Moravian Karst

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Moravian Karst
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Caverns & Caves • Geologic Formations
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One of the best-explored limestone cave systems in Europe, Moravian Karst consists of several hundred caves in a densely wooded area with canyons, underground rivulets and deep cliffs.
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Ropley
Tadley, UK249 contributions
Sep 2020
Had visited the caves with my Czech wife a few years back and decided to give it another go for the sake of my seven year old son. Although the weather at the time wasn't great, this was soon forgotten once in the cave. Booking is essential, particularly during the school holidays. From the ticket office, there are a few options to get down to the cave entrance. A short cable car ride , a mock train/bus ride or a walk. We opted to buy return tickets for the cable car which was fine. At the entrance there is the odd gift shop and a cafe restaurant for souvenirs. Entrance is strictly by time slot, however there is a covered reception area in which to wait. my son loved the caves and boat ride. Only point to note is that at one point there are quite a few steps to climb, so people with mobility issues take note.
Written September 19, 2020
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HipHipHop
Pleasanton, CA360 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
The Moravian caves are definitely worth the visit when you are in the area. It took me awhile to research and figure out what to do to visit this attraction, so I've summarized it here for your convenience:

1. Make a reservation by sending an e-mail with your date and preferred range of time to: info@caves.cz It takes them a day or two to reply with confirmation. I suggest getting there early (8:30am) to get parking and also beat the crowd. We left at around noon and the parking lot was packed.

2. On the day of your visit, make your way to Skalni Mlyn hotel or stay at that hotel the night prior if you wish. The ticket office is right next to the hotel. You simply go into the ticketing office and let them know the time of your reservation and then pay for the tickets. You will be given an English pamphlet explaining the various stops during the cave tour. The tour guide only speaks Czech.

** Please note that the walk to the entrance of the Punkha Caves is about 20 minutes from the ticketing office. You have the option of riding a small train to the caves entrance but that will cost you 60 CZK per person and you can pay the train's conductor when boarding the train.

3. Once you are at the entrance, just wait for the tour guide to enter the caves. Unless you understand Czech, I suggest going in last since that will allow you to stay at each tour stop longer and take pictures without the crowd. Since you will be reading the pamphlet on your own, it makes no difference for you to follow the tour guide closely.

4. Once the walking tour is done, you will board a boat that will take you out of the caves. The boat will make one stop before the exit for you to explore another tour stop. You will reboard the same boat and will be taken to the exit.

** Note: All the bathrooms there charge 5 CZK so bring some change.

These caves are well worth the visit and can be done in about 3 hours. Do plan to spend more time here if you visit other caves. We only did the Punkha Caves and felt that was enough for us before we headed to Vienna from here. Hope this helps your planning.
Written August 27, 2014
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CalgaryCanuck
Calgary, Canada171 contributions
First of all, lets say that the caves were pretty amazing and that I was glad that I went out of the way a bit to visit them. The scale of some of the chasms is impressive and it was a great change from the countless castles and cathedrals that I visited.

The logistics of visiting the caves are daunting and I might not have made it there at all if it wasn't for the useful regulars on the forums. Thanks guys! Anyway, to help other tourists find their way there I'll detail some of the logistical issues.

The biggest hurdle is that the caves are located by a little town called Blansko, which is ~30 minutes from Brno (train). Brno is 2:45 hours from Prague (train). I stayed in Brno to make the day trip to the caves, but it would probably be possible from Prague as well. Granted you would likely have to wake up very early to be there when it was opened. The hours change depending on the month (and it is closed during the winter), so make sure you check the website to plan your trip.

When you get to Blansko, the challenge doesn't end as you need to actually get to the caves. They are by a hotel called "Skalní mlýn". If you are taking a train, you will want to cross the river to the main bus station (go through the building) and take bus 226. The caves are at the final stop. The issue is that the bus only leaves once every 2 hours so if you miss it you are kind of screwed. When I was there, the bus left at 9:15am, 11:15am, etc. Assume that nobody here will speak English.

