Welcome to Vysočina!
The Vysočina region sits in the very heart of Europe on the border of Bohemia and Moravia. Visitors to the area particularly appreciate the untouched natural beauty and unforgettable scenery of the Bohemian and Moravian Highlands that make up the majority of the region.
There are currently twelve sites in the Czech Republic entered in the UNESCO Register of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Three of these are found in the Vysočina region, local UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the historical core of Telč with Renaissance chateau, the pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora in Žďár nad Sázavou, and the uniquely preserved Jewish Quarter along with the Romanesque-Gothic St. Procopius Basilica in Třebíč. They form an imaginary triangle and can easily all be visited in the course of a single weekend given that the distance between them is around 40 km. The Church of St. John of Nepomuk (kostel sv. Jana Nepomuckého) at Zelená hořa in Žďár nad Sázavou was created according to the designs of renowned architect Jan Santini – Aichel and is to this day one of the most distinctive Baroque buildings in Europe. The town of Telč, which is rightly considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, is characterised by its triangular main square, which is lined by burgher houses with Renaissance gables and Gothic arcade vaulting. The third place in Vysočina with the honour of being registered as a UNESCO site (since July 2003) is the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St. Procopius in Třebíč, together with the Jewish quarter and the Jewish cemetery.
One of the most prominent protected zones is „CHKO Žďárské vrchy“, whose rock formations, forest remains and rare species of moorland plants combine to make it one of the jewels in the region’s crown. You should certainly be sure not to miss the highest peaks of the region - Javořice (837 m) and Devět skal (836 m). Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the local countryside has to offer. The magic of pure nature, the power of fresh air and the unique peace and quiet of the deep forests are qualities being discovered by more and more tourists every year, people that come to Vysočina to relax and recharge the batteries before returning to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It couldn’t be simpler to get to Vysočina – just one of the many great features of this recreational destination. It only takes an hour and a half from Prague and an hour from Brno by car to reach the capital of the region, Jihlava. You will find here a wide range of travel information.