Podyjí-Thayatal National Park
How many national parks are there – one, or two? It’s hard to say. Although today we can travel freely through a borderless Europe, talking of bilateral border areas, each of the two national parks continues to have a life of its own.
Soon after the fall of the Iron Curtain, on July 1st 1991, the Podyjí national park was founded on the Czech side of the border. It might sound absurd, but it actually owes its existence to the Iron Curtain. In the deserted border zone, there was no mass tourism and the animal and plant world was largely left in peace. When this area (64 square kilometres) received the status of a national park, it was fortunate enough to be granted a special status of protection. Even today, intact nature with a very well-preserved and richly wooded landscape along the river Thaya awaits you on your hikes. In a rather small area, you will find an incredible variety of unique plant and animal life.
The Austrian Thayatal National Park was founded a few years after the Czech Podyjí National Park, on January 1st, 2000. Although significantly smaller (with a surface area of 13,3 square kilometres), it is no less interesting.
Enjoy videos from both national parks below – documentary films made by Czech Television in the years 2011–2012.
Back to the Wilderness – Podyjí-Thayatal National Park
Wilderness Without Borders – Podyjí-Thayatal National Park
See and experience the beauty of the Podyjí-Thayatal National Park yourself.
We are looking forward to your visit!
We have been doing everything to offer our guests an environmentally friendly service for ten years already. Our guesthouse is located in the vicinity of the National park Podyjí-Thayatal and we were awarded the EU Eco-label in 2007 – as the first guesthouse in Moravia! Come and visit us, we are looking forward to meet you!