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The easternmost of the three regions that make up the Czech Republic (the other two being Bohemia and Silesia), Moravia is a real place of contrasts. The north is known for its sprawling cities that once hissed and clanked with mines, smelters and foundries, the vast majority of which failed to stay above water when capitalism washed away communism in the 1990s. By contrast, the south is a soothing, bucolic land of vineyards and wooded hills, towns that time and tourism forgot and a couple of stellar sights that UNESCO just couldn’t ignore. It’s no surprise, therefore, that most visitors head straight for the southern reaches bordering ...

The easternmost of the three regions that make up the Czech Republic (the other two being Bohemia and Silesia), Moravia is a real place of contrasts. The north is known for its sprawling cities that once hissed and clanked with mines, smelters and foundries, the vast majority of which failed to stay above water when capitalism washed away communism in the 1990s. By contrast, the south is a soothing, bucolic land of vineyards and wooded hills, towns that time and tourism forgot and a couple of stellar sights that UNESCO just couldn’t ignore. It’s no surprise, therefore, that most visitors head straight for the southern reaches bordering Austria, where highlights include the Lednice-Valtice area with its castles and follies, the Archbishop’s Palace in Kroměříž and the wine producing regions around Mikulov and Znojmo. Wine also plays a major role in the Czech Republic’s most colorful folk festivals held across the region, the biggest and brashest taking place in Vlčnov, Strážnice and Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. Away from the south-facing slopes and cosseted villagers, Moravia has some incredible industrial and technical heritage sights such as the entire shoe-making town of Zlín and mining museums around Ostrava.

Marc Di Duca
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Marc Di Duca has written and updated more than 40 guides, mainly for Lonely Planet but also for AA, Thomas Cook, Berlitz and Bradt. Having spent the last 20 years exploring the former communist world, his main field of expertise is Eastern Europe and Siberia.

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