Unique to Mikulov is the graffiti house, U Rytířů. Here are several pictures of this gorgeous graffiti ornamentation to the house:
This has not always been a quiet, idyllic place. During Hitler's occupation of Czechoslovakia, his troops were stationed here, due to its proximity to the Austrian border and the Dyje River (where we were collecting reed canarygrass). When the Russians invaded, Hitler's troops withdrew from Mikulov and left the doors to the city wide open...in particular, all of the wine cellars which were bursting with wines. You can guess what happened: the Russians got completely drunk and the Germans came back and attacked them and the city. It's amazing that the beautiful buildings remain to this day.
The Dyje River was also the site for important battles during WWII. The Germans retreated across the Dyje when the Russians invaded Mikulov. The Russians attempted to cross the river, but it was during the spring floods and you can guess what a mess it must have created in this beautiful landscape:
We will return here in the spring. Do join us!
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