Brno

Brno (German: Brünn, Štatl in the local dialect) is the major city of Moravia (a historical region in the Czech Republic). It is the largest city in Moravia and the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population and area.

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Špilberk Castle

Formerly the major royal castle in Moravia, the seat of Margraves (rulers) of Moravia, and once the seat of the King of the Holy Roman Empire (King Jobst of Moravia). Later it become a famous fortress which was for a long time used as one of the most feared prisons in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many people have been tortured here from all around Europe, mostly during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It's the city museum with restaurant and there's a nice park around it, open for walks and beautiful sightseeing, the castle and the park are parts of the national cultural heritage of Czech Republic.

SEE   —  +420 542 123 615 —  Map

Tugendhat Villa

The villa is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is seen to be a classic example of Bauhaus architecture, and was also the location of the meeting which decided upon the ''Velvet Divorce'' that separated the Czech and Slovak republics in 1992. It is possible to visit the Villa by guided tour; tours are led hourly and must be booked in advance (see the [http://www.tugendhat.eu/ Villa website]). The building reopened in March 2012 after an extensive restoration.



Jakubské náměstí

Grab a few friends and go have a drink at Jakubské náměstí during summer. After work or school, lot of people came here to have a drink. The area behind the St. James church has become a living part of Brno, recently. Many pubs, wine cellars and cafés make a unique atmosphere. If you are lucky, you can run into a concert or screening. Almost every day there are dancing lessons at Café Savoy (salsa, tango, swing...). If you are talented, you can use a free-to-play piano on the square.

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Brno Trade and Fair Centre

The largest trade center in the Central European region with many important fairs. The largest are Autosalon, MSV (International Engineering Fair), Invex (International Fair of Information and Communication Technologies), IDET (International Exhibition of Defence and Security Technologies and Special Information Systems) and of course a Vinex (International Wine Fair) and Pivex (International Beer Fair).

DO   —  Výstaviště 1


Church of St. James

This church is doubtlessly one of the most notable churches in Brno. It's a big gothic church and was founded in the 13th century. It has remained unchanged since the 17th century which is quite rare). Beneath the church, there is the Brno Ossuary, the second biggest ossuary in Europe (after the Catacombs of Paris). The ossuary is not yet opened for visitors, however, it was planned for 2012.

SEE   —  Jakubské náměstí

Denis gardens

it's one of the most beautiful parks in Brno, there is an obelisk and a colonnade, and it offers a nice view on the city, including the Špilberk castle and the cathedral, also it is the oldest public park in the country which was founded by public administration authorities. It's located in the historical center, between the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and the Špilberk Castle.

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Ignis Brunensis

There are four firework competitions on the dam lake and at least two in the town centre. The fireworks begin every evening at 10:30PM. The show lasts about 22 minutes. Public transport runs longer and more frequently at these times. During the festival there are nights of theatres and museums. Entrance is free, but expect crowds.

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Moravian square

is the biggest square in Brno, it's dominated by the Church of Saint Thomas which is the last resting place of Jobs of Moravia, German King and Margrave of Moravia, the nearby former Governor's Palace offers permanent exhibitions of the Moravian Gallery. The square is located in the historical centre near the Freedom Square.

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Freedom Square

forms the heart of the city. It's shaped into big reversed "A". Many cultural events take place here and there are always a lot of people here. It is closed for most cars and trams running through the middle. Also most of the interesting places in the city center are within 10 minutes walk from the Square.

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The Moravian Museum

It's the second largest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1817 by Emperor Francis I and, today, has collections with millions of objects from different fields of human history. Apart from the main building in Dietrichstein Palace at ''Zelný trh'' the museum has various branches:

SEE   —  +420 533 435 220 —  Zelný trh 8

Veveri street

This street is a group of outstanding Art Nouveau buildings called ''Tivoli'' (tram stop ''Konečného náměstí''), and a number of baroque and other beautiful historical buildings. Nearby, is one of three botanical gardens in Brno. The street goes from the historical center and leads to the north.

