Written by Hana Minarikova
You can hardly find a town with a nicer location than Mikulov City. It is located on the last spurs of Palava Mountains and surrounded by vineyards. Vineyards tell you that you are in the center of the Mikulov Wine Region. The wine is what you can meet here virtually on every step – in picturesque historic streets and also on the castle. The city and its surroundings attract all visitors with active approach to life. The region is crossed with more than 746 miles of cycling tracks, the nearby Nove Mlyny Lakes offer their lagoons to swimmers, fishermen and sailboat riders. Nature, tourism and historic sight lovers will also be satisfied. As Mikulov City is situated in the very heart of the wine region, it also offers vine paths with stops in local wine cellars or wine tasting centres. When talking about wine in the Mikulov region everybody will in the first place remember the traditional Palava Wine Harvest and Wine Festival, held over the second weekend in September in all lanes and corners of the city. Mikulov City with its urban preservation area, Baroque chateau with an exposition on winemaking and a giant cask, and ancient Jewish quarter, is often called the town of historical monuments. The important ecclesiastical monuments of Mikulov are St. Wenceslas´ Church with an ossuary, Church of St. John the Babtist, Saint Sebastian´s Chapel and Eastern Christian Church of St. Nicolas. There are also admirable Renaissance houses in the main square, the Dietrichstein burial vault, Holy Trinity Column and a synagogue in the Jewish quarter. The Jewish cemetery with over 4,000 surviving tombstones is among the biggest ones in the country. Holy Hill is one of the most important dominant landmarks in the Mikulov City. The area was acknowledged a nature reserve in view of the extensive occurrence of rare and protected plant and animal species. A Way of the Cross will guide you to the peak of the Holy Hill with its Pilgrimage Chapel of Saint Sebastian, bell tower and Holy Sepulchre.
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