What to do and see in Brno, Czech Republic: The Best Places and Tips

March 28, 2018 Marlin Saiz

The charms of the Czech Republic's second-largest city may not be immediate, but spend a few days in this Moravian town and Brno's vibrant, authentic Czech ambiance will win you over. It's a fine way to experience Czech life without the teeming herds of tourists that visit Prague. Art Nouveau, Empire and Neoclassical buildings stand in the bar- and restaurant-packed old city center. Leafy parks abound. Be sure to get a photo with a local landmark, the suspiciously crocodilian Brno Dragon statue.
Restaurants in Brno

1. Villa Tugendhat

Cernopolni 45, Brno 613 00, Czech Republic +420 515 511 015
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4.5 based on 520 reviews

Villa Tugendhat

This modernist landmark is an outstanding example of the international architectural style that flourished in 1920s Europe.

Reviewed By czert_michael - Brno, Czech Republic

You shouldn't miss this one if you're in Brno, since it's a finest piece of functionalist architecture of 1920s and it's designated world heritage site by UNESCO. I've never really been that much into functionalism, but it's amazing to see all those technological tweaks in an almost a century old building with a wonderful view of Brno. Loved it!

2. VIDA! Science Centre

Krizkovskeho 554/12, Brno 603 00, Czech Republic +420 515 201 000
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

VIDA! Science Centre

Launch a hydrogen rocket, star in the TV weather report, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake, set free a tornado, and get to the bottom of the Bermuda Triangle. All these experiences and many more are waiting for you in the VIDA! science centre. Near the Brno trade fair complex, playful explorers of all ages will find more than one hundred and seventy interactive exhibits over an area of nearly 5,000 square meters that will give them a better understanding of the world around us. This unique exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: the Planet, Civilization, Man and the Microworld. The Science Centre for Children is an independent section for visitors from 2 to 6 years old. All exhibits are captioned in Czech, English and German.

Reviewed By Karina L - Ribe, Denmark

Great place for kids and "grown up kids" like us, loads of different things to do. The entry fee was 190 czk/app. 7,50 €. There is a cafeteria and a vending machine; and when you buy your ticket, you're allowed to leave and come back...MoreDear Karina, Im so sorry that you have such a bad experience with our science centre. Could you please text me to e-mail [email protected] date and time of your visit? Thank you very much.

3. Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

Petrov 268/9, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 543 235 031
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4.5 based on 787 reviews

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

This neo-Gothic Cathedral is famous for the bells that always ring noon at 11 A.M., a tradition that dates back to a 1645 siege by the Swedes.

Reviewed By josephgiorgio - Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Located near the Brno Square, the Cathedral is 5 minutes away from the square. You can see beautiful exterior and interior of the church at the morning (the church has daily mass at 7am, so please respect the time by not entering the church when the daily mass takes place), instead it is open for public from 8am until afternoon.
At 10am, the access to the tower is open for public, you can see the whole Brno from the Cathedral tower, it's worth a visit! (you can buy the ticket on the spot for approx. 30-50 CZK)
What to bring?
- Camera
- Money
Tips:
- do not get inside the Cathedral when there is daily mass (unless you want to attend it)
- if you are a student, ask for student discount at the tower admission ticket office

4. Brno Technical Museum

Purkynova 2950/105 | Brno - Královo Pole, Brno 612 00, Czech Republic +420 541 421 411
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Brno Technical Museum

Reviewed By draygnol - NC USA

All this this museum is smaller than its brother in Prague, it is nevertheless worth visiting because it has some rare items not to be seen elsewhere. The staff here falls into two categories: The Great, and the Ghoulish. The "great" ones volunteer to answer questions; they explain details not on the sign boards; they open up displays so you can further examine them. The "ghouls" hover over you CONSTANTLY as if you're going to try to steal a display. They are VERY annoying. However, the helpful staff more than off-set the annoying ones.

