It is really an experience. The network of the Znojmo Underground started to expand as early as the 14th century. Even modern people are amazed by the intricate underground labyrinth of corridors with ingeniously built ventilation shafts, flues and wells. The total length of the corridors is estimated at twenty-seven kilometres and they stretch in up to four floors below the historic city centre.
Originally, the corridors served as cellars for storing wine and food, and every burgher house had them. During the wars, people sought protection in the underground, as it was possible to safely hide there from the conquerors, and with enough supplies on top of that. In case the supplies ran out, several corridors cleverly connected the underground of the town of Znojmo with the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the people of Znojmo hid many slippery crossings and traps in the underground, so that any potential conqueror would meet a very bad end.
Nowadays, the one-kilometre tour starts in the medieval Slepičí Trh (Hen Market) and ends in Obroková Street. Don’t worry, there is more to the tour than just walking for one kilometre. As a part of the exhibition “Mysterious Underground”, you can see an alchemist’s workshop, living rocks, bats, goblins, a demonstration of prison cells, a poor man in a cage, all accompanied by light and sound effects. All in all, it is quite a scary experience!
Those who like some adrenaline can choose one of the three adrenaline routes, which lead through narrow corridors, water, mud, over uneven stairs, and even on all fours at times. You will definitely not be bored.