The Moravian Karst is the biggest and most significant karst region in the Czech Republic. Its attractions include several subterranean areas, with the greatest interest traditionally being in the Punkva Caves, where, apart from cathedrals of stalagmites and stalactites, you can also visit the bottom of Macocha Abyss and take a boat along the subterranean Punkva River.
Discovered in the early 20th century by Czech archeologist Karel Absolon, the Punkva Caves – located around an hour’s drive north of Brno – is one of the most awe-inspiring underground cave systems in the Moravian Karst.
Visitors can tour the Punkva Caves via a foot walk that takes them past mighty stalagmites and stalactites, including Strážce – Punkva’s biggest stalactite at four meters long.
Sometimes in spring, and after big rainfalls, there’s so much water in the Punkva that boats only cover a small section of the route, or tours are cancelled; if this happens, entrance is reduced. Boat journeys are, however, an integral part of normal tours and, for example, it is not possible to see the Masaryk cathedral any other way.