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.
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This modernist landmark is an outstanding example of the international architectural style that flourished in 1920s Europe.
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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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?
- 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
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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.
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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" ;-)
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This imposing 13th-century castle first served as a fortress and then as a prison for common criminals and opponents of the Hapsburg monarchy.
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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Located on Jakubské Square, this Gothic-style church has served as the Bishop's seat since 1777.
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..
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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.
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