The Vysočina Region is in the centre of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, which is also the heart of the Czech Republic. It is because of this central location that the Vysočina Region was divided into two parts that are almost equal in area.

Originally, the region consisted of pristine virgin forest. However, human activity has transformed the landscape into an undulating steppe consisting of hills and valleys with patches of cultivated woods and groves. The streams that flow through the Vysočina Region formed ponds that further beautify the regions as well as provide recreation and help in its economy.

Great pains are taken to protect the current environment. Businesses are carefully scrutinized so that they would adhere to strict environmental standards and do not pollute the environment.

Vysočina’s population is spread out over 700 towns and villages. Thankfully, an extensive road network not only connects all these towns to the regional capital of Jihlava, but also to other urban centres such as Prague and Brno.

Historically important sites in Vysočina include the old town centre of Telc, the Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora, and the Jewish Ghetto with the nearby St. Prokopus Basilica in Trebic.

Jihlava

The capital of the Vysočina Region derives its name from the Jihlava River in between the historical regions of Moravia and Bohemia.

Jihlava is one of the prettiest towns in the Czech Republic, with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings clustered along its streets. Its historic centre alone has more than 200 protected buildings, dozens of them being of historical significance. Some of the houses in town date back to the 14th century.

Jihlava is the oldest mining town in the country. Silver made its first inhabitants wealthy, but at present the main industries in the town are agriculture, machine production, electrical engineering, metal, wood, leather, furniture and glass production, and food processing.

Residential suburbs can be found on the fringes of town. The town centre consists of old housing and some modern properties mixed with commercial establishments.


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