At the actual caves, you buy tickets for the most popular cave (and gondola tickets) at the office right next to the hotel and they will assign you a time to go in. If you are visiting during the busy period (summer), you should book ahead on the internet by sending them an e-mail. You buy tickets for the other caves closer to their respective entrances. Getting to the northern caves is a hassle without a car, so realistically, you are visiting the 2-3 cave close to the main hotel and the abyss. This will take from half a day to a full day depending on your pace.

So if I had to do this again, I would take a taxi directly from Brno to the caves (~$40) and save all the hassle of the train and bus. Yes, the taxi will cost a fair bit more, but it is far easier. On the way back you can brave the bus/rail combo or you can get the hotel to call you a cab. Just have them write down instructions and stuff so the taxi driver knows where to take you. Renting a car is also an option.
Written October 22, 2010
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Adrienne K
Lower Sackville, Canada308 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
An easy enough daytrip from Brno, but you need to plan it in advance. The connections are infrequent, the Punkva caves often need reservations in advance (and these really are the best ones to go to), and you need more time there than you think. We walked all afternoon and only ended up having time to do the Punkva caves.

They charge a 'photo charge' for taking photos inside the caves, but I wouldn't worry about it. I did, but no one else seemed to. Yet everyone was taking photos. You are given an English pamphlet explaining all the stops along the way of the guided tour. Read this in advance and commit it to memory. Our tour guide spoke only Czech, and as I tried to read the pamphlet in the dim light of the caves, I felt rushed and like I was missing things. Be careful to not hang back of the crowd. The guides do not wait - and once they have moved on with their flashlight, it is pitch black down there! Watch your footing, wear decent shoes, and if you are tall, try to sit on the inside seats of the underground boat, or risk being beheaded!

We walked up to the top of Machocha gorge, for great views and a great place to stop and eat our packed lunch. There was a cable car option, but a chickened out. We ended up taking a wrong turn on the way down and getting very lost. Try to bring a good map / GPS with you. Don't rely on finding signage ... or other people.

Definitely a great way to spend a day, though!
Written October 2, 2014
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Gadi
Tel Aviv, Israel289 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
Moravian Karst encompasses roughly 1100 caverns and gorges (only four caves are available for visitors). The Punkva caves are the most sought after of the Moravian Karst Caves - lie two kilometers from the Rock Mill (Skalní Mlýn).
The Punkva Caves have gained popularity due to the fact that allows visitors to get to the bottom of the abyss stepmother. Attraction is also the possibility to explore the cave on the boats, on the underground river Punkvi, but because the weather (it was snowing) we couldn't took it.

These are the finest Moravian Karst caves, accessible to visitors throughout the year.
The hours changes depending on the month. Visiting the caves takes place only with a guide, it takes 60 minutes.

THe cost: Ticket - 100CK, and small train - 80CK, if you don’t choose to walk to the cave entrance (2km on the asphalted road, along the Punkva River).
Written March 29, 2013
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miiech
7 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Great visit(!), but I won't repeat what everybody else says.
Also, we did not have any reservation, but just asked for some when we arrived. We got 2 tickets, although we had called previously, and were told that there were no tickets left.

Regarding public transport from Brno, if you like us, have no means of transportation:
Easy train trip from Brno-Zidenice to Blansko (leaves every half hour or every hour, depending on time and day).
Bus(226) from Blansko to Skalni Mlyn, which is where you wanna go. The bus only takes its route 4 times a day, so some planning is needed. The bus station in Blansko is very easy to find - only 100-200m from the train station.

