Znojmo is not a place I had heard of before going there. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide only deems it worthy of a few lines and doesn't go into any detail about what you will find when you get there. However, I am really glad that I made the trip. One of the 3 most important Moravian towns along with Brno and Olomouc, Znojmo has a wealth of baroque buildings, squares and churches along with what has to be one of the most breathtaking valley views I have seen in a long time.
We booked on to a day trip run by the Brno Expat Centre. The day didn't go according to plan, as 4 people dropped out of the tour at the last minute, meaning that the mini bus hire was no longer viable. Undeterred, 6 of us, lead by our Czech organiser and guide, decided to take the public bus. We just managed to get on board before it reached full capacity. We spent the scorching hot day enjoying the sights of the ancient town.
|Before reaching the old town, there is a Parisian style roundabout with grandiose buildings dating from the mid-19th century.|
|Old Town Hall|
|Inside the underground labyrinth, dating from medieval times. |
Fine if you are small like me, not so good if you are tall like him! It was interesting to go down,
but the tour was a little naff what with fake skeletons and goblins!
|The intrepid day-trippers head through the back streets|
|Inside the Gothic Cathedral of St Nicholas lies St. Boniface in all his finery|
|Incredible globe pulpit|
|Cathedral of St. Nicholas with neighbouring two-tier chapel|