Historically interesting as well as modernistic. Large chain stores and small boutiques. An excellent final destination but also a good starting point for nature tours in the area. Brno has more to offer than first meets the eye…
Monumental traces of Brno
The Czech city of Brno is situated in the region of Moravia and has nearly 400,000 inhabitants. The eight centuries of urban history have a turbulent character that has left many monumental traces behind. The Stará radnice (Old City Hall), the Mahenovo divadlo (Old Theatre) and Náměstí svobody (Freedom Square) are striking to the eye, but that is also true for Špílberk Castle. This castle served as a prison for a long time, until the Second World War. After the war, it was finally dismantled and converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Austria, the Czech Republic and Brno. In 1930, the foundation was laid for the contemporary cityscape: the German architect Ludwig Mies von der Rohe designed the famous villa Tugendhat. It is a functional and typically modernistic building that still looks contemporary and is internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Starting point of Brno
Brno is also a convenient starting point for nature tours in the area. The Morovian Karst, which is known for its capricious gorges and underground caves, is located north of the city. Those with courage can make a boat trip in one of these caves. Being underground and consequently closed off from the outside world is a special experience. South of Brno forests and vineyards carry the overtone. There is ample opportunity for walking and cycling, alternated by a visit to one of the many wine bars. South Moravia is the warmest part of the Czech Republic. It has different castles, monasteries and many thousands of wine cellars. Yes, this is truly ‘the land of wine and sunshine’.