Podyjí National Park
Podyjí National Park is located in South Moravia, Czech Republic. It's the Czech Republic's smallest national park at only 63 square kilometers. The park surrounds the most picturesque part of the Dyje river valley (Thaya in German) stretching along the Austrian border from Vranov nad Dyjí to Znojmo. Podyjí National Park forms a bilateral protected area together with the even smaller National Park Thayatal in Austria. Click here for the National Park Thayatal website.
Tourists have enjoyed the Dyje river valley since the second half of the 19th century. During the Czech socialist period (1948-1989), however, the central Dyje river valley got many years of rest. This was primarily because it lay in the inaccessible militarized border zone beyond the Iron Curtain. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, preparations were made to transform the area surrounding the central Dyje river valley into a National Park. On 1 July 1991 the area became Podyjí National Park.
Flora and fauna
There are no entry fees for the national park.
The best way to move around the perimeter of the national park is by bus or by car. Depending on where exactly you want to go, you might be able to manage with the train. Buses can be infrequent, so check the connections before planning your trip.
While in the actual national park area you will need to walk, cycle, or ride a horse. There are very detailed hiking and biking maps available to help you find your way on the well-marked trails. You can buy maps at bookstores anywhere in the Czech Republic or at information centers in the Znojmo region.
Hike and bike, or even ride a horse!
Unfortunately, water sports are not permitted on the Dyje River.