Hradec nad Moravicí – Sanctuary in Silesia

A view into the well preserved natural green space in the Moravice river valley
A view into the well preserved natural green space in the Moravice river valley

For the Nature Seeker

If you’re in the north east of the Czech Republic and crave a break from urban attractions, you’ll be doing yourself a tremendous favour by taking a trip to the Moravice river valley in the Opava district of the Silesia region.

Regarded as one of the best preserved natural areas in the country by many, it’s truly a nature lover’s paradise with plenty to see and do.

Hradec nad Moravicí – The Townsite

Courtyard of the red section of the town's chateau
Courtyard of the red section of the town’s chateau

Hradec nad Moravicí is the main town in the valley. The main landmark is the eye catching chateau with distinctive red and white sections in contrasting architectural styles.

The town has accommodation and restaurant options as well as a tourist information centre and serves well as a base for you to explore the many cycling and walking trails in the area.

In fact, as the town is directly in the valley, one does not even need to leave the townsite to begin enjoying the trails that run through the area as many of them have sections within the town.

A foot bridge across the Moravice river. Evidence of the many trails in the region.
A foot bridge across the Moravice river. Evidence of the many trails in the region.

What to See and Do

The aforementioned nature trails through the valley really are the primary reason to travel here, they come in a variety of difficulty levels so it’s best to check with the town’s tourist information office in person or by website to choose the trail that’s best suited to you.

I personally recommend an early evening walk in the area below the chateau. When the evening mist begins to settle in, the atmosphere is truly something to be experienced.

Inside the town, guided tours of the chateau can be had. Beyond the chateau, the town has a gallery and museum to visit. Depending on when you go, you might also be treated to displays of regional folk traditions.

Evening mist moving in below the chateau.
Evening mist moving in below the chateau.

Finding out More

The website of the town’s tourist information office is quite thorough and helpful with regards to what you can do in the area and tips for places you can visit with relative ease a bit further out from the town and valley:

http://www.muhradec.cz/tourist-information-centre/about-the-town/the-town/

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