When Maria Theresa lost a part of Silesia in 1742, the empress wept over her loss beneath the walnut tree in the Kravaře Chateau park. And no wonder—the loss of an expanse of land as beautiful as this one must have caused great heartache.
Kravaře lies right on the border between Moravia and Silesia, and the majority of it, including the chateau, lies on the Silesian side of the Opava River. First mention of this location dates back to as early as the 13th century. In the 17th century, the estate was acquired by Michal Sendivoj, representative of a poor Polish noble family who was also a renowned alchemist in the court of Rudolph II in Prague. Having loaned the Habsburgs money, Ferdinand II decided to repay his debt by offering Sendivoj the Kravaře estate.
Today, Kravaře is a great tourist attraction. The chateau has been repaired and offers two tour circuits. One introduces you to the lives of the village population, while the other exposition is dedicated to the life of the nobility. The chateau’s gorgeous park is part of a golf course that draws golfers to the Moravian-Silesian Region.
History enthusiasts can continue to learn about chateaus in Hradec nad Moravicí or the romantic Raduň Chateau. The pearl of Czech Silesia, the city of Opava lies nearby. Those who enjoy natural wonders can visit the natural monument, the Odkryv ledovcových usazenin (Glacial Deposits Outcrop), or explore the Moravice River canyon on foot, by bicycle, or by boat.
Today, Kravaře has been made famous by Miss Europe winner Monika Židková, who became city mayor in 2014. In the world of sports, Alois Hadamczik, coach of the Czech national hockey team, is also a well-known native of Kravaře.