The Beskids

The Beskids are linked with the White Carpathians and extend into Poland and Slovakia. The tallest peak is Lysá hora (1323m = 4410ft) and the most famous peak is Radhošť (1129m = 3763ft). It is well-known for its statue of the pagan god Radegast, Chapel of Cyril and Methodius and the beautiful buildings in the nearby Pustevny, designed by Dušan Jurkovič. It is the largest nature reserve in the Czech Republic. Life used to be more difficult here than in the plains, people lived in remote cottages, grazed sheep and worked in the forest. Today, there are popular ski resorts. As in the White Carpathians, respect for traditions has been preserved here, folk culture, crafts, cimbalom music, folk costumes and folklore are all around.

The White Carpathians

It is a Biosphere Reserve, a protected area, where you can find many species of rare animals and plants. There are orchid flower meadows, which are often mowed manually with scythes, just like in the old times. It is because of the shape of the terrain, but also to preserve the original way of life. In addition, the people in the White Carpathians are closely connected with nature, that is perhaps why many customs and traditions are still observed here today and which you will not find elsewhere. The tallest mountain is Velká Javořina (970 m).

Pálava

As the White Carpathians, Pálava too is a protected area listed by UNESCO. They are not mountains, but rolling hills and white limestone rocks that lie in the south of Moravia. They have an impact on the quality of the Grape Vine growing in the area in full sun. It is the warmest and driest region in Czech Republic. Remains of an old settlement of mammoth hunters have been discovered here. The Venus of Dolní Věstonice, a statue about 30,000 years old, is a well-known artefact. Pálava is also one of the best wine regions in the country.