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Oct 13th, 2009, 01:40 AM
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Znojmo - Czech Republic

Hello Everyone,
I just did a search of the Czech Republic and it seems that everyone thinks that the Czech Republic is only about Prague - don't get me wrong Prague is a beautiful city with lots to offer but it is only a tiny part of this great nation.

I would like to let you know about Znojmo. Sitting right in the South of Moravia on the border with Austria.

Very easy to get to, it is on the main Vienna to Prague road and the first town you come to when you go over the border.

There is so much to offer Wikipedia "Znojmo" and you can learn about the 77 wonders of this great little town.

It boasts the youngest National Park in Czech, which was closed throughout the communist times due to it's proximity to Austria, so for many year it remained totally untouched by human hands. It was quickly made a National park after the revolution and many trails for cyclists and hikers have been opened.

There are many historical buildings including the ducal rotunda of Saint Katherine, which contains the oldest fresco in the Czech Republic. These late 11th century paintings support the fact that the Znojmo dukes of that time were not mere local rulers but internationally active politicians, which of course does not agree with what Prague wants history to show.

Another reason to visit is the wine. Every year there are wine festivals from September onwards celebrating the different maturing stages of the wines.

In September there is the well known Vinobrani where copious amounts of burčak (grape juice which is just starting to ferment the approx. alcohol content is about 5% as compared to 11 - 14% wine) is quaffed along with historical processions, mediaeval markets, song, dance and fireworks. Various burčak festivals and weekends follow and a little later in October - November the Nouveau wines start to appear.

If you want a quieter holiday in an unspoiled region of the Czech Republic, where you don't have to be permanently on your guard for pickpockets "Czech" out Znojmo.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 02:17 AM
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Cucumbers?
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Oct 13th, 2009, 03:33 AM
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My wife started making the cucumbers (gherkins) last year from an old recipe from her Grandmother - Super. There is also a cucumber festival in August,where the locals compete against each other for the presitigious best gherkins of the year award (or something like that)
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Oct 14th, 2009, 05:32 AM
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We visted a wine cellar in Znojmo in August when we were in the Czech Republic. We didn't have time to see anything else because we were staying in Telc. On this trip we visited Prague (of course), Cesky Krumlov, Telc, Znojmo, Kutna Hora & Karlovy Vary. So, yes, I agree, there is more to the Czech Republic than Prague.
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Feb 9th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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I agree completely, Znojmo is a lovely town and it is well worth a visit. Also the national park right next door - and the various chateaux of the Lichtensteins, Valtice, Lednice and my favourite, Vranov nad Dyji.

http://www.jeremytaylor.eu/photos/znojmo-south-moravia/
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Feb 9th, 2012, 05:27 PM
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Many nice towns in Moravia.
Jindrich Hradice (sp?) has a very interesting ethnography museum.
Also Buchlovice
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 03:43 AM
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I have just started a new blog about Znojmo at http://visitznojmo.wordpress.com/
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