Situated in the south of Brno, east side of Czech Republic, Moravian Karst is a protected karst view and nature reserve near Blansko City. Moravian Karst is the largest and wonderful karst in Europe. There are five caves system in Moravian Karst includes: Punkva Caves, Balcarka Caves, Kateřinská Caves, Výpustek Caves and Sloupsko-šošůvské Caves. The bordered areas can be explored by public tours. Moravian Karst is a popular attraction among local and international tourist. Most of the tourists visit Moravian Karst in summer. Besides caves, nature reserve is also filled with a good track cycle and hiking routes to be explored.
Moravian Karst Tours
The Katherine Cave, Punkva Caves and Macocha Abyss
If you are planning to visit Moravian Karst, Skalní Mlýn is your starting point to explore the caves. You can buy tickets for this cave and the Moravian Karst ecological transportation. Katherine Cave is the famous cave with its stalactite “The Witch” by the legend Katherine and the lambs which are disappeared. Katherine Cave can be reached by walking for 10 minutes. Cave's famous tourism with children will take around 30 minutes.
Balcarka and the Sloup-Šošůvka Caves
You can go Ostrov u Macochy via Vilémovice-Balcarka caves. These caves are famous for their colored stalactite decoration. You do not need reservation to visit these two caves. Sloup-Šošůvka caves were just renovated. Tour for this cave can be taken from Kůlna or Shed Cave, a popular archeological site. There are two options that you can choose: short routes and long routes. The short routes will take around 60 minutes. However, the Moravian Karst management recommends you to take the long routes. The long routes will take 100 minutes and include 1,670 meters to be explored. By taking the long routes, it will make you healthier.
The Výpustek Cave
Take the turning into Brno from Jedovnice to Křtiny. 1 kilometer from Křtiny, you will find the Výpustek cave which is located in Josefov valley. This cave had an underground system with a unique and extensive ground many centuries before. In 20th century, the space of the cave was influenced by the soil phosphate extraction and the act of Cekoslowakian and German soldiers. During your tour, you will learn something from the cave history include the construction of center military command. Today, it is a part of “The Výpustek Cave in the Křtiny Valley” and “Cave of Ancient Rituals” exhibition. The exhibitions present Výpustek as the old cave in Moravian Karst and “Dragon and Unicorn” cave as the biggest space cave in Moravian Karst. These caves are opened to public.
How to Get Tickets?
It is important to book tickets for visiting the cave before, especially in summer. The Moravian Karst management recommends you to book tickets at least one week before your visit. All things about tickets reservation is provides in The Skalní Mlýn Central Information Service. Reserved tickets should be submitted 40 minutes before getting into Moravian Karst. If late submission, tickets cannot be used and will be offered to others without reservation. The late submission tickets are available everyday especially in the morning. However, tickets can be available in afternoon, make sure you ask the information center about the tickets. Tickets to the Balcarka, Katherine, Výpustek and Sloup-Šošůvka Caves are usually available, and can be purchased without reservation.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Moravian Karst can be accessible by walking. You will walk to visit some caves on this karst. There is a boat also if you want to explore the underground river of Punkva cave.
What Should I Wear?
Whatever is the weather condition in Brno, you should wear warm clothes if you are visiting Moravian Karst. Also, wear the comfortable shoes, sneakers is the best option to visit cave in Moravian Karst. The condition inside the cave is usually cold since there are many stalactites hanging on the upper side of the cave and the temperature is 7–8 °C.
Best Time to Visit
Some of the caves in Moravian Karst are open all year round. However, if you are planning to see the third cave, Sloupsko-šošůvské, you can when Brno on winter season. On winter season, the cave offers a special tours using flashlight.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. You can explore this place by your own since the cave can be accessed by walking.
How To Get There?
Getting into Moravian Karst is easy since it is lined with others tourism place. Public transportations are ready to take you there. Train, automobile in limited numbers, bus and ecological train can be used by visitor. Cableway is also provided directly to the cave.
Entrance tickets can be purchased near to the caves. Only in summer you have to book tickets before your visit.