Hustopeče lookout tower
Go exploring Pálava and the corners of South Moravia in a slightly untraditional way and visit the Hustopeče lookout tower! Apart from it, you will also be able to see the local rarity, almond orchards!
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Interesting facts Hustopeče lookout tower
The wooden lookout tower is located on an almond orchard, at the foot of Hustopeče Old Hill, approximately 1 km to the north and Hustopeče to the north and about 30 km to the northwest of Břeclav.
The lookout tower is located at an altitude of 300 meters and its total height is 17.4 meters. You can reach the viewing platform by climbing 63 steps. From a height of 12.6 meters above the ground there is a beautiful view of Hustopeče, Pálava or the Nové Mlýny reservoir.
From the cemetery in Hustopeče, you can easily reach the lookout tower along a marked tourist path. The lookout tower is freely accessible and open daily without restrictions.
The construction of the lookout tower on the almond hill above the town of Hustopeče did not go without problems and actually took several years. In 2008, selected architects were approached by the local town hall and then the ideal place for the building itself was sought. The hill with the almond orchard above the cemetery near Hustopeče was considered optimal. From the city, the lookout tower would be located about 1 km to the northeast. At the same time, the Hustopeče region was preparing a project called the Mandloň Trail to the Lookout Tower, which was to include an educational trail and a lookout tower.
The lookout tower has a floor plan in the shape of a square with a side of 7.6 meters. It has a total of three floors and a spiral staircase with a diameter of 2 meters. The lookout tower is covered. The total costs climbed to approximately 1.9 million crowns and its construction was carried out by Teplotechna Ostrava a.s.
The construction of the lookout tower began in October 2011 and in the spring of 2012 it was completed and ceremoniously opened on March 31, 2012 as part of the almond and wine celebrations.
Apart from the tourist lookout tower, there is another attraction in this region. It is an almond orchard with an area of about 4 hectares, which is the only one in Central Europe. Almond trees in this area were originally planted for the purposes of the Zora chocolate factory sometime in the 1950s. By the 1980s, almond growing was significantly reduced and orchards were orphaned. Hustopeče City Hall was interested in acquiring the orchard for twelve years, before acquiring part of it in 2004 and buying the other part from Nestlé in 2008.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová