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EV13 Stage 8: Laa - Valtice

Bicycle Ride · Weinviertel
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  • Lednicko-valtický areál
    / Lednicko-valtický areál
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Pálava
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Svatý kopeček Mikulov
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Pálava
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Zámek Mikulov
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Zámek Lednice
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Novomlýnské nádrže
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Minaret
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / LVA
    Photo: Tereza Rafaelová, Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
ft 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 25 20 15 10 5 mi Tourismusbüro Land um Laa Therme Laa – Hotel & Silent Spa Zámek Valtice Kolonnade bei … Lednice-Valtice-Gebiet Kutschenmuseum Laa Galgenberg Schloss Mikulov Südmährermuseum

Laa an der Thaya-Neudorf bei Staatz-Wildendürnbach-Pottenhofen-Mikulov-Sedlec-Uvaly-Valtice
43.2 km
2:30 h
170 m
169 m
Rested from the thermal spa in Laa an der Thaya, you will set out through a landscape dotted with vineyards to Wildendürnbach, famous for its spiral cellar alley called Šibeniční Vrch (Gallows Hill). From here, past the rest area at the Ottental-Mikulov crossing, it is just a short ride to romantic Mikulov. After Mikulov, the route enters the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, an area listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The history of the Iron Curtain is documented at the Valtice Museum, set up in a former customs building.

Rested from Laa, you will set out through a landscape dotted with vineyards to Wildendürnbach, famous for its spiral cellar alley called Šibeniční Vrch (Gallows Hill). From here, past one of the most picturesque rest areas in Moravia at the Ottental-Mikulov crossing, it is just a short ride to romantic Mikulov. The historical centre of the town, situated at the foot of the Pálava Hills and surrounded by vineyards, offers a square with sgraffito buildings, the tomb of the Dietrichsteins, a castle with a museum and a Jewish quarter with a synagogue and a Jewish cemetery. If you have seen the Mikulov Castle, the Jewish cemetery and if you have taken a look around the landscape from the Holy Hill, you will first follow the Freedom Route in parallel with the railway. Information panels along the route will inform you about the fates of the people who tried to leave in order to find freedom. You can also stop by the so-called Gate to Freedom, a series of steel steles in memory of fifty-three Iron Curtain victims in the years 1948–1989. In nearby Sedlec you can refresh yourself and continue on to Úvaly, which was almost entirely surrounded by barbed wire during the totalitarian era. After riding up to the Valtice–Schrattenberg border crossing, you can visit the Iron Curtain Museum in the former customs house or see one of the outdoor artefacts of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Reistna with a Colonnade, offering a breathtaking view of the Pálava Hills or miniature Austrian fields and vineyards. Along the road down the hill it is just a short ride to Valtice, famous for its castle with a large park and herb garden, but also for the National Wine Salon, where you can taste the best years of Moravian wines in the castle cellars.

Author’s recommendation

Taste wine with the professional and entertaining commentary of sommeliers! Get to know the best Moravian and Czech wine, which was awarded the Gold Medal of the Wine Salon. The beautifully reconstructed and custom-made cellar of the Valtice Castle holds the 100 best wines from all over the Czech Republic for the current season. The wines which are kept here are for sale.
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Updated: June 12, 2020

Highest point
286 m
Lowest point
173 m

Rest Stop

Castle Mikulov
Colonnade on Reistna - Lednice-Valtice area
Therme Laa – Hotel & Silent Spa

Tips, hints and links

Kellergasse Galgenberg in Wildendürnbach

Heiliger Berg in Mikulov

Liechtenstein Schloss Lednice (Eisgrub)

Liechtenstein Schloss Valtice (Feldsberg)

Start

Laa/ Thaya (186 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.720695, 16.385881
DMS
48°43'14.5"N 16°23'09.2"E
UTM
33U 601931 5397334
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Destination

Valtice

Turn-by-turn directions

From Laa an der Thaya, head for Wildendürnbach and then up the hill to picturesque Galgenberg, also known as Šibeniční Vrch (Gallows Hill), which offers vineyards and wine cellars. There are a total of 184 wine cellars around Galgenberg, which were voted the most beautiful cellar lanes in Lower Austria in 2013. There are tours of these cellar lanes, wine tasting or refreshment in the cellars. On your way to Mikulov you should definitely stop to relax on the border, where the most beautiful rest area in South Moravia is located. It has the shape of a wine press and sundial and is an ideal place to enjoy the view of the impressive Baroque castle in Mikulov which stands on a hill above the town. The town of Mikulov lies amidst vineyards. You definitely should not miss this historic old town on your way, as it has a romantic square with the Dietrichstein tomb, a Baroque castle, where you will find the largest domestic exposition of winemaking culture and a unique giant wine barrel, Jewish sights and the Holy Hill (Svatý Kopeček) to which the early Baroque Way of the Cross with Passion chapels leads from the town. When you leave Mikulov, go along the Freedom Route in parallel with the railway. Information panels along the route will inform you about the fates of people who tried to leave in order to find freedom. You can make a stop at the memorial to the victims of the Iron Curtain. In nearby Sedlec you can refresh yourself and continue on to Úvaly, which was almost entirely surrounded by barbed wire during the totalitarian era. After going up the hill to the Valtice–Schrattenberg border crossing, you can visit the Iron Curtain Museum in the former customs house, where, during a half-hour tour, you will learn all about how the borders were fortified and what dangers threatened those trying to flee, and there is also an interrogation cell and border fence replica. You can also see one of the outdoor artefacts of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Reistna with a Colonnade – a monumental Neoclassical building decorated with figures of ancient mythology – from where the most atmospheric view of Valtice with its impressive Baroque castle and of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape opens. Then it is just a short ride down the road to Valtice, famous for its castle. For centuries the castle was owned by the Liechtenstein family and from 1560 it was the main residence of the dynasty. The wealth of the family is demonstrated by the size and splendour of the entire castle grounds. Its current appearance was created by a number of prominent architects of the 17th and 18th centuries such as Anton Ospel, Anton Erhard Martinelli and Antonio Beduzzi. The castle is considered one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in the Czech Republic and in 1996 the castle and castle park were listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cellar of the castle holds the National Wine Salon, where you can taste the best years of Moravian and Czech wines.

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Coordinates

DD
48.720695, 16.385881
DMS
48°43'14.5"N 16°23'09.2"E
UTM
33U 601931 5397334
w3w 
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Distance
43.2 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
170 m
Descent
169 m

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