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Hotel Santander

Offers a luxurious accommodation in 13 double rooms, 1 single room and 1 suite with a fireplace in a comfortable environment of a new restored stylish villa dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The villa has an enclosed parking lot on the hotel premises.

SLEEP   —  +420 547 220 233 —  Pisárecká 6

Student Agency

offers 4 direct daily coaches. It is much cheaper to take the Viennese train S7 to Praterstern and catch the same coaches from there, for some reason the trip to the airport costs double, so it is much cheaper to take the Austrian public transportation.

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Lužánky park

the oldest public park in the country and the biggest park in Brno. There is an artificial brook with living fishes and a number of similar nice things. It's located north to the historical centere, about 15 minutes by walk, or 2–3 minutes by tram.

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Old Town Hall

See beloved Brno symbols the Brno Dragon (''Brněnský drak'') and the Wheel. Also notice the lopsided tower above the entrance. Legend has it that the city council stiffed the mason who built it and he made the crooked ornament in a fit of pique.

SEE   —  Radnická 8

Treasure Hunt Brno

Treasure Hunt Brno is a dynamic team competition, that makes use of modern technology and GPS-enabled tablets and let's you visit a wide range of Brno's historical monuments in a record time. Suitable for larger groups and companies.


Zelená Kočka Pivárium

Beer speciality pub - serving Dalešice beer (made in a brewery 60km famous for appearing in the film Postriziny) as well as a selection of beers from around Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria which changes every day.

DRINK   —  Dvořákova 3

The Moravian Gallery

The second largest art museum in the Czech Republic. Mainly exhibits Moravian art and applied art throughout history. Most recommended is its exhibition of modern Moravian art. The gallery consists of three buildings:

SEE   —  +420 532 169 111 —  Map

Vaňkovka Gallery

A large shopping centre converted from an old industrial center dating to the beginning of the 19th century. Many of the historical industrial buildings were saved and integrated into the new shopping center.

BUY   —  Ve Vaňkovce 1

Student Agency

started by students, but offers service with free coffee, newspapers, and movies to everyone. Brno is the main hub and buses travel across Europe, and are known for their high quality.

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Petrov Cathedral

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, known as ''Petrov'' forms a dominant silhouette of Brno skyline. (Petrov is the name of the hill which the cathedral is built upon, not the cathedral.)

SEE   —  Petrov Street

The Mendel Museum of Genetics

The most famous biologist in the history of genetics worked and died in Brno. This interesting museum commemorates his revolutionary research. Information in English available.


Výčep Na Stojáka

Probably the most popular bar in Brno during summer, where locals and foreigners alike drink cold Chotěboř (lager type beer) soak in the evening sun in the square.

DRINK   —  Běhounská 6

Bohemian Lines

Is a Brno-based company. Buses roll off to Scandinavia every couple of days headed for Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and a slew of more exotic smaller towns.

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Eurolines CZ/Touring Bohemia, s. r. o.

International and domestic routes. Some services include free newspapers, magazines and bottled water, some even have wifi. Book ahead for best price.

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Apartments Brno No1

If you prefer an apartment, choose Apt No1. Stylish, renovated rooms, bottle of wine, free tea and coffee available. Cable TV and free wifi internet.


Capuchin Monastery

The 17th-century monastery lies right in the city center. It has Baroque statues and a mummified monks exhibition in an underground tomb.


Brno Zoo

A great zoo set in a nice area with hundreds of animals such as polar bears, seals, tigers, chimpanzees and more.


Tourbus, a.s.

is also based in Brno and serves many destinations and is particularly cheap to some international destinations.

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Hostel Fléda

Low-budget hostel, 10 minutes walking from the centre, possible discounts in the nearby club Fleda.


Anthropos Pavilion

Exhibition on the oldest history of the settlement in Moravia and on the whole European continent.


