The Moravian Karst (map) is a karst landscape and protected nature reserve to the north of Brno, located near the town of Blansko (map).
The Moravian Karst is one of the most important karst areas in Central Europe. It is comprised of heavily karstified Devonian limestones. Karst formations have developed here both on the surface and underground on an area of 100 km2. There are more than 1,000 known caves in this area, five of which are open to the public.
This region is also home to one of the most important single geological features in the Czech Republic, the Macocha Abyss (map), a gorge 138 m deep, which was formed when the ceiling of a cave chamber collapsed.
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The Moravian Karst is literally interwoven with a dense network of tourist trails. A green tourist trail, beginning at the railway station, leads from Blansko to Skalní Mlýn (the “heart” of the karst, map) where there is an information centre and car park. A yellow trail will bring you here from Sloup and the Sloup-Šošůvka Caves (map). Another important point is the upper viewing point of the Macocha Abyss, where the yellow trail from Sloup meets up with a red trail from Rudice.