Mikulov is a beautiful old town in South Moravia, in Břeclav District. The town boasts very well-preserved historic architecture. The highlight is Mikulov Castle, situated on a hill and dominating the landscape. Charming market squares are relatively common in Czech towns, so the one in Mikulov might not surprise you, if you have seen several or more if them before. Nevertheless, it is very pretty and definitely worth seeing.
Also, the surrounding area is very attractive for tourists. The region is very famous for wine-making and wine tourism is popular there. The 65-kilometer (40 mile) long Mikulov Wine Trail starts in the town. The wine region around the town is called Mikulovská, and it is one of four wine regions in southern Moravia. Most popular here are white wine varieties and they occupy about 80% of the region’s vineyards. The most common varieties are Welschriesling (Ryzlink vlašský) and Grüner Veltliner (Veltlínské zelené). The character of Mikulov wines is affected by the varied soil rich in lime and favorable climate and it was appreciated already by the ancient Romans.
Getting to Mikulov by public transport is easy. There are some direct trains from Brno. However, more frequent are connections with changing the train in Břeclav. The journey time is similar in both cases: about 1 h 25 minutes. You can check the timetable here. Several long-distance international trains stop also in Břeclav. There is a direct connection from Prague to Břeclav.
The aforementioned Mikulov Castle, or Chateau can be seen from far away, thanks to its location on a hill. The original Mikulov Castle was built in the Romanesque style in the early Middle Ages. In the 16th century, the family of Dietrichsteins, who owned the castle at that time, started to rebuilt it in a more contemporary style. In its present form, it was reconstructed after a fire in 1719.
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