When Jindřich Wankel, Czech palaeontologist and archaeologist, entered the Moravian Karst area in 1872, he could not have suspected his discovery of a burial site of nobleman from Bronze Age. After his death the research was taken over by his grandson Karel Absolon. Nowadays, the Moravian Karst is accessible to public as well as researchers. It is regarded as the largest and most beautiful karst area in Central Europe. The cave system is located near the city of Brno, Czech republic. It consists of 1100 coverns and gorges and covers an area of 92 km2.
1. Punkva Caves
Punkva Caves is one of the Karst cave systems. It is a part of Macocha Gorge. Tourists can explore the caves crossing Punkva River in one of the boats while being astounded by the beauty of various formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
2. Macocha Gorge (Macocha Abyss)
The abyss itself was created when the roof of a large cave fell in. The sinkhole is about 139 metres deep. The name Macocha is tied to one of the local legends. It tells a story of an evil stepmother who casted her husband’s son into the abyss because she wanted to claim his inheritance. The legend itself has two endings. According to the first ending, the boy was rescued by villagers and the evil stepmother was casted into the abyss instead of him. In the second possible ending, the boy escaped as well but the evil stepmother casted herself into the abyss because of guilt. It’s up to you which one of the endings you choose.
3. Býčí Skála Cave
This area is most famous for it’s archaeological discoveries as mentioned in the beginning of this article. A statuette of a bronze bull was found here amongst other excavated objects such as textiles, ceramics, glass or jewerly. This discovery gave the name to the caves (Býčí Skála=Bull’s Cave). According to research, the burial site was hiding a grave of one nobleman and and at least seventeen more men and countless bodies of women. The cause of such huge numbers of bodies situated in one place is unknown.
So what are you waiting for? Enter the mystic world created by mother nature and become a part of an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.