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COW MOUNTAIN

COW MOUNTAIN

- Moors that saw many a soldier -
To the southwest of historic Znojmo, between the Dyje Valley and the villages of Sedlešovice and Konice, there is a distinct crest called Cow Mountain. Although its altitude is only 325 m, there are some one hundred metres between the valley bottom and the hilltop. Of old, a road led from Znojmo to Lower Austria via Cow Mountain. Now this road is used by cyclists and hikers only. On the slopes of the mountain above Konice and Sedlešovice, there are renowned old vineyards, on the other side, facing historic Znojmo, we can see a lot of small private gardens with mini-summerhouses, which have been a typical Czech phenomenon since the communist times. The plateau on the top of the mountain is part of the Podyjí National Park and it is covered partly with forests and partly with unique heather and also subtropical flora. Sheep are often put out to pasture here, which helps to keep this moorland in a good state. Some rare reptile species live here, too. The vast plateau of Cow Mountain, clearly visible from any roof or tower of medieval Znojmo, tempted many military leaders to make use of it. In the winter of 1631/1632 (Thirty Years’ War), Catholic troops were mustering here under the command of Albrecht von Wallenstein, in 1742 King Frederick the Great’s Prussian soldiers were camping here, and in 1809, during the Battle of Znojmo, French cannons were bombarding the Austrian troops gathered below the Vienna Gate. From World War One up to the 1960s the mountain was often used as a military exercising ground! Fortunately, those bitter days are gone now.

- Moors that saw many a soldier -

To the southwest of historic Znojmo, between the Dyje Valley and the villages of Sedlešovice and Konice, there is a distinct crest called Cow Mountain. Although its altitude is only 325 m, there are some one hundred metres between the valley bottom and the hilltop. Of old, a road led from Znojmo to Lower Austria via Cow Mountain. Now this road is used by cyclists and hikers only. On the slopes of the mountain above Konice and Sedlešovice, there are renowned old vineyards, on the other side, facing historic Znojmo, we can see a lot of small private gardens with mini-summerhouses, which have been a typical Czech phenomenon since the communist times. The plateau on the top of the mountain is part of the Podyjí National Park and it is covered partly with forests and partly with unique heather and also subtropical flora. Sheep are often put out to pasture here, which helps to keep this moorland in a good state. Some rare reptile species live here, too. The vast plateau of Cow Mountain, clearly visible from any roof or tower of medieval Znojmo, tempted many military leaders to make use of it. In the winter of  1631/1632 (Thirty Years’ War), Catholic troops were mustering here under the command of Albrecht von Wallenstein, in 1742 King Frederick the Great’s Prussian soldiers were camping here, and in 1809, during the Battle of Znojmo, French cannons were bombarding the Austrian troops gathered below the Vienna Gate. From World War One up to the 1960s the mountain was often used as a military exercising ground! Fortunately, those bitter days are gone now.        


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