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Along the Vlara Railway

Ujezdec / Welcome to Vlara Railway

Welcome to the railway connecting Brno with the border region around the Vlara Pass (Vlarsky prusmyk) in the south-east of the Czech Republic. The part of the line from Veseli nad Moravou (CZ) in direction of Trencianska Tepla (Slovakia) is known as Upper Vlara (Horni Vlara). The Vlara Railway was part of a much larger cross-country railway project – the so called Bohemia-Moravia Transversal Railway. It was designed to connect Bohemia (all the way from its westernmost part near the border with Germany) with Moravia in the east, and further with the Vah River valley in Slovakia.

The building concession was granted by the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I on 13/08/1882 and the railway was finished in 1888. The Empire was more interested in lines running north-south (connections with Vienna), so the west-east direction was not a priority. That is why pushing this project through was considered a major political success. Since the railway effectively connected Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia, it later played an important role when the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia was being negotiated after World War I.

The local Ujezdec side line (built 1905) will take you along the Stavnice stream to the town of Luhacovice, a popular spa renowned for the treatment of respiratory and digestive complaints. In Ujezdec there is an interesting church (John the Baptist) and a small chapel of Cyril (Constantine) and Methodius.

GPS position

N 49° 1.980', E 17° 41.120'
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Contact

Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů
Bartolomějské náměstí 47, 698 01 Veselí nad Moravou
Tel.:518 322 545
e-mail:visbk@bilekarpaty.cz
http://bilekarpaty.cz/vis