Right after the castle, another significant dominant of Mikulov. The top is dominated with St. Sebastian pilgrimage church. It is reachable from the centre (just follow the signs "Svaty kopecek"), but during the way up you may sweat a little :-) It is worth for climbing, there is beautiful view from there.
There are many protected plant species there, that is why in 1946 the hill was announced botanical reserve and has been a natural reserve since 1992.
The chateau on the rock has been a unique dominant of the Mikulov skyline for centuries. It was the seat of Liechtenstein family.
Today the castle is the location of the Regional Museum, part of which is an exceptional wine-making exhibition of original winemaking equipment.
April and October:
Tues – Sun: 09:00 – 16:00
May – September
Tues – Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
Last admission one hour before the closing time.
November – March
For groups of 25 persons or more only, phone booking at least two days in advance necessary, phone: +420 777 061 230, +420 776 606 133
Another place that you can visit in Mikulov, is the wine museum with many older wine pressers and comments about making the wine. Unfortunatelly I didnt see there anything written in English.
Museum is placed at the chateau on the first floor and the wine cellar with the second biggest barrel in Europe with the lenght 6.2 m, the biggest diameter 5.2 m, the smallest diameter 4.5 m, the weight 26.1 t. Old amount was measured 101 181 liters, but according to new measure you can fill up this cask by 101 400 liters.
The cask has 22 tires with 390 kg for each of them. You can walk around and look at the cask in every detail.
..... This gaint barrel was built for order of sir of mikulov domain Maxmilian of Dietrichstain in 1643. Cooper Christof Specht from Brno with three journeymen and carpenter Bartolome Schuetz built it in 250 days just in the cellar.
Then the barrel was filled up consecutively for 30 year, but then bad crop came and the barrel stayed empty. They wanted to fill it up again after some time and found that it is harmed and cant be repaired anymore. For this reason it was tmbered by iron construction and became a wonder curiosity.
The Holly Hill (Svaty kopacek), 363 m.n.m. is rocky hill and one of three town view points very seen from all sides. You will get to the Passion Shrines by the path that is lined by chapelles with the story of Calvary. Some chapelles had to be engrossed in the rock. It is worth to climbe up. You will be repaid by beautiful view of the town.
Renesance building with hale lay-out from the end of the17th century. One of the oldest buildings in Mikulov, between 1360 and 1606 this house was used like a town bath. There is build-up tower inside of the house.
Now you can buy a food-stuff there.
It is difficult to recommend this place as a tourist spot. It is a Jewish cemetary blocked off from the rest of Mikulov. According to information, there is not a Jewish person living in Mikulov today--only the cemetary. A fairly vast cemetary at that.
I'm not entirely comfortable advocating a trip through the Jewish death. Yet, they lived here, They contributed to the prosperity of the town--and this and an ancient synagogue are all that is left. When you think about it, it is incredible that after a decade of Nazi rule and then fifty years under the anti-religous communist state that the cemetary remains. It is fantastic that the memory of the jews have lasted to this late date in this small Czech town.