures from your holiday in Hodonín, it‘s an ideal opportunity.

The weekend in the houseboat

You won´t fi nd freight boats on Baťa´s Floating Channel nowadays. You can therefore spend a quiet weekend here, rent a small motor boat for four to fi ve persons and load the deck with your bicycles or even a grill. Or let yourself ride in a large cruise boat with a guide; eventually you can rent a houseboat and spend an entire holiday, spiced with experiences from trips to the surroundings. Recently a new very popular addition is the „culinary voyage“ with local culinary specialties. Baťa´s Floating Channel is of course available even for those who have their own boat, and it is without any charge.

Cruises For Fun

At present, no permission is needed when piloting a small vessel with a maximum speed of 20 km / h. This means that a person aged over 18 can pilot a vessel without a special permit or license. The staff in the boat-house just explains how to handle it. Baťa´s Floating Channel operates according to the weather, but usually from April. The offi cial opening „Unlocking the sailing season“ is on the 1st of May, and operations end on the 28th of October with „Locking the sailing season“. Both events are accompanied by a rich cultural program, cruises on ships and other surprises. In addition, during the whole season you can enjoy various evening entertainment , country nights and barbecues--just about everything connected with summer and water! Operations on Baťa´s Floating Channel are only limited by the ship canals, which have their operating rules.

www.batacanal.cz

Attractions on the cruise

Baťa´s fl oating channel has an average depth of 1,5 meters, width is an average of 12 m. The draught of a ship should not exceed 80 cm and the width of the ship must be within fi ve meters. Shipping water level is maintained by 13 locks, fl oating the weirs is prohibited. The entire waterway has about fi fty bridges, many of which are unique technical monuments, e.g., a unique crossing of waterways with ship‘s rope tow or tipper near Sudoměřice, which used to serve for the movement of cargo from the railway wagons. Currently it serves as a display and an observation tower.

Port Hodonín

Here there are boats, scullers, canoes, pedal boats and rowboats and you can also cruise with the ships Constance (max. 60 pers.) and Korálka (14 pers.). The visitor has the option of refreshments in the stylish restaurant called Srub, operating year-round and built of roughly trimmed trunks. In the dock area, which is located in beautiful nature, there is also a sports ground, gym and fi tness center. Nowadays you can be helped in the Information Center for Water Tourism; parking and camping is also provided. In this region, barbecue and dancing to the rythm of country is common. A wide range of shipping options is available at the following contacts. Do not miss the Fairy-tale sailing of the Southerner survivor!

www.pristavisteujezu.cz

Shipping the river Dyje

Shipping on the river Dyje in Podluží was renewed in 2001 after almost a half of century of its termination. The fi rst ship Sámo was produced and launched on the water by domestic company Alba z Ladné near Břeclav. At present, shipping company Shipping Břeclav, Ltd. operates a number of ships, not only on Dyje river. Ships even transfer the cyclists and take the bycycle for free. If you come to Podluží, it‘s certainly an appropriate tip for an innovative trip. Sailing the Nature Reserve Niva Dyje has its charm. You can board the ship in port Břeclav, which is situated in the Slovácko´s Rowing Club (above the weir) – the road is marked from the arrival in Břeclav from the motorway exit. On board you will be welcomed by a real captain, so you don´t have to be afraid of your safety.

www.lodnidoprava.com

Scenic fl ights

Scenic fl ights in motor or motorless airplanes over the Podluží and Hodonínsko would be an experience worth repeating. Flight path, aircraft type, fl ight type and lenght of fl ight can be pre-selected here:

www.aeroklubbreclav.cz

On horseback

You do not have to sit directly on a horse (but this is of course possible), but you can also take a coach or historical buggy. Perhaps just trot the forest paths, as once did a prince. Horse farms even offer other services associated with an active rest: accomodation and food. Try their offer in Hodonín, Moravská Nová Ves, Dubňany, Josefov. In March 2009 the town Hodonín signed with Austrian partners in Poysdorf a special agreement for cross-border cooperation which addresses the promotion of horse tourism. Its aim is to include this topic in other programs of tourism.

www.hodoninsko.info

Fishing and mushroom picking

Fishermen will enjoy fi shing in Podluží and Hodonín, as the Morava river and lakes near Hodonín hide many secrets, especially their blind branches, which are full of great catches. In deep pools you can for example come across imposing catfi sh! With just the quiet and beautiful nature around, you know immediately that this is fi shing paradise. And even if you are a mushroom picker, you won´t be dissapointed. Under the centenary oak trees, there grow boletus, and of course, dozens of other species of fungi. With a bit of luck, you can fi nd for example vatovec huge.

Sport shooting and hunting

An active form of relaxation is undoubtedly connected with sport shooting or hunting. In the fi rst case, you can shoot in sports shooting facilities in Hodonin and Mutěnice, you can use small bore rifles, airguns or long-bows and crossbows. In the game-preserve (Soutok in Podluží, Radějov and Rohatec) are kept deer, fallow deer and wild boars. Obora Soutok is the largest preserve in the Czech Republic and it spans between the rivers Morava and Dyje, north of their confl uence. The unique atmosphere of alluvial forests, full of water canals, blind branches and pools, forests with centenary oak trees, rare fl ora and birds, all offering unique moments even for the „hunter without weapons.“ The stylish historical cottage Dubravka in Soutok offers accommodation for up to six hunters.

  • Area: 2506 ha
  • Populatuon: 2500
  • Altitude: 208 amsl

cejkoviceThe town lies in the undulating terrain of the western part of Hodonín District, run through by the Prušánka river and surrounded by vineyards on three sides.

It si best known for its winegrowing. Documented since the 13th century, when the knight templars started growing grapevines here. This order gained control of the village apparently before 1240, but the first written mention about the village comes from 1248. At the local, built by the templars fortress commander Ekko often stayed. After the abolishment of the order in 1309, the most powerfull czech nobleman Jindřich of Lipá seized power over the village. Then after him,there was a rapid succesion of control of the village by the houses of Kunštát, Šternberk, Zástřizl, Lomnice and Prusinovských of Víckov.

In 1624 Čejkovice received another order, this time Jesuitical, and during its administration it reached the peak in local vinegrowing. However this was a period when the town suffered from the consequences of the Thirty years War, the Turkish raid in 1663 and the hungarian kuruc in 1705, which almost burnt down the whole town. After the abolition of the Journeymen of Jesus in the Czech lands the local property passed to an education fund , which had become the economic base for future educational reforms. In 1785 Emperor Joseph II. visited Čejkovice and there has been a rumour abroad that the mayor at the time convinced him to abolish his unpopular regulation of burial in the canvas.

From the events held here we may recall the presentations of local wineries; which is called Čejkovice Wine Market (May), the traditional garb feast (August), Mountain driving (September) or the well-known athletic competition Cejkovice´s lath (March).

From organizations and associations we can draw attention to the brass music of the band Vinařinka and the youth brass band music Mutěňané - Čejkovjané, and the children´s ethnographic group Iskérka, male choir Révokaz , and especially the folklore group Zavadka; from sports clubs AC Čejkovice.

There is a wide range of monuments in the village. First of all you can visit a formerly medieval fortress which was transformed at the beginning of the 18th century to a castle. Prismatic tower is the dominating feature as well as the Jesuit´s chapel which is used as ceremonial hall today, or castle wine gallery offering local winery products. The underground cellars of massive dimensions, where knight on horse back could ride through,are beeing used for the storage and maturation of wines under the name Templar´s cellars. Part of the castle building is currently used as a hotel.The Church of Sts. Kunhuty was also founded in the 13th century, it was burnt down several times, during the 18th and 19 century and finally converted into its present form. You can also organise a sightseeing tour of a small exposition focused on life of T.G.Masaryk in the house, where he spent part of his childhood. In the vicinity of the castle is located a historically protected baroque granary, by the durch there is a parsonage from the second part of the 18th century, and folk architecture as farmstead no.25 and 77. There are also protected natural areas such as steppe sites Čejkovické Špidláky on the list.

Infl uential natives of the Čejkovice, by the way, are the theology professor, writer and philosopher Dominik Pecka, journalist, poet and writer Svatopluk Wurm Čejkovský the canon, Brno prelate and author of several historical documents Jakub Hodr.

www.cejkovice.cz

  • Area: 1991 ha
  • Population: 2901
  • Altitude: 178 asml

01The town of Dolní Bojanovice is situated in the fertile countryside of the Lowermoravian valley and it is run through by the Prušánka river.

The oldest evidence about prehistoric settlement comes from the Early Stone Age. According to other archaeological research the area was later settled by Kelts and Slavs.

The oldest written record of the village is from the year 1196, when Olomouc´s prince Vladimír gave the village called Boyanowicz to the monastery Hradisko of Olomouc. In the second half of the 14th century, the village belonged to the Lords of Kunštát and from the beginning of the 16th century until 1848 was part of Hodonín manor. The major sources of establishment income were fish farming and winemaking.

Over the years, Dolní Bojanovice suffered from many war raids, numerous fires, (the village was completly burnt in the year 1867), devastating diseases (cholera epidemic in the year 1867). During liberation fighting in 1945 the Soviet Marshal Malinovský dwelt in the village.

The oldest written record about winegrowing in the area comes from 1738. The excellent reputation of Bojanovský ryzlink is demonstrated by the fact that it was suplied to the imperial court in Vienna. Moreover in 1905 the fi rst farming- winery cooperative called Zádruha was established in czech lands. There are hardly any villages in Slovácko as famous for cultural and religious life as Dolní Bojanovice. You can see here richly decorated garbs,hear an old-fashion dialect and experience traditional customs. From traditional celebrations we should highlight St. Wenceslav feast in September and vendabe in October or August´s Mountain Driving. There has been a long tradition of St. Wenceslav choir and orchestra, brass bands such as Bojané, Šohajka and Liduška, cimbalon music Morava, Zádruha a Grajcar and others. There is also an Art and Crafts school with more than 300 pupils. And the amateur theatre set has its history as well. The Spring music festival is hold here every year (March-April), where the lovers of classical music can see top artists from home and abroad. The baroque church of St. Wenceslas from 1734 deserves the special attention of visitors as well as the chapels of the Holy Trinity, St. Florian, St. Jan Křtitel and the wood, richly carved, historically protected crucifi x. Available to the public is also Slovácká cottage no. 217 – a monument of folk architecture. The cellars of the previously mentioned farming- winery cooperative Zádruha have yet to be explored.

02Well known people born in Dolní Bojanovice include the following: Peter Esterka, Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Brno and the Czech community living outside the country, Michal and Růžena Komosní, creators of Podluží garbs; Vymyslický Franz, author of the above carved crucifix; IFranz Esterka, researcher dealing with the problem of drilling - irrigation engineering in the oil industry, Paul Janeček, music teacher, regenschori, music publisher of textbooks and Jan Pospíšil, academic painter.

www.dolnibojanovice.cz

  • Area: 2506 ha
  • Population: 6514
  • Altitude: 200 amsl

01The town of Dubňany is spreadout in the lower part of the Slovácko area. It is surrounded on three sides by a large forest which is called Doubrava; and it is protected by the slightly remote peaks of the Ždánický forrest and Chřiby from the north. There is an open valley with the Kyjovka river on the south side. This has created very favorable climate conditions that have had a signifi cant impact on the population development since prehistoric times. The fi rst historically documented settlement in the area was a village called Jarohněvice (est.1222). The first written report about the Dubňany village comes from the year 1349, where it was mentioned that Čeněk of Lipá sold the village to Smila of Letovice. According to the oldest information, the name Dubňany comes from the trees of the Doubrava forrest. The oldest report about the size and population of Dubňany comes from the year 1620. It‘s written in the local chronicle that the village had 86 houses with 560 inhabitants. This number was naturally changing over the centuries: in the Thirty Years War there were 14 houses and 90 people; in 1819 there were already 323 homes with 1,328 inhabitants. Real development started after 1850, when both the glass industry was established in Dubňany( Upper smelter in 1868 and Lower smelter in 1875), as well as the mining industry (lignite mines Jiříkovsko, Antonie, Rudolf, Marie and God´s help during the 1860´s and 1870´s of the 19th century). In that time the village became a mining municipality and this trend grew between 1950 and 1980. By the year 1960 the development of the neighbourhood called Lignit had fi nished and Dubňany became the aim of newcomers from surrounding areas due to new work opportunities.

02But even such progress didn‘t stop locals from winegrowing. The fi rst class wine route laying between Dubňany and Mutenice still produces quality white wines and the wine cellars located here encompass a large underground area. The local traditions are kept by local woman‘s ethnographic choruses Drmolice, Dúbrava, Dúbravěnka. There is also a men‘s choir, Dubňany; a brass band, Přespolanka; and the cimbalon music of Dúbrava. From the monuments we should draw particular attention to the neo-Gothic parish church from 1885 with an older presbytery from 1720. There is the empire building of the rectory next door from 1859 and some valued statues and crucifixes in the centre of the town (St. Jan Nepomucký – 1797, St.Vendelín 1763). There is also an exposition of the mining and glass industry in a former school, where you can find a lot about the history and ethnography of Dubňany and its surroundings. You shouldn´t miss the chance to see the 600 years old oak tree growing in the Jarohněvický yard.

Well known people born in Dubňany are the following: composer Ludvík Podesta, painter Vladimír Koštoval and the writer Bohumila Dubňanská.

www.dubnany.eu

  • Land Area: 6345 ha
  • Population: 25,875
  • Altitude: 167 asml

01Hodonin is the district town and natural center of Mikroregion Hodonínsko, lying in the Dolnomoravské valley of the Morava River, wedged between the Morava river forming the border with the Slovak Republic and a large forest complex named Doubrava.

The fi rst historically credible report about Hodonín comes from the year 1169; however, the local area was settled much earlier. The city itself was preceded by the existence of a guard castle, the promotion of the city was thanks to the charter of the wife of King Přemysl Otakar I., Queen Constance Uherska, in 1228. An important date is the year 1512 - when the statute was amended from a royal town to a liege town; but to this day, its history remains unfolding.

In 1841 the fi rst train drove through Hodonin on the Northern Emperor Ferdinand route; which, together with the earlier (1783) establishment of tobacco factories and the consequent emergence of a sugar refinery and a brickyard (Redlich´s brickyard was the largest in Central Europe before World War II) meant a new industrial stage in the development of the town; only briefl y slowed down by the occupation troops of Prussia in 1866, which brought with them the cholera epidemic.

An important year in the cultural history of the town is 1907, when the Association of the Moravian artists, led by the Úprka brothers, Antoš Frolka and others, was established. Another important year is 1913, when the House of Artists opened (the current Gallery of Fine Arts).

In November 1944 severe loss of life resulted from an allied bombing. Since the fifties of the last century the town skyline has been dominated by the high chimneys of the power station.

02From a wide range of organizations operating here, let us mention at least the following: theatre ensemble Svatopluk, folklore ensemble Dubina, Slovácko Club Hodonín and of course the symphony orchestra of Hodonin and mixed choir. Of no less interes is the series of events held here annually: the competition of children‘ s singers, Věneček z rozmarýnu of Fanoš Mikulecký (March); The Concentus Moraviae Music Festival (June); The Water Kingdom Festival (July); St. Vavřinec Festival (August); Feast of Wine (September ), The Emperor‘s Feast (October).

In addition, visitors can head to the Baroque castle – where the Masaryk Museum with an exhibition on Tomas Gariggue Masaryk is situated. Also the same institution owns a separate exhibition hall called Europe on the main artery of the city, National Avenue. You can also fi nd here the Gallery of Fine Arts with works of prominent artists of Slovácko, the Museum of Oil Mining and Geology, a small ZOO, a house of culture, the Hodonín Spa (offering regenerative stays), the river port, etc. It is worth seeing the Town Hall from 1902-1904, built in the Art Nouveau style of Nuremberg; St. Lawrence church from 1780-1786, in front of which the baroque statue of St. Sebastian and St. John of Nepomuk are placed; the Marian Column (1716); the statue of St. Vendelín (1777); the statue of Hajník by Franta Úprka(1924); the Chapel of St. Cross (1720) with the Kaplička private gallery, and more.

