Brno

Enjoy Brno Like We Do

Brno

The entire country enjoys the rivalry between the two largest cities in the country. After Prague, Brno is the second largest city, but in terms of being able to make fun of itself, Brno takes the cake. This Moravian metropolis also has a completely disarming charm and distinctive culinary scene.
Brno
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Brno
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Within the small area of the city centre there are countless remarkable buildings of various styles. Perhaps the greatest architectural gem is Villa Tugendhat, a Functionalist building with unbelievable charisma and a story you will never forget. Reserve your visit well in advance because otherwise you won't get to enjoy the pure beauty registered as a UNESCO world heritage cultural site. No tickets left? Then check out some of these other Brno villas and [kavárny] from the early 20th century.
Brno
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Brno
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If any place in Brno is full of life day and night, it's the area around St. Jacob's Church, which dates from the 13th century. This quarter is packed with numerous pubs, bars and cafés that attract an interesting mix of young and old, students and professionals, locals and tourists (yes, even from Prague). And in the summer when the party hits the [ulice], social media is swamped with new friends and hashtags.
 
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Brno
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Brno
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Brno
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By the way, Brno is the [srdce] of Moravia, renowned for the excessive hospitality of the locals. To better orient yourself among the endless array of restaurants, we recommend Gourmet Brno, an independent review that will prove indispensable for every gastronaut or hipster on the prowl for organic or gluten-free fare.
 
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For good measure, let's take a walk through the city and show you some of our landmarks. We don't take the new ones too seriously – for example, the statue of Margrave Jobst on his horse or the clock on Liberty Square, which releases a glass marble every day at 11 am. On the other hand, the old ones take our breath away every time – whether when climbing up the tower of the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul or walking around Špilberk (Špilas) Castle. And the best way to sightsee is still to hop on a [šalina] and just ride for a while to get off the official beaten path.
Brno
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Brno
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Brno
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Brno
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Since you're already in South Moravia, it would be a sin not to explore the magical Pálava area with its white rock formations, forests and steppes. The castle ruins and ridges look out over world-class vineyards. We will be happy to put you up for the night, rent you a bike, and entertain you in our [sklípek] while a gypsy cymbal band plays. A melancholy ode to white wine “Vínečko bílé“ will give you stirring memories of this beautiful region.
 
Brno
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Brno
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Brno
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When we feel the need for speed, we take our cars or motorcycles to the Masaryk Circuit, a race track on the outskirts of Brno named after the first Czechoslovak president. Got the guts to try it? If not, there's another place that will be sure to make your [hlava] spin – the Moravian Karst and Punkva Caves, where you can reach the bottom of the Macocha Abyss and take an adventurous boat ride on the underground Punkva River. You can also find other tips for day trips here or here.
 
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