Stay 8 : Cultural journey in Czech Republic

Stay 8 : Cultural journey in Czech Republic.

Occidental Route

Stage 8/35 - 254 kms


0 km Brno

97 kms Zlin

94 kms Frydek-Mistek

63 kms Bielska-Biala

carte Brno a Bielska Biala

A cultural journey in Brno : a tourist area with thousands years of history

Voyage en Republique tcheque à Brno

Brno Czech Republic
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Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic. It is tourist area for a cultural journey. This city has a history of thousand years and can provide services at European level. It is a university city and a large portion of its inhabitants speak English. In Brno you will have therefore the opportunity to enjoy life in Czech Republic without crowds and exorbitantly priced services, as it is usual in Prague.

Zlin : Its modernist urbanism

Zlín is a city in the region of Zlín, in the South of Moravia, Czech Republic, on the Drevnice river. The development of this modern city is closely related to the shoe company Bata. Thanks to the management of Zlín, the excellence of Bata became famous for the extraordinary social scheme of the company and developed after the First World War, as well as its modernist urbanism. The first registration of Zlín dates back to 1322, when it served as a craft center for the surrounding area of Moravian Wallachia. Zlín became a city in 1397.

Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk (on the road between Brno and Zlín)

This pilgrimage church, built in honor of Saint John of Nepomuk, stands at Zelená Hora, not far from Zdar nad Sázavou in Moravia. Built at the beginning of the 18th century on a star-shaped plan, it is the most unusual work done by the great architect Jan Blazej Santini, whose original style falls between Neo-Gothic and Baroque. The pilgrimage church of Saint John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora, Zdár nad Sazavou, is a masterpiece of an architectural style that lasted during the transition between the gothic and baroque traditions. The church was an important pilgrimage centre since its foundation until 1784, when the monastery was abolished. It continued to be a place of worship, and in the 19th century, the cloister was used as a cemetery, the graves of this period surviving in situ.

The Kromeriz Castle and its gardens (on the road between Brno and Zlín)

The Kromeriz Castle and its gardens are a baroque aristocratic ensemble of residences and ornamental gardens. The "Pleasure Garden" is a rare and complete example of a baroque garden. It was the creative design of Filiberto Lucchese and the execution of its purpose by Giovanni Pietro Tencalla. Count Karel Liechtenstein-Castelcorn acted as their employer for the renovation of the palace into a baroque style in 1664. The castle was the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of Olomouc. It houses a magnificent art collection with pieces by Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters, many of them were acquired by His Grace Karel in 1673. The music archive of Kromeriz, which is the library, is also remarkable.

Frýdek-Místek : A sports city known by the tourists

Mistek Republique Tcheque

Mistek Czech Republic
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The city of Frydek - Mistek is located in the middle valley of the Ostravice River. Its two historic centres have been rebuilt, so you can admire the facades of beautiful Renaissance houses on the origin Zámecké namesti in Frydek, and burgher houses with arch on Namesti Svobody. The city has a wide range of sports and leisure facilities for the most assiduous ones. It is possible to go sailing, surfing and fishing at the artificial lake near Olesna. Some rollerblades can be used at the TJ Slezan stadium or along the Ostravice River. Even volleyball and tennis players have their own space. In Palkovice nearby, you can enjoy skiing. You can use the interesting cycling paths of the city. There are also many parks where you can walk. You can relax along the 3.5 km trail in the natural forest of Frýdek.

Bielska-Biala : A modern city witness to its past

Bielsko-Biała Pologne

Bielsko-Biała Poland
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Bielsko-Biała is a city in the South of Poland. It consists of two former cities on the opposite bank of the Biala river : Silesia Bielsko Biala and Lesser Poland, which merged together in 1951. Bielsko-Biała has a modernist dynamic presence with an associated nightlife, and witness to its past : identifies in its many historic sites such as the Museum of Bielsko-Biała, housed in the castle of the Dukes of Cieszyn from the 15th century, the later Castle of the princes Sulkowski, the Jewish cemetery founded in 1849 and also the Saint Nicholas Cathedral from 1447, which was rebuilt in 1909 - 1910.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska : Great place to be for visiting (about 50 km from Bielska-Biala)

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a town in the south of Poland. It is the great place for visiting the past buildings. The town of Zebrzydow was created in 1617 to welcome a growing number of pilgrims visiting the Catholic cult site. The city rights were expanded and the town reconfigured by Jan Zebrzydowski in 1640, earning the name Nowy Zebrzydow or New Zebrzydow. The Palace of the Czartoryski family was built in 1729-1731. In the 1980s, it was rebuilt. The Habsburg Austrian Empire annexed the city within the context of its invasion of Poland during the first partition of Poland in 1772. In 1887, Jan Kanty Brandys became the owner of the city and around 1890, the name Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was adopted. The construction of the Saint-Joseph Church began in 1905.

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