The most famous native is the first Czechoslovak president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. We might also remember the city mayor Jaroslav Dobrovolský at the time of the First Republic, tortured to death under occupation. Those who spent part of their lives here include writers such as Ivan Olbracht, Gabriela Preissová, Jiří Mahen, and the painters Martin Benko, Charles Smith and others.

www.hodonin.eu

  • Area: 1591 ha
  • Population: 508
  • Altitude: 175 asml

01According to the legend, this populous village, lying in the flat and intensively cultivated agricultural lanscape of the Svodnice stream, recieved its name by the big pear tree, at once said, standing in a place where there is the center of the village today.

The first mention in the written records of the village, which was settled in the beginning of the 13th century, came from the year 1368, when it belonged to the estate of the Tynec´s castle. In the 15th century, together with this masterdom, the village had became the part of the Breclav´s estate until the year 1638, when it was bought by Lord of Liechtensteins. And it stayed in their dominance till 1848. Population suffered many war hardships of the Middle Age and Modern time, because the Hungarian Empire border proximity and the landscape openness offered only little chance on rescue. The village was signifi cantly affected by the Thirty Year War in which 48 out of 52 farmsteading dissapeared and it was one of the most ruined village in the South Moravia. Before that, the village suffered by Bočkajovci war raids during the year 1605, then, in 1673, by Turkish raids. But the will to live always enforced in a gradually increasing number of population. Since the time of the First Republic, the oil has been extracted in the area. During the World War II with help of local Citizen, the paratroops group Clay was hiden away here, with their secret Eva radio. (There is a memory plaque given to them, located in the place of their hiding).

The premises of wine cellars, aptly called Wine street, reveal long-standing wine tradition and „wine from Hrušky“ will encourage many experts of this delicious beverage. The village is also run through by Moravian Wine Trails. The wine-growing history is documented by the village´s seal from the year 1622, showing knife, grape and pear tree.

02The village has rich religion tradition, which is declared by suprising number of statues and crucifixes. There is more then tens of them, for all, let get mention, at least, the statue of St. Josef, St. Jan Nepomucky, St. Michal and The Holy Trinity, the art works from the end of the 19th century. And the dominant of the village is the church of St. Bartolomej from the year 1861, which is decorated with a bell with Czech sign from the 17th century.

Hrušky often revives by the folklore activities. The singing of locals is kept and developed by the male choir, the female choir and by the children´s ethnographic group called Jatelinka. The authentic folk songs, folk costumes and dance is to be seen during every year Bartoloměj´s feast, held here on the 24th of August. The July ´s Day of Open WIne Cellars and March ´s wine tasting belong to other scheduled events.

The people connected with the community includes former Czechoslovak representative and record holder, runner Bohumir (Bob) Zháňal, who spent his youth here.

www.hrusky.cz

  • Land area: 708 ha
  • Population: 410
  • Altitude: 186 asml

01Josefov is located in the countryside west of Hodonin, in an area where fields, vineyards and orchards dominate the landscape. The Prušánka river fl ows directly behind the village.

Founded in 1782, Josefov was built on the former site of the Kukvice village that was once one of the oldest municipalities in the Podluží. The fi rst historical records date from 1383. However, the village of Kukvice was burnt down in the second half of the 15th century during the Czech-Hungarian war. Kukvice started to rebuild itself prior to 1528 but during the Thirty Years War it was destroyed again. It‘s only remnants are memories felt in the fields and vineyards.

Newly founded Josefov got its name in honor of Emperor Joseph II. The inhabitants were exempted from labor as opposed to the people of Dolni Bojanovice. Even back then it was a mostly agricultural village with greatly enhanced viniculture. Essentially, this has remained unchanged through the following centuries. Josefov became independent in 1867 and ten years later a one classroom school was established.

Traditional customs are celebrated as a part of the folk culture in the village. Some of these cultural traditions include „Smrtnica“ the traditional welcoming of Spring on the second Sunday before Easter and the folk costume feast surrounding the raising of the May Pole. Local social clubs include the Men‘s Choir of Josefov, the table tennis club, and the Canine Enthusiast Club. Dating back to 1760, the oldest monument is the Baroque statue of St. Anna which is situated on the outskirts of the village towards Prušánky. According to legend, it was built by a local shepherd who found a golden treasure on the spot. In 1877, the village chapel was rebuilt to a church and dedicated to all the saints.

Another popular attraction in this small village is the very popular Rowanberry trees. The people of Josefov nominated this type of tree for the title of the Tree Of The Year 2008. There was an incredible outcome of 18,091 votes and the tree won second place in the Czech Republic.

www.josefov.eu

  • Land Area: 1246 ha
  • Population: 1819
  • Altitude: 168 asml

01The eastern part of Kostice is situated on the floodplain of the rivers Kyjovka and Morava. The rest of the village is situated on the terrace above the river floodplain and is mostly covered with cultivated agricultural crops. Local archaeological fi ndings come from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Roman coins were also discovered. The fi rst written reference to the village is most likely of colonization origin dated in 1384. The village was included in Týnec‘s Manor which fell to the Moravian Margrave Jost. Owners were often changed until 1638. Then belonging to Břeclav, it was bought by Prince Charles Eusebius of Liechtenstein. The proximity of the Hungarian border meant that the population suffered immensely during the invasion of the east side of the Morava River, i.e. Bočkajovci in 1605, Kuruc a hundred years later. The village was also plundered by the Hussites during the Thirty Years War. With the exception of one house, Kostice was completely burned down in a fi re that raged through the village in 1829. Fortunately, recovery was relatively quick. In the 19th and even until the early 20th century, the people stayed occupied during the winter by knitting baskets for peasant carriages. Vineyards started to be cropped here only as recently as hundred years ago; however, local wine now has outstanding qualities.

In regards to ethnicity and culture, the village has two groups of traditional cimbalon music; one of Jožka Severin and Dúbrava, and also a male and female choir. To keep the traditions of Podluží alive, the Slovácko club takes great interest in maintaining the village‘s folk costumes and songs, as does the local people and children‘s folk ensemble „Kostičánek“. The favourite sports are football, modern gymnastics and judo. The Judo Club annually hosts judo teams from all over the country in the local Sokol house.

The main folk event is the Folk Feast which is held annually for three days in Mid-October. The Folk Costume Ball is on the fi rst Saturday of January.

02Kostice has four historically protected buildings. These are the Chapel of St. Theresa from 1861, the Chapel of St. Cross, Balikovy‘s Chapel from 1898 and the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. If you set off for the southeast, you will find a beautiful view of the Kostice pond and woodland meadows.These places are excellent for relaxation and leisurely walks.

The relatively small village boasts a wide range of notable natives and citizens. Most memorable are minstrel Josef Rampáček and siblings Zdeněk and Božena Baťkovy, František Třetina a composer of folk songs, academic painter Jaroslav Blažek and František Tureček, who is known for producing traditional shoes.

www.kostice.cz

  • Area: 1991 ha
  • Population: 1213
  • Altitude: 160 asml

01Ladná is a village wedged in an area between the Brno-Bratislava highway and the riparian woodlands along the Dyje River. It is a quiet and peaceful place that is ideal for hiking and cycling. It represents one of the best places in the Lednice-Valtice territory, part of the UNESCO.

The territory where this small village is situated was inhabited in prehistoric times. This evidence was found in archaeological finds in graves and in the Unětice culture. It suggests that there was a larger settlement in the Bronze Age. The German colonization of Ladná was probably shortly before 1220 and in connection with the founding of the nearby village of Podivín. The very fi rst records about the village date from the year 1271. At that time Ladná was named after its founder „Reinprecht“ and was sometimes called „Lanštorf‘ in 1581. By the beginning of the 16th century, Ladná belonged to the Podivín manor and then was passed to the Břeclav manor. The village suffered from many wars and hostilities in the 17th century. French troops were unable to pass through this territory in 1805 and 1809 due to it being occupied by the Austrian Empire. The village was offi cially named Ladná in 1950. But between 1976 and 2006 Ladná was just basically a suburb of Břeclav. In January 2004, there was a local referendum about separation from Břeclav. Finally, from the 1st of July 2006 Ladná has been a separate municipality. Traditional events include The Garb Ball in February or the feast celebration ‚Hodky‘ in September. Members of Slovacko‘s association called Lanštorfčané and Ladná Chase attend these events.

The main monument, which is certainly worth a visit, is the Neo-Roman Church of St. Michael the Archangel built 1912. This was the work of the architect Charles Weinbrenner of Liechtenstein who reputedly used 250 different kinds of glazed form pieces made in a famous brickworks in Poštorná. In addition, there is the Chapel of St. Michael from the year 1849, the Chapel of St. Vendelín from the second half of the 18th century and the Calvary from the turn of the 19th century.

The writer František Čapka (pseud. Jakub Ach) was a native to this area.

www.ladna.cz

  • Area: 5485 ha
  • Population: 3742
  • Altitude: 164 asml

01The southernmost municipality in Moravia, the town Lanžhot,has a large cadester. The greater part is situated at the confl uence of the rivers Dyje and Morava. Here you will find regularly flooded alluvial forests and meadows - a unique and exceptionally preserved biotopes of Central European signifi cance, which size is not in the Czech Republic. The very first mention about the village dates back to 1384 in the form of Lanczhut oppido, and its german translation Landshut ( means provincial guard) refers to the former function of Lanžhot on the border of three countries – Moravia, Hungary and Austria. Many foreign and domestic troops moved through the today‘s city in the past, and the consequences for the inhabitants were often the same. Interesting is that belonging to the Lords of Lichteinstein´s municipality since 1496, did not feel the consequences of the devastating Thirty Years‘ War as much as the surrounding sites, by the way back in the 1605 after the Bočkajovci invasion it was completely burned and ruined. The hard fights took the place near the town at the end of World War Two between the 5th and the 11th of April 1945. Lanžhot as the only town in Moravian borderland did not fall to Germany, but stayed a part of the Protectorate, was the first Moravian village set free. But the price for that however was terrible – a lot of dead and injured citizens, mostly destroyed town and several hundered Soviet soldiers died. Many of them still lies in unknown graves between the Morava river and the Lanžhot.

Since the year 1900 the village was known as a township village, on the 27th of June Lanžhot gained the statue of town.

Today it is the town with extremely rich tradition of folklore and costumes, there is yet distinctive dialect widespread. You can still see several dozen pairs of local sweins and beautiful girls in folk costumes during the Lanžhot´s feasts hold here in the middle of September, accompanied by raising of forty meters tall May pole. Young people put these colourful costumes on during another feasts and ceremonies such as the Folk costume feast in January or Carnival in February. The popularity enjoys the August´s folk storytellers meeting called „O lanžhotský přegulňák“. The local male and female choir gained great reputation, the brass band called Lanžhotanka is also well known.

02From monuments The Church of the Elevation of the Holy Crucifix from the year 1550 deserves your attention, but with the contribution of Prince John of Liechtenstein it was completely rebuilt in the year 1893. The statue of Soviet soldier enjoyed the heritage protection as well as the small chapel beside the road to the Kostice. You can still admire the genuine architecture with colourful entrances. The history and ethnography of the town can be found in local museum.

There is also cycle track running through the town, called Moravian trail and the Natural reserve Ranšpurk and Cahnov- Soutok, with premeaval forest can be offered as natural interest. A view of blind river arms, the deep or the hills- representing the top of sand dunes is unique experience for the lovers of nature. The area stands out as an addition, an important fading of various species of animals, plants and fungi and is registered under the Ramsar´s Convention as a wetland of international importance.

The local people are represented by the singer of folk songs Božena Šebetovská, the composers of these songs Rozalia Horakova and Vojtěch Bartoš, composer Prajka Methodius, paratrooper master Clay - Eva Antonin Bartos, government commissioner in Břeclav after 1918, Josef Lips and the Minister Counselor and author of the screenplay for the movie O děvčicu, the fi rst frame with ethnographic theme in Czech lands.

www.lanzhot.cz

  • Land area: 752 ha
  • Population: 2,830
  • Altitude: 176 asml

01The town of Lužice lies in the fertile landscape of South Moravia, surrounded by cherry, peach and apple orchads; and of course the vineyards. The underground wealth is from oil, natural gas and lignite, which are intensively used these days. The name of the village, however, derives from the numerous water bodies, which spilled forth in ancient times.

We can study the traces of the first residents of the Lužice area from before the Stone Age (Neolithic). The oldest written references to the village date back to 1250, when the property was given to the Velehradský monastery. In the year 1359, according to the record in the municipal folder, it was bought by William from Potštejn. The medieval fortress, which was here, disappeared in the late 14th century. From 1511, Lužice belonged to the estate of Hodonín. In the history of the village as with other regional municipalities – the 17th century was the most difficult period, especially the period of the Thirty Years‘ War. During that time the village was entirely desolated several times. Its modern history grew with the beginning and development of industry. Directly on the land register several lignite mines operated in the years 1840 to 1931; currently the only operating one is the Mír mine of Mikulčice. In the period of 1870 - 1933 there was a large factory for the manufacture of glass. Although Lužice is predominantly an industrial village with growing modern housing developments; folk singing, dance and colorful folk costumes have still enough space in the lives of many local people. Proof of this are, i.a. three „old men of Podluží“, the winners of „verbuňk“ dance in regional celebrations „Podluží in song and dance“, who come form Lužice. At the beginning of July, Cyril and Method´s feast is celebrated, and this feast is connected with forerun singing and meeting by the cymbalom. Something different is sculptural symposium called Wood –Stone, held in July. They operate here men choir, Slovácko´s club Lužice, church choir, children‘s cymbalo music, ethnographic ensemble Lužičánek and many others. Thanks to them, the village lives the rich cultural and social life all year round. And if you heard French, it was probably because of French partner village Isdes visit.
02Dominantou obce je kostel zasvěcený velkomoravským věrozvěstům sv. Cyrilu a Metoději, dostavěný v roce 1874, s výzdobou malíře Jano Köhlera z r. 1932.

The dominant feature of the village is the church dedicated to the Great Cyril and Methodius and completed in 1874, with the decoration of painter Jano Köhler from the year 1932. Recently what is called Old Letty has been reconstructed: it is a traditional folk architecture monument, presenting a permanent exhibition of housing as well as other occasional exhibitions. From 2008, sports fans can use the modern sports hall in the facilities of the Baník Club: for example, an football field with artifi cial irrigation. The recreation area is the natural swimming pool Lužák - Cihelna. If you want to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, you will encounter the nearby system of ponds in the Písečná locality. The water line is bordered by mixed forest. It is a paradise for mushroom pickers; it is overgrown with willow, reed and reedmace; and it is home to many rare species of water birds, animals and insects. East of the village, at the shores of the Morava River, a home for many storks, you can fi nd alluvial forest.

Lužice is the birthplace of musicologist Miroslav Barvík, known for his educational radio programs about music. Born here also are the following: a teacher, graphic artist and fighter against fascism, Jaroslav Dobrovolský; Štěpán Kurka, who was the first czechoslovak aviator in World War II, who died in 1939; and Stepan Příkazský, recruit officer, folksinger and the last Lužice bag-piper, whose life in America is refered to in travelers Hanzelka and Zikmund´ s book called Tam za řekou je Argentina.

www.luziceuhodonina.cz

  • Area: 1530 ha
  • Population: 1942
  • Altitude: 165 asml

01Renowned for its archeological discoveries in the nearby Slavic settlement, the village of Mikulčice lies Southwest of Hodonín beside the Kyjovka River. The early medieval colony, situated in the village beside the Morava River, was one of the most important centers in the 9th century during The Great Moravian Empire. Unfortunately, we do not know the name of the settlement or what its roles were in the administration of the State in economic and church matters. This area can be estimated at 30-50 ha. After the fall of the Great Moravian Empire, part of the population could have left for the nearby settlement of what is now modern Mikulcice where there are archeological excavations from the 10th and 11th century.

The property deed of a church in Břeclav from 1141 serves as the first written record about Mikulčice. There were also two fortresses in Mikulčice in Top Middle Ages, which were apparently destroyed during the Hussite wars. Throughout the Middle Ages and early modern times, the municipality suffered incursions from neighboring Hungary, and suffered frequent floods and fires in the 19th century. With the beginning of oil extraction and lignite mining during the 19th century, the village became more agricultural and blue collar orientated. In 1951, the neighboring village Těšice joined Mikulčice.

You can experience the cimbalon music Slovácko and Slovácko mladší, as well as Chasa Mikulčice, the church choir and orchestra with more than a hundred performers from the village and surroundings.

