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Introduction

Sitting on the border with Austria in South Moravia, Czech Republic, Znojmo is the third most important historical city in Moravia. The city is situated on a steep left bank of the River Dyje, and boasts many examples of medieval architecture.

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Sights and Activities

As the ancient world had its seven pre-eminent wonders Znojmo boasts its own jewels. But to name only seven would not do justice to the many other marvels of this town. Locally the people refer to the 77 wonders of Znojmo.

Religious buildings

1. The Ducal Rotunda of the Virgin Mary and St Catherine with the oldest fresco in the Czech Republic, Znojmo Rotunda the oldest fresco in the Czech Republic.
2. St Nicolas’ Deanery Church, the city's most dominant church
3. Archangel Michael’s Church, The consecration to Archangel Michael located at the highest point of Znojmo.
4. St Hippolytus’ Church and the Monastery of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star
containing "The Finding of the Holy Cross", which was painted by the Austrian painter F. A. Maulbertsch (1724-1796)
5. The Virgin Mary and St Wenceslas’s Basilica at Louka, virtualy an encyclopaedia of architectural styles under one roof
6. Dominican Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, where a fragment of the Holy Cross used to be kept
7. St John the Baptist’s Church and the Capuchin Monastery, founded under the surveillance of the Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
8. St Wenceslas’s Chantry, unique two storey chapel
9. St Elisabeth’s Church and the former burgher hospital, the witness of much strife
10. St Rastislav’s Church, Neo-Renaissance styled with some Art Nouveau influences
11. The Way of the Cross and St Anthony of Padua’s Church, perched on the beautiful slopes of the Granice Valley
12. The Flogged Saviour’s Church (Dyje), contains one of the most beautiful Baroque frescoes in Europe
13. Louka Abbey, a massive Premonstratensian monastery steeped in history
14. Minorite Monastery, its buildings include a beautiful 13th century cloister
15. Dominican Monastery, decorative Vienna Baroque style
16. Jesuit College and Grammar School, school of Procopius Divisch (the inventor of the lightening rod)

Fortifications

17. Znojmo Castle, marriage place of the famous Duke of Bohemia, Borivoj II
18. Znojmo Town Hall Tower, the absolute icon of Znojmo and a symbol of the city’s rich past,
19. City Walls, consisting of several rows of walls and ditches, only broken by the four city gates.
20. Znojmo Catacombs, greater than 20 km long covering the whole of the entire medieval city
21. Prague Gate, the V.I.P. entrance to the City
22. Wolf Tower, the Vienna Gate
23. Thick Tower, upgraded in the 16th century
24. Hradiště Walls, built after the 30 Years’ War to try to prevent repetitions

Residences of the nobility

25. Deblin Chateau, a seat of country nobles
26. House of Art, the first Renaissance palace in Znojmo
27. The House of Understanding and City Mint, a late Gothic treasure
28. Daun Palace, a majestic Baroque palace extended by Counts von Daun
29. Goltz Palace, the largest palace in the city
30. Althan Palace, a monumental Baroque palace
31. Ugart Palace, November 17 1805 Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte spent two nights
32. Chaplain’s House, an authentic-looking Late-Gothic palace
33. Tower-like Gothic house No 464, the oldest preserved burgher house made from stone in Znojmo

Pre-Modern and Modern Architecture

34. Villa Krammer and its rocky garden, the hanging gardens of Znojmo
35. Villa Mareš, sensational modern architecture
36. Villa Weinberger, neo-classicist architecture
37. Svoboda Houses, the largest historic building in Znojmo
38. The Virgin Mary Square, influenced by the Place de l´Étoile in Paris
39. Znojmo Civic Society House, Neo-Renaissance Znojmo Civic Society House built in 1881
40. City Theatre, the austere Neo-Renaissance style facade contrasts with the lavish golden Neo-Rococo stuccoes and velvet upholstery interior.
41. The District Court House, a spacious monumental quadratic Neo-Classicist palace
42. “Dyje” Department Store, a controversial piece of architecture from the Communist era

Monuments

43. Kopal’s Memorial, commemorating the victory of the Emperor’s troops in Italy
44. Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer’s House, Clement Maria Hofbauer (1751-1820), patron saint of Warsaw and Vienna, trained here as a baker
45. Vrbka’s Stone, in memory of Anton Vrbka (1860-1939), famous historiograph
46. Procopius Divisch’s Memorial, inventer of the lightening rod
47. Victory Memorial, a controversial monument commemorating the end of World War Two
48. Battle of Znojmo 1809 Memorial in Dobšice, commemorating the last triumph of Emperor Napoleon

The Green Belt

49. City Park, the lungs in the heart of the city
50. Caroline’s Gardens, subtropical flora below the city on a steep slope
51. Granice Forest Park, a forested Canyon
52. Jubilee Park, the pride of the Czechs in Znojmo
53. Cow Mountain, facing historic Znojmo on one side and renowned for its old vineyards on the other
54. Podyjí / Thayatal - Dyje Valley National Park, the Czech Republic's smallest and newest National Park

