Welcome to the Blansko region ...
... to the Moravian Karst, a region rich and hospitable, lying at the very heart of South Moravia, beloved by the natives, admired by visitors, celebrated by poets ...

The Blansko region and the Moravian Karst from a bird’s-eye view

  The Blansko region and the Moravian Karst lie between the Drahany Highlands and the Highlands of Bohemia and Moravia, to the north of Brno, the Moravia metropolis. The highest point of the Moravian Karst is Heliąova Skála (613 m), while another prominent peak is the hill known as Podvrąí (590 m) in Veselice, which boasts a modern look-out tower. If you surmount its 168 stairs it offers an enchanting view of the karst landscape.


Water sports and "water sprites"

  Part of this region is the picturesque valley of the River Svitava which is the destination of many water sports enthusiasts in the summer months. The Moravian Karst is drained by the subterranean River Punkva. Jedovnice, and the area around Oląovec Reservoir (see picture) in particular, is a centre for recreation and water sports. The Palava recreation area, with its dam reservoir, offers excellent facilities for relaxation in Blansko itself. You can also relax by one of the many natural and artificial lakes in the region.

The secrets of the Forest Pantheon

  You can also find an unusual natural park in the Blansko region, with a diverse collection of rare and exotic species of tree - the dendrological arboretum in Křtiny. This area of forest not only serves the needs of tree specialists, but also forms an attractive recreation area with an emphasis on the aesthetic effect. The site contains a number of commemorative plaques and memorials, devoted to leading foresters and artists celebrating nature.


The gems of the Moravian Karst above and below ground

  To most of us the words "Moravian Karst" evoke unique stalagmite and stalactite caves. In reality this is an extensive complex of unique natural phenomena stretching over an area of 92 km2. The area can be divided into three parts - the north, drained by the River Punkva; the middle section in the catchment area of Křtiny Stream; and the south which belongs to the catchment area of the Říčky Stream. Of the total number of 1,100 registered caves only four are open to the public, all in the northern part of the Karst (the Punkva Caves, Katherine Cave, Balcarka Cave and the Sloup-©oąůvka Caves). The other caves remain hidden from the public and it is forbidden to enter them, both to protect their rare stalagmite and stalactite formations from indisciplined visitors and, first and foremost, for safety reasons. We recommend the more adventurous and inquisitive of you visit some of the dry caves in the area, most of which are well lit by daylight, which can be explored with no risk of danger, for example Pekárna, Kostelík, Jáchymka, Kůlnička and Kolíbky in Rudice.
The Punkva Caves
  Part of the longest cave system in the Czech Republic - the "Amateur Cave". During your visit you will find yourself at the very bottom of the world-famous Macocha Abyss, 138.7 metres deep. On the way you will pass through a system of enormous domes with magnificent stalagmite and stalactite formations, culminating in Masaryk Dome, the most beautiful subterranean site in the Moravian Karst. The tour comes to a climax with a romantic boat ride on the subterranean River Punkva .
Katherine Cave
  Featuring the largest subterranean dome in the Czech Republic open to the public (97 metres long, 44 metres wide and 20 metres high) and unique stalagmite and stalactite formations comprised of a group of extraordinarily thin stick-like stalagmites as much as four metres high, known as the Bamboo Forest. Musical playback during the tour gives visitors the opportunity of admiring the excellent acoustics of the Main Dome. Musical and choral concerts are held here several times a year.
Balcarka Cave
  A two-storey cave maze of rambling corridors connected by chimneys and high domes, with extremely rich polymorphous and colourful stalagmites and stalactites . The natural entry portal is an important palaeontological and archaeological site where numerous finds of the bones of Pleistocene animals, flint and bone tools and fireplaces made by people from the Late Stone Age have been made.
The Sloup-©oąůvka Caves
  An extensive complex of corridors and domes on two levels, connected by enormous subterranean gorges as much as eighty metres deep. Concerts of chamber music are held occasionally in the Eliąčina (Elizabeth) Cave, with its unique stalagmite and stalactite formations. The caves are also used in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract - speleotherapy. Part of the cave system is the enormous Kůlna (Shed) Cave - one of the most famous and most extensively investigated site of archaeological finds in the country .

  Other remarkable features here include the typical karst canons known as Pustý ®leb and Suchý ®leb (Desert Gully and Dry Gully), the Bílé Vody (White Waters) Sink and, most notably, Amatérská Jeskyně (Amateur Cave), which is however closed to the public. The chilling view into the depths of the Macocha Abyss from Horní Můstek and Dolní Můstek (Upper and Lower Bridge) offers a truly unsurpassable experience. The highlight of the middle section of the Moravian Karst is the Rudice Sink, where the waters of Jedovnice Stream disappear belowground, only returning to the surface at Býčí Skála (Bull Rock) in Josefov after a twelve-kilometre journey through the mysterious underground. Bull Rock is named after the famous bronze statue of a bull found there.

  The extraordinarily rich and diverse range of karst phenomena is subject to strict protection, as is the interesting flora and fauna in the area. This, the largest and most developed karst area in the Czech Republic, was declared a protected landscape reserve in 1956. The most valuable localities are also protected within 14 nature reserves, where numerous unique examples of plants, animals and natural formations are found. The rare flower Cortusa matthioli is found only at the bottom of the Macocha Abyss. Bats, those typical cave creatures, hibernate in the subterranean karst world.

  The ecological transport system in the Moravian Karst respects the interests of nature conservation. You will be taken from Skalní Mlýn (Rock Mill) to the Punkva Caves and back again by train, while a ride in a cabin on the cableway from Punkva Caves to the Upper Bridge on the Macocha Abyss offers an unsurpassable experience.

Cave Open Route length Tour length
Punkevní all-year-round 1170 m 60 min
Kateřinská II. - X. 430 m 30 min
Balcarka II. - X. 600 m 45 min
Sloupsko-ąoąůvské II. - X. 890 m (short route) 60 min
  II. - X. 1670 m (long route) 100 min

Some practical advice in conclusion: in view of the enormous popularity of the caves in the Moravian Karst, they are generally fully booked many weeks in advance, particularly in the summer. We recommend you book your visit to the Moravian Karst (and the Punkva Caves in particular) at least two weeks in advance.

Reservations are handled by the Central Information Service in Skalní Mlýn:
Tel. 516 413 575, fax 516 415 379, email