You can experience the cimbalon music Slovácko and Slovácko mladší, as well as Chasa Mikulčice, the church choir and orchestra with more than a hundred performers from the village and surroundings. The Garb Feasts are always held on the third Sunday in August, together with the festivals of wine. Before that you can visit the January brandy tasting, the April wine tasting and June Festival of the Open Cellars. The impressive Christmas concert must not be missed. In the area of the Slavonic settlement, top Orthodox Church dignitaries participate in the Cyril- Methodius Fair. The Orthodox Fair is held in May; it is an Orthodox pilgrimage for Bulgarian citizens of the Czech Republic. It is no wonder that Mikulčice was prized by Rudolf II for having an exemplary relationship to culture. Sports businesses have gained a reputation with the Great Moravia race, which is included in the Grand Prix competition.

Sightseeing is highlighted mainly by the forementioned Slavonic settlement in Mikulčice, with two exposures: the Great Moravian Mikulčice – Mikulčice castle in the valley of the Morava river; and The Great Moravian Mikulčice – the Second Castle and the sacral architecture of Mikulčice castle. The sight-seeing circuit introduces the excavations of discovered churches and Mikulčice castle. There you can also find the workplace of the Archaeological Institute, Academy of Sciences Brno.

In the heart of the village is the gothic Church of the Assumption, which is a unique sight because the alter is made of oak trunks found in the Morava River. From the front of the church you can admire the Baroque statues of St. Oldřich and St. Jan Nepemucký. Just a bit further down in the park there is a wooden crucifix, the masterpiece of wood carver František Vymyslický from Dolní Bojanovice. The chapel of St. Roch, a national cultural monument, is located beside the cemetery and adorned with a “Slovacké žudro”, a decorated arched entrance. The rectory and the council houses are adorned similarly. To the right of them is a statue of St. Cyril and Methodius.

Well known people born in Mikulčice include the following: František Hřebačka, known as “Fanoš Mikulecký,” a composer of many folk songs, organizer of ethnographic life in Podluží and co-founder and editor of the ethnographic magazine Malovaný kraj (painted land). In addition, the First Repubic Division General František Nosál (later a prisoner of the communist regime) was born here, as were sculptor Jaroslav Jurčák, painter Pavel Vavrys and Rudolf Bolfi k, an aviator for the 311 Bomber Wing of the RAF who fought and died in WW2.

www.mikulcice.cz

  • Area: 2341 ha
  • Population: 2580
  • Altitude: 190 asml

01Most of the cadastre of the one of the largest Slovácko municipalities is formed with intensively agricultural landscape with dominant arable land. We can also find here the narrow strip of alluvial forests of the Morava river and fertile vineyards. The local area was settled in prehistoric times, as evidenced by the archeological fi nds of the ceramic and culture of people belonging to the Bronze Age. There was a Velehrad´s monastery colonization settlement during the Middle Age called Walterstoph (the fi rst written mention came from the year 1261) and shortly afterwards Waltersdorf. Like many other border villages, it paid off its position, after many Hungarian war raids was beeing destroyed and established again. Since the year 1384, it was known as Noveville (Nová Ves), the Moravian atribute was admitted in the year 1911. From the major owners of the village may be stated, except already mentioned Velehrad ´s monastery, the Lords of Žerotín (since the year 1528) and the Lords of Liechtenstein. During their control there was an unsuccessful underling rebellion in 1738 in the part of Podluží, and its center was right in Nová Ves. The village was promoted to a town in 1807 and three markets were allowed.

Since the beginning of the 20th century the purely agricultural village started to transform to mostly industrial, in which grew a number of new businesses. But despite this fact it continued to keep the great importance of wine-growing. After all, there is still 160 hectares of vineyards and more than 170 wine cellars , where you can taste wide range of varieties of gold and rubin wines of excellence quality! The really lively folklore life is kept here. With the beauty of local garb, beautiful songs and typical dance you can experience every year the feasts like Day of open wine-cellars in July, St. Jacob´s Feast held in the last Sunday of July, the ceremonial September vine tasting, Rite wine celebration held on December 26th or garb feast held last Saturday in January. The Craft Day (1st of May)got its reputation as well.

The Slovácko´s club, male and female choir, children´s folklore ensemble Jatelinka, wine club band, sports club and others still work here.

02The monuments are represented by St. James church from 1773, in front of it there are sculptures of St. Wenceslas and St. Florian from the fi rst half of the 18th century. Other saints, whose plastics you can see in Moravská Nová Ves are St. Jan Nepomucký and St. Anna; worth visit is also local cemetry, where the gravestone sculpture made by Franta Úprka are. And finally, look to the open nature: In the sunshine, vibrate air, there is a way to to the alluvial forests full of fauna and flora, of the beautiful lakes…

We should not forget to mention the well known locals connected to the village. For all you can remember at least a lawyer and secretary of the Confederation of Industrialists Slovak Republic at the premunich time, Josef Maděřič, for who was created above mentioned gravestone in the local cemetery.

www.mnves.cz

  • Land Area: 1354 ha
  • Population: 1,423
  • Altitude: 198 asml

01The village is situated in the middle of the agricultural landscape in which the arable land is predominant, sometimes supplemented by fruit orchards and vineyards, in particular, it is situated in a shallow valley on the right bank of the Prušánecký stream.

The local area was settled in prehistoric times, in the brick factory over the Moravský Žižkov´s pond was, for example, discovered habitation and the graves of Lusatian culture and habitation of tumular culture. Found here were also Slavic graves from the 9th – 10th century.

The village itself, however, belongs to the youngest in the region and was founded only in 1731,on the impulse of Liechtenstein estate inspector, Jan Maximilian Žižka, who used to decide on the distribution of land to the settlers and according who the village got its name. Years before this place used to serve as Prince lodge and a stud farm. Moravský Žižkov initially belonged to the neighboring Velké Bílovice, from which they separated in 1792 and since then it is independent. In the second half of the 30th of the last century, National fascist community had a strong position in the village; since the First Republic, the vicinity of the village profi ts form oil mining. Live folklore traditions are still maintained by feasts, which used to take place on the third Sunday of September. However, on the 17th of August 2002, a new church of Our Lady Victorious was admited to holy orders here and on the wishes of the local people, the feast is held on this date. This wine region is obviously full of beautiful corners with wine cellars, there is no surprise then, that in August the winemakers celebrate – by the traditional „mountain driving“.

The village is known for its tradition of amateurish theater (theater ensemble „Šejkspír“), male and female choir. To the past refer several partly ironed and masonry crucifixes from the 19th century, the statue of St. John of Nepomuk and the chapel of St.Florian from in 1852, which is hidden in the park in the center of the village, where you can rest in a pleasant shade of large trees. The park is connected to majestic building of primary school, in which children learn for already more than seventy years and which, together with the church, represents the dominant feature of Moravský Žižkov modern architecture.

www.moravskyzizkov.cz

  • Area: 297 ha
  • Population: 168
  • Altitude: 246 asml

01Today´s name of the village of Nový Poddvorov as well as that of neighboring village - Starý Poddvorov – are based on the defunct village of Potvorovice (and subsequently the town Potvorova), which belonged to the Velehrad´s monastery and was completly destroyed during the Czech-Hungarian wars in the second half of the 15th century. Until now it has remained the only route named Kosteliska.

As late as 1793, under the reign of Emperor Josef II., what we know as Nový Poddvorov was established. It happened in the dry fields of the Mutěnice landscape, fifteen kilometers west of Hodonin. According to the typical garb, the new settlers came from surrounding areas of Hanácko. Because of the high quality soil it is no surprise that new residents started with agriculture and winegrowing. Some of their wines are still doing well here. In the region there has also been natural gas production since the 40´s of the 20th century.

The Day of Open Cellars is held here in June. A new 30 meter tall tower is the biggest tourist attraction in the area. It has been built on the highest point of the region and its specific design highlights the winding tower as an underlying important symbol of oil extraction in the wider area of Podluží and Hodonínsko.

www.obecnovypodvorov.eud.cz

  • Area: 1414 ha
  • Population: 2120
  • Altitude: 185 asml

01The village of Prušánky lies west of the town Hodonín in the shallow valley of the Prušánka River and is situated between two peaks called Nechory and Jochy.

The surroundings of the village have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Prominent traces of human existence came from the Bronze Age and the arrival of the Slavic tribes. Archeologists have discovered an extensive burial ground including the tomb of the Magnate.

The first written record about the village, called Prusy at that time, is from the year 1261 and is in possession of the Cistercian monastary in Vizovice. In 1497 the Lords of Kunštát obtained the village but because of the Czech-Hungarian wars in the second half of the 15th century the village was deserted. The village was established again in th first half of the 16th century. In 1536 it was transferred to the property of Prusinkovský of Víckov, after the White Mountain Battle it was managed by Olomouc‘s Jesuits. After the dissolution of the Rules of Procedure in 1773 it became one of the assets of the Fund‘s Study.

In the 16th century, a community of Baptists settled down here. In 1605 the village was burnt down by Bočkajovci and in the year 1842 Prušánky was almost burnt down again. It was also affected by a cholera epidemic which was brought here by the Prussian troops in 1866. Shortly thereafter, about a hundred families moved out to Russia and many to Croatia.

Today, a vast proportion of inhabitants are dedicated to winemaking. This has been a tradition in Prušánky lasting several hundred years, resulting in excellent light white wine varieties. It is also connected with the local folklore which as experienced a great revival with the ethnographic foundation in Podlužánek. From this group emerged dulcimer and cimbalon music Šohaj and Verbuňk. Also active is a group called Slovácký krúžek.

02The biggest holiday in the village is August‘s Garb Fest „Under the Green‘ and is associated with cimbalon music. There is also a Garb Fest in January and the traditional Mountain Driving Festival in September. The festivals are held in a well known area called Nechory, where there are more than 400 wine cellars and is situated very close to the village. The most precious cultural monument in the village is the late Baroque Church of St. Isidora from 1758 built on the site of the original chapel housing the altarpiece from Ignac Raab. By the road to Nechory, is the statue of St. Jan Nepomucký from 1847. The oldest scultpure is the statue of St. Florian from 1839, which now has found its place in the park.

Some of the well known natives include; the founder of the Hodonín Symphony Orchestra Jan Nosek; philosopher, writer, university professor PhDr. Jakub Netopilík. Dr.Sc, and the founder of several children‘s cimbalon music organizations in Hodonín and Břeclav, Pavel Čech.

www.obecprusanky.cz

  • Area: 1260 ha
  • Population: 4082
  • Altitude: 207 asml

01The village is located north of the town Hodonín, surrounded by the large forest Doubrava from three sides.

The village is located north of the town Hodonín, surrounded by the large forest Doubrava from three sides. The area of Ratíškovice has been settled, without major interruption since the Younger Paleolithic. Witnessed by the archaeological fi nds of all following periods till Slovs arrival. The fi rst written mention of the village is related to the Olomouc´s bishop Jindřich Zdíka deed from the eyar 1131. Ratíškovice belonged to the property of Moravian margraves in the 14th century, then turn in their possesion various yeoman´s, and lord´s dynasties (Pernštejnové, Lords of Lipá, Liechtensteins, Czoborové). It had been unquiet time during the Hussite and following Czech- Hungarian wars, when in the vicinici of the village several settlements disappeared (Jarohněvnice, Roztrhánky). The Hungarian Bočkajovci´s war raid in 1605 also negatively affected the village, the Thirty Years War signifi cantly decreased the number of population as well. In 1762 the municipality got into direct ownership of Habsburg´s dynasty. That time it was mostly agriculture character of village, which started changing in the middle of the 19th century when the brickyard was established, and especially from 30´s of the last century with building of the most modern europian lignite mine Tomáš(closed today), bearing the name of its founder, industrialist Tomáš Baťa. In hand with mining, the railroad fading to close village Rohatec was established, from where the extracted mineral could be transported to the Baťa´s factories in Zlín. And as well the colony of more than 30 modern houses occupied by the mine workers was built – local part was called Baťovka.

From traditional events in the village it can be visited January garb ball or October garb feast. In May there is the time for traditional meeting of male and female choirs in the premises of Slavín wine cellars called Singing under the Náklo, on the 5th of July (Cyril and Methodius celebration) the Saint´s day by the Lili crucifi x takes place on the top of Náklo. The second Saturday in July is devoted to International brass bands festival. Even today the folklore plays the majorrole in Ratíškovice. The Children´s dulcimer music, The Children´s folklore ensemble, Male choir and more popular women´s choir, called Robky ze Séčky, and many others occur here. We should not forget the brass music Dolanka and youth Veselá muzika. Great succes in soccer got, in its modern sport complex, FC Baník Ratíškovice playing the final of ČMFS in 2000.

There is a Museum called „In the Wagon“ placed in a pair of railway cars showing the history of mining in Ratíškovice and surroundings. Its visit can be combined with a short trip on rolling pedal on the already mentioned railway to Rohatec. The monuments of the village are the chapel of St. Josef from 1850 or just seven years older chapel of St. Cyril and Methodius, where you can fi nd propably Gothic wooden sculpture of Madonna with Jesus. There is a seven meters tall Lili crucifix on the top of Náklo hill, as a remembrance of Cyril a Methodius mission. A short walk to the Doubrava forest is certainly worth visiting as well. Compared to its name there are no foliate treas any more, because in the 18th century there was extensive deforestation runing here and at the open fields the sandstorms created dunes of the power of several tens of meters. The problem was resolved by the species of pine trees, yet this area of its composition is the same as the Gobi, the driest desert in the world. From that the unofficial name of this unique forest comes – The Moravian Sahara.

From the village came a long series of natives, including professor of ethnology and the author of several key publications in this field, Václav Frolec, ballet master and choreographer of the National Theater in Brno, Ivan Příkaský, artistic sculptor Miroslav Kovarik, ceramics Karel Nemec, author of books about the village, František Toman or fi ghters against Nazism, Jaroslav Kotásek and Vit Příkaský and papal prelate Viktor Mlejnek.

www.ratiskovice.com

  • Land Area: 1745 ha
  • Population: 3,413
  • Altitude: 181 asml

01This large local village consists of three parts: the village itself with a part called On the Hill; the Colony, which got its name in the 19th century from the colony of houses for employees of the local sugar refinery; and Soboňky, created only in 1826 and connected to the village in 1960. You will find the village about five kilometers north of Hodonín. On one side it is surrounded by the Morava river; on the other side there is the forest complex of Doubrava. It was inhabited as early as in the prehistoric times; at the latest, during the Stone Age. The first written mention of the village is a list from the year 1270, where the name of its owner, Tvrdek of Rohatec (de Rohaz) is written. Stimulation of settlement was probably caused by business connections to Moravia and upper Hungary by boat across the Morava River, as evidenced by the ancient ferry – „pas rohatecký „. Somewhere in these places there used to be a fortress in the distant past. And from these roots, Rohatec also developed. From the river bends with their many sandy outposts, so called horns, Rohatec also probably acquired its unusual name. Residents were engaged in fishing, hunting, crayfi sh and farming.

In 1368 the village fell to the estate of Strážnice of which it remained a part until 1848. In the 15th century it burnt down a couple of times and also in the 17th century, when it was invaded by „bočkajovci“ and as a consequence of the Thirty Years‘ War. Further development continues only in the second half of the 19th century, especially after the construction of the above-mentioned sugar factory in the Colony, one of the fi rst in Moravia. In early 20th century a factory for sweets, well known Maryša, came in to being. In 1986 Rohatec lost its autonomy and was attached to the town Hodonín, but only for a short period of time - four years later it was separated again.

Folk art is manifested in such activities as the decorating of Easter eggs.. There is also an active children‘s folklore ensemble and male and mixed choir.

You can invite the visitor to taste the wines during the Easter holidays or for the children‘ s folklore festival, which takes place usually in May. It would be impossible to skip the traditional folk costume Feast of Bartholomew, held in August-- which is followed a week later by Hodky.

You can find a small local museum here, the interesting church of St. Bartholomew from the year 1911 and the same saint holy chapel - the original Gothic church presbytery. It is worth seeing the Old Crucifix.

