We just got back from a short trip to Mikulov, Czech Republic – a trip that we’d highly recommend.
Mikulov is a wine town surrounded by beautiful hills just an hour north of Vienna. It is small enough to be relaxing but not so small that you have seen everything after an hour. It is popular with hikers and bikers, but since we had two small children, we spent most of our time exploring the chateau and walking around the town.
By way of comparison, Mikulov isn’t as stunning a Cesky Krumlov, but it’s much more authentic and lacks Cesky’s so-perfect-you-feel-like-you’re-at- Epcot Center feel (i.e. Czechs actually live there).
You can see Mikulov in one day, but we decided to spend the night so we’d have time to relax and explore the grounds of the Lednice Chateau , which is roughly 20 minutes away. We walked around one of the lakes, but we will take one of the boat or carriage rides if we ever go back. The grounds are huge. (Note: there’s an inexpensive parking lot across the street from the chateau and plenty of restaurants in the area.)
While we did not visit, there is also a chateau in Valtice and a lake just north of Mikulov.
If anyone is interested in spending the night in Mikulov, Czech Republic, I would recommend our hotel Lormuv Dvur. It is a beautiful 1-bedroom house that has a large kitchen, family room, and yard with a small pool and sandbox just for your use. The bedroom has a king and a twin bed and the family room has a pull out couch. The owner provided a crib… and left us homemade bread, apricots, and whole milk for the baby. It worked out well with kids (though we had to move many of the decorations of our one-year-old’s reach)… but I’d also recommend it for folks travelling without kids.
Submitted by Laura