Welcome to the Blansko region ...
... welcome to an area endowed with a rich history and priceless architectural monuments, delightful chateaux, romantic castle ruins, stone windmills, the mysteries of technical monuments, a wide variety of ecclesiastical buildings, a tradition of arts and crafts...

Castles and Ruins
  ZThe ruins of a Gothic castle (also known as Blansek - see picture) from the 13th century, set on a limestone headland above Pustý Žleb (Desert Gully) five kilometres northeast of Blansko, on a hill opposite the entrance to the Punkva Caves. It was destroyed during the troubled post-Hussite period at around the middle of the 15th century.
Nový Hrad (New Castle)
  The ruins of a large Gothic castle four kilometres south of Blansko. The extensive site is formed of the almost indiscernible remains of the original Starý Hrad (Old Castle). It was burnt out and half demolished during the Thirty-Year War. It later underwent architectural modifications, during which its former appearance was restored. It now holds “open days” during the whole year, with displays of old weapons, historical sword fighting, period music and craft demonstrations.
  The ruins of a castle in Holštejn Valley around 2.5 kilometres from Sloup. The Hladomorna (Dungeon) Cave, in which many human bones, objects, clothing and medieval weapons have been found, is not far from the castle.
Čertův Hrádek (Devil’s Castle)
  The ruins of a Gothic castle with an unclear history in the Olomučany area around three kilometres south of the centre of Blansko. This mysterious little castle is surrounded by a number of legends. Výrova Skála (Owl Rock), interestingly shaped by frost, can be found not far from the castle.

  This delightful Renaissance chateau is the dominant feature of the town of Blansko (see picture). A number of important people have stayed here, including the doctor and archaeologist Jindřich Wankel and the Austrian writer Ferdinand von Saar. The most important person with a connection to Blansko Chateau, however, is Caroline Meineke, wife of future King of England William IV and heroine of an ancient tale of unrequited love. The chateau park, with its ancient trees, is also adorned with a number of cast-iron sculptures inspired principally by Classical times and the Renaissance. The chateau is now home to the town museum, whose exhibits reflect the tradition of the town’s iron industry and the production of artistic cast-iron in Blansko. Its historical interiors and documentation on the history of research into the Moravian Karst are also of interest.
Rájec nad Svitavou
  The most magnificent example of early classicism in Moravia, with unique elements of French architecture. It also boasts extensive collections of objects made of crystal glass, Chinese porcelain and copper engravings. Its large Empire library, with tens of thousands of volumes, and its remarkable picture gallery are also extremely impressive. In June Rájec Chateau is the venue for the Concentus Moraviae international music festival of thirteen towns.

  The originally Romanesque, now Baroque, Saint Martin’s Church. Its Station of the Cross from the end of the 19th century and the copy of the Body of the Crucified by Myslbek are particularly noteworthy. The ancient bell in the church tower, one of the oldest bells in Moravia, is a valuable monument to the bellfounder’s art. A commemorative plaque to Caroline Meineke is located on the site of the original graveyard in the immediate vicinity of the church.
  The wooden church from the middle of the 17th century (see picture) is unique to Blansko. It was built in Nižní Seliště in Sub-Carpathian Ukraine and consecrated to the Orthodox Saint Paraskiva. An icon of Saint Paraskiva and a number of other icons from the original décor have been preserved as testimony to Ukrainian vernacular art. The chapel is an example of the “Lemkov” type of Ruthenian churches, influenced by the Western European Gothic. It is the oldest chapel of this type in this country.
  The baroque Marian Church of the Name of the Virgin Mary, often called the “Pearl of South Moravia”, was built according to designs by Jan Blažej Santini. It is his largest building constructed on the ground plan of the Greek cross. It has become a famous place of pilgrimage thanks to the statue of the Madonna, to which a number of miracles have been attributed.
  The late baroque Church of the Our Lady of Sorrows from the 18th century by M. A. Caneval has an altar made of black and red marble with a Gothic pieta statue. Members of the noble Salm family lie beneath cast-iron tombstones in the local graveyard.
  The originally early baroque Church of Saint Peter and Paul. The modern main altar, made according to designs by the distinguished artists J. Koblasa and M. Medek, is the only one of its kind in Europe.
  The Neo-Gothic Saint Barbara’s Church. The most important feature of the interior of this brick structure is the “Zwettl Altar”, which comes from the Cistercian abbey in Zwettl in Austria. The late Gothic carving work is, in a certain sense, a unique work of art.
  The modern Church of Saint Joseph was built in the 20th century from a design by L. Kolek. Its shape is reminiscent of a ship, as an image of the church collecting believers on the journey through life and bringing them to the greatest good - God.

An excursion to windmills and the smelting of iron ore
Rudice - windmill
  This windmill of the Dutch type (see picture) now serves as a permanent exhibition of the history of Rudice, mineralogy, speleology, the iron industry, smelting and mining. A geological park is open in the grounds of the mill.
Ostrov u Macochy - brick windmill
  A windmill of the Dutch type, in a private possession.
Petrovice - - brick windmill
  This converted mill of the Dutch type is one of the oldest surviving mills in the area (open on agreement).
Šošůvka - brick windmill
Only the circular foundations of this windmill of the Dutch type have survived to this day.
Josefov - The Františka Ironworks
  The original blast furnace, built in 1748, was a Belgian-type furnace. Today it is the oldest surviving furnace in Central Europe. The entire site, including the surrounding buildings, was the first to be declared a technical reserve in the Czech Republic. The administration building houses an exhibition of the iron industry from the Technical Museum in Brno.
Blansko - the ironworks Klamovka, Paulinka and Mariánská
Černá Hora - Panský Brewery
  Established in around 1530, the brewery presently produces beer of excellent quality (tours possible).

Monuments and memorials
Olomučany - Karel Hynek Mácha Memorial
  One of the memorials in the area known as the “Forest Pantheon”. It was built to commemorate the author of the poem Máj “May”. The walls of the monument are decorated with verses from this work and the legacy of the poet.
Křenek Monument
  The monument lies on the Macocha educational trial near the highest point (Chobot) of the path. It bears the name of the famous traveller and promoter of the Moravian Karst, who died in Oswieçim (Auschwitz).
The Castle Paths Monument
  This interesting monument, with a sundial and quotations from I. S. Turgenev and A. France, lies on the path from Olomučany to Nový Hrad (New Castle).