The surroundings of Rohatec are also beautiful. An important element of natural resources is an uncontrolled stretch of Morava river, which is navigable with small vessels or cruise boats. In the village there terminates Baťa´s floating channel, which was built up in the 1930s of the last century by entrepreneurs Tomas and then Jan Baťa to transport coal to their factories in Zlínsko. On the land register we can also find the Natural monument of Vate pisky and the Nature Park Strážnické Pomoraví. The Forest Doubrava is a paradise for mushroom pickers. In its region of Roztrhánky there is found a special form of yellowish mushroom, which is currently known in only two places in the world.

Known celebrities are painters and embroiderers Elizabeth Salčáková and Elizabeth Zahnašová; academic painter Karel Novák; and stonemason Rudolf Richter. Of considerable fame are the particular textile graphic images of Anna Netíková, who was forming pictures of thread.

www.rohatec.cz

  • Area: 546 ha
  • Population: 976
  • Altitude: 224 asml

01The village can be found in Mutěnice´s uplands, besides the Kapansko forest. The first mention about the settlement, at that time called Potvorovice (Potowariz), comes from the year 1209. Nineteen years later it was joined into a confederation of fifty municipalities devoted by Přemysl Otakar II to the Cistercian monastery of Velehrad. The village disappeared in the second half ot the 15th century, during the Czech- Hungarian wars. The monastery mortgaged deserted Potvorovice Protivec to Zástřizl, who sold them in the year 1529 to Heralt of Kunštát. In the beginning of the 17th century the new settlement began to appear, particularly in the area under the vineyards, which is documented by the seal from 1779. The village was settled by newcomers from Slovakia, from the villages of Dubňany and Ratiškovice and other surroundings. During the time the name of the village started to change to Potvorov. The current name of the village dates back to 1870; and fifty-four years later it was officially recognized. In the 1940´s of the last century, oil extraction started in the very near sorrounding.

There still exits a rich folklore in the region that springs to life during numerous feasts and festivals. In the middle of June we can experience a two day long children´s festival; this folklore show of children´s ethnography is international in scope. Then on the first Sunday of August there is a garb feast held here. Not to be forgotten from folk creativity is garb embroidery or Easter decorated eggs. The village, run through by many bike trails, is also well known for its growing of top quality white wines. The traditions are held by the children´s ethnographic group called Kordulka. The bell tower built in 1855, dedicated to St. Martin dominates the village. The modern church from 1994 bears the same name. We should not forget to mention the statue of St. Jan Nepomucký from the second half of the 19th century placed next to the cemetry entrance. There are a number of small religious object located around the village such as pictures, crucifixes and village chaples.

03But the main monument to see is the all-wood windmill of the ram type from 1870. It was restored in 2003. Its interior shows how flour was porduced in the past. It stands on a hill, just three kilometres from the village, and according to legend was built by a citizen of a neighboring village, who got rich thanks by finding a military treasure.

Famous natives from Starý Poddorov include the following: music teacher and composer Paul Jurkovič; biologist and author of a number of medical publications Augustin Svoboda, or Pavel Sasínek, persecuted under the former regime.

www.poddvorov.cz

  • Land Area: 2116 ha
  • Population: 2,086
  • Altitude: 176 asml

01The village is situated on the edge of high agriculturally continuously cultivated terraces with fields and vineyards above the river Kyjovka.

According to its name, some researchers conclude that it could be estabilished by the Hodonín´s castellan called Tvrdiš, mentioned in 1169, but the first credible mention is almost a hundred years younger - comes up from the year 1264, when the village wrote on Jan of Tvrdonice. As in the case of other villages, Tvrdonice had changed many owners in the past, some of whom lived even on the extinct water fortress, which lied on the meadows in the eastern part of the local land,in the area called Hradišťko. In 1528, kin of Žerotín gained the municipality, ten year later it was promoted to town. Disaster came in the century following, accompanied by incursions from neighboring Hungary and by the devastating Thirty Years War. Population in the badly affected agricultural area stagnated even in the eighteenth century, but the fishermen still played an important role there, they associated into the own guild.

Today´s Tvrdonice is a dynamically developing village, which residents respect the traditions of their ancestors and carefully maintain and develop them. The finale of folklore events, not only here but throughout the region, is an ethnographic festival Podluží in songs and dances, taking pride in its long tradition. Together with the International folklore festival in Strážnice and Horňácko´s festival, they belong among the three most popular events of this type in Slovácko. These festivals are held right in the village and especially at the local ethnographic complex, always on the first weekend in June each year and they attract one thousand favourers of folk customs. In addition, visitors of this town can be invited the folk costume feast (first Sunday in September), or to the Day of Open Wine Cellars (June). It is certainly not surprising, that in Tvrdonice operates a children‘ s ethnographic fi le „Pomněnka“; Slovácko´s Podluží club including its famous men choir, which associates singers from the neighboring Kostice. This club cooperate with cymbalo music named after the local native, a major minstrel Jožka Severin. Placed here is even the brass band called Podlužanka.

02The sights here include the neo-gothic church of St. Nicholas from the year 1941, the statue of St.John of Nepomuk from the year 1841, trihedral calvary probably having its origin in the 18th century. You may also check through a natural amphitheater with Slovácko´s cottage. Rare fauna and flora is presented in a mosaic of meadows and wetlands, preserved in the nivea of Kyjovka and Morava rivers. Treasures of alluvial forest are protected in the Nature reserve Stibůrkovská lakes.

The famous personalities, in addition to already mentioned J. Severin, are at least well known folklorist of Podluží named Jan Kružík or European champion in judo, in the category of veterans, Jiří Hasil.

www.tvrdonice.cz

  • Land Area: 1160 ha
  • Population: 1054
  • Altitude: 173 asml

01The village is located in the slope between the river Kyjovka and road linking Břeclav with Hodonin, on the outskirts of Moravian alluvial forest. Its name meant „paled place“ in Old Czech language..

Týnec is one of the oldest settlements in the south-eastern Moravia and the only place of pilgrimage in Podluží. In written sources the recalls goes back to 1244, when it was owned by Markvart from Týnec, however, without question, the Slavic settlements existed here much earlier. According to some reports, the village was even donated to the Church of St. Petr in Olomouc by Prince Břetislav the 1st, in the year 1030. An important role used to play the local castle (or fortress), those little remains can be still found on the southeast edge of the village. During the Hussite Wars, it was occupied by personnel of Zikmund´s son-in-law, the Austrian duke and margrave of Morava, called Albrecht and therefore, in 1426 it was - unsuccessfully - besieged by Hussites. It probably disappeared in the 60s of 15th century, during Poděbrady´s wars, although some data also show, that it was restored in the 16th century and the last comment should refer to the year 1623. The village itself, which often changed owners, was named a town at fi rst in the year 1384, in 1580 it was burned by arsonistit and many times tested especially in the 17th century, same as for the whole region. In 1605 Týnec was burnt by rebellious „bočkajovci“, fourteen years later plundered by the emperor‘s army. The continued suffering was brought with the Thirty Years‘ War and with the year 1663 - Turkish raid. The restoration of this village continued very slowly here...

02Fortunately, there have been preserved folk customs, clothes and songs. The traditional and most important event is the feast called „under the green“, hold in early September (the feast after beheading of St.John the Baptist), during which it is possible to admire the variety of folk costumes of Podluží worn by dozen of single boys and girls, local and even non-resident. Folk costume ball is hold in January or in February; Girls´ coronet then in November. There are two choirs, which contribute to the social life: it is a men choir and mixed church choir. Cultural life is also completed with programme of kindergarten and elementary school: annualy they organize Christmas academy, children‘s carnival, a celebration on Mothers´ Day and Children´s Day, the exhibitions of children‘s work, etc. Worth mentioning and seeing is a dominant of the village - the pilgrimage church of Beheading of St. John the Baptist, which comes from 1760 and was expanded more than hundred years later. In addition, we can mention the school from the year 1832, rebuilt in 1885, and historically listed oak under the Lady Chapel on the way to Tvrdonice. On his trunk you will certainly notice the image of Madonna with Jesus: The place is bound with legend, that a God´s Mother manifested to a soldier. When they tried to transport the image to the church in the nearby Moravská Nová Ves, the horses were unable to move the car, and therefore the image has remained there.

www.tynec.cz

01The South Moravia region is in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic and borders Austria and Slovakia. Within the Czech Republic, the area ranks fourth in population and third in area. South Moravia has an excellent reputation as a health and family oriented region. It offers something for everyone- for families, individuals and groups longing for adventure and spiritual, physical and cultural exploration.

As you roam through Southern Moravia, you will encounter something at every step that you will make you want to explore. The embrace of the sun will open your heart and remain in your soul. The picturesque nature combined with the castles and chateaux will remind you of a fairy tale. The diverse tastes of unique Moravian wines and local gastronomic specials coupled with the colorful folk art and entertainment will create moments that will make you wish time would stop so that you can feel the experience in all of its depth.

The city of Brno is located in the historic center of the South Moravia region. Despite its size, the city has maintained a special beauty and peace. The old city center, which was once the crossroads of important trade routes has transformed into a modern center of business, exhibitions and fairs. Within this city of culture, arts and entertainment, there is the University Center and the residence of the Bishop.

02Four locations in South Moravia are placed on the List of World Cultural and Natural Hertiage by UNESCO. The Lednice-Valtice area is rich with impressive manor houses, carefully arranged gardens and parks, hauting casles, The Mineret, the artifi cal ruin Janohrad and the triumphal Romanesque arch hidden in the shadow of the forest. The surprising counterpart to this area is 1930s functional architecture of the Tugendhat Villa. The natural treasures are the white cliffs of Pálava and the orchid fi lled meadows of White Carpathains. The Czech Republic was one of the countries behind the drafting of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage. Moravia‘s own „Slovácko Verbuňk, Recruit Dances“ were proclaimed Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage in 2005. The beauty and wealth of South Moravia goes beyond the listing of these monuments of UNESCO heritage. The other castles, chateaux, silent monasteries, beautiful churches and Jewish monuments in South Moravia will guide you through the centuries. These cannot be simply overlooked on your travels as they provide the experience of exciting adventures with them. The unique colors formed by nature illustrate these points. The peaceful fl ow of the river Dyje in the deep cut valley is heard best in the Podyjí National Park. Caves, subterranean streams and chasms reveal the fragile charms of the Moravian Karst. The best way to learn the ancient stories is to go and experience the lush forests of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, see the fi ery colors of autumn and romance in the forests of Chřiby.

And what will you do after you have gone with your children through all the caves, technical monuments, open-air museums, castles and chateaus? Don’t forget to look out for replica dinosaurs, live-action wild west shows, zoos, aquariums, and the mysterious cave of the stone knights. For additional fun, try the local aquaparks and swimming pools, where the sun meets the warm climate and clean air of South Moravia.Whoever wants can also use free time pursuing better health through a natural resource and wellness program at a local spa.

The love of South Moravia will also pass through your stomach with the local specialities and great wines. You can enjoy the wine in historical wine cellars and wine bars during traditional folklore events and festivals. The undulating landscape with its warming rays of the sun creates exceptional wine. Likewise, there are excellent conditions for cycling. Marked bike paths lead over fi elds, forest paths and less frequented roads. There is nothing easier than to step on the pedals and set out for discovering the colorful and beautiful region of South Moravia.

www.kr-jihomoravsky.cz

01Slovácko has a magical power to attract us. We are falling through admirable fascination by human beings, landscape and nature, and we know, we want and we will want to come back one day, beacause our heart felt in love with it. This region has its own characteristic, and beeing visited for its internal and external values, for its genius locci. You do not have change anything at its localization. Slovácko is a picturesque region on the border between the two historical territory - Moravia and Slovakia, the region whose natural axis is the fertile ravine along the Morava river, edged in green wineries, fields of golden grain and apple gardens, a region spread from Napajedla gate to the Austrian border.

Slovácko is inhabited since ancient prehistoric times. Well, the oldest merchant led his caravans with loads of amber and bronze products along the rivers, and on the intersections of these roads, which were named according those commodities to amber and bronze, started to settle. Here the humans clans and ethnics were meeting and in touch of different cultures and traditions developer human civilization. Right in the area lied the centres of once famous Great Moravian Empire, the first administration body of Czech and Slovaks, the home of Cyril and Methodius.

Does not matter which side you are comming from, you always entry the region of extraordinary natural resources, beautiful and indented landscape. The Slovácko is the synonymous for living folklore, traditions, folk songs and dances, presented during numerous events and feasts, performences hold at ethnography ceremonies and folklore festivals. Wooden toys, Easter eggs, corn fi gures, hand made fabrics and embroidery, that all make the spirit of Slovácko, as well as the local popular gastronomy. Proclaimed Slovácko´s kitchen and unaffected hospitality of locals makes this region attractive for promoters of culinary expeditions gourmets and lovers of good food and drinks.

02Trip or holiday to Slovácko may have many different forms. You can spend it in the nature by the water, fish or enjoy swimming and surfing. You can also get on a bike and ride through the thematic routes that will safely introduce your objectives objectives. A new angle on the beauty of Slovácko will certainly give you a pleasant voyage of the Baťa´s floating channel and a bit of adrenaline in the body raises a sightseeing flight by plane or balloon over Chřiby hills or parachute tandem jump. Depends on a visitors, which of the many activities offered they choose.

Slovácko, the region which gave us Jan Amos Comenius or Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and which provided the hospitable arm to wide range of artists, welcomes you.

01Podluží region, a voluntary group of villages located in Lanžhot, was established in 1999. During 2003, originally seven associations were extended of six new villages from Hodonínsko. The last member of the association became the youngest Břeclav´s village, called Ladná, in June 2007. The confederation of municipalities is a founding member of Local Action Group (LAG) Dolní Morava, Mikroregion Hodonínsko´s partner and a partner of Slovacko Region, which is presenting itself at international tourism fairs in Europe with. The region also cooperates closely with other bodies, such as Biosphere Reserve Lower Morava, Folklore Association of the Czech Republic. The activity of Region Podluží is largely aimed at obtaining grant funds for the implementation of development projects in the fi eld of promotion of tourism, viticulture, preservation of traditional culture and improving infrastructure.

Region Podluží, for the period of its existence, has realized more than 35 projects aimed at the already mentioned infrastructure, work with children and youth, marketing areas, promote wine education and further development of the territory.

www.podluzi.cz

01Welcome to Mikroregion Hodonínsko, which was founded in December 2004 to promote, coordinate and protect common interests of member municipalities. This union of municipalities is made of folklore diversed villages and towns rich in vineyards thank to the sunny climate: Dolní Bojanovice, Čejkovice, Dubňany, Hodonín, Josefov, Mikulčice, Novy Poddvorov, Prušánky, Rohatec, Ratíškovice, Starý Poddvorov. In each of these places you will fi nd cultural monuments, natural attractions and other tourist destinations. Moravian wine cycling routes and the newly opened waterway Baťa´s fl oating channel provide convenient connections with other Mikroregions. Thanks to all municipalities offering varied cultural, wine and sports programs, this Mikroregion offers perspective conditions for tourism development.

The Mikroregion Hodonínsko operates as a separate legal entity. The objects of its activitiesare primarily the following: coordination of activities relating to regional development, cooperation in the provision of advisory and informational services, building and expanding the network of cycle tracks, organizing cultural and social events of regional signifi cance, and joint promotion of the union of municipalities. Mikroregion is also engaged in the needs of children , sports activities, and the protection of the environment, especially of the greenery. Thanks to its location, it is suitable for agricultural activities; and its industrial past is also very important.

www.hodoninsko.info

43Podluží

In the southeast corner of the Czech Republic, on the border of Moravia, Slovakia and Lower Austria, at the confluence of the rivers Dyje and Morava, there is situated diversiform and remarkable land area formed by fourteen municipalities located between Břeclav and Hodonín. Local flat terrain, modeled on both water flows, along with warm climate, were always ideal for farming and formating of human settlements. The history of local settlement dates back far before the period of Great Moravia, unpleasant character obstructing development and growth of Podluží villages, which are situated at the very border of the country, have been frequent military invasions occurring quite often in the history. Nevertheless, the vast majority of historic sites preserved until today.

Introduced area is rich in fertile soils, which are currently used as farmlands, vineyards, meadows and forests. We don´t even lack the natural attractions, such as important bird areas under the protection of NATURA 2000 and an unique alluvial forest ecosystem which is included as a Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve to the list of natural and cultural heritage of UNESCO.
In Podluží, entirely characteristic is the hospitality and diligence of local people. Maybe it‘s because that drinking of good wine and singing of Moravian songs, when there is formal and even informal meetings, can easily create friendships, resolve the conflicts, ward off hostility and explain misunderstanding. You will surely meet with that diligence of local people while wandering through the tidily villages, wine cellar streets and maintained vineyards and fields.....

