The Moravian Karst is a beautiful protected nature reserve covering an area a little under 100 square kilometers with a collection of some of the most explored limestone caves in all of Europe. With over 1,100 caverns and gorges (4 of these caves are open to public) it is the ideal location for hikers and nature lovers.
With beauty both above and below ground, the reserve is located just north of the City of Brno in the town of Blansko. The cave systems here are regarded as the largest and most beautiful karst areas in Central Europe and the geological formations and limestone sediments date back to just about 350 million years old.
Each cave is different and unique in its own way with low hanging dripstones that have been carved out over the centuries by rivers and time into the limestone. All throughout the year, you can find both tourists and locals enjoying the sights of what is known as one of the Czech Republics most breathtaking natural locations.
Because of its immense popularity, during tourist season you might have to make a reservation to get a guided tour, but it is definitely worth it to see the caves in person. While you can walk through some of the caves, others have to be seen via a boat because the cave surrounds underground rivers.
Some of the caverns are narrow but most of them open to a large space, some illuminated by lights which bring out the natural colors of the limestone while others remain in darkness so you can experience the raw feeling of the cave. It’s amazing how in darkness you can almost feel the moisture and massiveness. Some of the caves are hooked up with loud speakers which play classical or opera music, echoing off the immense cave walls, you become immersed in the sound and taken on a truly mysterious journey.
Aside from the hiking and cycling trails on the land above, and the enchanting limestone caves below (which were actually used as the inspiration for the caves in the Lord of The Rings) the main attraction of the Moravian Karst is probably the Macocha Abyss. This “abyss” was formed from a cave roof which collapsed and resulted in a gorgeous opening to the clear skies above, some 138m deep or 615 feet from top to bottom.
The Moravian Karst is filled with wondrous sights, but visitors should be advised to use caution as there are many places you could bump your head on the rocks, there is also lots of walking and climbing of stairs in certain caves. But the experience you will have is once in a lifetime!
Check out the some of the interiors of the impressive caves below!
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