Lokál U Caipla

Traditional pub, featuring lots of typically Czech dishes and beer served from big metal tanks

DRINK   —  Kozí 3

Holiday Inn

Good if you are visiting the exhibition centre, otherwise you will need a taxi to centre.


One World Brno

Documentary film festival on human rights held every March.

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Bar, který neexistuje

Cocktail bar featuring a huge menu of rums and whiskies

DRINK   —  Dvořákova 1

Pivovarská

It is a big pub&restaurant owned by Starobrno brewery

DRINK   —  Mendelovo náměstí 20

Bishop Courtyard

Numismatic exhibition and Moravian fauna exhibition.

SEE   —  +420 533 435 282 —  Muzejní 1

Museum of Gypsy Culture

A museum dedicated to the Gypsy minority in Moravia.


ROTOR

Cosy little bar with good wine, spirits and coffee

DRINK   —  Dvořákova 12

Hostel Mitte

Nice little hostel in the very centre.

SLEEP   —  +420 734 622 340 —  Panská 11

Tourbus, a.s.

offers 1-2 direct daily buses to Brno.

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Hotel Royal Ricc

Very nice romantic hotel.


About Brno

The city was founded about 1000 years ago, it received city status in the year 1243, and for centuries it served as the capital city of Moravia, until 1948 when communists abolished autonomy of Moravia. The city flourished mainly during the 19th century. Today's Brno is a mixture of many different architecture styles, there are many beautiful places. But still, it's a home to great culture, and countless beautiful buildings, the city has the second largest historic preservation zone in the country (the biggest one is in Prague, the third largest is in Olomouc). There are three castles, Špilberk (former royal castle, and former seat of rulers of Moravia), Veveří castle (near the Brno dam lake), and the Líšeň Castle.

Brno is not particularly well known by tourists so you can easily avoid crowds and overpriced services.

Brno is the cultural hub of Moravia, it's the home to a number of notable Moravian institutions, e.g. Moravian Gallery, Moravian Museum, National Theatre Brno, and Brno City Theatre. It's a city with a long tradition in motor racing (on the Masaryk Circuit), huge exhibitions and trade fairs (in the Central European Exhibition Center), and as vibrant university city. There are about 89,000 university students in Brno, a city with 380,000 inhabitants, it makes it the country's largest student city by percentage of population. Since 1998, there is also an international firework competition held annually at the end of May and beginning of June - Ignis Brunensis, it attracts about 100,000-200,000 visitors every day it's being held.

The most interesting places in Brno includes the Brno Underground, a labyrinth of underground cellars which includes the second biggest ossuary in Europe (after the Catacombs of Paris), the two (or three) castles in Brno, the cathedral on the Petrov hill (Pope Benedict XVI. visited the cathedral in 2009), the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in the Old Brno District, the St. Jacob's Church, the Moravian Museum (the biggest museum in Moravia and the second biggest in the country), Lužánky Park which is the oldest public park in the country, Denis Gardens, and various historical squares, churches, palaces, and other interesting buildings.

There are also many places which might be worthy of visit outside of the city centre, like an old Jewish cemetery in Brno-Židenice (by area, the biggest one in Moravia), or the Marian Valley in Brno-Líšeň, it's which is a cascade of lakes between forested hills. From the north, Brno is surrounded by hills and very pleasant nature, probably the most notable place is the Moravian Karst.

Brno lost its status of the capital city but it still behaves like a "cosmopolitan" capital, there is a rich variety of various cultural events, clubs, pubs, etc., and several excellent museums and theatres. Also there are two interesting things about theatres in Brno, Reduta Theatre is the oldest theatre building in Central Europe, and Mahen Theatre (part of the National Theatre Brno) is the first theatre in the entire Europe which was illuminated by Thomas Edison's electric light bulbs (in that time, it was only a four-year-old invention). Brno also serves as the capital of judicial authority of the Czech Republic (it's the seat of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court) and many other state authorities, the rest of it is located in Prague.


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