Enjoy then the harmony of Podluží! The uniquely preserved folklore; customs, which are repeated every year at various events; interesting and historically valuable sites; gathering with friends and local warm people in the cool shadows of the wine cellar; Slovácko´s cuisine or cycle tours in the alluvial forest along the Morava river and vineyards. Imaginary doors are opened for you!

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Region Podluží
Náměstí 177, 691 51 Lanžhot, Mobil: +420 777 328 052
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Hodonínsko

The region of sun and folklore, where one festivity replaces another. The diverse range of folk songs, folk costumes, dances and traditional crafts. The southern tip of Moravia, a magical world full of alluvial forests, but also of the vineyards. Variety of wines - dry, sweet, white, red and pink, crisp and not crisp like a caress. Sweet and juicy fruit of local plantations and beautiful nature. The region of the open plains with slight hooks of Kapánsko forest. Here and there literally romantic landscape, the quarters of aristocratic families, water flows, Templar‘s fortress and folk architecture - these all offers Hodonínsko to its visitors. Of course also the hospitality during carnival celebrations, welcoming of spring, „mountain-driving", feast and even wine- grape harvest. And we must not forget the special magic which is kept hidden in the winter time of bells and Advent - the time of Nicholas, angels and devils. Who wants to know these practises and places, where as it has time frozen, that man must come right here!

Hodonínsko is able to provide attractions for tourism development, especially in the summer time. Under the hot sun, it is possible to visit for example swimming pool in Dubňany or Hodonín, natural swimming pool in Lužice, you can also fish in Dubňany, Hodonín and Ratíškovice, some will also also feel for water transport on the Morava river and the Baťa´s floating channel. In the winter time, doors are open in indoor sports halls, tennis courts and swimminig pools, which are spread throughout the region. To the greatest advantages of Hodonín and its surroundings, in terms of tourism development, belongs wine tourism. And an unmistakable character of this small part of the Czech Republic come naturally from already mentioned folk traditions and folk culture. Great development entered in a phenomenon of our time, the cycle tourism, well, in almost every village of Hodonínsko there is a lot of tourist and wine (cycle) trails. Offer of wine tourism is replenished with tourism attractions, that are also useful for the development of cycle tourism, at random an important archaeological site of Slavonic fortified settlement in Mikulcice, church buildings and technical monuments.

Since it is a region with many villages and developed agriculture sector, there is now opening a new space for rural tourism with its agrotourism products, eco-agrotourism, ecotourism and horse tourism, which represent an important potential for Hodonínsko, because it still has a little share in the structure of supply within the activity of our country. Specific sector of tourism is certainly a spa tourism, which has already build in the region and particularly in Hodonín itself a solid position based on a various offer of traditional spa programs.

Mikroregion Hodonínsko
Masarykovo nám. 53/1, 695 01 Hodonín
Mobil: +420 775 393 663
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Cultural events in the region

January Folk costumes ball
Dolní Bojanovice, Kostice, Lanžhot, Lužice, Mikulčice, Moravská Nová Ves, Moravský Žižkov, Prušánky, Tvrdonice, Týnec
February
Kostice - Traditional masquerade, Ladná - Folk costumes ball, Lanžhot - Carnival, Lužice - Carnival, Moravský žižkov - Public pig slaughtering
March Čejkovice – Athletic event called „Cejkovická latka“, Dolní Bojanovice –Spring music festival, Hodonín – Competition of children ´s folk singers „Venecek z rozmarýnu Fanoše Mikuleckého“, Hrušky – Show of wine and cheese, Josefov – Welcoming of spring, Moravský Žižkov – Wine tasting, Starý Poddvorov – Burning of Morana
April
Moravská Nová Ves - Show of married men´s choirs of Podluží, Týnec - Show of children‘s folk ensembles
May Čejkovice - Wine markets, Moravská Nová Ves - 1st of May: Day of crafts and local wines tasting, Prušánky - May singing in Nechory, Rohatec - Children‘s Folklore Festival,  Starý Poddvorov - The show of children´s singers „O perníkové srce Poddvorova“
June Hodonín - Music festival Concentus Moraviae, Mikulčice - Festival of „Open wine cellars“, Nový Poddvorov - Open wine cellars day, Prušánky –“Midsummer Night“ Starý Poddvorov – Children‘s folk costumes feast, Tvrdonice - Ethnographic celebrations „Podluží in songs and dances“; Open wine cellars day; “Polka Fest“ - the moravian final show of Brass Bands
July Hodonín - Water kingdom celebrations, Hrušky - Open wine cellars day, Josefov - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Folk costumes feast Lanžhot -„Lanžhot of Methodius Prajka“ - Brass Band parade, Lužice - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Cyril and Methodius pilgrimage; Sculpture symposium „Wood - Stone“, Mikulčice - Cyril and Methodius pilgrimage, Moravská Nová Ves - Open wine cellars day; St. Jacob feast
August Čejkovice - Folk costumes feast; Day of open wine cellars, Hodonín - St. Laurence feast, Hrušky - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Folk costumes feast, Kostice - Harvest festival, Lanžhot - Show of folk storytellers „O lanžhotský pregulnák“, Mikulčice - Folk costumes feast; Wine and young wine from the Open wine cellars, Moravská Nová Ves - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Folk costumes feast, Moravský Žižkov - Folk costumes feast; „Mountain driving“, Prušánky -Party with the cymbalo; Folk costumes feast, Starý Poddvorov - Folk costumes feast
September Čejkovice -„Mountain driving“, Dolní Bojanovice - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Folk costumes feast;  Hodonín - Wine festival, Josefov - „Mountain driving“, Ladná - Folk costumes feast and small feast, Lanžhot -Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Rising of the May pole; Folk costumes feast, Moravská Nová Ves - Wine grape harvest celebration, Prušánky - „Mountain driving“;; Harvest festival, Tvrdonice - Folk costumes feast, Týnec - Singing by cymbalo before the feast; Folk costumes feast
Oktober Hodonín - Imperial feast, Kostice - Rising of the May pole; Folk costumes feast, Tvrdonice - Folk costumes feast
November Moravská Nová ves - Young wines, Týnec - Girls´ coronet
December Hodonín - Exhibition of Nativity Scenes, Mikulčice - Wine tasting; Christmas concerts, Moravská Nová Ves - 26th of December - Consecration of wine

Phone numbers

Evropské tísňové číslo 112
Místní policie 156
Policie 158
První pomoc 155
Hasiči 150
Hospital TGM Hodonín
Purkyňova 11
695 26 Hodonín
www.nemho.cz
tel.: +420 518 306 111
Hospital Hustopeče
Brněnská 716/41
693 01 Hustopeče
www.nemocnicehustopece.cz
tel.: +420 519 407 311
Zdravotnická záchranná služba pro Jihomoravský kraj
- operační středisko +420 545 113 152
Informace o telefonních číslech v ČR 1180
Informace o telefonních číslech v zahraničí 1181
Hospital Břeclav
U Nemocnice 1
690 74 Břeclav
www.nembv.cz
tel.: +420 519 315 111
Hospital Kyjov
Strážovská 976
697 33 Kyjov
www.nemkyj.cz
+420 518 601 111

 

Cycling

Hodonínsko and Podluží are interwoven with a number of local, regional and international cycling sections. Regional Moravian wine trails are popular, especially route Podluží, Moravian wine or Mutěnická. Very attractive is also the Hodonín´s circuit heading towards the castle in Čejkovice or the part in an English alley from the Hodonín to Lanžhot. Our recommended local trails are listed in Cycling and hiking.

Tourism

The main marked walking path around Hodonín is the RED marked path of TG Masaryk in the length of 58.5 kilometers, which connects the birthplace of the fi rst Czechoslovak president with other places around, that are linked to his youth. Other BLUE marked paths lead you from Hodonín to the Slavic fortified settlementin Mikulčice, to the windmill in Starý Poddvorov or across the Doubrava to Vlkoš. The GREEN paths lead along the Morava river and you will get to Lanžhot via Moravská Nová Ves, while on the opposite side from Hodonín via Rohatec to Bzenec, via Dolní Bojanovice to Milotice.

In line skating / skating

Very popular destination for fans of in-line skating is a forest road near Rudník in Ratíškovice. In-line skater can smoothly drive more than 11 km in the direction from Rohatec through the tourist base Littner to Bzenec and from Vacenovice to the mentioned Rudník, on quality asphalt surface. Another popular destination is a tiny road with a minimum traffic, between the village Mikulcice and nearby Slavic fortified settlement. There you can enjoy a few kilometers of comfortable ride in the quiet countryside near the alluvial meadows of the Morava river and alluvial forest. Indoor ice stadium in Hodonín creates then ideal conditions for the skating in the winter months.

Baťa´s floating channel

This is a major waterway. Without permission you can operate a small vessel up to engine power of 20 kW, which are capable of only delivery navigation and the maximum speed of 20 km / h. This means that the vessel may, without supervision, drive a person over 18 years of age and this person will only be trained how to handle the vessel. Shipping in slip is prohibited. The channel sections are allowed at maximum speed of 5km/hod.
The channel sections are allowed at maximum speed of 5km/hod.The length of Baťa´s floating channel (from Otrokovice to Sudoměřice) is currently around 60 km. Some sections lead through the Morava river, others throuhg the artificially formed channel from the thirties of the last century. It is all-round navigable from Kroměříž to Hodonín, unfortunately there are located here some „obstacles". Here, in the southern part of the Baťa´s channel, there is missing a lock chamber in Sudoměřice, which prevents the water from the sheet path farther toward the floodgates in direction to Hodonín, where there is a separate navigable section. Construction of this lock chamber should begin in 2010.

03Port Hodonín

Here you can rent boats,motor boats, canoes, pedal boats, rowing boats, etc. For families with children, there are prepared attractive cruises on a pleasure boat Konstancie (a fairy cruise, sightseeing cruise). For schools they even offer overnight trips into the countryside. In the port area you can take advantage of country restaurant,which is located in the log house and camping sites, where you can grill.

Port Rohatec

It provides basic facilities for canoeing and cycling, you can rent a bike here, camp or camp in tents. With the booking you can use the transfer on the Konstancie boat to Hodonín.

Swimming pools / indoor swimming pools

In the sunny summer months, new and attractive swimming pool in Hodonín offers a pleasant freshen. You will find there two swimming pools, wading pool, water features - water slides, as well as table tennis, beach volleyball. In addition, there is also an indoor swimming pool and children pool. (Hodonín, Sportovní 4186/2, phone +420 518 353 034, www.teza-hodonin.cz). Smaller, but equally popular swimming pool is alsosituated in Dubňany (Za Stadionem 1491, phone +420 518 364 953, www.koupaliste-dubnany.ic.cz) and an indoor swimming pool is also in Ratíškovice. (phone +420 518 367 295).

Natural swimming pool

Natural swimming pool waits for you in Lužice. This is the Areál - Cihelna with refreshments possibility, there is a background for
camping sites, music and more. Popular places for natural swimming are also a natural water reservoir in Moravská Nová Ves, so
called Hliník in Ratíškovice, which you meet near the restaurant Rybárská Bašta. Some hardy fellows cool without shame even in the Morava river, especially in the ports of Rohatec and Hodonín or in its confluence with Dyje river.

04Fishing

The fishing possibilities are also here, not only because of extensive pond system in Hodonín, that is really big. Among the popular fishing grounds belong the Morava river and its adjacent branches, then Baťa´s floating channel, water surface Hliník in Ratíškovice, pond system in Moravská Nová Ves. In addition, you can fish in Lanžhot, Tvrdonice, Týnec, but also in Moravský Žižkov and Lužice. Fishing permits are sold in the Moravian Fishing Association in Hodonín and Břeclav.

Horses

Holiday in the horse saddle is traditionally one of the popular forms of relaxation and active leisure. In Hodonínsko there are good climatic conditions for the development of riding and showjumping and therefore is not surprising that several horse stations are situated in the region:

Dolní Bojanovice, Ladislav Lekavý, +420 728 042 84
Dolní Bojanovice, Tomáš Stávek, +420 602 578 691
Dubňany, TJ Moravia Dubňany, +420 608 822 058
Ladná, Ranč Ladná, Masaryk Street, +420 602 731 102
Moravská Nová Ves, Ranč Podluží s.r.o., +420 777 874 261
Ratíškovice, Růdník, +420 607 281 910
Ratíškovice, Minifarma Vlasta, +420 731 417 98

Tennis Courts

Dolní Bojanovice, TJ Dolní Bojanovice, +420 721 964 135
Dubňany
, Sportcentrum Želva, Hodonínská 1680, +420 518 364 300
Hodonín
, ul. Rybáře, +420 728 664 105, +420 603 788 076
Hodonín
, near the winter stadium, +420 608 622 201
Hodonín
, Westpra - kryté kurty, +420 603 825 525
Josefov, playground
Ladná, TJ Sokol Ladná, Sportovní street
Lanžhot, sports hall, Masaryk st. 730, +420 519 336 236
Lanžhot, sports complex, Na Šlajsi 35, +420 519 336 123
Lanžhot, sports complex, U Stadionu 4
Lužice, sports hall, sports complex
Mikulčice, playground near the cultural house, +420 518 357 538
Ratíškovice, SK Baník Ratíškovice, +420 605 320 755
Rohatec, Maryša, +420 607 110 468

01Squash courts

Dubňany, Sportcentrum Želva, Hodonínská 1680, +420 518 364 300
Hodonín,
Bratislavská st., +420 518 340 954
Hodonín
, Dolní Valy st., +420 603 231 203

Football Stadiums

Football fields are available in almost every village of Podluží and Hodonínsko

Playgrounds

Grounds, especially designed for ball sports, can be found for example in Hodonín, Cejkovice, Lanžhot, Hrušky, Moravská Nová Ves, Mikulcice, Prušánky, Lužice, Josefov, Dubnany, Rohatec or Tvrdonice.

Sports halls

Hodonín, Lipová alej 23, +420 518 340 857
Lanžhot
, Masarykova 730, +420 519 336 236
Lužice
, U stadionu st., +420 518 357 345

Athletics stadiums

Hodonín, sports complexl  Červených domků, J. Suka 3588/41, +420 518 340 857
Lanžhot
, area near sports hall, Masarykova 22

Beach volleyball court

Hodonín, swimming pool, Sportovní 4186/2, +420 518 354 961

Spinning Centers

Hodonín, Bratislavská st., +420 518 340 954, +420 724 344 464
Hodonín, Komenskéhost., +420 736 624 877
Hodonín, Měšťanská st., +420 518 346 722

Bowling

Čejkovice, Bowling bar Nevada, +420 518 362 065
Hodonín, Jihovýchod, Měšťanská 72, +420 518 341 983
Hodonín, Bažantnice, Lipová alley 1, +420 774 534 384
Tvrdonice, Bowling Tvrdonice, Družstevní 402/1, +420 607 861 241, www.bowlingtvrdonice.cz

Skittle grounds

Hodonín, Kazeto Skittle ground, Velkomoravská st., +420 518 344 455, +420 602 777 591
Hodonín, Jihovýchod, Měšťanská 72, +420 518 341 98
Lanžhot, Hospoda u Bartošů, Dolní 472, +420 519 336 660, www.almara.cz/ubartosu
Prušánky, Občerstvení Na kuželně, Sportovní 139, +420 732 723 224

Relaxation centres

Čejkovice, Sports Pavilion - gym, pool, Školní 800, +420 728 707 585
Dubňany, Sportcentrum Želva - sauna, massages, Hodonínská st.1680, +420 518 364 300
Hodonín, Kazeto Valalta, Velkomoravská st., +420 518 344 455, +420 602 777 591
Hodonín, Spa Hodonín, rehabilitation center, Měšťanská 140, +420 518 395 511, www.laznehodonin.cz
Hodonín, Lipovka Relax club, bří Čapků st., +420 518 305 430
Hodonín, Sports Stadium Hodonín - sauna, massages, Lipová alej 23, +420 518 340 857
Lanžhot, Relaxation Center, U Stadionu 4
Ratíškovice, Fitness-Sauna-Solarium Ratíškovice, Družstevní 1336, +420 607 216 234

Others

Dubňany, Camp Josef, Na Močidlech 1563, +420 603 342 444, www.campjosef.cz
Hodonín
, ZOO Hodonín, U Červených domků 3529, +420 518 346 271, www.zoo-hodonin.cz
Josefov
, Hodonín a Ratíškovice - cynology clubs. Mushroom picking, hunting.

