The cathedral is open to the public year round. Today it is not only used for important church events andoccasional spiritual activities, but it is also open for concerts and for lovers of architecture and history. The Cathedral’s ambits conceal one of the largest operating glockenspiels in Central Europe with 33 bells. The glockenspiel plays regularly twice a week, though it is also possible to have it played at other times upon agreement with the parish office. There is a charnel-house accessible in the church’s crypt, containing not only the mortal remains of a hundred medieval citizens of Křtiny, but also several skulls decorated with mysterious ornaments, the significance of which has yet to be explained. The charnel-house can also be seen upon agreement with the parish office.
Křtiny, hidden on the upper edge of the Josefov Valley karst region about 15 km northeast of Brno, represents an ideal tourist and pilgrimage destination as well as a jumping pointfor getting to know the middle section of the Moravian Karst. Its uncommonly rich history, reaching back far beyond the year 1237, and the centuries of the Virgin Mary pilgrimage tradition is enhanced by the immediate vicinity of the Moravian Karst and its romantic rocky valleys, caves, swallow holes andsinkholes.
The town can also boast of interesting modern architecture, namely the oval elementary school. It has nine grades, a nursery school and a modern equipped gym. Due to its architectural ingenuity it is rightly considered to be the dominant modern feature of Křtiny.
The Jedovnice church is a modern textbook of sacred art from the end of the 20th century. The parish priest P. FrantišekVavříčekinvited artists that were relatively unknown at the time, such as MikolášMedek, Jan Koblasa and Josef Istler, to decorate the interior in a modern style.
One of the few churches to be built during the period of religious repression. Designed by architect LudvíkKolek, it was completed in 1971. The Stations of the Cross were made by MikolášMedek.
The first detailed historical records of Rájec come from the 14th century. Art lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the extensive collection of oriental porcelain and the famous chateau picture gallery, which presents the works of renowned European painters from the Baroque and Romanticism periods.
A unique exhibit describing the history of the mill including its operations, it also includes a geological park with examples of rocks from the Moravian Karst and the Drahan highlands.
The caves are archaeological deposits of international significance in the Říčky Valley. Both are freely accessible.
The ironworks was one of the first blast furnacesenabling the constantsmelting of iron ore. At the end of the 18th century the furnace was rebuilt and the entire operation was on a higher technological level. In the middle of the 19th century it underwent further modernisation. Today it is the oldest existing ironworks in Central Europe and it is an urban reservation.
The Renaissance Chateau was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries on the site of a stronghold that was evidently built in the 13th century. The cylindrical tower’s foundations, which have been preserved to the current day, are of Romanesque origin.
1st day - easy start
2nd day - sport and cognition 1
3rd day - Křtiny (2 km / 1,24 mile from the farm)
4th day - sport and cognition 2
5th day - The Macocha Abyss and caves
6th day - Bicycle or segway touring