The Poodri Region
Written by Nikola Volrabova
The Poodri Region is an alliance of villages and small towns in the Moravian-Silesian Region, which voluntarily united to create a region to boost tourism in the region and to protect the local nature. It units 21 communities and it was founded in 1999; 8 years after establishing the protected landscape area CHKO Poodri which is the region’s core and which is part of the UNESCO Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
It is presented by beautiful landscape along the River Odra near the City of Ostrava. Lowland forests, bogs, meadows, lots of meanders of the river and sets of ponds of European importance provide great opportunities for hiking as well as cycling. The region offers a wide range of tourist trails and cycling trails for all age groups and levels of physical strenghts. Very high quality marked tourist trails for both hikers and bikers are not only meant to be a challenge to break records, they can as well serve as a great guide showing various highlights of local picturesque countryside.
One of the main characterictics of the region are alluvial meadows and ponds which were created during the 13th and 14th centuries. A strip of these alluvial meadows is preserved till today. It goes along the River Odra on both its sides and it is the largest system of flooded meadows in the Czech Republic.
A tip for trip is definitely visiting (hiking or biking) the Jistebnicka Pond System. Many beautiful ponds are situated very closely together and they are only divided by meadows or by dams. With their reed growth and tiny islands, the ponds are ideal for water birds. The trail is lined with old willows and so it is one of the most romantic and beautiful trails in the region.
The region is also rich in historic monuments. Architecture lovers would value the beauties of the Bartosovicky Zamek; a chateau built in Renaissance period with beautiful gardens where is also located the Czech’s largest and oldest plane tree. The Kunin Palace is one of the most valuable baroque palaces in the whole Morava (an east part of the Czech Republic).
For more information about the Moravian-Silesian Region where this place is located click here.