FAQ - Frequently asked questions
I want to visit Čížov and Hardegg from the Czech side. Where can I park my car?It is forbidden to drive motor vehicles to the Čížov – Hardegg border crossing. The road is closed to motor vehicles just after the village of Čížov. The parking area is around 100m before the entrance to the village. We recommend that you leave your car on this meadow, as the road in the village is not suitable for parking large numbers of cars, which would damage the grass verges. Vehicles with a Disabled/Handicapped Permit may drive as far as the crossing of trails near the Hardegg Vantage Point, where there is a small parking area for them.
Even after the Czech Republic entered the Schengen Open Border Area, it is not permitted to cross the border freely at any point, or to enter the First and Second Zones of both national parks, in the interests of preserving the natural values of this remarkable land. In the Podyjí – Thayatal National Park it is not permitted to cross the Dyje/Thaya river, which forms the state border for a distance of 25km, and it is still forbidden to leave the marked tourist trails. The same restrictions are in force in the area to the west of Hnanice village and in the Braitava forest complex in the western part of Podyjí NP, where the border is on dry land. Hikers and cyclists may cross the state border all year round on the tourist trails: Čížov – Hardegg, Podmýče – Felling and Hnanice – Heiliger Stein.
Is canoeing or rafting on the Dyje river in the national park permitted?
No, it isn't. The Dyje flows for 40 km between Vranov and Znojmo through the first zone (most strictly protected) of the national park. With the exception of the small Austrian town of Hardegg there are no settlements on the river and no facilities for canoe and raft tourists have been built (camps, WCs, refreshments, access roads for the transport of boats etc.). Not only would the building of such facilities but also the operation of canoes and rafts on the river have a serious impact on the most valuable sections of the national park. The Austrian side also does not agree with the opening of the Dyje river for waterborne tourism.
The park territory is an ideal place for hiking and cycling. More than 80 km of hiking trails have been built on the Czech side of the national park and more than 80 km of cycle trails can be found here too. On the Austrian side of the park six hiking trails or circular routes have been built but cycling is only permitted on the roads. Two new routes for horse riding have recently been opened (only on the Czech side of the park). All other sporting activities (climbing, paragliding, waterborne tourism) are forbidden.
Which places in Podyjí are the most interesting? Are there any educational trails?
There are many interesting places in Podyjí. In the eastern section close to Znojmo we recommend easy trips to the Králův stolec - King´s Throne or Sealsfieldův kámen – Sealsfield´s Rocks vantage points. The extensive and unique Havraníky Heath and the Kraví hora Heath near Znojmo are worth seeing. A visit to the Medieval Hradiště Terraces will be of exceptional interest. Tourists who are interested in the history of milling must include a trip to the Devět mlýny – Nine Mills locality below the Šobes vineyard. The Jaroslav Krejčí Trail, which leads through the Dyje river canyon is an unforgettable experience. Romantic visitors will be drawn towards the mysterious Nový Hrádek castle ruins, with its viewing platform offering breathtaking views of the central part of the Podyjí – Thayatal NP. The village of Čížov with a preserved example of the Iron Curtain and the small town of Hardegg with dramatic vantage points offering views into the river valley are among the most visited places in the national parks. The Pašerácká stezka – Smuggler´s Trail which winds its way high above the Dyje and will take you to the Ledové sluje – Ice Caves. The pearl of Podyjí is the Baroque Vranově nad Dyjí Chateau with several interesting circular walking trails in the surroundings.
hese interesting places on the tourist trails are not linked by an educational trail, but nearly 20 trilingual information panels can be found at points along some of the trails in the park.