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Book Museum – The Žďár nad Sázavou Book Museum is renowned all over Europe. First opened in 1957, it is located in the prelate’s offices of a former Cistercian monastery, now part of a castle belonging to the Kinsky family.

Zelená hora - The “Zelená hora” pilgrimage church is a unique work of art, as well as unquestionably the most original project by Jan Blažej Santini-Aichl, a Czech architect of Italian ancestry, combining gothic and baroque styles. The edifice defies all artistic standards and ideas of its time. Its complex, intersecting three-dimensional forms, and the dynamic appearance of its mass disavowing the masonry’s weight are among the numerous features making this architecture truly amazing.


Water Paradise – One of the region’s modern sports’ facilities is Jihlava’s Water Paradise, with many outdoor and indoor water attractions. The indoor facilities include a wading pool for toddlers, a leisure pool with whirlpool zones, massage benches, and air bubble bath zones, toboggans, a sauna, a steam bath, or a wild river. In the outdoor part, you can try the water castle, slides, toboggans, and an aquadrome. Of course, the site also offers large swimming pools and wading pools for children. It also includes beach-volleyball and tennis courts.

ZOO – Jihlava ZOO is located in the picturesque Jihlávka River Valley. In this variegated countryside where lakes alternate with forests, fields, and rocky outcrops, wild animals await. It is the only Czech ZOO to breed poisonous snakes, including cobras. You can wonder at feline pavilions showing the smallest tiger subspecies – Sumatran, or at primate halls, but also visit more recent otter expositions. The South-American Hall is equipped with the latest technology mimicking tropical jungle. There is also an African village called Matongo: one of its huts is inhabited by lemurs. In an enclosed area, your children can play with Cameroon goats.

The Jihlava underground – The second largest existing tunnel system under the country’s historical cities. The cold labyrinth of underground passages stretches over 5 hectares, and its tunnels run for 25 kilometres.

Other Sites to Visit:

DraXmoor the Haunted Castle – DraXmoor is a scary-fantasy haunted castle exposing interesting objects in original basement rooms, with a fairy-tale Middle-Age marketplace, and a thematic pub with supernatural waiters, magic potions, and a play area for children.

Šiklův mlýn – Šikland Western Town – The largest Czech country leisure park! It offers many opportunities to practice your hand at “Wild Western” disciplines such as gold panning, archery or horse riding.


Čtyři palice – The largest stone block in the mountain range has a fitting name: it means “four-cudgel rock”, as its top is split by vertical cracks into four club-like forms locally referred to as cudgels. All the rocky forms are gneiss, shaped through frost erosion in early Quaternary, bearing characteristic rocky bowls on their top plateaus. The slopes underneath are covered with stone debris and boulder tongues. You can climb to the top of the around 50m-long and up to 33m-high rock.

Devět skal - Devět skal (836m) is the highest peak of the Žďárské vrchy mountains, and the second of the whole Českomoravská vrchovina mountain range. It has been classified as a natural monument since 1976. The features protected include its gneiss blocks, as well as rare plants and animals. This ragged stone block was formed by frost erosion in early Quaternary. Its name – meaning “Nine Rocks” – is due to its rocky labyrinth made up of three long ridges, surmounted by nine tall and three short towers. In some places, the 12- to 20-metre high rocky ridges form a sort of “rock town”, and represent the largest mountaintop-rock system in the Českomoravská vrchovina. The easy-to-access, top of the rocks, offers a splendid view of rolling woody hills, and of the faraway mountain outskirts interspersed with small villages. On good days, you can see other mountains from there: the Králický Sněžník or the Giant Mountains. The “Vysoká studna’ spring is located at about 600m to the north-west from the top. 

There are marked paths leading to the rocky formation. Several paths will take you to Devět skal – the red path from Cikháje, the blue one from the village of Křižánky, and the yellow one from the little town of Svratka. Mountaineering can be practised on the northern side of the main ridge, and on the southern sides of the rocky outcrops known as Trůn, Záludné, and Žďárské věže.


More sights and trips from the large variety available locally or in the wider region will be gladly suggested by the helpful personnel of the Nové Město na Moravě’s Tourist Centre, located in Vratislavovo náměstí (Vratislav Square).

Vyrobil Tomáš Mička