Interesting local facts
The town of Boskovice is situated about 45 km from Brno in the direction of Svitava. The oldest written records of the town date back to 1213. Several important heritage sites are located within the town, e.g. Boskovice Chateau and Boskovice Castle. In 1991, these were returned to the Mensdorff-Pouilly family, which continued to allow public access to the sites. Also worth visiting are the chateau greenhouse and the Neo-Gothic riding school and residence, the latter of which houses the Municipal Museum. www.muzeum.boskovice.cz
Boskovice Castle and Chateau
Boskovice Chateau, built between 1819 and 1826, is so well-loved primarily because of its unique architectural Empire style and period furnishings, but the period gardens are also highly praised. As such it is one of the most extraordinary and extensive examples of Empire style to be found in Moravia. Find out more at www.zamekboskovice.cz
Boskovice Castle is a ruined, originally Gothic castle, which was the seat of the well-renowned Boskovice family. At its altitude of 448 m, the castle dominates the town below. The castle makes its first appearance in the written record in 1312. Find out more at www.hradboskovice.cz
The Jewish Quarter
From the 14th century onwards this area became an important economic part of the Boskovice, and between the years 1851 and 1884 was the base of the region’s chief rabbi. The former Jewish ghetto and the Jewish cemetery are today two of the best preserved Jewish monuments in the Czech Republic.
Birthplace of Important Figures
Over the years Boskovice has had more than its share of famous offspring. The famous archaeologist and speleologist Karl Absolon was born here, as was the painter Otakar Kubín, before spending most of his life in France. Another notable son of the town was the palaeontologist J. Augusta.
Sports and Outdoor Activities
If you like sport, you will have a great time at the sports area – with its outdoor and indoor pools and tennis courts. You can also work out in the gym, use the sports hall, or have a game of squash or badminton. The Boskovice region is threaded through with numerous marked footpaths and cycle routes. In addition, there is a golf course at the nearby village of Kořenec. Find out more at www.sokrates-golf.cz and www.sluzbyboskovice.cz
Additional chateaus can be visited in the nearby villages of Rájec-Jestřebí and Lysice. Part of the district is also formed by Moravský kras, one of the largest karst areas of limestone caves, cliffs and chasms in Central Europe. The Macocha Abyss is one of the most famous karst landscape features in the Czech Republic. Find out more at www.cavemk.cz