On our second full day in the Czech Republic we had planned to take a drive down to Bratislava and Vienna since they are both a do-able day trip from where we were staying in Kridla, Czech Republic. However, after our lovely experience and failure in trying to see Prague the day prior we decided to try and find something on a smaller scale. Mister and I differ a tad in what we prefer travel wise. He loves to visit all the major cities and see the major sites and things of great importance. While I do enjoy some of those things as well, my anxiety makes big crowds, traffic, and a lot of chaos a little less enjoyable. I tend to prefer finding smaller, less known places where we can really explore with out traffic, crowds, and long lines. I think I am slowly winning him over to my side… especially after the lovely day we spent in Mikulov, Czech Republic.
Mikoluv is located in the south eastern area of the Czech Republic right on the border with Austria. The region is known as the South Moravian so it is slightly different than the Bohemian areas we visited near Prague the previous day. The town dates back to the early 1200’s and was originally under the Austrian noble Henry I of Liechtenstein. It remained under the Liechtenstein family until 1575 when it was purchased by the Dietrichstein family. The original castle built by the Liechtenstein family was damaged by a fire in the 1700’s, but the Dietrichstein family repaired and rebuilt it at that time to the current state it is in today.
Saint Sebastian’s Chapel was originally consecrated in the 1620’s as an offering of gratitude to God from Bishop of Olomouc Cardinal František Dietrichstein. It was a year after the plague hit Mikulov and the Bishop was one of the survivors of the plague. Construction was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Chapel was deconscecrated in the late 1700’s and used for various things, including a military storehouse. After much effort it was reconsecrated approximately 100 years later in 1865.
Kozi Hradek Castle, or the Goat Castle, was built in the 1400’s as a means of protection for the Mikulov Castle. It controlled the pathways leading into Mikulov from cities like Brno and Vienna.
The castle tower.
The artwork at the castle was… interesting.
We opted not to take the castle tour. (Surprise, surprise!) If we had we could have climbed the castle tower, but since we had just gone to the top of the Goat Castle we didn’t feel it was absolutely necessary. We were able to see a lot of the castle in the free to roam area. Not to mention it was quickly approaching lunch time!
We found a super fun, basement Czech restaurant. It was seriously my favorite restaurant of all time. They had this back room area with tables for families and a large play area! The girls were in heaven! And so were we! We didn’t have to try and keep them quiet or still and we also got to really enjoy a meal together, too!
I try not to be that tourist who takes a bunch of food pictures.
But this soup. Oh my soul. It is simply ‘garlic soup’ yet it was
the most amazing soup of all time.
Mister’s food didn’t disappoint either!
After lunch we headed back out to explore the town a little more. It was simply picturesque!
This last picture above is the Dietrichstein tombs. Again, we didn’t go inside because it was by guided tour only. It was starting to get warmer and the girls were growing more restless. We opted for some ice cream and people watching instead, but it was still pretty neat from the outside to look at!
Originally this was a Chapel that was built in the 1600’s know as the Loretto Chapel and above that was the Church of St. Anne. However, it was largely destroyed by a fire in the late 1700’s. In the mid 1800’s it was reconstructed as a funeral chapel for the town. The reconstruction was done by Prince Franz Joseph of Dietrichstein with the intent of it being used as a place of burial for his own family and so many of those buried there are of the Dietrichstein family.
We had such a beautiful day visiting Mikulov! I am so glad that we got to explore there!
To see more pictures from our time there you can view our entire album HERE.