 

Regions Podluží and Mikroregion Hodonínsko, the area between townsHodonín and Břeclav, belong to very interesting and ancient ethnographic regions. The largest part of this area has always been called Podluží. Name is derived from a typical character of this region - stagnant water - called here as „Luže. Podluží is then region under the alluvial forests in southernmost patch of Moravian land, on the right bank of the Morava river, before the confl uence with Dyje river. Variety and diversity of south Slovácko is also provided by villages of neighboring regions - Čejkovice, belonging to the Hanácko´s Slovácko, Ratíškovice and Dubňany, representing Kyjovsko and last but not least, Dolnácko ´s village Rohatec. What is still most associated with these regions, is the rich tradition of folk culture. So, why is it good to come over and what offer local ethnographic regions?

07Mountain driving is an old wine tradition. Men bring on their shoulders „mountain" - it is a barked trunk, at the top of which is fixed bunch of nine flowers. They put the trunk into the pre-dug pit, which is a sign, that no one has an access to the vineyards before the grape harvest. The exception is for pregnant women, children and „hotari" - guards, who used to have big competences in the past. The celebration take place from mid August to mid-September. It takes place for example in Moravský Žižkov, Čejkovice, Prušánky or Josefov.

Traditional wine feasts include vintage. Today, the cultural programme mostly include performances of folklore ensembles, brass bands and cymbalo music and mainly wine and young wine tasting. You will see that in September in Prušánky, but also in other places of the region.

Not only wine growers longingly expect St. Martin´s day. On the 11th of November, the first bottles of wine from autumn harvest are opened. And if the young St. Martin´s wine is good, it means that all wine will be of good quality. St. Martin s feast used to be a time of good food, drink and vigorous joy and it also survived until today, as people like tasting of young wines and they use this opportunity for entertainment and meeting friends. You can attend vintage for example in November, in Moravská Nová Ves.

An important event is also the celebrating of wine. It takes place every year, on the day of St. John the Evangelist (December 27), who was given poisoned wine by his enemies, but after the saint blessed it, the poison lost its effect. We can again recommend Moravská Nová Ves (26.12).

In order to be able to drink wine where it matures and where actually it is at home, we have Open wine cellars days. Historically it results from the traditional visiting of wine cellars and tasting wines by winemakers and their friends. Modern concept is based on the desire to have this selection from a varied collection of wines for all visitors. Magical atmosphere of winecellars, located in the unique landscape of the South Moravia, even amplify the impressions... It is open continuously in all wine villages of both regions.

09The most important folklore feast and major social event of the year, however, are the folk costumes feast, hold in every village of Slovácko. Their climax is almost always on the nearest Sunday of the day of the saint to whom is dedicated the local church. It is celebrated almost everywhere, in every village, however,it slightly differs in the course of the celebrations, in folk costumes and even in the person, who organizes the festival. This feast is exclusively in concern of old men (stárci) and chasa (young men interested in folk culture). Each year, two stárci are elected, each has his own stárka (woman), men sommelier and woman sommelier. For stárci and chasa the preparations begin several weeks before the feast, they have to pick up the May pole for example. The feast begin in the last working days before the Sunday feast, the May pole is rised. On Friday and Saturday the feast area, dance floor and all the other elements are being prepared. During both days, however, celebrations by the cymbalo, with married men´s choirs singing or even with disco take place. In the main feast day the music is provided by brass music. Today, in some villages the feast take place only on Sunday but in others it continues until Wednesday, whereas each day has its traditional scenario (on Monday it is usualy married men feast, on Tuesday girls usually celebrate). A week after, the feast is followed by small feast, which shuts the feast celebrations. It is celebrated from June to November.

Worth visiting also are the folk costume balls, held in January and February by folk costumes chasa in most of the villages. Of course that even without folk costume you can visit this ball.

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The biggest show of folk costumes, folk music and examples of customs and traditions of the south Slovácko, represent the ethnographic festival Podluží in songs and dances in Tvrdonice. Since 1946, the first weekend of June becomes a meeting of all generations lovers of folklore in the local ethnographic areal, where almost a thousand of performers annualy perform. Scenario is firmly fixed: on Friday you can find here brass bands, Saturday is reserved for children‘s folk music, parade of children‘s folklore ensembles and competition in singing and dancing „o stárkovské právo", Sunday is in sign of a solemn Mass and subsequent ride of chasa (young men in folk costumes) on wagons drawn by horses, which s continued by the main program, in which ensembles and Slovácko clubs of Podluží and guests from other regions and even from abroad introduce themselves. You can see here for example typical dance called „verbunk"accompanied bysinging, its beginning falls back to the 18 century, when it was danced by the young conscripts in the army and which is entered on the list of intangible cultural world eritage UNESCO.

Actions

Čejkovice
May: Wine markets
August: Feast
September: Mountain driving
Mikulčice June: Open wine cellars feast
July: Cyril and Methodius pilgrimage
August: Feast
Dolní Bojanovice
March: Spring music festival
June: Corpus Christi – religious celebration
September: St. Wenceslas feast
Moravská Nová Ves May: Day of folk crafts
July: Open wine cellars day and St.
Jacob feast
Dubňany
April: Meeting of married men´s choirs
August: Under the Slovácko´s vineyardbrass
bands parade
October: Feast
Moravský Žižkov February: Public pig slaughtering with
tasting
August: Feast
December: Christmas concert, singing
of carols
Hodonín
March: Competition of children´s folk
singers „Venecek z rozmarýnu Fanoše
Mikuleckého“
July: Water kingdom celebrations
August: St. Laurence feast
September: Feast of wine
Nový Poddvorov June: Open wine cellars day
Hrušky
July: Open wine cellars day
August: Folk costumes feast
Prušánky January: Folk costumes and married
men´s ball
August: Feast
Josefov
March: Burning of Morana
July: Feast with May pole rising
September: Mountain driving
Ratíškovice May: Singing „ Nad Náklem“
July: International festival of brass music hudeb
October: Feast
Kostice January: Folk costumes ball
October: Mountain driving
Rohatec May: Children´ s folklore festival
August: Feast
Ladná February: Folk costumes ball
September: Feast
Starý Poddvorov June: Children´s folk costumes feast
August: Feast
September: Pumpkin weekend
Lanžhot February: Carnival
August: „O lanžhotský pregulnák“ – meeting
of folk storytellers
September: Feast with May pole rising
Tvrdonice June: Podluží in songs and dances –
ethnographic celebrations
September: Feast
Lužice February: Carnival
July: Wood – Stone sculptural sympozium
and Cyril and Methodius feast
Týnec

January: Folk costumes ball
September: Feast
November: Girl´s coronet

Hodonínsko and Podluží are interlaced with a number of local, regional and international cycle trails, cycle lanes or interesting cycling sections. The most popular of these are regional Moravian wine trails, above all the Moravian wine trail of Podluží, Moravian wine trail and Mutenice trail. These wine trails lead through the attractive places in the South Moravia region and they also go through Podluží and Hodonínsko. Their length is always over 100 km and thus are a long-distance routes for rather trained cyclists. Our territory is also intersected with the National trails, concretely with number 43, 44, 45 and 47. They are, like most local cycle trails, led on the field or forest roads or on the local, less busy roads, safer for cyclists and pedestrians. For lovers of hiking, there are in particular suitable paths leading through the alluvial forest; undoubtedly an attractive target for cyclists and hikers represents the confluence of the Morava and Dyje river, near Lanžhot. Length of presented routes is usually less than 50 km. Even so, you will need a few days to get over them. Shortly we will introduce unmarked routes at interesting locations of Podluží and Hodonínsko, including recommended stops.

The big circle of Hodonín (86 km )

Hodonín (ZOO) Lužice (natural swimming pool Lužák-Cihlna, refreshments) Josefov (known for Rowanberry tree within wine cellars area) Prušánky (Nechory- wine cellars area with a stop at the local wine growers) Nový Poddvorov (lookout of the Podluží) Cejkovice (castle, the Templar´s cellars, birthplace of T.G.Masaryk) Cejc (rest with petanque in the park by the church) Mutenice (wine-cellars area called Búdy) Dubnany (a local sport center called Želva and local swimming pool) Milotice (castle) Vacenovice (ride on the horse in Rúdník area) Rohatec (pleasant sitting near wharf Prívoz) Hodonín (wharf called U Jezu).

The small circle of Hodonín (56 km)

Hodonín (swimming pool) Lužice (Old Letty museum) Josefov (wine tasting in the wine cellar streets) Prušánky (Nechory-wine cellars area) Nový Poddvorov (lookout of the Podluží) Mutenice (wine cellars, sweetshop, bed and breakfast San Marco) Dubnany (exhibition focusing on mining and glass industry) Ratíškovice (railbike tour, fish restaurant Bašta u hliníku) Rohatec (refreshments and a children‘s playground at Cycle Cafe) Hodonín (town square with a fountain near the City Hall)

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Hodonín´s circle Podluží (26 km)

Hodonín (singing fountain on the Masaryk square) Lužice (sports area, sports hall) Mikulcice (Slavic fortifi ed settlement) Moravská Nová Ves (water tank below the village) Týnec (stop at the oak near the chapel of St. Mary) follow up to a magical English alley in the alluvial forest and then back through Lužice (Old Letty Museum) Hodoní (children‘s playground in the local ZOO)

Around the river and alley (67 km)

Lanžhot (Ranšpurk Nature Reserve, game-preserve Soutok) further along the international cycle trail (links at the border bridge to the cycle trail on the embankment of the river Morava) through the Mustang ranch and Myslivna (Moravská Nová Ves) up to Mikulcice (Slavic fortified settlement) Lužice (natural swimming Lužák-Cihelna ) Mikulcice (sweetshop and Chapel of St. Roch) Moravská Nová Ves (old square, a cemetery with gravestones from Franta Úprka). From here through the English alley in an alluvial forest with characteristic fauna and flora and then back to Lanžhot.

14Trail full of vineyards and folklore (35 km)

Prušánky (Nechory-wine cellars area) Josefov (wine cellars area with Rowanberry tree) Mikulcice (wine cellars street, sweetshop and Slavonic fortified settlement) Moravská Nová Ves (wine cellars streets called Výmol and Zátiší) Hrušky (cultural and social center, sports and wine resort Na Sklepách) Moravský Žižkov (modern church of Our Lady Victorious, wine cellars lane) Prušánky (baroque church of St. Isidor)

Cycle repairs and Cycle rentals

Cykloservis Milotice
Dědina 272, 696 05 Milotice, +420 603 503 171
www.lokakundrata.cz
Půjčovna jízdních kol - Zámek Milotice
Zámecká 1, 696 05 Milotice, +420 518 619 054
www.zamekmilotice.cz
Cyklo - Kropáč Hodonín
Masarykovo náměstí 26, 695 01 Hodonín, +420 731 104 294
www.cyklokropac.cz
Cykloservis ŠTELA, s.r.o.
Velkomoravská 415, 696 18 Lužice, +420 602 732 350
www.stela.cz
Moravské vinařské stezky
www.stezky.cz
Greenways
www.nadacepartnerstvi.cz
Půjčovna jízdních kol - Penzion Václav
Hlavní 40, 696 17 Dolní Bojanovice, +420 775 225 584
www.penzion-vaclav.cz
Cykloturistika Jižní Moravy
www.cyklo-jizni-morava.cz
Cykloturistika
www.nakole.cz
Půjčovna jízdních kol - Penzion Nechorka
Záhumenní 515, 696 21 Prušánky, +420 737 402 218
www.nechorka.cz
Certifikace služeb pro cyklisty
www.cyklistevitani.cz
Rozvoj cyklistické dopravy
www.cyklostrategie.cz


 

 

 

16South Moravia was always synonym for a rich and fertile region, which even today, when the pressure of global cultural trends is huge, has a genuine and impressive folklore strongly linked with a diverse range of quality Moravian wines and unforgettable taste of traditional regional cuisine.

It is agricultural tradition, countless numbers of active winegowers and vineyard lines, which along with plenty of sunshine and the diversity of soil create favorable conditions for the growth of wine and potentional wine tourism in South Moravia. Vineyards, wine cellars and wine cellar lanes have always made unmistakable character of the Moravian, or Slovácko´s countryside and in the Word, you actually hardly find another region where it would stand so many family wine cellars and small vineyards.

Just like that it is in Podluží and Hodonínsko regions. Wine, live wine traditions and wine tourism are an integral part of every village of this southernmost part of Moravia. Our invitation to visit our undeniably odd area is not only in the form of this text, that is about wine and those who produce it and take care of it, but also in the form of a folklore and wine events in Podluží and Hodonín. Slovácko subarea, where Podluží and Hodonínsko form its the most southern part, with flatlands and slope vineyards on the terrain fault to the Kyjovka river, lies in the southeast of Moravia and has very diverse natural conditions. This sub-area covers 115 villages, 8627 farmers and 4534 ha of vineyards. Right here, the most diverse enviromental conditions can be found.

From the dictionary of wine-grower

Unless stated otherwise, the drink „wine" is made from grapes (Vitis vinifera). If there is other fruit used for the production, it has always to be used the name „fruit wine". Another common mistake in terminology is an incorrect labeling of grapes as a „wine" - it is necessary to distinguish grapes (fruit - fruit of the grapevine) and wine (drink made from the grapevine).

Winemaking process

The basic raw material for the wine production are fresh grapes. The harvesting of grapes, in our conditions, starts from the end of August (very early varieties) and finishs in the end of November (late varieties). There are some exceptions in harvesting during winter months, in freezing temperatures, for ice wine production.

Removing of stems and seeds

As soon as possible after the harvest , stems and seeds are separeted from the grapes. This process is called „odzrnení - removing of grains". (because the old designation of the grapes is „grain"). Thus separeted grapes are called as „wine mash".

White wines production

For white wines, the mash is pressed very early. This time can range from several minutes up to several hours. Most of the time the mash macerates for 3 to 6 hours, and that is for better extraction of aromatic substances, which are stored in the skin of the grapes.

18Red wines production

The red wine production differs from white wines. The mash is pressed once it was leavened together with skins. In fact, in the skin there is concentrated colouring, that is extracted through the fermentation to the mash.

Pink ( Rosé) wines production

With the pink wines, the mash of blue grapes is left several hours in order to evoke a partial release of the red dye from the skins. Then the mash is pressed and further processed as with white wine.

Pressing

The must and pressed skin of grapes called „matolina" are separeted by pressing. Must yield percentage generally ranges from 60 to 80%. After pressing, the must is usually defecated. If the red wines sugar content is increasing, this is done immediately after removing of seeds and stemps, so that the added sugar ferments with the mash.

Fermentation

For white wines, the must leavens right after pressing. For red wines, the mash leavens (it is so must together with skins). The fermentation can occur either spontaneously or by using special yeast strains. Fermenting must is called „burcák". For red wines, there is often made, after the main fermentation, so called malolactic fermentation, That is a process where tarttasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid.

Vinification

Vinifi cation is the process of handling of wine from fermentation to preparation for bottling. This is particularly bottling, sulphuring, clarification and filtration.

