Hostovice meadows have been a nature reserve since 1980. They represent wet meadows with rich, diverse and especially protected vegetation, but also protected species of birds and insects.
However, these meadows are also unique in something else. Only here and never elsewhere in Slovakia, you will find a widespread occurrence of the Siberian iris. The enchanting view of Hostovické lúky, abundantly dotted with the purple heads of this rare flower, will come to you mainly during its heyday, which is usually in May and June.
You may be wondering how this incredibly beautiful natural phenomenon came about. It is rumored that during the meadows near Hostovice, Napoleon's soldiers camped during the retreat from Russia. They brought stockpiles of hay for their horses in the Far Russian East. And it was in this hay that there were a lot of iris seeds, which were supposedly spilled on the ground during handling and eventually formed a fragrant and deep purple flower carpet.
The site can be easily reached by car or bicycle. However, it should not be forgotten that Hostovické lúky is a nature reserve with the 4th degree of protection, and therefore entry into the territory of the reservation is prohibited.