A large reservoir and a huge castle. Explore one of the largest Moravian castle areas within sight of Brno.
The castle, perched on a promontory above the confluence of the Svratka River and the Veverka stream, was probably built at the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century as a hunting castle for the pastime of Moravian margraves.
After the World War II, the communist regime misused the castle with several attempts to exploit the area in a completely inappropriate way. It was not until the end of the 20th century that systematic work on its gradual restoration began. However, this is a mission that will last many, many years.
Nevertheless, a tour of the castle is worth it even now. You can get up to the castle’s entrance gate by car, but you can also reach it on foot from the other side, by following the red tourist marker from the pier on the right shore of the Brno Reservoir. Speaking of the pier and the reservoir – you can go as far as the castle by steamer within Brno public transport. Only in summer though, because the steamer is not an icebreaker. Kids love it and you would do anything for them, wouldn’t you?
You can go on a self-guided tour through all the courtyards free of charge. But people who like to hear a guide talking can choose from two circuits, one of which is quite physically demanding. In the hall behind the castle treasury, you can see an exhibition of painted coats of arms of the owners of the Veveří Castle and an exhibition of replicas of weapons from the Thirty Years’ War. In the passage of the English Tract, you will see drawings showing the restoration of castles and their ruins in the valley of the Svratka River. The exhibition is called Copuli Lapidum.
The most comfortable way to return to Brno from the castle is by steamer again. Especially when the castle wine shop and kids running around the large castle have made you tired.
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