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Zlínsko and Luhačovicko - Winner 2019

What makes Zlínsko and Luhačovicko special

Zlínsko & Luhačovicko distinguishes themselves through their nature as well as history and traditions of White Carpathians and their people. The medical spa, based on thousand-year-old traditions of using the natural healing resources still keeps up with the times (balneotherapy, modern sanatoriums, children sanatoriums, innovations in medical care).

Last but not a least, a major draw is the architecture of Dušan Samo Jurkovič, Bohuslav Fuchs and others who designed the most elegant buildings of their era. Architecturally significant buildings in the “Spa Square” have been used for more than 100 years providing medical and spa services and are in the running for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.

Health and wellbeing tourism

Moravian healing spa Luhačovice is based in the foothills of the virgin nature of the White Carpathians with unique and calm meadows and forests. The natural beauty of the area is complemented by the aesthetically pleasing set of hundred-year-old buildings. Healing in Luhačovice takes place according to the old tradition of using natural healing resources while modernising treatment procedures. Follow the more than 750 000 yearly visitors of the Spa parkto enjoy the genius loci and the healing power of the oldest Moravian spa.

Hidden in the deepest corner of Moravia, we have time enough to be ourselves. There are no worldwide boutiques, exchange offices and casinos on every corner. Instead of them, we have our small B&B houses, hotels and spa springs with their long history, local food providers and tiny shops with clothes, ceramics or spa wafers. You can join many folklore events in the whole region or take a trip to the meadows and forests of the White Carpathians which are famous for breathtaking nature and are not crowded by people.

We recommend only those places where locals like to spend time. Fascinated by local food, tiny cabins in the woods, well-being in a wellness and spa and the enthusiasm of our citizens we offer no tourist traps.

Sightseeing tips

  • The wooded hills of the White Carpathians where sheep herds graze on the meadows, cold springs pop up from the rocks and mountain ridges wander endlessly.
  • The architecture of the famous 'city in the gardens' in Zlin, folklore architecture in Valašské Klobouky and the famous architecture in Luhačovice.
  • Bata’s museum in Zlin, surrounded by red brick factory houses, which commemorates Tomas Bata, founder of the Bata Shoes Company imperium.
  • 13 natural springs throughout the area, of which some were first modified in the 17th century by the aristocratic Serényi family

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The Eagle Mountains and Foothills - Winner 2017

What makes The Eagle Mountains and Foothills special?

This unique region is composed of 6 distinguished noble family castles and chateaus and by a series of castle ruins. All of this condensed in a charming small area, granted distinctiveness by a wild river and by stories about hidden treasures and secret catacombs. This destination offers a number of inspiring programs such as experience tours, accommodation in chateaus, and tastings of traditional family recipes.

Cultural tourism

It has a unique concentration of 2 castles and 4 chateaus in a relatively small area of about 9 km. The location is along the river Orlice with several ruins. The Noble families still own the properties and there are opportunities to engage with them.

There are packages geared towards a range of different cultural and historical tourism visitors. You can participate in the traditions of the Foothills, vacation in the Countryside or farm where the meals are 'field to plate', there are environmental programs, learning trails and more. The Foothills have offers for all kinds of visitors with a different experience for every season.

All the chateaus have their own architectural style and offer specific and diverging activities. Touring is facilitated by entertaining games in the GEO FUN app, in which you are guided by the Count Kinský himself!

The Eagle Mountains and Foothills are still unknown to many people, making it enjoyable for those who prefer destination free of mass-tourism. The organisation also guarantees this in high season by the highly diverse offer of activities as well as by the elaborated communication targeting different groups with dedicated offers. There is a wide scope of recreational and cultural options for all generations and target groups (including obstacle-free routes). This is constantly developed to optimally spread out visitors through time and space.

There are marked routes, touristic and bike trails, educational trails, and walking circuits that connect visitors with the region and with its natural and cultural values. This creates a connection to the landscape and its inhabitants. Tourists are invited to contemplate the natural and cultural values of the region, as so to minimise the impact on natural environment and cultural heritage.

Sightseeing tips

The history and properties of the old regional noble families are some of the major attractions. Some of the families are still active in the region. They main ones are: the Kinský family, the Sternberg family, Bubna of Litic - Dujkov family.