5. Brno Dam

Pristavni 1250/36b, Brno 635 00, Czech Republic +420 549 420 164
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Brno Dam

Reviewed By Huskice - Ostrava, Czech Republic

We saw the last show of Ignis Brunensis 2017 - fireworks over the dam = spectacular! On Sunday morning we took the boat (return trim) to the castle Veveri - very relaxing and enjoyable.There are also cycling paths around the dam and from the boat we saw a naturist "beach" ;-)

6. Spilberk Castle

Shpilberk 210/1, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 542 123 611
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4 based on 784 reviews

Spilberk Castle

This imposing 13th-century castle first served as a fortress and then as a prison for common criminals and opponents of the Hapsburg monarchy.

Reviewed By peaceofangkor - Southampton, United Kingdom

The castle dominates the old city of Brno its situated on a hill surrounded by parkland. its worth the effort to get up there though its almost too clean outside. Much of the castle was closed due to works; but the tower and atmospheric Jail was open.
The prison below is the most interesting part

7. Capuchin Monastery and Vault

Kapucinske namesti 303/5, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 542 213 232
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Capuchin Monastery and Vault

Reviewed By enochzenithimyuen - London, United Kingdom

It is a crypt for Capuchin friars. It was founded in the 17th century. The bodies inside the crypt have been mummified. The outlook is quaint and mostly symmetrical. Once you step foot into the monastery, there is already an eerie feeling coming towards you. However, the whole place is really interesting and the atmosphere around you is very unique. All in all, you can see a lot of mummified bodies surrounding you and the feeling is indescribable.

8. Old Town Hall

Radnicka 8, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 542 427 150
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4 based on 230 reviews

Old Town Hall

A significant historical building in the centre of Brno. Today, the Old Town Hall serves mainly cultural purposes, as it houses a gallery, an information centre, and a permanent exhibition on its history. In summer, you can visit its historical halls and climb up the 63-metre tower to enjoy an impressive view of Brno from the top. The courtyard serves as a venue for various Concerts, festivals, theatre Performances, and film screenings. Enter its arched passage through the portal beneath the legendary Late Gothic turret by sculptor Anton Pilgram. In the passage, you can see two items from other famous Brno legends: a crocodile, also called the Brno dragon, and a wheel. The courtyard beyond, with Renaissance arcades from the end of the 16th century, was built by Italian designers, and later modifications are the result of its Early Baroque renovations. The Old Town Hall served its original purpose until 1935 when the authorities moved to the New Town Hall located at Dominican Square.

Reviewed By platypus150 - Melbourne, Australia

Be warned you might be in for a lot of walking. The roads go up and down and if you get high enough, there can be a lot of stairs down at the railway station end. Plenty of food and drink places, and even small shopping malls. Quite a mix here. Take your map as the roads are not straight or in a regular grid.

9. St. Jacob's Church

Jakubske namesti 2, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 542 212 039
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4 based on 155 reviews

St. Jacob's Church

Located on Jakubské Square, this Gothic-style church has served as the Bishop's seat since 1777.

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Beautiful 16th century Gothic church where the believers kept a positive faith: not one of darkness and fear for hell, but one of lightness and hope of going to heaven. Inside it feels like you are lifted up as bright rays of sun fall unhindered through the windows. I even saw a white dove made of stone, symbolizing peace, flying high above, a modern addition.
The church is on Jakubski nam, but named St. James church, The spire from 1592 is 92m high (tallest in town), so easy to find..

10. 10-Z Bunker

Husova street | opposite to Husova 12 / opposite to Hotel International, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic +420 542 210 622
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

10-Z Bunker

10-Z is the most highly classified nuclear fallout shelter in Brno from the Communist era to protect the city's and region's representatives. It had been built during the Nazi occupation as a civil defense (Luftschutz) shelter from U.S. and Soviet bombardment of Brno. A total of 600 people could be housed for 3 days. It serves as a cultural space from May 2016. You may visit also its retro bar.

Reviewed By phx00 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bunker is a must see attraction in Brno. You can see how things worked there and different items from that time. For those who are really into it, there are checkpoints with videos for extra explanations.

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