The Moravian Gate is an elongated valley stretching between the Oder and Hostýn hills from Přerov to Hranice. The Bečva and Odra rivers flow in opposite directions through the valley and green hills rise up all around. Since prehistoric times, this has been an important migration route for animals and our human ancestors. Later on, important trade routes passed through here, the most important being the Amber Route, along which amber was transported from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean and salt was transported in the opposite direction.
The Moravian Gate was guarded by castles and ancient towns. The main "guardian" and also the dominant feature is the majestic Helfštýn, which is one of the largest castle complexes in Europe.In the forests directly opposite Helfštýn is the ruin of Drahotuš Castle, which, although it cannot compete with it in size, preservation, refreshments and views, offers something different - peace and a pleasant walk in nature. Similarly, the ruins of Puchart Castle, located further north, can be combined with a walk through the Potštát Rock Town. The austerity of medieval castles is balanced by the airy elegance of the Renaissance castle in Hustopeče nad Bečvou with the most beautiful arcaded courtyard in Moravia.
Do you know where you can find the deepest flooded abyss in the world? Near Hranice. The Hranice Abyss measures 519.5 metres and it has not yet given up all its secrets because it has not yet been possible to reach its bottom. Similarly unique are the Zbrašov aragonite caves. The creator of these uniquenesses is the local mineral water - Teplice acid, whose beneficial effects you can experience for yourself thanks to the spa care offered by the Teplice nad Bečvou Spa.
If you are interested in prehistory, you should not miss Přerov and Předmostí - this is where the mammoth hunters once lived, as evidenced by the abundant archaeological findings. In Přerov, you can visit the Mammoth Hunters' Memorial and from there follow the nature trail to the clay statue of Tom the Mammoth.Přerov is also associated with Jan Amos Komenský, who studied here at the Latin school (gymnasium). The local museum of local history is named after him, and its exhibitions focus, among other things, on education - there are installations of school classrooms from different periods.
If you are interested in the railway and its history, you should not miss the Jezernice and Hranice viaducts and the tunnel in Slavíč. All of these monuments are connected with the construction of the Northern Railway of Emperor Ferdinand and are not only technical but also architectural monuments that form a distinctive dominant feature in the landscape.The windmills used to be a great phenomenon of the Moravian Gate - in the 1930s there were about 107 wooden windmills here according to archival records! This is logical, because windmills were built in areas where steady, even winds prevailed - and it is in the foothills and on the larger plains, such as the Moravian Gate, that suitable air currents are found. It is just a pity that only two of them have been preserved to this day: the windmill in Partutovice and the windmill in Skalička.
The Moravian Gate is interwoven with a network of marked hiking trails, cycle paths and nature trails. The Bečva Cycle Path and the Amber Trail.
You should definitely try the beer from the Zubr brewery, which has won numerous awards for its beer specials.