Mikulov, located on the Moravia / Austria border became a haven of religious tolerance during the 15th. century, when most of Europe was being dessimated by wars born of religiuos intolerance, inquisitions, and plunderings.
Shown here is a garden and shrine adjoining an old Catholic church near the city square. This is a good place to enjoy a peaceful moment among the spring flowers.
Shown is the gate and walls around the chateau complex. Beautiful wrought iron work and masonary work. The gardens are immediately behind the walls. This was all part of the renovations made during the early 1500's.
Entrance into the chateau complex is free of charge. There is a small fee to visit the interior and museum.
The chateau is located in the city centrum and is visible from the train and bus stations.
This immense chateau was originally built as a fortress in about 1200 AD, to better defend the Austrian border. It was converted to an elegant chateau around 1500. The chateau dominates Mikulov city center. It served as the venue for several treaties over the centuries. And yes, Napolean slept there. The regional museum of south Moravia is housed in the chateau. The wine making exhibit is the highlight of the museum. Don't miss the 101,000 liter wine cask in the cellar.
The chateau contains a nice city park. The panoramic views from the ramparts surrounding the park are excellent.
Mikulov is fascinating old Moravian city on the Austrian border. The city center and the dominating zamek ( chateau ) are filled with great architecture, sculptures, and paintings. Most of the buildings date from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Mikulov is located 50 km. south of Brno and 75 km. north of Wien ( Vienna ), making it an excellent stopover enroute between cities. Enjoy a full meal in Mikulov for the price of a small piece of chocolate cake in Wien.
Follow signs to Mikulov centrum from the highway, bus station, or train station. The chateau is visible from at least 3 km. in any direction.
Here is a better quality photo of Zamek Mikulov. The mid April blooms on the flowering trees make a nice setting.
Mikulov is worth a stopover of a few hours when enroute between Wien and Brno.