  • Aurelius -Wine of deeply yellow-green color and of honey taste, In the aroma we can fi nd the notes of spring honey, pineapple and overripe kiwi.
  • Chardonnay - Fresh, fruity and intensive wine of a light yellow color with an aroma reminding of unripe apple or pineapple, watermelon, banana, eventually citrus fruits.
  • Moravian Muscat - Wine of yellow-green to golden-yellow color, with aroma of mandarin, banana and other tropical fruit turning into floral tones and sweet smelling taste, with harmonized acidity.
  • Müller -Thurgau - A cross-breed of Gutedel and Riesling makes a delicious, often flowery wine with a slight tone of muscat aroma and mild acidity, aroma reminiscent of green apples, lemons, black currants, muscatel or green pepper.
  • Neuburger - Wine of light golden-yellow color, flowery and mineral aromas later turning to the fruit and cream aromas.
  • Pálava - Aromatic wine of golden-yellow color with a long, full taste and aroma of spices, muscatel and vanilla.
  • Pinot Blanc - Variety of French origin, offering a wine with a spicy bouquet, decent almond tones and delicate aromas of green apples, pears or hazelnuts.
  • Pinot Gris - Harmonious wine from a variety of French origin, characterized by fullness, smoothness and a long aftertaste of honey-sweet aroma and orange tones.
  • Welschriesling - A fresh wine of green-yellow color with a spicy acid, fruit flavors and aromas of currants or gooseberries.
  • Riesling - Late maturing variety giving a fine elegant wines with higher acidity and bouquet reminiscent of apple, peach, grapefruit, rose flowers, honey or fresh coffee.
  • Sauvignon - Full-bodied wine with a refreshing tones reminiscent of green fruits with aromas of lemon, currants, nettles or breath of asparagus.
  • Sylvaner - Wine of yellow-green color with a slightly spicy touch and a higher amount of acids, especially at the beginning we can look for gooseberry tones.
  • Gewurztraminer - Wine of intense golden-yellow color with spicy honey aroma and taste, in which we find for example tea rose, honey, sultanas, tropical fruit, violet, ginger or cinnamon.
  • Gruner Veltliner - Currently the most widespread variety, the wine is of yellow- green to straw color with aromas of lime-blossom and lightly black pepper and spicy taste.
  • André - Dark garnet-ruby color with aromas of ripe blackberries, grounded with firm tannins and acidity in young wines and with certain fullness and sufficiency of fruitiness of mature bottled wines, which increases the fullness and typicalness of red wine.
  • Cabernet Moravia - Dark garnet color. Aromatic compounds of blackcurrant, typicall for Cabernet varieties, are associated with the fruitiness and well structured tannins, which give, after bottle mturation, pleasant complex typical for red wines from northern areas.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon -Dark garnet colour, sometimes with blue reflections. Typical is the nose of blackcurrants, and, depending on the ripeness of the grapes, even the scent of cherries, blackberries, tobacco, cedar wood or jam. The wine is opulent, having a very lengthy finish, and in cases where the wine has matured in bottle, it has a velvet suppleness. Young wines usually possess aggressive tannins.
  • Dornfelder - The wine is of excellent quality, dark red color, fine aromatic smell bouquet and taste. For its intense color, it is ,in Germany, valued as a raw material for enhancing the color of red wines and for aging in barrique barrels.
  • Lemberger - Dark ruby colour. In young wines the high acidity dominates over other characteristics. Once over the harder tones of youth one will find spiciness combined with fruitiness and an extractive expression typical of red wines from the northernmost wine regions. In the best vintages wines show a nice and smooth character.
  • Merlot - Dark ruby to garnet colouris typical for the variety, and its very attractive sweetish nose of dark cherry or compot which fills out as it matures to include plums, figs and, after bottle-ageing, notes of tobacco, coffee and truffles also makes it very attractive for the majority of consumers. The wines have a supple smoothness and are highly attractive with a long finish.
  • Blauer Portigieser - Light ruby colour, with a youthful nose of flowers, are the most typical attributes of these wines. The wine is low in tannins, light, very pleasant to the nose and palate, succulent and harmonious.
  • Neronet - Very deep red colour with blue reflections. On the nose one may discern indications of blackcurrant along with cherry. The wine has a medium to full body and lends something of the character of southern wine regions with its expressive tannic structure.
  • Pinot Noir - Pale ruby to brick-red colour with a golden rim. Aromatic substances in young wines are those of strawberries, forest fruit, black cherries, and later express themselves as damsons, plum povidl, with a touch of leather, smoke or rotting leaves added. Acidity is soft as are the tannins.
  • Saint Laurent -The wines are of dark garnet colour with violet reflections. Their expression of harsh tannins is accompanied by the aromas of morello cherries and blackcurrants. Wines are of medium to full body, after ageing in bottle the aggressive character will change into crispness and then finally into a velvety smoothness.
  • Zweigeltrebe - Garnet colour with spicy-fruit palate, having a full nose of sour cherries and other berry fruit. Wines are of differing roundness. In controlled harvests they are more expressive with more complex tannins, giving the wine a smoothness and fine balance.

Wine cellars

The importance of vineculture in the area of Podluží and Hodonínsko is illustrated not only by the cultivated vineyards, but also by maintained wine cellars, wine cellar lanes or wine cellar colonies. Visitors are attracted not only by its picturesqueness, but also by the increasing possibilities to taste local excellent wines and to see the wine cellars.

Among the interesting wine cellar sites belong Nechory settlement, with nearly five hundred wine cellars, near Prušánky. Next, we can mention wine cellar street Zlatý kopecek in Cejkovice, Dubnanská hora near Dubnany, V predních a pod Caganovem in Dolní Bojanovice, Výmol, Zátiší a U myslivny in Moravská Nova Ves, Slavín in Ratíškovice, U cihelny, U myslivecké chaty a Tešické Budy in Mikulcice, Hradíštek in Týnec or wine cellar area U hrište in Hrušky. Naturally, we can not ignore Josefovské Budy in Josefov, Výlety in Moravský Žižkov, or wine cellar streets in Starý and Nový Poddvorov, or wine cellars in Lužice, Tvrdonice, Kostice and in Lanžhot. In the major wine center in Cejkovice, it is possible to visit the 650 m long wine cellar built by Templars, whom this village belonged from the 13th century.

Wine events

In recent years, the day of open wine cellars has become a biggest attraction phenomenon in most wine-growing villages of Podluží and Hodonín. These wine events, held annually in various communities in the fi xed term, are dedicated not only to admirers of cellar architecture or wine lovers, but also to fans of local folklore, regional traditions and gastronomy. The most popular are the open cellars in Cejkovice (June), in Tvrdonice (June), in Nový Poddvorov (June), in Moravská Nová Ves (July), in Hrušky (July) and in Mikulcice (August).

Winery in association with ethnographic traditions can also be learnt by the celebrations of „Mountain driving“ or during the vintage. Mentioned „Mountain driving“ can be
visited every year, for example in Týnec (August), Prušánky( August) or Josefov (August). Vintage is offered in Prušánky (September) and Moravská Nová Ves (September). Another important wine event going on in almost every village is the traditional wine tasting, where local and nonresident winemakers may compare the results of their work in the vineyard.

Víno Sýkora
Příhon 1
696 15 Čejkovice
Tel.: +420 518 362 339
Mobil: +420 777 264 243
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www.vinosykora.cz
Vinařství Ing. Richard Tichý
Hlavní 34
691 56 Hrušky
Mobil: +420 603 932 443
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www.bonuseventus.cz
Víno-sklípek v Moravské Nové
Vsi - Ivana Tomanová
Polní 32
691 55 Moravská Nová Ves
Mobil: +420 777 561 535 (545)
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www.vino-sklipek.cz
Winery Esterka
Újezd 672
696 15 Čejkovice
Mobil: +420 774 921 149
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www.vinoesterka.cz
Vinařství Nešpor Jiří
Úzká 493
691 56 Hrušky
Mobil: +420 608 636 041
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Vinařství Maděřič Ludvík
Prušánská 318
691 01 Moravský Žižkov
Mobil: +420 605 284 266
Mobil: +420 603 277 679
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www.vinarstvimaderic.cz
Vinařství Blažek Antonín
Sklepní 153
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice
Mobil: +420 775 955 255
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Vinařství Šmerák
U Hřiště 507 (Sklepní E71)
691 56 Hrušky
Mobil: +420 777 007 453
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www.smerak.cz
Vinařství Sůkal Milan
696 16 Nový Poddvorov č. p. 63
606 146 552
Tel.: +420 518 373 061
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www.bonuseventus.cz
Vinařství Komosný Josef
Nová 315
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice
Tel.: +420 518 372 283
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www.caganov.cz
Vinařství Blažek
Tvrdonská 5
691 52 Kostice
Mobil: +420 721 683 008
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www.vinarstviblazek.cz
CROY Concept, s.r.o.
Slovácká 462/3
691 53 Tvrdonice
Mobil: +420 776 036 338
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www.ecroy.com
Vinařství Maláník
Hlavní 261
696 19 Mikulčice
Mobil: +420 723 840 935
Tel.: +420 518 357 670
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www.vinarstvimalanik.wbs.cz
Vinařství U Hejtmanů
Nová 85
691 52 Kostice
Mobil: +420 608 830 082
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www.uhejtmanu.com
Vinařství Uher František
Kostická 3
691 53 Tvrdonice
Tel.: +420 519 339 125
Mobil: +420 736 209 460
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Vinný sklípek Černý
Vinařská 29
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice
Mobil: +420 723 023 353
Tel.: +420 518 357 424
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www.sklipekcerny.cz
Vinárna pod Víchů
- Vítězslav Osička
Komenského 90
691 51 Lanžhot
Tel.: +420 519 336 213
http://pod-vichu.sklepymoravy.cz
Vinný sklípek Tvrdonice
Sklepní 153
691 53 Tvrdonice
Mobil: +420 608 776 881
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www.sklipek-tvrdonice.cz
Vinařství Beneš
Na Kanadě 377
691 56 Hrušky
Mobil: +420 607 829 755
Mobil: +420 723 731 519
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www.bonuseventus.cz
Vinařství Ing. Petr Marada
Mikulčice 598
696 19 Mikulčice
Mobil: +420 777 713 460
www.vino-marada.cz
U Kosíků
Tabule1
691 53 Tvrdonice
Mobil: +420 777 674 172
Mobil: +420 608 760 954
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Vinařství Čapka Karel
U Zbrojnice 344
691 56 Hrušky
Mobil: +420 737 857 891
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www.vinocapka.cz
Vinařství Miroslav Ištvánek
Josefovská 282
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice

 

11Podluží and Hodonínsko are regions not only rich in history, unique in their expression of human life, captivating by unique alluvial forests, but they are also regions of fine wine cellars or wine houses with painted porchs, country of wines and vineyards, regions of warm and hospitable people. If you really want to get know this compelling Moravian region, taste some local goodies, which are known and popular far and near. People who visited Slovácko would confirm, that the local cuisine is renowned for its taste and honesty in the use of all ingredients. Well, love goes through the stomach ...

Soups are an inseparable part of the Moravian cuisine. „Sample" for example local „fazulnica se šlíšky a uzeným masem" (bean soup with potato gnocchi and smoked meat) or pea and lentil soup - pulses are the main ingredients in preparing the menu here. Excellent is onion or potato soup or do you prefer chicken broth with meat and noodles? Just choose ... Among the traditional goodies of Slovácko´s cuisine belong cakes, without which any family celebration or feast cannot take part. For example, during the feast is baked around 420 pieces of these sweet delicacies in the families. For this amount, the dough is made of one liter of milk and cakes are then filled with cottage cheese, damson-cheese, poppy seeds and nuts and are sprinkled with crumbs of butter, flour and sugar. There is enormous variations of food of flour and of potato dough, in Podluží. Definitely worth tasting is a traditional „pery (guliváry)" - yeast dumplings filled with fruit, „laty - presnáky"- potato pancakes, donuts, „trdelník" - yeast tube sprinkled with walnuts or cinammon or special fried cakes called Blessing. From the flour there are prepared and cooked various dishes - potato „gnocchi with poppy seeds, dumplings, halušky and much more. Very popular are also sauces here - dill, garlic, onion, tomato, horseradish, cucumber, etc.

Particularly famous in Slovácko are pig-slaughterings. Who would not make mouth water when having thoughts of warm boiled pork with apple-horseradish, baked blood sausage and white pudding, smoked lard, grilled knuckle of pork with marinated peppers - called goat horns, crispy greaves or just savoury bread with lard and fermented cucumber. Together with excellent food go no less good drinks - plum brandy, apricot brandy, cherry brandy, pear brandy and wine brandy, simply spirit of all over growing fruit of plum, apricots, but also pears, cherries and wine. One sip of plum brandy in the morning not only extend blood vessels, but also serves as an prevention and „starts" the whole organism into a new day. But we must not forget the good wine. The local wine tradition offers a plenty of great flavours, bouquets and experience in the varieties of white and red wine. And if you want to get to know something more than what its price is, please drive directly to the wine-growers, there live couple of them in every village. You will have an unique opportunity to peep into the wine-cellar basement, to admire the beauty of old winepresses and wooden barrels and sample a wine you find the most delicious. It is very advisable to visit Podluží and Hodonínsko in the autumn. At that time, many places offer, next to the young wines, so called St. Martin goose with red cabbage, potato dumplings or „lokše"- potato pancakes.

Traditional food from Podluží

12(how it has been done since the days of our grandmothers)

Potato pancakes („lokše" or „presňáky", in Slovácko also known as „laty", „patenty") Mix plain flour, eggs, pinch of sugar and salt, grated potatoes (which were cooked the previous day), a little of milk and prepare the dough. We roll out pancakes from the dough and bake them on the heated dry plate on both sides. After baking, lightly spread on melted lard or oil. It is also possible to spread over a filling of grinded poppy seeds, sugar and damsoncheese or damsoncheese itself. Rollup the pancakes and serve. Without the filling they are excellent togeteher with our been soup.

„Neoveská" been soup („fazulnica")
Bean soup with small white beans, into which are added big noodles or sweetened lumps of potato puree (gnocchi) before the completing. It is very pottage, almost like a porridge.

Been soup
Broth soup with meat (smoked meat, smoked pork knuckles sliced into cubes, pepper sausages, bones with meat), potatoes, root vegetables, onion and garlic. Do not forget to add bay leaf, whole allspice, black pepper and marjoram, before serving it is better to take out bigger spices. After „fazulnica" we recommend baked or fried foods eg, lokše, cakes, pies, often with no filling, it depends on your taste).

„Praménky"
This dough is very similar to the fancy bread dough, but it is not so sweet. Roll out the dough into individual strands and spread with butter, wreath tree strands into o twist . It is a good side dish for the bean soup.

„Guliváry" (yeast dumplings filled with fruit)
Use plain flour, a little sugar, a pinch of salt, yeast, milk and eggs and work dough and let it heave. Spoon the dough into pieces, slightly stretch out the piece and fill with preserved fruit (plums, apricots) and let it heave again. It can be boiled in hot water until coming up (2-3 minutes) or steamed about 15 minutes (you eliminate the following heaving then). After cooking, put into sealable bowl or cover with cloth. You can sprinkle it with sweetened fresh breadcrumbs, with a little of butter or with sweetened ground poppy seeds and butter, finely you can mix it with sweetened cottage cheese.

13„Pěry"
Pour a medium-coarse flour into a bowl, add eggs, a pinch of salt, yeast (milk, sugar, yeast, a little of flour), 3 to 5 boiled grated potatoes and then work potato dough. It it also possible to add a little of cooking soda which loosen the dough. Leave it rise. Make pieces with the spoon and put them on the floured rollingboard and fill them preferably with fresh plums. Boil in water or steam. After cooking, take the „pery" out and put them into a bowl, mix with sweetened ground poppy seeds, grease with melted butter or lard, or sprinkle as „guliváry". At this point it has to be noted, that the food names guliváry, pery and pirohy are not uniform in all municipalities in Podluží.

Feast butter cookies
Pour 2 kg medium-coarse flour into a large bowl, add yeast from 0.75 to 1 liters of milk and sugar, 8 egg yolks. Mix in 1 and 1 / 2 of melted butter, vanilla sugar, a little salt. Work the dough properly, let it rise. For the filling you need to get ready 2 kg of cottage cheese, sugar, vanilla pudding and whole egg. The filling should be reasonably sweet, not too wet to run out, but at the same time not too mouldering. As a filling you can also use ground walnuts, sweetened and steamed with hot milk, possibly flavoured with a little of rum. For the crumb we need a soft butter, sugar, flour. Sprinkle the crumb over the cookie before baking, or we cut it into small cubes in advance. Keep refrigerated. Cut the dough with small spoon and put the pieces on the floured rolling-board, fill with sultanas, cottage cheese, poppy seeds, ground walnuts. Fold up the cookies, dip one side in the beaten egg and then in a crumb. Put the cookies in the baking tin (30 pieces in one) and leave it rise for a moment in a warm place. Bake in a preheated oven to golden brown. You will get 14 baking tins from one dose of dough.

