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Zlín Region

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The Zlín Region is situated in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Covering an area of only 3,964 k (map), it belongs to one of the smaller Czech regions. The regional capital is the city of Zlín. The region includes three different territories with distinct culture and unique traditions: Wallachia, (Moravian) Slovakia and Haná.

The Zlín Region is an extremely interesting tourist destination offering many attractive natural, cultural and historical monuments. There is no other region in the Czech Republic where you would find everything you can think of: mountains, garden architecture, spas, vineyards, remains of the Great Moravian Empire, countless religious monuments and historically significant buildings as well as unique examples of modern functionalistic architecture from the times of Tomáš Baťa.

The most sought-after region with many natural places of interest is Moravian Wallachia. One of its biggest attractions is the popular Wallachian Open Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (map), where you can learn all about the local traditions in one place. It belongs to the largest natural museums in the Czech Republic and was proclaimed a natural cultural monument.

Moravian Slovakia, which partly stretches into the Zlín Region, is a region where you will meet friendly and original people, who have rich folklore and are known for making good wine. You can visit the Archiepiscopal Chateau of Kroměříž, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known worldwide. Other destinations worth seeing include the town of Holešov (map) with the museum of Jewish culture, the Buchlov gothic castle (map), the baroque castle in Buchlovice (map) or the pilgrimage site Velehrad (map).

Events documenting and reflecting the ethnographic richness of the region include the “Fašank” in Strání (Festival of carnival traditions), the Ride of Kings in Vlčnov (map) or the “Kopaničářské slavnosti” (Mountain Cottager’s Celebration) in Starý Hrozenkov (map). You will also discover that sailing on the Baťa Canal is an extraordinary experience. You will pass several reservoirs including Horní Bečva (map), Bystřička (map), Ostrožská Nová Ves (map), Rusava (map), Pozlovice (map) and Smraďavka (map).

There are several protected landscape areas in the Zlín Region including the Beskydy mountain ranges and White Carpathians, which cover about 30% of the region’s area. The PLA White Carpathians is one of the six UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the Czech Republic. There are another 38 natural reserves (6 of them national) and 123 natural monuments (2 of them national).

The region offers all kinds of sport activities. There are quality ski slopes and cross-country routes in ski resorts such as Pustevny, Portáš, Velké Karlovice or at the tops of the Chřiby and Hostýnské vrchy mountain ranges. The main Moravian cycling trail that runs along the Morava River is connected with Austrian and Slovakian cycling trails. Rock climbers will find many sites perfect for their hobby in the Pulčínské, Lačnovské and Čertovy Rocks.

More information about the region can be found here.

Author: Ivana Jenerálová
Source: www.kr-zlinsky.cz
Added: 22.07.2011

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