The tourist info in Brno helped us with the planning, and even suggested which trains and busses to take.
Written July 20, 2017
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JTB139
London, UK39 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
The Karst region is riddled with dramatic limestone caverns, but we chose to go the the Punkva Caves (Punkevni jeskyne) as the longest excursion, including an underground boat ride.
We booked online (info@caves.cz) the day before - even though not a busy time of year we were glad of this as it gets busy being so popular - had an immediate and helpful confirmation in flawless English, and were able to add another person at the last minute.
All the information is available via www.caves.cz
Public transport is very cheap but you are tied to infrequent buses between Blansko rail station and Skalni Mlyn - a little tourist spot at the beginning of the forest paths with information centre, small hotel, restaurant and cafés etc, where you pick up or buy entry tickets. You can walk along lane through the forest or take a little eco-train for the short distance to caves entrance - sensible shoes really necessary as there are lots of steps of course, and although really well maintained it's bound to be damp underfoot sometimes. And like all caves they're cool inside.
Groups go through at a reasonable pace, plenty of time to take pictures and admire the extraordinary limestone formations which are well-lit. After the experience of coming out into the light at the foot of the Macocha Abyss you carry on further in and transfer to boats which take you through more amazing caves...
The transfer to boats and the steps, general climbs and so on mean this is not a complete doddle, so for anyone of limited mobility I would advise you consult with the info people beforehand.
After coming out if you walk a few metres further up the lane you can take a cable car to the top of the Abyss, with views, walks, and a restaurant/cafe. You can hike through the abyss but we walked back down to Skalni Mlyn via road and a forest path through Karst formations and some decent bird-watching - we could also have taken the cable car and the shorter trail back.
With the longer walk We had time to do all this and have lunch on the restaurant terrace - which however is a bit too near the frequent coaches dropping tours off - before catching the local bus to the train back to Brno.
If it seems a bit too busy or touristy at Skalni Mlyn for you I would recommend you get a taxi to Blansko - the information centre people will call for you if need be - and either spend time there or get on a train.
However you travel this is a memorable and exciting experience, and the caves are extraordinary natural wonders - highly recommended.
Written June 26, 2014
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Akshat D
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
My trip to the caves was totally worth it. They're absolutely gorgeous and mesmerising. No matter how many photos or videos you take, you can't do justice to the beauty. You have to experience it. I would say they were the highlight of my trip to Czech Republic. I don't think doing all 5 caves in a day is possible as they're not so close. If you've a car, maybe 4 can be done. Otherwise aim to do 2 (Punkva and Katerina) or 3 (Punkva, Katerina and Balcarka) if you're willing to walk for a bit. The Punkva caves and Macocha Abyss with the boat trip are absolutely recommended. The Katerina cave is closest to the Skalni Mlyn Information Centre and should ideally be done first. Each cave has particular tour timing like every hour or so. If going for Balcarka, its a combination of ropeway from Punkva and a 40 minute walk thereafter. While returning from Balcarka you can get on the bus that'll take you straight to Blansko. But you'll need to check the timetable as it is once every hour on a weekday and once every 2 hours on a holiday. There are stunning views of rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites etc. I did Punkva and Balcarka and those two were very different.
Written May 6, 2017
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kishAnSL
Doha, Qatar525 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Take the cable car to the bottom ! Or walk down, I wouldn't waste my energy on that rather take the walk to Katherine caves..
Very cold in side so better be prepared.. What an amazing experience to ride the boat in underground river.. Try to use public transport and walk as much as possible when you are in this area. I strongly suggest stay in one of the villages close to the caves and experience Czech country side ! Amazing !
Written June 16, 2015
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meena d
London, UK58 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
We're sight seeing in Prague for a few days . Took the bus to Brno and stayed overnight . Took an early train at 8 am to Blansko. This took about 30 minutes. Got the bus 226 to Skalni Mlyn which took 10 minutes. The Punkova caves are closed this month and we were aware. We walked to Machocca Abyss , which was a 2 km uphill walk. But it was worth it . Wonderful view of the abyss. Then we toured the Katarina cave which was excellent . The tour guide spoke only in Czech. There are no busse back to Blanso between 11:15 and 3:30 pm so be aware . We took a cab back which cost us CZK 180 and got the train from Blasko to Brno which run hourly . We were back by 1 pm ! A well spent morning as we had to catch our flight back home at 5.
Written April 12, 2015
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