The Nový Jičín Region has over 200 km of sign-posted cycle-routes. The Moravian Gate long distance route (no. 5) forms the main axis and is part of the European-wide cycle-route network. It copies the historic “Amber Road” linking the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea. A dense network of regional and local cycle-routes is connected to it.
There are two main cycle-routes passing through Nový Jičín. Route no. 6175 Kunín – Hostašovice, called “Palacký’s Trail“, from north to south and route no. 502 Starý Jičín – Hukvaldy from west to east. In addition to this, alternative municipal cycle-routes 6175A and 502A lead cyclists through the town centre.
Palacký’s Trail cycle-route also has educational value, because it travels parallel to the František Palacký National History Educational Trail. However, the cycle-route begins in the village of Kunín. František Palacký was a student at the Youth Educational Institute, which was established at the chateau in Kunín by Countess Maria Walburg of Truchess-Zeil. Today Kunín Chateau is one of the most important Baroque chateaus in Moravia. Continue through Šenov u Nového Jičína, the birthplace of Franz Barwig, known chiefly as the author of the Dancing Kunvald People sculpture on the fountain on the square in Nový Jičín, to reach Nový Jičín. After seeing the town continue over Svinec Hill, which is the site of several abundant springs of excellent, very calcareous potable water, known collectively as “Oční studánka” (Eye Spring), to Kojetín. There is a major archaeological site called Požaha, which is a typical example of a type of submarine volcanic activity from the Early Cretaceous period, above Kojetín. Then we come to Straník, near which there is a natural monument, which is the result of ancient volcanic activity resulting in pillow lava formations; a unique natural phenomenon in the Czech Republic. The route leads from Straník to the village of Hostašovice, which is traversed by the Main European Watershed. The local points of interest include the porridge mill, which still grinds buckwheat into buckwheat porridge today. Buckwheat has been grown and processed here since the end of the 18th century. There are also two natural monuments near the village – both important wetland meadow communities - one called “Domorazské louky (meadows)” and the other “Prameny Zrzávky” (Zrzávka Springs) – five mineral springs, preserved natural meadow communities and the adjoining wetland meadows. A unique dual spring of ferrous and sulphurous water also rises here. Past Hostašovice the Palacký’s Trail cycle-route connects to cycle-route no. 6016, along which you can cycle to Frenštat pod Radhoštěm or to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm.
The cycle-route called Jesenická Kyselka, which leads from Nový Jičín through Loučka and Bernartice nad Odrou to Jeseník nad Odrou to the mineral water springs, affords thrilling views of the surrounding landscape. Return to Nový Jičín along cycle-route no. 503 through Hůrka and Starý Jičín and then along cycle-route no. 502 through Loučka to Nový Jičín. Or you can continue along cycle-route no. 503 Odra Region to the picturesque Odra Hills.
This route leads from Nový Jičín, past the Jičínka River, through Šenov u Nového Jičína to the Kunín Chateau, which is one of the most important Baroque chateaus in Moravia. It was built for the Counts of Harrach between 1726 and 1734 by famous Viennese architect Jan Lukáš Hildebrandt and flourished at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries under the administration of Countess Maria Walburg. The next stop is Bartošovice, the heart of the Poodří Protected Landscape Area. The Neo-Renaissance chateau, which also has a chateau park containing the largest live organism in the Czech Republic – a London Plane tree, is the dominant point of this village. The village also has a wild animal sanctuary and a technical monument – a water mill on the Odra River. Return along long-distance cycle-route no. 5, turning onto cycle-route no. 6175 in Kunín, which will lead you back to Nový Jičín.
This route leads from Nový Jičín to Žilina and continues on to Životice and then through the Podbeskydi Nature Park to Libotín, a municipal district of Štramberk where a stylish lido was constructed below the wood in a peaceful and pleasant area. The newly modernised complex now offers a swimming pool, a small children’s pool, a volleyball court, tennis court, fire ring and a lovely pub with an outdoor seating area. A spring of ferrous water rises near the complex. Return to Nový Jičín across Holivák and Puntík.
This route leads from Nový Jičín through Žilina and Životice to Mořkov, one of the oldest and largest villages in the Nový Jičín Region. The historic foundation of the village is the “Muritz” settlement, which Olomouc Bishop Bruno granted to his vassal Mravík as a fief in 1274. The route continues on to Hodslavice, the birthplace of historian and politician František Palacký. There is a permanent exhibition in his house of birth, which presents the life and works of this great Czech historian and founder of the modern Czech nation. Return to Nový Jičín along the František Palacký Educational Trail leading through Straník, Kojetín and Skalky.
This route mainly offers views of natural points of interest. The unique Zrzávka Springs natural monument, which is remarkable due to its so-called bifurcation, when the water rises from two springs, one of which is sulphurous and other ferrous. The surrounding area has been established as a tourist site called Zrzávky and there is a nice view of Hodslavice and the nearby recreational Kacabaja recreational reservoir from here. Trojačka is a nature reservation consisting of deciduous stands with abundant undergrowth and a herbaceous level – Trojačka (from the word “tři” meaning three -three levels) and is a site on which the critically endangered hart’s-tongue fern grows on scree. Return to Nový Jičín through Mořkov, Životice u NJ and Žilina.
