Pálava hills

Last summer, during our stay in South Moravia, we visited Pálava.

Pálava-South-Moravia

Pálava belongs to the longest settled areas of the Czech Republic where remnants of prehistoric camping sites of mammoth hunters were discovered as well as a world-known ceramic figure of “The Venus of Dolní Věstonice”, a nude female figure with large breasts and wide hips. The figure was found in ash in a Palaeolithic site by Dolní Věstonice in 1925 and is dated to 29,000 – 25,000 BCE. It belongs to the oldest examples of ceramic articles worldwide.

In 1976, Pálava was declared a protected landscape area and 10 years later in 1986 also UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Pálava-South-Moravia

It is a unique area rich in variety of flora and fauna, exceptional in the Czech Republic due to combination of a dry and warm climate of the South Moravia and a limestone bottom layer.

Pálava-South-Moravia

Perhaps best known it is for extensive grapevine growing, wine production and popular wine cellars.

Pálava-South-Moravia

Pálava includes also other small-scale protected areas, most valuable of them situated on the main range of the Pálava Hills, with the highest hill of the range Děvín (550 meters above sea level).

Pálava-South-Moravia

Děvín was our destination so one morning we arrived at the town Pavlov…

Pálava-South-Moravia-Pavlov

…where we left our car and started our trip. First we headed for ruins of a Děvičky castle situated at the top of the hill.

Pálava-South-Moravia-Děvičky

The castle was built in the 14th century and destroyed by Swedish army during The Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century.

Pálava-South-Moravia-Děvičky

We were rewarded for quite a steep ascent with a wonderful view of vineyards and a large “Nové Mlýny” reservoir.

Pálava-South-Moravia-Nové-Mlýny

Pálava-South-Moravia

Then we followed a marked tourist path around the hill which took a few hours.

Pálava-South-Moravia

I wish we were there not on a hot summer day but in late spring when there are many flowers to be seen and the walk is surely much more refreshing. On the other hand, the vineyard sceneries looked wonderful, one can’t have it all at once.

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26 Comments

  1. Sorry for my ignorance but I didn't know Czeck is such a wine country. Did you enjoy wine? It was good "uphill battle" was rewarded with such a gorgeous view. I'd like to see a variety of flora and fauna myself too.

    1. Keiko, I wouldn’t say that the Czech Republic is a wine country because generally the weather is quite cold here for growing vine. This area is special and most of the Czech wine probably comes from here. Czechs from other regions like to come and visit the plentiful wine cellars here.

  2. Red

    You show a very beautiful clean and neat area. The castle history is interesting. I guess they had a view of all the ad guys coming to attack them. After that they got a lot of exercise climbing the hill.

    1. Red, thank you. I love the way the castles were built, typically at the top of a hill so that its inhabitants could defend themselves efficiently. Yet often it was not enough and I was surprised how short history this castle had.

  3. We have just gone through another wintry blast and it is quite refreshing to see green hills, valleys and trees and things blooming. I know Spring is coming, but not by the size of the snow drifts here. Thank you Petra for these lovely views and the castle and all the history. Have a wonderful day.

  4. These are truly stunning images, Petra. The landscapes are beautiful, with such rich colors. I like the simplicity of the buildings in the sixth photo, and the bright colors of their paint. The castle is intriguing to me because we have no castles here. And I love that last shot. Do you know what the stone structure in that photo was originally?

    1. Linda, thank you. The Pálava area truly is exceptional in the Czech Republic.

      I don’t know what the stone structure in the last photo used to be and I wonder whether it was written on that wooden board. Anyway, I don’t remember it and couldn’t find the information on the Internet either…

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