The White Carpathians are a long mountain range along whose ridge the Czech and Slovak border leads. The landscape with vast meadows with scattered fields, orchards and pastures has been sensitively cultivated for centuries by the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. Did anybody say it is not possible? The area is a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve today. The highest peak of the White Carpathians is Velká Javořina (970 metres) with distant views of the Moravian and Slovak hinterland.
The White Carpathians Protected Landscape Area reaches into the districts of Hodonín, Uherské Hradiště and Zlín. If you like architecture, you simply must make a stop in Luhačovice and see the buildings by the phenomenal Dušan Jurkovič. Moreover, this spa town has a lovely, laid-back atmosphere. If you want to see something old, visit the ruins of a Romanesque castle in Brumov, the guard castle of the Wallachian Kingdom.
The local meadows are among the most valuable meadow biotopes in Europe! They have the highest species diversity of orchids in Central Europe. Speaking of orchids, don’t forget to visit the Čertoryje Nature Reserve, where twenty different species grow!
We can recommend Jazevčí, Zahrady pod Hájem and Javorina. Well-marked tourist trails can help you find the way. Not far from the village of Tvarožná Lhota, you can find the Travičná Lookout Tower with a really lovely view of the surrounding area. A sheepfold with a museum of log houses from the Kopanice area, an ecological nature trail and an arboretum is close by.
Are you planning to go the White Carpathians by bike? Try the long-distance Beskydy-Carpathian Mountain Trail or one of the regional trails. The White Carpathians are a colourful mosaic of distinctive regions with many folk architecture sites and cultural events. You can hear a strong local dialect there, sample the local wine and of course the plum brandy (slivovice in Czech). It is good for your health, they say, and a must for visitors here.
There are three nature trails which are worth trying in the White Carpathians: Around Hrozenko (Okolo Hrozenka), Moravian Log Houses (Moravské Kopanice) and Potter’s Meadows (Hrnčířské louky). The trails come with boards that visitors can scan with their mobile phone to learn more information.
If you want to enjoy a walk across the White Carpathians with a guide, you can join a group during regular walks or book a guide just for yourself.