Through visits to various friends, over the years, Znojmo - on the border with Austria – has become the town of Moravia (Morava in Czech) which I know best. This year was the first time I arrived here with my family, because we this is where we chose to stay overnight after our day in Vienna (the car drive between the two destinations only takes an hour).
Of course, we also took the opportunity to discover the town - it has an over 1.000 years of history and is quite picturesque. For our children the most exciting part was a guided tour in the underground tunnels under the historical centre. They were primarily built as storerooms, but were interconnected. In troubled times they served as a retreat and could, when necessary, even be warmed up because the ovens in the underground were connected to the chimneys of the houses above. For Swedes, there is an interesting tale originating in Thirty Year’s War when the Swedish military troops swept through Bohemia and Moravia. Legend has it that the Znojmo residents took shelter in their tunnels and that the Swedish soldiers were frightened of a city where there was smoke from the chimneys although they did not see any people.
Znojmo is the Czech Republic's first and foremost wine town, known especially for its white wine. Therefore we rounded off our day here with a wine tasting in the small village of Nový Šaldorf.
As a detour from Znojmo, we went also to Telč - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site thanks to its 17th century square, lined with Renaissance and Baroque houses with characteristic vaults.
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