The world-famous composer Leoš Janáček was born in Hukvaldy in the Moravian-Silesian region. He is the author of the famous opera Her Stepdaughter, which premiered in 1904. This masterpiece fascinates music lovers around the world to this day. Information on Janáček and his life’s work can be found in the local museum.
Above the town of Hukvaldy is a 150-metre-high hill, upon which stands the largest castle ruins in the Moravian region. The first mention of this building comes from the 13th century. The best-preserved building is St Andrew’s Chapel (kaple sv. Ondřeje), built at the end of the 17th century. The chapel was the only building in the castle that was restored and maintained in the last century. Every year, the grounds of Hukvaldy Castle with the adjoining game reserve become the venue for the Janáček's Hukvaldy International Music Festival. The castle is open to the public from April to October. The castle game reserve, where you can see fallow deer and mouflon, is open year-round. Climb up the castle tower, where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the ridges of the Beskid Mountains and the town of Kopřivnice.