Since they were kids, all natives of the Moravian Karst region have heard a terrifying legend about a stepmother, an evil one of course. She threw her stepchild into the abyss and jumped in right after. By a miracle, the child was saved, but on stormy days you can still hearthe mournful weeping of the stepmother from the abyss…
Macocha and the beautiful green area around it gives a mysterious, even magical impression. Just as Prague has the infamous Nuselský Bridge, the endless abyss is a place for suicides here. Dozens of people have chosen to end their lives here over the last hundred years.
But you will be enchanted by the positive influence of the surrounding nature. It is a true balm for the nerves – lush greenery, wherever you look. You can view the abyss from two bridges, the upper and the lower. The upper one looks down from a height of 138 meters, while the lower one is 92 m above the low part of the abyss and you can see the bottom very well from there. From the bridge, head to Punkva Caves via a picturesque hiking trail.
Macocha was probably formed by breaking the vault of a large underground dome, which the underground Punkva River flows through (along which you will float at the end of the tour). There are other underground spaces below the surface of the Lower Lake, so far explored up to 187.5 meters.
If your little dwarfs’ feet hurt, take the eco-train at the Skalní Mlýn Hotel, go down to Punkevky and take a cable car from there to the Macocha Cottage offering a great view.