The ruins of Starý Jičín Castle are the dominant point on this route and are located on Starojický Hill. The castle tower is currently restored and houses the castle café on its ground floor. There is also a period exhibition of sources and documents about the castle and the Starý Jičín Manor on the upper floors of the tower. The route continues from Starý Jičín in the direction of Oční studánka (Eye Spring), a spring of excellent, calcareous potable water. The last stop on this route is the top of Svinec Hill, which affords a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Return to Nový Jičín from Svinec through Skalky.
The first stop on this route is the top of Svinec Hill. A protected area has been declared surrounding the peak and over the western slopes, this being the Svinec Nature Reservation, which consists of woody groves and meadows, the habitat of interesting plants, including protected species, particularly orchids. Approximately 200 m from the peak of Svinec there is a stone cross, which was built by the sexton of the Spanish Chapel in Nový Jičín in 1882 with the help of benefactors. The route continues in the direction of Kojetín with its remarkable picrite basalt site. This natural monument is located along both sides of the road leading from Kojetín to the village of Straník. There is also an important archaeological site near Kojetín called Požaha. Take the route leading to Skalky, past Čerťák back to Nový Jičín at the crossroads in Straník.
An important technical monument – the Forest Mill in Bernartice nad Odrou – is the dominant point on this route. This mill has a complete mill system, including a water wheel and is one of the few well-preserved water mills on the Odra River. Continue along route no. 5 from Bernartice to the market town of Suchdol nad Odrou. The local Market Town Museum has exhibits related to the history of the village, and you can also see a unique military history display and a western display. There is also another museum in the centre of the village, which is devoted to folk traditions, preserved household equipment and the history of the Moravian Brethren in the village and the surrounding area – this is the Museum of the Moravian Brethren.
This route leads from Nový Jičín through the Skalky Forest Park to the Čerťák Water Reservoir, which is mainly for recreational use. There is a popular lido here and a site for sports fishing. Significant and protected species of animal also live here. The Čertův Mlýn (Devil’s Mill) restaurant, with outdoor seating are, is located below the dam. The forest path and the so-called tropical valley lead from Čerťák to Bludovice. The Bludička Farm is worth seeing; this is a typical family farm with plenty of animals and was established in 1883. Return from Bludovice along the same route in the direction of Čerťák and then through Straník towards Kojetín and back to Nový Jičín.
This route leads along cycle-route no. 502 from Nový Jičín in the direction of Rybí, all the way to Štramberk, an alpine town in the centre of the Štramberk Highlands. The town and the surrounding area are dominated by the ruins of Strallenberg Castle with its round tower called Trúba. Continue on from Štramberk to the Bílá hora (White Mountain) look-out-tower, which is a modern work of architecture by Ing. Arch. Milan Šmíd and is intended to resemble human DNA. The building is 43 m tall and the look-out platform is 26 m above the ground. The last stop on this route is Kopřivnice, where you can see a unique Technical Museum presenting nearly fifteen decades of the history of the Tatra automotive factory. Return to Nový Jičín along the same route (along cycle-route no. 502).
This route leads to the southern-most part of the Nový Jičín District, to Hostašovice – a village spreading out along a valley between the mountains at the edge of the Moravian Gate. The Main European Watershed traverses this village. The water from Hrázkovský Stream, Zrzávka and Bilý (White) Stream runs into the Baltic Sea, while Srní (Deer) Stream and Široká (Wide) Stream run into the Black Sea. Barn no. 23 is an oddity, because the water from each side of its roof runs into a different sea. The route continues through Straník back to Nový Jičín.
This route leads from Nový Jičín, through Loučka and Bernartice nad Odrou, to Jeseník nad Odrou, where there are several interesting historic monuments. One of these is the chateau, the final appearance of which is in the Late Baroque style. A park was established around the chateau, which used to have many rare exotic trees. The Stará Odra Meanders is a natural monument. Jeseník used to be a very prosperous area in the past and the abundant springs of natural acidulous mineral water continue to be sold today under the name of “Jesenická Kyselka”. The route continues through Vražné to Hynčice, where you can see the place of birth (a farm) of Johann Gregor Mendel, which includes a museum exhibition focusing on the region of birth, the person and works of this famous discoverer of the laws of inheritance. Return by taking cycle-route no. 503 through Jeseník nad Odrou to Starý Jičín, and then continue along cycle-route no. 502 to Nový Jičín.
This route leads from Sirkové lázně to Libhošt. A technical monument - a Dutch-type windmill called “Kulatina” - is the major dominant point of this village. The route continues through Prchalov to Příbor, one of the oldest towns in North-East Moravia, which boasts a varied history and the centre of which was declared a town monument reservation. Sigmund Freud Square is the centre of Příbor and is bordered by rows of houses with arcades on three sides. The house where Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, was born is located only two streets below the square. This building houses an exhibition titled “Sigmund Freud – the person”. You can take cycle-route no. 6001 from Příbor to Kopřivnice, where you can join cycle-route no. 502 to return to Nový Jičín.