Belvederes or View Points

55. Granice Valley from Premyslovcu Street, a view of the coutryside from the center of the city
56. Southern Access Pathway at Znojmo Castle, an old path in the heart of the city
57. Northern Passageway through Znojmo City Walls, built in 2001 to access breathtaking views of the Granice Valley
58. Znojmo skyline from the north, silhouetted by the Alps in the far distance
59. Znojmo skyline from the west, rising out from the river canyon
60. Znojmo skyline from the southwest, a view, which has captivated the hearts of many painters
61. Znojmo skyline from the south-east, where the enemy hordes would observe the city
62. Na Vyhlídce Street, from where Znojmo's first Major would enjoy his view
63. King’s Throne, where the King of Poland made haste to help Vienna
64. Sealsfield’s Stone, famous writer Charles Sealsfield (1793-1864), sat and mused

Technical Structures

65. Veteran Car Museum (formerly Municipal Waterworks), positioned on the site of the city’s oldest mill
66. Brewery at Znojmo Castle, an Icon of Znojmo Castle
67. Northwest Railway Bridge across the Dyje Valley, the highest bridge in southern Moravia
68. Red Bridge across the Leska Valley, ninety metres long and twenty-five metres high made from red brick
69. Tunnels in the railway embankment between Dobšice and Suchohrdly, marvels of technical architecture
70. Cross Cellar in Přímětice, the world's largest cellar in the shap of a cross
71. Stone Aqueduct between Znojmo and Citonice, supplies the city drinking water
72. Municipal Swimming Pool in Louka, a daring modern project in front out Louka Monastery

Romantic spots

73. The Cholera Chapel in Hradiste, built as a thanksgiving for saving Hradiste from the cholera epidemic
74. Good Samaritan Spring, legend says that the Samaritan will reward anybody with good intentions who stops here for a while, saying a little prayer
75. "Watering Hill", Napajedla Street where the cows were driven to drink from the river
76. Dyje Quarter and the valley below Znojmo, A romantic riverbank for ideal walks
77. Old Town, Stare mesto, With dwellings for menservants and the city’s executioner

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Events and Festivals

The most important festival is Vinobrani, which is the the begining of September and celebrates the wine harvest.

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Getting There

By Plane

From Brno, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava.

By Train

The railway between Vienna and Znojmo has been refitted and electrified to allow high speed connections.

By Car

Znojmo lies on the main Vienna to Prague Road. Znojmo is 10km from the border crossing with Austria and the first town
which you will arrive at.

By Bus

Znojmo can be reached from all major cities in Czech Republic.

By Boat

There is a river and boat trips are run throughout the season.

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Getting Around

By Bike

Znojmo is a bikers paradise. The newest National Park in Czech Republic starts just across the River Dyje and many km of routes have been opened. Znojmo also sits on the epic "Greenways" Prague to Vienna cycling route.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wifi is available in many restaurants and most cafés, especially in larger cities. In particular, all branches of Starbucks, KFC, Gloria Jeans Coffee and Costa Coffee offer free access. You may need to ask a waiter for the passphrase. There are also some hotspots available on the streets and some city quarters (for example in Prague) offer free wifi coverage for everyone. However such coverage is usually very slow and unreliable and you may need to create an account (using a web browser and the page it is automatically redirected to) to be able to use it. In most larger cities, there are also several internet cafés available.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls
There are three main mobile phone operators using the GSM standard, their coverage is very good (except in some remote, mostly uninhabited areas). If you find using roaming with your own operator too expensive or you want to have a Czech phone number, you can buy an anonymous prepaid card from any of the three main operators.

You can call emergency numbers from any phone for free (even without any card). The universal emergency number 112 is functional and you can use it, however you will reach only a telephone operator who will need to contact the real emergency service for you. To save precious time, it is best to call directly the service you need: 150 for firefighters, 155 for medical emergency, and 158 for state police.

Post

Ceska Posta is the national postal service of the Czech Republic. It offers good services with reliable, affordable and relatively fast delivery of postcards, letters and parcels. Postcards and letters weighing up to 20g which are being sent to countries within Europe cost 17 CZK, other countries cost 18 CZK. Within the Czech Republic, prices start at 10 CZK. Opening times of post offices vary but most of them are open from around 8:00am to 6:00pm or 7:00pm Monday to Friday, closing at noon on Saturday, closed on Sunday and public holidays. Larger and/or central post offices might keep longer hours and some have English speaking staff. You can buy stamps here, or at newspaper stands, kiosks or some small (souvenir) shops. Post offices offer a few other services, like (international) money transfers as well. FEDEX, DHL, TNT and UPS offer courier services as well, with fast but relatively expensive services.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 48.8557968
  • Longitude: 16.04883

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