Across Ždánice Forest to Kyjov Region

Route tracking:

Bučovice – Kloboučky – U kříže – U Slepice – Lovčice (odb. Ždánice a zpět) – Nechvalín – Ostrovánky - Bukovany – Kyjov – Kostelec - Vlkoš – Vracov – Bzenec

Characteristics:

An attractive, sporting bicycle ride across the Central-Moravian Carpathians, leading in a beautiful nature, from the agricultural region of Litava in the Haná area, through beech forests on the ridge of the Ždánice forest, down to the wine-growing regions of Kyjov and Bzenec of the larger region of Slovácko. On a short distance, within this tour presenting the diverse variability of the landscape and folklore of the Eastern part of South Moravia, we will explore this region of plentiful vineyards, discover oil springs and admire the Carpathian beech forests adjoining to the intensively cultivated agricultural landscape. The less tourists are acquainted with the broken terrain of the Ždánice Forest the more nooks and monuments it hides.

Route parameters:

Route difficulty: Rodina s dětmi
Length: 52 km
Choosing the right bicycle: Krosové
Tourist area: Slovácko
Maximum / minimum altitude: m.s.l. / m.s.l.
Total elevation: m
Total of vertical meters ascended: m

Description:

The town of Bučovice situated at the northern foot of the Ždánice Forest on the stream Litava provides an excellent starting point for its location on the railway line Brno-Veselí and the main artery road E55. Busy traffic in town does not detract from its beauty that has been refreshed after many years particularly by restoration of its main square and the main sights – the chateau built in a romantic location that reflects in the surface of a small lake, and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary located just opposite the chateau across the main square. Both structures share the same typical structural element of low-angled roofs on their towers that gives even a laic public the feel of architectural coherence and the unified spirit of the town.

 

From the centre of Bučovice, which is situated off our trip route starting at the railway station, we leave the town along the Ždánská Street following the cycle trail No. 5097. Follow that trail and the same street also across the village Kloboučky. After the village, continuous urban built-up area ends. We leave this road and many kilometres of asphalt forest roads leading through the Ždánice hills and forests are awaiting us. After a short section along the grassland valley along the stream Klobouček we pass the crossroads at the gamekeeper's house “U Svaté” and enter deep beech forests. After some time, as we come to the camp base Jitřenka, the horizon opens. The camp base situated on the southern slope of the valley, with a pond and swimming pool opposite, is a beautiful vacation spot in the middle of the woods. In its vicinity you will find a witch on a broomstick, water sprite, border booth, and a jocular spring called “Pramen síly Bučánka”. These elements suggest not only that this place is alive but also that those who care about it have a large amount of humour.

 

A little further the forest road bites deeper into the hills and after the crossroads “U zabitého” it ascends in serpentines up onto the main ridge of the Ždánice Forest, where we hit an old trade route called Bohuslávka. At a large junction of forest roads called “U kříže” starts the true Ždánice crest trail along a road covered with a new asphalt surface. The only thing that can disturb our comfortable cycle or in-line ride could be a vehicle of Moravian Oil Mines. This company owns many oil wells on the crest of the Ždánice forest, which is mentioned on a nature trail information board.

 

Near the highest peak of the Ždánice Forest ( 438 m) having a non-poetic name U Slepice (The Hen) you will find signposts and a wooden sculpture of a moor-hen placed on the tree, reminiscent of the former gamekeeper's house of the same name and the legend about the origin of this place name. Those who liked this comfortable ride along the ridge, can continue for another several kilometres to the crossroads U zlatého jelena (Golden deer) and from there take the way to the south down to Ždánice. But we leave the ridge route already here riding along a descending road from the ridge down to the valley of the stream Jordánek, follow it downstream, pass around the reservoir of the same name at the edge of the forest, and soon we reach Lovčice.

 

Although still in the middle of a hilly landscape, we find ourselves in the northernmost corners of the Slovácko region and Kyjov wine region, which you will immediately perceive according to the character of the village and the countryside. At the crossroads below the dominant Church of St. Peter and Paul in Lovčice we can opt for a short, 3 km long detour to the town Ždánice that gave the name to the whole range we have crossed. The town wedged in between the slopes in the south of the Ždánice Forest used to be proud of its observatory situated by the road from Lovčice, which is however abandoned at present and becomes dilapidated. On the opposite uphill, in the town, there is a manor house hidden in vegetation in the middle of a neatly kept park. Most its premises are used for social services to seniors. In one of its wings, however, you can see the exhibition of the so called Vrbasovo museum named after its founder, a teacher from Ždánice. What else you may find interesting is the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the middle of the town. If you have enough time, you can leave your bike in the town and walk up to the nearby hill Palánek with the remains of the former Ždánice castle and a filled up castle well, which, according to local legends of the Chřiby region hides – what else – a hidden treasure.

 

After visiting Ždánice we come back along the same road to Lovčice and continue across the hilly landscape of Ždánice foothills towards Kyjov. Riding along the road, in the stretch between the next villages Nechvalín and Ostrovánky we have to repeatedly overcome the challenges of the rugged topography, so the relief of the route is greatly exposed. The last significant uphill along the route is represented by the ridge above the village Bukovany with a windmill atop visible from afar. Instead of grinding, the recreational and dining “ranch” Bukovanský mlýn mill today provides accommodation and refreshments. Its renovated and newly built buildings are toned in the blue-white style typical for the Slovácko region. Panoramic views of the surrounding countryside enhance the romance of that place.

 

Riding down the Bukovanský hill we approach the end of our wandering across the hills and foothills of the Ždánice forest that we conclude directly by visiting Kyjov, the capital of the Slovácko region. The town itself is not particularly picturesque and only perhaps its repaired square with white town hall tower, the Church of the Assumption of our Lady Mary and the nearby manor house with a museum are worth a stop. The true world of the Slovácko region will unfold ahead of us after we leave the borders of the town taking a little detour along the road towards Kostelec. The dominant Romanesque Cathedral of St. Wenceslas visible from afar is perhaps the oldest standing building in the region of the 11th century and the oldest firebrick construction of that age in the country in general. Further down by the road leading to the village, below the church stairs, coming upon a wine cellar called Kostelecký sklípek we immediately realize in what a region we find ourselves.

 

 

A deliberate detour from Kyjov to Vlkoš via Kostelec will take us first along rural roads and then along an asphalt cycle path to the foot of the hill Achtele, into a typical, lovely “street” of wine cellars called Vlkošské búdy. This place is definitely worth a stop – whether for good wine or its scenic beauty.

 

Behind the village Vlkoš we definitively leave the hilly area. We will ride through the northern foreland of Bzenecká Doubrava, which is a complex of pine and thermophilic forests on sands. The forest has put bounds to the former wide plains of the Moravian Sahara stretching from here down to the river Morava. The smooth surface of cycle paths connects villages and towns and it is a pleasure to bowl along getting first to Vracov and then directly to Bzenec, the capital of another wine region, with a chateau and romantic chapel ruins above the town at the place called Starý hrad.

 

If, after absolving this trip, you do not have time to continue, you can end your wandering at the train station either in Vlkoš or in Vracov.

   

We recommend visiting:

Bučovice: chateau, church

Ždánice: manor house, Vrbasovo museum

Bukovany: windmill replica

Kyjov: manor house, museum

Vlkoš: Vlkošské búdy – wine cellars

Vracov: folklore museum

Bzenec: chapel ruins, the so called Starý hrad ( Old Castle)