Jihlava is the capital of the Vysocina region of the Czech Republic. Being the oldest mining town, the city is located on the Jihlava River on the historical border between Moravia and Bohemia. Jihlava used to be a city which, together with Kutna Hora, bore the title of silver treasury of the Czech Republic.
When visiting the city you should definitely see its historic center with a checkered network of streets, labyrinth of underground tunnels, and a very nice zoo. The Jihlava underground, the corridors of which reach a total length of 25 km, came about as the result of interconnecting medieval cellars. These corridors were excavated in the rock at several levels up to 18 meters deep and stretch underneath nearly all the houses around the main square. The labyrinth of the Jihlava underground is especially famous for its mysterious luminous passage – when the guide turns the lights out, the walls glow mysteriously.
The life of a composer Gustav Mahler is closely connected to the city and its surroundings. An exhibition in the home where the Mahlers moved to from the nearby village of Kaliste will introduce you to his family and childhood, his sources of inspiration and his later relationship with the city. You can also visit the Gustav Mahler Park at the synagogue, which was burned in 1939, and the Jewish cemetery with the graves of his parents and siblings.
Just a short walk from the center of Jihlava, in the park by the river Jihlavka, you will find a zoo without any bars, which specializes in big cats, monkeys and reptiles.
Hotels: EA Business Hotel Jihlava, Penzion Atrium, Fara Rancirov
Sights: Jihlava Underground, Masarykovo Namesti, Jihlava Fortification