BRNO – The second largest city in the Czech Republic is the heart of South Moravia and the capital of the region. It is an important cultural and social centre with numerous unique events. The city has become a traditional centre of science, research, and innovation, industry, trade and culture over the past centuries. Brno was home for such personalities as Gregor Johann Mendel, Viktor Kaplan, Bohuslav Fuchs and music composer Leoš Janáček and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Visitors can see many important monuments of the Czech Republic:
- Old Town Hall – the oldest secular building in Brno. The historical centre of this building was established around 1240. It served as a town hall from 1373 to 1935. It is decorated with a Gothic portal from 1511 by sculptor Anton Pilgram and with the “Brno Dragon”.(more information)
- Petrov – The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul (Petrov) is one of the dominant features of the city of Brno. In addition to the cathedral interior, visitors may see the Romanesque-Gothic crypt with the foundations of the original church. Visitors also like to climb to the cathedral steeples to have a view of the city. (more information)
- Špilberk Castle – The castle was founded in the middle of 13th century by the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II. In the middle of 14th century, Špilberk became the seat of Moravian margraves and during the 17th and 18th century the castle was converted to a Baroque fortress known as the „Jail of nations“ for its reputation as the most feared prison in the Habsburg monarchy. Since 1960 it has been the seat of the Museum of the City of Brnom which offers permanent exhibitions concerned with the history of the castle and the city. (more information)
- Villa Tugendhat – The Villa of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat from the years 1929–1930, designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a monument to Modern architecture. It is the only example of Modern architecture in the Czech Republic recorded on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. (more information)
- Jurkovič House – Together with buildings basedon Jurkovič’s designs in Pustevny, and Luhačovice, and the chateau in Nové Město nad Metují, this house is one of his few surviving works in the Czech Republic. What the Tugendhat Villa did for functionalism in Brno, the Jurkovič Villa does for art nouveau architecture. (more information)
Other places which are worth visiting: Dietrichstein Palace, Leos Janacek Memorial, Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, House of the Lords of the Lipá, Brno Clock Sculpture, The Church of Jan Amos Comenius – Red Church, St. James’ Church, Technical Museum in Brno.
You can also visit Brno theatres, such as National Theatre Brno, Brno City Theather, Divadlo Husa na provázku („Goose on a String Theatre“) Tickets can usually be purchased even at the last minute.
For current information please visit: the web pages of the Brno Tourist Information Centre