Czech Republic
Velka Amerika

A stunning abandoned limestone quarry nicknamed the "Czech Grand Canyon." Located near the village of Mořina in the Czech Republic, this captivating site offers visitors a unique blend of natural wonder and historical significance. Read more

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Velka Amerika is an open pit quarry that spans approximately 800 meters in length, 200 meters in width, and reaches depths of up to 100 meters. Its sheer size and dramatic landscapes have drawn comparisons to the iconic Grand Canyon in the U.S., thus earning its nickname. The serene turquoise waters at the base contrast beautifully with the stark white limestone walls, creating a landscape photographer's dream.
Beyond its natural allure, Velka Amerika holds historical significance. The quarry, along with several others in the vicinity, was used for limestone mining for centuries. During World War II, these quarries became forced labor camps where prisoners were made to work under grueling conditions.
Today, Velka Amerika is a popular spot for sightseeing, hiking, and photography. The quarry is surrounded by a network of walking trails that provide different vantage points of this geological marvel.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Velka Amerika

Observation Points

Strategically placed around the quarry, these points offer panoramic views of the "Czech Grand Canyon" and its serene waters.

Nearby Quarries: Mala Amerika and Mexiko

Located close to Velka Amerika, these quarries are smaller but equally enchanting, showcasing the region's rich mining history.

Karlštejn Castle

A short drive from Velka Amerika, this Gothic-style castle stands majestically atop a hill, offering a glimpse into Czech medieval architecture and history.

Limestone Caves

These natural formations, a result of centuries of mining, add to the region's geological appeal.

Hiking Trails

The surrounding area offers numerous trails, ideal for both amateur hikers and seasoned trekkers, with routes meandering through forests and offering views of the quarry.

Solvay’s Limestone Quarries

Discover the series of interconnected quarries in the region, showcasing the vastness and significance of limestone extraction.

Bird Watching

With its varied terrains and water bodies, the region attracts diverse bird species, making it a hotspot for bird enthusiasts.

Village of Mořina

Visit this quaint village, the gateway to Velka Amerika, and immerse yourself in local culture and traditions.

Historical Markers

Scattered around the site are markers and plaques detailing the quarry's historical significance, particularly its use during World War II.

Guided Tours

Opt for a local guide to get a deeper understanding of the geological, historical, and cultural significance of Velka Amerika and its surroundings.

What else to visit
In and around Velka Amerika

Karlstejn Castle (2.76 km)

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Berounka River, Karlštejn Castle is one of the Czech Republic's most visited and iconic landmarks. Built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, this fortress is an unparalleled treasure trove of history, art, and mystique.

Koneprusy Cave (10.99 km)

Tucked away in the Bohemian Karst region, the Koněprusy Caves are the longest cave system in the Czech Republic. A subterranean wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, these caves offer an ethereal journey into the Earth's prehistoric past.

Prague Airport (16.92 km)

Václav Havel Airport Prague, the main international gateway to the Czech Republic, is a modern and highly frequented air hub with a rich history. It offers first-class passenger services and connects Prague to hundreds of destinations around the world.

Prague Castle (19.68 km)

Prague Castle, perched majestically on a hill overlooking the Vltava River, is not only the largest ancient castle in the world but also the heart of Czech cultural and political history. This iconic landmark is a must-visit for its architectural grandeur

Centrum Prague (19.99 km)

Prague's historic center enchants with a timeless allure, where every cobblestone whispers tales of bygone eras, and every corner offers a piece of living history.

Dobris Castle (20.04 km)

Nestled amidst the verdant forests of Central Bohemia, Dobříš Castle captivates visitors with its splendid rococo architecture and luxuriant French gardens. A symbol of elegance and history, the castle is an idyllic getaway not far from Prague.

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