Moravian Karst - Macocha - Punkva

Open all year round

The Moravian Karst is undoubtedly the most outstanding karst region in the Czech Republic. The limestone is 350-380 million years old and stretches over an area 25 kilometres long and 3-6 kilometres wide north of the city of Brno. Over 1,000 caves have been registered here along with the biggest cave system in the Czech Republic, called the Amateur Caves. Four caves are open to the public. The Macocha gorge (138.7 metres) is the deepest one open to the public in the country.

The northern part of the Moravian Karst is the most interesting for tourists. Visitors can experience the massive interiors and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of the Punkva Cave with the underground Punkva river, visit the bottom of the Macocha gorge and a ride on boats with electric motors through the Macocha caves. Nearby is the no less beautiful Kateřina (Catherine) Cave with massive underground spaces and wonderful stalactites and high stalagmites. Visitors should not forget to visit the magical Balcarka cave and especially the newly adapted Sloup-Šošůvka caves which are bound to impress all cave specialists and admirers. Most of the territory mentioned here comes within the Punkva nature reserve and so it is not open to traffic. Visitors must use the main car park open all year round in the area of Skalní Mlýn or the car park by Macocha gorge open only during the tourist season.
Movement within the nature reserve itself is facilitated by the Macocha cable car carrying visitors from the Punkva caves to the gorge bridges and back. There is also a sightseeing shuttle between Skalní Mlýn and the entrance to the Punkva caves. Those who prefer to walk can use the well-maintained network of hiking paths as well as the Macocha nature trail.



Schedule throughout the year
Road shuttle
 
Jan. - March: 8.00 - 15.00 daily
Apr. - Sept.: 8.00 - 18.00 daily
Oct. - Dec.: 8.00 - 15.00 (except Dec. 24-26)

Macocha cable car
 
Jan. - March: 8.00 - 15.00 (only Sat. and Sun.)
Apr. - Sept.: 8.00 - 18.00 daily
Oct. - Dec.: 8.00 - 15.00 (except Dec. 24-26)

The timetable of the shuttle and cable car is adapted to match the intervals for entry into the Punkva caves.
The caves are open all year round except for December 24-26 and January 1.

More information is available from the AOPK Information Service
tel.: +420/506/413 575,
tel./fax: +420/506/415 379

Moravian Karst Transport
Skalní mlýn 96, 678 01 Blansko
tel.: +420/506/418 113, fax: +420/506/411 165
e-mail: doprava@zm-net.cz