We did not know the area of Eastern Moravia until today. We chose the surroundings of Kroměříž and decided to ride a bicycle at Chřiby mountains, bikers´ favorite location. I wouldn´t ride this hilly landscape without my ebike Ghost TERU 9 for sure. I was looking forward to get known this area glowing with a green and yellow color.
Prior to our departure, Michal organized his first enduro race in Lipno nad Vltavou and as the main organizer the Ghost lent him the Kato FS 8 ebike, so that he could easily check the trails of the event. He took this ebike to the Chřiby mountains, so we both enjoyed the ride with the electric support. I was pulling the Chariot again because Michal couldn´t connect it to his "modern" electric bike with a solid rear axle. Of course, a special fixed axis can be bought, but there was no time to do it. So we were changing the bikes according to the terrain and it was no problem. Especially in a steep descent, I had given my bike with Chariot to him, because he can ride any trail.
We started our trip at Buchlov Castle. At the guarded car parking lot we left the car and visited this impressive castle, one of the oldest in the Czech Republic. This never-conquered fortress was built in the 13th century to protect the eastern border of the countries of The Crowns of Bohemia and together with the Chapel of St. Barbara on the opposite hill, is a pleasant relaxing place. Although the chapel is also standing on a hill, it is out of sight because it is surrounded by trees.
Best attraction - tree growing from the wall
Trail from Buchlov castle to St Barbara Chapel
St Barbara Chapel
From the chapel we went down along the red tourist sign through the forest to the signpost Pod Břesteckou skalkou, where there is a recreation area. Red trail is marked mainly for pedestrians. The bike is more demanding, at least for me, but it is not impossible to ride there. For Ella´s safety, we changed our ebikes as I mentioned above.
Downhill trail to Břestek
Downhill ride to Břestek
Than it was a pleasant ride on the local road along the water stream to Břestek. We passed the Baloon Center, and at the romantic chapel of Our Lady Sedmibolestná, which is hidden behind grown trees, we continuted to the newly built cycle path. It leads uphill between meadows and fields with oilseed rape and has a beautiful view of Buchlov Castle.
Chapel near Břestek
Cycling path from chapel to Buchlovice
Cycling path from Břestek to Buchlovice
Cycling path from Břestek to Buchlovice
In Buchlovice, we left our ebikes for a fee in a locked garage in the information center, and enjoyed the visit of the chateau and its large garden. The chateau consists of two opposite buildings, of which the former served for economic purposes. In the midst of the buildings there is a courtyard with a central fountain, where fishes caught the attention of Ella. Visiting this Baroque jewel is definitely worth it.
Gardens of Buchlovice chateau
Garden of Buchlovice chateau
In Buchlovice we had a lunch and continued to another chateau, this time with a really funny name Smraďavka. It was once a hunting lodge, nowadays it is used as a spa house and pub. What is perfect about it, however, is the pond on which swans and the incredible number of ducks that are not afraid of people at all, were floating. We took a break, sat down on the hollow tree trunk and watched all the animals aroud and we almost forgot the time.
Although it seemed that we would end our trip here, we finally sat down on the e-bikes and climbed the road to the village of Trnávka, where we passed the meadow with horses. Chřiby seemed to be a paradise for horses anyway. Almost in every village, we saw a ranch or fenced pasture.
We turned right at the Dlouhá řeka crossroad. A very pleasant forest path lead us through the valley to the village of Na Pile, where we turned left, and the long hill path led us out of the forest to the pastures where the cows were resting. Nowhere, the sun shone and we sat in the grass and enjoyed an unbelievable view of the landscape and Buchlov Castle.
Valley along Dlouhá řeka river
Valley along Dlouhá řeka
View to Chřiby at Stupava
View to Buchlov castle
We continued above the village of Stupava, where we did not go. We decided to take the ride right down the ski slope. I changed my ebike with Michal again. But the ride was ok, it is a fairly short and very easy hill, so everyone could do it on a bike.
Downhill ride to Stupava
Ski slope in Stupava
After Stupava we crossed the only frequented road E50 and reached Staré Hutě. Almost at the end of the village, we turned right into the forest. The steep climb and the rails were quite challenging for me, but Ghost Teru 9 really helped me. Thanks for this ebike! A grassy meadow trail followed the forest and end at the Zikmundov shed. From here it was already a stone's throw to Buchlov Castle, where we started our trip to the Chřiby.
Crossroad in Staré Hutě
Trail from Staré Hutě to Zikmundov
Chřiby mountains have taken our breath. We were surprised how beautiful part of Moravia it is. Bike trails lead through sleepy villages along low-traffic roads, along forest and field roads, so we could enjoy the cycling in nature. A lot of pubs offering snacks are just a nice bonus. Beautiful 31km trip. Chřiby, thank you!