  • The main chateaus are a must-see: the new chateau of Kostelec nad Orlicí, chateau of Častolovice and the Doudleby nad Orlicí castle
  • The Natural Park Orlice and the natural reservation Bukačka- botanical garden of the Eagle Mountains offer a majestic view of the foothill landscape
  • Finally quench your cultural craving with a visit to one of the regional museums: the Vamberk Lace Museum, the Letohrad Craft Museum, the glassmaking tradition of the Eagle Mountains - Museum Sýpka in Rokytnice

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Jeseniky - Winner 2015

Local gastronomy

Gastronomy in the Jeseniky region is built on three essential pillars:

  • Tradition and history - original recipes are often based on the cuisine of the Silesian region.
  • Regional products - a network of suppliers provide local products to customers.
  • Quality and seasonal ingredients - local producers and suppliers are always on the search for new sources of local products.

All these pillars are joined in the region's long-term gastronomy initiative: 'Taste Jeseniky'.

Sightseeing tips

  • The paper factory and the Museum of the Velké Losiny
  • The Dlouhé Strane pumped-storage hydro power station
  • The Na Pomezi caves
  • Jansky Vrch Castle
  • Chateau Velké Losiny

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Lipno - Winner 2013

Sightseeing tips

  • Clear your mind with sports activities – bike or skate around the lake, swim, ski
  • Relax in the aquaworld or in the outdoors
  • Experience the treetop walkway.

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Slovacko - Winner 2011

Regeneration and revival

In recent years, local authorities have carried out several regeneration projects to harness the incredible tourism potential of Slovacko.

One of the most remarkable projects is the Bata Canal, a 65km historical waterway offering an unconventional way to explore the region. Previously, the canal was used to transport coal to a power station in Otrokovice.

Today, this navigable canal invites tourists to explore Slovacko from a different perspective.

Various sites and monuments are dotted along the waterway, such as the Ratiskovice Railway 'Museum in a Carriage'. The museum presents interesting facts about the history of mining and contemporary railway lines in the Hodonin District.

Other testaments of the local industrial history, such as windmills, watermills and the distillery, have also been renovated.

Sightseeing tips

  • Take a cycling tour through the vineyards of Slovacko. The Polesovice, Petrov-Plze and burghers' wine cellars in Uherske Hradiště are just some of the highlights en route.
  • For an insight into history, visit some of the historical monuments in the region – the Buchlov castle, chateaux in Buchlovice, Milotice, Valtice, Lednice, Mikulov, the Cistercian Monastery and the Basilica in Velehrad.
  • To enjoy all that nature has to offer, choose one of the nature trails in the Palava, Dolni Morava, Bile Karpaty and Chriby.

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Bystricko - Winner 2010

What makes Bystricko special?

Bystricko is the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday, especially for those looking to combine peaceful rivers and lakes with something more active.

Rowing, swimming, fishing and other water-related activities are likely to guarantee you a positive experience from your holiday.

The Bystricko micro-region is unique because of its location within the Svratecka Uplands Natural Park which is rich in natural heritage.

Sightseeing tips

  • Visit the pearl of historic architecture of the region – the fairy tale gothic renaissance Pernstejn Castle.
  • Discover the mysteries of Aurochs Land.
  • Visit the traditional 'Foundry Symposium' focused on traditional crafts.
  • Try ice mountain climbing in Vir, which has the largest artificial ice mountain in the Czech Republic.

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Bohemian Switzerland - Winner 2009

What makes Bohemian Switzerland special?

In the heart of the park, surrounded by everlasting natural beauty lie some of the oldest churches, chapels and relics in the Czech Republic.

In an area called Ceske Kamenice are two that stand out: the Church of St James and the pilgrimage chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For those interested in Bohemian culture, there are a number of folkloric monuments, windmills and historical villages. The House of Bohemian Switzerland - a visitor and educational center in Krasna Lipa - is a great place to learn about Bohemian crafts such as textiles and glassmaking.

As is the case with any high-altitude nature region, the weather plays its part. One of the key goals of the park is to promote tourism throughout the year, giving visitors a true sense of how the landscapes change with the seasons. There are offers designed especially for the 'low season' and activities are plentiful even during bad weather.

There is a focus on keeping the park as green as possible. Modern economical bus lines take visitors to designated entrance points, while car parks have been built to keep traffic out of the park's untainted soils.

What to look for in...

  • Spring: Majestic greenery and thought-evoking silence
  • Summer: Sparkling sunrays glistening off rising rock formations
  • Fall: Spectacular fall foliage that lights up the hillsides
  • Winter: Snow dusted hilltops with dark winter shadows.

Sightseeing tips

  • Take timeless walks through ancient history.
  • Experience jaw-dropping views from vistas high above.
  • Get lost in a Bohemian village.

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