If you like history, then this museum is for you. It’s one of the most well-known open-air museums in the country. The museum is devoted to preserving and displaying Wallachian culture and traditions. It is the second oldest, and largest open air museum in the Czech Republic. The Wallachian Open Air Museum was founded in the 1920s and consists of several sets of wooden folk buildings. It is a listed national monument with dozens of traditional timbered houses and historic buildings, to bring visitors back several centuries and to experience traditional life in a Wallachian village from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. You can also see Mill Valley with its functioning mill. Walking through the open-air museum you will find fields with historical crops, pets and pubs with traditional Wallachian specialties. This place offers many events, such as artisan exhibits, festivals, craft fairs and programs adults and children alike will enjoy.
Experience first-hand the traditions that were once followed in Bohemia.
Hike up to the ruins of Castle Rožnov from the second half of the 14th century, located about a kilometer from town. What remains of the original walls, gate, moat and ramparts have been preserved. The last inhabitants of the castle date back to the end of the 17th century. After this, the townspeople of Rožnov dismantled the castle for their own use in the construction of their homes.
Hukvaldy Castle is about 23 km from Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, and was built during the first half of the 13th century. It is located 150 meters above the town bearing the same name, Hukvaldy, but is probably best known for being the birthplace of music composer, Leoš Janáček.
Štramberk Castle was founded at the end of the 13th century. By the 16th century, the castle was abandoned and fell into ruin. The only remaining architecture from its fortification is the Gothic tower, called Trúba, which overlooks the town of Štramberk. From the top you get a spectacular view of the Beskydy and Jeseniky mountains.
Have a panoramic view from this observation tower. This unique look-out point was constructed based on the designs of prominent architect, Dušan Jurkovič. It is situated on Charles Hill in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, above the village home to the Wallachian Open Air Museum. Although constructed in 2012, the carpentry and all other work was done by hand according to the plans of Jurkovič, using methods and traditions no longer used today. The tower itself is 32 meters high, whereas the highest observation platform is 19 meters up.
You should check out the Music Gazebo, which sits in the park near the Community House. This structure was restored in 2009 and is the younger version of the original gazebo from 1884. During the summer months you can hear musicians and listen to concerts in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
If you’re interested in sacred, or religious architecture, a must-see is the Baroque Church of All Saints (Kostel Všech svatých), constructed between 1745 – 1754, or visit the nearby wooden Evangelic church, St. Anne of Větřkovic (sv. Anny z Větřkovic). This latter is a traditional Wallachian wooden-style construction, and church services are still held here. In this area you can find what is called Wallachian Slavín (Valašský Slavín) where the remains of important personalities of the Wallachian region are located.
Rožnov is a great starting point for cyclists, skiers and fans of long-distance runs. For example, try cycling around Mir Cottage (Chata Mir) and Skalíková Meadow (Skalíková Louka) to Pustevny and then on to Martiňák, and then to get back, follow the bike path on the river, Bečva.
The bike path is also suitable for inline skaters and scooters. The path leads from the Horní Bečva reservoir to Valašské Meziříčí. This part of the path is called Rožnovská Bečva and is thirty-five kilometers long, as well as, one of the most modern and most scenic in the Czech Republic.
Pustevny is a great place for a visit in every season. The area isn’t far from the mythical mountain, Radhošt. You can get there by cable car from Trojanovic, walk or cycle in warmer weather, and cross-country ski in winter. Pustevny is a favorite tourist area in the Beskydy, and home to the landmark figure of the region, the statue Radegast - the Slavic god of hospitality, who awaits you on your way up Radhošt Mountain. At the peak of the mountain, you can visit the Chapel of St. Cyril and Methodius, patron saints who are known in history to have brought Christianity to the Czech lands.
At this swimming centre you can swim in one of two pools, or just relax in one the center’s many areas. There are slides for kids big and small, and for the littlest ones, there is a kiddie water area. The center includes an outdoor play area with swings, a sand pit and other fun attractions. And not far from here you’ll find the climbing center, Gibon Park.
Tarzanie is a High Ropes park built with various obstacles suspended in the air, whether it be on trees or poles. Tarzanie is a place for those who enjoy climbing outdoors and are fans of adrenalin. Great fun!
The Wallachian Golf Club can be found on the eastern area just outside of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. It is located near the bike path. This nine-hole course has a length of 5,100 m and is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. The course includes putting, a chipping green and driving range.
There are several nature trails in Rožnov. Why not try the Hradisko nature trail? This will take you on a hike of historical sites and natural wonders of the Beskydy Protected Landscape Area (CHKO). At a steady pace you can walk it in about two hours.
Take the red hiking trail from Rožnov to the top of Radhošť. From the statue of Radegast get on the blue, which will take you to Pustevny. Then, take a cable car to Trojanovice, from where you can easily get back to Rožnov by bus.
If you start from Pustevny, take the 7 km trail called Devil's Mill, which will lead you under the ski jumps, around the lake ‘Eye of the Sea’ (jezírka Mořské oko) to the cottage in Martiňák.
This trail between the treetops is located at the upper cableway station in Pustevny. It offers two unique technical solutions. There is a suspended walkway, whose architectural glass-style bottom and glass look-out is unique to the Czech Republic. You will experience moments in the trees, with beautiful views of the Beskydy ridge. The trail is located at a height of four to fifteen meters up and includes the above-mentioned look-out tower. There is also a cable-lift 150 meters long.
Velký Javorník is the highest peak of Veřovice Hills and is a popular tourist destination. At the top is a tourist cottage with a restaurant. There is also a new look-out tower with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Several marked hiking trails lead to the top of Velký Javorník, and there is also a nature trail from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm.