Morava river

We parked the car at the harbor in Uherské Hradiště and to be honest with you, it took us a while to get out of town. We rode along the cycle path that leads along the Morava River and forgot to follow the signs. So we recommend to talk less and follow the signs of the way not to return, like us.

Downhill ride from Tupesy

Finally, we managed to find the way out of the town and headed Zlechov and Tupesy and continued down the cycle path between the oilseed rape fields to the beginning of the village of Velehrad, where we enjoyed a funny resting place with a large mushroom.

Velehrad

From here it is just a minute away from the famous pilgrimage site of Velehrad. The Monastery Buildings Complex is home to the Secondary School and the Social Welfare Institute. At the information center it is possible to arrange a tour of Sala terrena with baroque frescoes and Slovanský sál, located in the former monastery. We were mainly attracted by the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Cyril and Methodius, which is the heart of this pilgrimage site and definitely belongs to the most beautiful ones we have ever visited.

Velehrad monastery

Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Cyril and Methodius

Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Cyril and Methodius

Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Cyril and Methodius

We used the gate at the back of the area to a cycle path that led us to the Conventional Pond where we enjoyed the incredible silence that was here. Only ducks and carps occasionally watered the water. There was a beautiful view of Velehrad and a long stop - Open Air Museum Modrá - was waiting for us behind the road.

Konvetní pond

Velehrad

Konventní pond

Konventní pond

Right next to the open-air museum there is a hotel, which has a garden restaurant. We had lunch here and then visited the open-air museum Modra. This Great Moravian settlement in Pomoraví is showing one of the most important stages of our national history and we had the chance to get to know our old past. The open-air museum presents its everyday life, freeing goats, hens, cats, pigs, and a donkey. In the middle of the area, there is a guard tower where you can climb up the ladders. You will have a nice view of the area, pond and Velehrad. Ella was very surprised how people lived in the Great Moravian times. More such places.

Open-air museum Živá voda

Near the open-air museum there is a botanical and freshwater exposition Živá voda. It presents life in the water and around the water, with aquatic animals and plants of the Morava River, adjacent streams and pools. In the outdoor area you will find typical Moravian herbs and trees, the spring, the herb garden or the forest. On the ground floor of the main building we were welcomed by a five-meter big model of fish. Children can try out various theme quizzes or art activities, which Ella appreciated a lot.

Živá voda, Modrá

The biggest attraction is the underwater tunnel, which is a unique experiment in freshwater in Europe. Located at a depth of 3.5 meters beneath the water, it has a length of 8 meters and a width of 2 meters. On the left side you can see fishes from cold waters, mountain streams, and rivers - graylings, burbots, trouts, barbels etc. The right side is mainly for large fishes such as carp. There are also predators here - pikes, zanders or catfishes and rarity are sturgeons.

Tunnel in Živá voda

From the open-air museum, we climbed above the village of Modra and the heaviest climb to Jalubí was about to come. Not having my electric bike Ghost TERU 9, I would cry. I gave the lightest mode and Turbo, and made the hill to the top. I'm not saying that I did not get sweat, I had a load of 30 kg behind me, but the ebike helped me a lot.

Uphill ride to Jalubí

Uphill ride to Jalubí

Then I took a little breath on the low-traffic road, which we left to the left to the windmill after a while. The mill is not original, but its construction has emphasized the greatest possible authenticity, the use of the original material and the way of doing the work in the past. From the mill, there is a beautiful view of the surroundings and definitely worth a stop.

Wind mill in Jalubí

We passed Sušice to Babice to the Baťa Channel. The channel length from Otrokovice to Skalice is approximately 53 km. Some sections lead through the river Morava, some are artificially excavated by channel sections. The idea of ​​regulating the Morava river was originally adopted by the great-engineer Tomáš Baťa and after his death Jan Antonín Baťa continued in this bold plan. The regulation of the Morava stream and the construction of the channel had several meanings for the company. The first was the realization of a dream about the interconnection of European rivers, the second was the transport of lignite from the mine in Ratíškovice to the factories and heating plants in Otrokovice and the third was the construction of a melioration system near the Morava river.

Baťa Channel

Baťa Channel

Baťa Channel

During the high-season, you can also take a boat to Uherské Hradiště. Along Baťa's channel, however, runs a cycle path, which we conveniently rode back to Uherské Hradiště. It was a nice and relaxing day. The trip leads mostly on low-traffic roads and newly built bicycle paths. We did not like to ride on the concrete paths, so it worsed our overall impression. We like to ride in the countryside more. Unfortunately, this is a trend now everywhere, not just here.

We did 30 km ride around this part of Eastern Moravia, and we can sincerely say that this region has given us positive energy. There are very nice people here, and we understand why... it is beautiful here. We'll come back!

Uherské Hradiště biketrip