Accommodation

Čejkovice

Budišová Jarmila - ubytování Kalábková Jana - ubytování Šťavík Michal - ubytování
Na Větřáku 611 Na Větřáku 290 Areál sklepů Za Valama
Mobil: +420 723 750 178 Mobil: +420 776 309 880 Mobil: +420 608 628 523
696 15 Čejkovice 696 15 Čejkovice 696 15 Čejkovice
Hotel a penzion Albor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.ma-xx.cz/ustaviku
Masarykova 309 Penzion v parku Ubytovací zařízení - Zemědělská a.s.
Tel.: +420 518 362 333, 518 362 695 Wurmova 724 Bílovická 950
696 15 Čejkovice Tel.: +420 518 362 648 Tel.: +420 518 362 605
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www.albor.cz 696 15 Čejkovice This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hotel Zámek This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.zemedelskaas-cejkovice.cz
Templářská 1 www.penzionvparku.cz Ubytování na Zlatém kopečku
Tel.: +420 518 362 538 Penzion Vinopol K Marku 330
696 15 Čejkovice Pod Zámkem 3 Mobil: +420 608 236 763
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Vinařství Hřiba - Penzion This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.zlatykopecek.com
Včelín 771 www.vinopol.cz
Mobil: +420 728 020 800
696 15 Čejkovice
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Dolní Bojanovice

Chalupa s vinným sklepem Penzion Václav Ubytování Pod Čaganovem
Sklepní areál Pod Búdama Hlavní 406 Sadová 509
Mobil: +420 606 237 126 Mobil: +420 775 225 584 Mobil: +420 776 043 493
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice 696 17 Dolní Bojanovice 696 17 Dolní Bojanovice
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www.chalupasvinsklepem.cz www.penzion-vaclav.cz www.caganov.wz.cz
Penzion Pod Čaganovem Sportovně-společenské centrum Orlovna
Nová 315 Úvoz 967
Mobil: +420 728 844 685 Mobil: +420 602 573 872
696 17 Dolní Bojanovice 696 17 Dolní Bojanovice
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www.oreldb.unas.cz

Dubňany

Camp Josef Penzion Ludmila Ubytovna p. Lukeš
Na Močidlech 1563 Nádražní 1217 Nádražní 1000
Mobil: +420 603 342 444 Tel.: +420 518 365 146 Tel.: +420 518 364 431
696 03 Dubňany 696 03 Dubňany Mobil: +420 603 322 847
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Penzion J&M Penzion Vinařský dům
Nádražní 1453 Hodonínská 306
Tel.: +420 518 366 217 Mobil: +420 777 201 716
696 03 Dubňany 696 03 Dubňany
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www.ubytujmese.cz www.vinarskydum.com

Hodonín

ABP ubytovna Penzion Kolařík Ubytovna Muzeum
U Elektrárny 3066/1 Svatopluka Čecha 4a Kasárenská 1022
Mobil: +420 603 509 190 Mobil: +420 777 732 384 Mobil: +420 607 851 686
Mobil: +420 603 885 384 695 01 Hodonín Mobil: +420 604 413 665
695 01 Hodonín i This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 695 01 Hodonín
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Penzion Lipovka This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.ubytovna-abp.cz Lipová alej 6 www.nocleh.webpark.cz
Hotel Grand Tel.: +420 518 305 430 Ubytovna TJ SIGMA
Wilsonova 6 695 01 Hodonín U Červených domků 41
Tel.: +420 518 354 097 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel.: + 420 518 321 379
695 01 Hodonín www.lipovka.cz 695 01 Hodonín
www.grandhotel.wz.cz Ubytování „U Hajníka“ Ubytovna U Jezu
Hotel Krystal Měšťanská 53 ul. Legionářů (areál přístaviště)
Pančava 49 Tel.: + 420 518 353 435 Mobil: +420 731 483 635
Tel.: +420 518 391 311 Mobil: +420 723 938 201 695 01 Hodonín
Mobil: +420 606 632 898 695 01 Hodonín Ubytování v soukromí Knápková
695 01 Hodonín This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Sc. Viatora 35
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.rajsky.wz.cz Mobil: +420 732 274 636
www.hotel-krystal.cz Ubytování v RD 695 01 Hodonín
Hotel Panon Štefánikova 70 Penzion Budvarka
Koupelní 4 Tel.: + 420 518 353 435 Měšťanská 10
Tel.: +420 518 341 243 695 01 Hodonín Tel.: + 420 518 340 324
Tel.: +420 518 341 244 Ubytování v soukromí „U Pazderků“ 695 01 Hodonín
695 01 Hodonín Očovská 2438/6 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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www.hotelpanon.cz Mobil: +420 737 383 745

695 01 Hodonín

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Hrušky

Hrušecká stavební a.s. - ubytovna Kulturně společenské centrum Hrušky Ubytování „Na sklepách“
U Zbrojnice 588 Břeclavská 427 Sklepní 209
Mobil: +420 603 166 516 Tel.: +420 519 322 906 Mobil: +420 775 175 901
691 56 Hrušky 691 56 Hrušky 691 56 Hrušky
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www.hrusecka.cz www.hrusky.cz www.ubytovani-nasklepach.ic.cz
Ubytování u Vyrubalíků
U Hřiště (areál sklepů)
Tel.: +420 519 343 335
691 56 Hrušky

Kostice                                                   Ladná

Penzion Kostice Ranč Ladná Ubytování Ladná – Miloslav Balga
Nová 85 ul. Masarykova Lužní 6
Mobil: +420 608 830 082 Mobil: +420 602 731 102 Mobil: +420 777 302 305
691 52 Kostice 691 46 Ladná 691 46 Ladná
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www.penzionkostice.com www.rancladna.cz www.ubytovani-ladna.cz

Lanžhot

Hotel Lanžhot Ubytovací a rekreační areál Ubytování U Pastorků
Nádražní 796 TJ Sokol Lanžhot Břeclavská 14
Mobil: +420 608 821 910 Na Šlajsi 35 Mobil: +420 603 590 932
Mobil: +420 777 721 211 Tel.: + 420 519 336 123 691 51 Lanžhot
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www.hotellanzhot.cz www.lanzhot.wz.cz

Lužice                                                     Nový Poddvorov                                Rohatec

Ubytování Lutes Penzion U Lípy – Zavadil Petr Penzion Maryša
Česká 1 čp. 98 Moravní 2
Tel.: +420 518 357 345 Mobil: +420 723 489 932 Tel.: +420 518 359 239
Mobil: +420 724 119 633 696 16 Nový Poddvorov 696 01 Rohatec
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www.luziceuhodonina.cz

Mikulčice

Chata Brontosaurus Penzion U kostela Ubytování v soukromí
Mobil: +420 724 531 386 U Kostela 263 V dědině 296
696 19 Mikulčice Mobil: +420 731 490 390 Mobil: +420 724 241 974
www.mikulcice.cz 696 19 Mikulčice 696 19 Mikulčice
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čp. 164 www.penzionmikulcice.cz
Tel.: +420 518 357 211
696 19 Mikulčice

Moravská Nová Ves

Bolero - bar, restaurace, vinárna, penzion Penzion Selský dvůr – Zdeňka Hřebačková Ubytování „Na Vyhlídce, L&Z Hřebačkovi
U Dráhy 86 Anenská 778 Na Kopci 575
Tel.: + 420 519 342 134 Mobil: +420 602 735 561 Mobil: +420 776 188 112
Mobil: +420 777 595 588 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves
691 55 Moravská Nová Ves This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Ubytování u Javora
www.bolero.wz.cz www.selsky-dvur.eu Medlov 46
Chalupa Morajda - Kolajová Marcela Penzion, vinný sklep U Terezy a Jakuba Tel.: +420 519 342 171
Hlavní 54 ul. Hliník (areál vinných sklepů U Myslivny) 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves
Mobil: +420 603 259 604 Mobil: +420 721 732 563 Ubytování Za Vodou
691 55 Moravská Nová Ves 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves Luční 694
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www.morajda.cz www.vinnysklep.penzion.com 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves
Oliverius - chata Ubytování „Na mlýně“, Jaroslav Nešpor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Kamenná 652 Výmol 45 www.sweb.cz/petrkoudelka
Mobil: +420 723 286 920 Mobil: +420 602 793 160
Mobil: +420 728 916 329 Mobil: +420 605 808 898
691 55 Moravská Nová Ves 691 55 Moravská Nová Ves
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www.sklepy-podluzi.cz

Prušánky

Penzion Nechorka - Milan Vašíček Ubytování Ing. Ladislav Kovár „U Slunečnice“ Ubytovna Velpa Plus
Záhumenní 515 Dlážděná 656 Areál JZD
Tel.: +420 518 374 339 Mobil: +420 602 707 041 Mobil: +420 604 414 477
Mobil: +420 737 402 218 696 21 Prušánky 696 21 Prušánky
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www.nechorka.cz

Ratíškovice

Club penzion Pohoda Krytý bazén – ubytování Vilka Na mlýně
Vítězná 467 ul. Sportovní Vítězná 880
Mobil: +420 608 826 147 Mobil: +420 737 044 156 Mobil: +420 602 739 141
696 02 Ratíškovice 696 02 Ratíškovice 696 02 Ratíškovice
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web.ubytovani.net/pohoda Sportovní 1310 www.namlyne.com
Slovácká chalupa Mobil: +420 737 044 156
Řádky 903 696 02 Ratíškovice
Mobil: +420 605 089 733 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
696 02 Ratíškovice
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Starý Poddvorov

Penzion Prygl Ubytování u Padalíků
Mobil: +420 608 889 061 čp. 320
696 16 Starý Poddvorov Mobil: +420 728 151 066
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www.padalikovo.cz

Tvrdonice                                                                                                          Týnec

Penzion Lucie U Kosíků - Penzion, Vinárna Kavárna u Melišů
Slovácká 681 Tabule 1 Luční 66
Mobil: +420 608 977 124 Mobil: +420 608 760 954 Tel.: +420 519 342 708
691 53 Tvrdonice Mobil: +420 777 674 172 691 54 Týnec
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www.ukosiku.cz

Baťa´s floating channel

It is a technical and natural monument, built on the Morava river between the years 1934 - 1938 on initiative of Jan
Antonín Bata and it originally used to serve for a transport of lignite from Ratíškovice to Otrokovice´s power station and for irrigation of meadows and fields. It is navigable in the length of 65 km from Kromeríž to Hodonín.
Information and reservation centre of Bata´s floating channel:
Zámecká 2, 698 01 Veselí nad Moravou
+420 518 325 330
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www.batakanal.cz

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Spa Hodonín

It is one of the newest spa facilities in the Czech Republic (operation started in 1979) and it is focused on a treatment of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system.
Měšťanská 140, 695 04 Hodonín
+420 518 395 511 (500, 501)
+420 606 600 723
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www.laznehodonin.cz

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Masaryk Museum in Hodonin

Exhibition on the life and work of the first Czechoslovak president T.G. Masaryk. Temporary exhibitions and other
events are also held in exhibition hall Europe and on the National street no. 21.
Zámecké náměstí 9, 695 01 Hodonín
+420 518 351 834, 518 352 568
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www.masaryk.info

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Museum of oil mining and geology in Hodonín

It captures the tradition of the oil business in the area of the Czech and Slovak Republic, geology of Moravia and
history of investigation and extraction of natural hydrocarbons.
Kasárenská 1022, 695 01 Hodonín
+420 604 413 665, 607 851 686
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www.mng.webz.cz

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Slavic fortified settlement in Mikulčice

Since 1962 it is a national cultural monument, the large fortified settlement from the time of the Great Moravian Empire, one of the presumed mansion of then princes. An archaeological exhibition, circle lane.
Mikulčice-Valy, 696 19 Mikulčice
+420 518 357 293
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www.mikulcice-valy.info
www.masaryk.info

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Museum „In the wagon“ in Ratíškovice

In a pair of railway cars there is a documented history of mining - extraction of lignite (it means brown charcoal) in
the region, subsequent coal transport to Bata´s enterprise in Zlin and present railways in a district of Hodonin. There is a possibility of railbike tour.
Séčka, 696 02 Ratíškovice
+420 724 247 671
www.ratiskovka.com

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Dubňany - Permanent exhibition on the history of mining and glass industry in Dubňany and Hodonínsko

Besides monuments and documentation on mining and glass industry, you can aslo find here collected items related
to the ethnographical events in the village.
Komenského 282, 696 03 Dubňany
+420 518 366 103
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www.dubnany.eu

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Gallery of Fine Arts in Hodonín

The permanent exhibition is composed of the works made by the founding generation of the Association of Moravian Visual Arts artists and other artists of the south Moravian region. It shows the works coming from the end of the 19th century up till the present day works of art. Temporary exhibitions and other interesting events are held here too.
Úprkova 2, 695 01 Hodonín
+420 518 351 051
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www.gvuhodonin.cz

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The Čejkovice castle

Templar (gothic) fortress from the 13th century rebuilt in the castle in the early 18th century, it is a dominating feature of the village - prismatic tower, in the property is now situated hotel and Chateau wine gallery.
www.zamek-cejkovice.cz
www.cejkovice.cz

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Templar wine cellars of Čejkovice

Built at the same time as a fortress, underground area of respectable size, used for storage and aging of wines. Templar wine cellars tours.
+420 518 362 628
+420 602 699 166
www.templarske-sklepy.cz

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House of T. G. Masaryk in Čejkovice

Permanent exhibition on life of T. G. Masaryk. It is located in a house where the family used to live and where the founder of the Czechoslovak Republic spent part of his childhood.
+420 518 362 335
www.cejkovice.cz

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Local museum in Lanžhot

Local museum in Lanžhot Folk culture, examples of folk living in Podluží, reminders of significant historical events, exhibitions held in the courtyard.
Kostická 155, 691 51 Lanžhot
+420 519 336 107
www.lanzhot.cz

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„Old letty“ in Lužice

Permanent exhibition of housing from the turn of the19th and 20th century, an extensive collection of agricultural tools and objects, venue of art, cultural and social events.
+420 518 358 059
+420 606 814 727
www.starykvartyr.cz

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Slovácko´s cottage in Dolní Bojanovice

House no. 217, formerly the property of folk wood-carver František Vymyslický, is now an exhibition house full of equipment of peasant housing in the19th century, you can find here information about the history of folk costumes of Dolní Bojanovice and about local customs.
+420 607 679 901
www.dolnibojanovice.cz

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Wind-mill in Starý Poddvorov

Wooden windmill from 1870, situated on an uphill about three kilometers from the village towards Čejkovice, you can find here information about the original method of processing the corn.
www.poddvorov.cz

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Nechory-Wine cellars are in Prušánky

Village of wine cellars around a mile from the village, there is about 450 wine cellars and cottages, little square, a few streets, some buildings were declared as a cultural monument.
www.nechory.cz

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Zoo Hodonín

Original ZOO was founded in 1976, today it is possible to see here roughly about five hundred animals of one hundred and fifty species, of which more than seventy species belong to the world‘s endangered fauna.
U Červených domků, 695 01 Hodonín
+420 518 346 271
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www.zoo-hodonin.cz

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Rohatec – the wharf

Navigation on the meanders of the Morava river, swimming, camping, possibility to rent a bicycle.
+420 602 702 493
+420 607 110 468
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Nový Poddvorov – lookout on Podluží

Thirty meters high observation tower in the form similar to hoist tower, built on the highest point of the Podluží region.
+420 777 328 052

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Game-preserve Soutok

The large complex of alluvial forest, valuable remnants of primeval stands, the occurrence of rare animal and plant species, the largest game-preserve in the Czech Republic with an area of 4500 ha.

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Rowanberry tree of Josefov

Placed on the second place in the public inquiry Tree of the year 2008, announced by the Foundation of Partnership, it is deciduous hardwood tree (Sorbus domestica), about 200 years old, 188 cm in girth, officially declared as a „Tree of Slovácko“.

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Tips for next visit – Gallery of Fine Arts in Hodonín

  • Galerie „Vednevnoci"
    Národní třída 36, 695 01 Hodonín, +420 518 351 437
  • Galerie Dílo
    Štefánikova 21, 695 01 Hodonín, +420 724 067 043
  • Galerie Kaplička
    ul. Tyršova, 695 01 Hodonín,+420 518 343 366, +420 603 724 849
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  • Galerie „Na schodech"
    Dobrovolského 4, 695 01 Hodonín, +420 518 353 295
  • Galerie originálů
    Masarykovo náměstí 6, 695 01 Hodonín, +420 737 737 184

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