Reblogged from The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey:
By the time we reached the car from Templštejn, it was already early afternoon and after a quick stop for a late lunch, it was pretty much already dark. So we headed towards Mikulov on the border with Austria where in the morning the plan was to climb up Holy Hill.
Mikulov is a beautiful town at the southern end of the Pavlov Hills and in the wine growing region (Palava is probably my favorite Czech wine). The town was founded sometime in the 12th Century and is today dominated by a fine Chateau at the center of the town standing on a rocky hill called Zameckÿ vrch. It was originally a Romanesque castle that was rebuilt in Gothic form and then as a Renaissance chateau and is now a museum. The town center is made up of cobbled streets and small houses. Mikulov is also famous for having had the most important Jewish community in Moravia prior to World War 2 and there is a large Jewish cemetery in the town. It is a pretty town and full of things to do and visit.
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