Vyškov - Moravian Versailles

The South Moravian district town of Vyškov is located approximately 30 km from Brno, almost in the middle of Moravia, surrounded by the Upper Moravian gorge, the Drahanská Highlands and the Litenčický Hills. The area around Vyškov has gone down in history mainly thanks to the battle of the three emperors near Austerlitz, however Vyškov can offer its visitors much, much more! Definitely not for nothing is it nicknamed "Moravian Versailles".

Information for visitors

Adress: Masarykovo nám., Vyškov
GPS: 49.27758110, 16.99925690
Vyškov - Moravian Versailles map

Interesting facts Vyškov - Moravian Versailles

History of the town

The local area was probably inhabited as early as the Stone Age, especially due to its advantageous location, in which the trade routes leading to Brno, Olomouc and Kroměříž intersected.

Vyškov is first mentioned in historical sources in connection with the deed of Olomouc Bishop Jindřich Zdík from 1141. Vyškov was originally a manor house, later the property of the bishops of Olomouc, from the 13th century to the next six centuries. In 1250, thanks to Bishop Bruno of Schauenburg, Vyškov was promoted to a town, and in the following century it became one of the most important towns in the entire diocese of Olomouc.

Vyškov's advantageous location also brought dark sides, for example in the form of frequent raids. During the Hussite wars, the town was conquered and burned down during the clash between Matyáš Korvín and Jiří z Poděbrad.

Tas from Montenegro, a bishop from the aristocratic Boskovic family, took care of the renewal of the town. He wrote and expanded city privileges and freed the townspeople from their obligations to the castle, so that Vyškov flourished economically. However, another decline soon occurred, during the Thirty Years' War, when the city was twice looted and burned by the Swedes and the population was reduced to a third.

The designation "Moravian Versailles" comes from the reign of Bishop Charles II. from Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn, and when the local castle underwent extensive reconstruction. However, the significant development of the town was interrupted by a devastating fire, which destroyed Vyškov in 1753, including the chateau and a number of burgher houses.

During the middle of the 19th century, the city walls were demolished and Vyškov began to grow in the area, developing culturally and economically.

Sights and interesting places

The rich history of Vyškov is well documented by several architectural gems. One of them is the mentioned Vyškov chateau, surrounded by a garden. The city also has a Renaissance town hall or the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Pleasant relaxation is promised by the local water park or zoo.

Author: Andrea Štyndlová