Brno is the second largest Czech city and definitely worth a visit for several reasons. If you just look in your wallet, Petrov which is one of the symbols of Brno has depicted on the Czech coin with value 10 crowns. If you are going to spend a weekend in Brno or even just one night, you will certainly appreciate a few interesting tips that you should not miss.

1. Ossuary underneath the Church of St. James

The ossuary of St.James’Church in Brno was discovered only recently in 2001. During the archaeological survey, one of the largest ossuaries in Europe has been found here. More than 50,000 skeletal remains are estimated to exist in the ossuary. After costly and lengthy reconstruction, the ossuary was opened to the public in 2012. Human remains are piled into several interconnected underground chambers. The visit is enhanced by classical music from all corners so you can breathe the transience of human life. You should not omit the ossuary when sightseeing of Brno.

Official website of The ossuary of St.James’Church

One of the ossuary walls filled with bones and skulls

One of the ossuary walls filled with bones and skulls

The main and largest chamber of the ossuary

The main and largest chamber of the ossuary

2. Spilberk Castle

Spilberk Castle was built at the end of the 12th century and stands at the top of a hill of the same name. The fortress can be seen from many places in Brno and forms one of the main dominant of the town. The castle served for most of its history for military purposes. It served firstly to consolidate power in the Moravian countries, subsequently, its function has changed to a fortress or a prison. Today, various museum collections are stored in the castle. Take a stroll to Spilberk in good weather. The entire hill is a well-kept park and you can admire countless city views along the way. At the castle, we recommend visiting unique casemates that have previously served as a jail.

Official website of Spilberk Castle

Overall view of Špilberk in the direction of Petrov

Overall view of Spilberk in the direction of Petrov

Hlavní trakt Špilberku

The inner part of Špilberk is full of people in the sunny weather, who enjoy refreshments from the pub

3. Bunker 10-Z

The bunker was built by the Nazis at the foot of the Spilberk hill at the end of the Second World War. After 1948 the communists redesigned the bunker to be a secret nuclear fallout shelter for the leading representatives of Brno. The public has not had any idea about the bunker for a long time. In 2015 the bunker was opened as a museum from the communist era, including a large part of the original furniture. You can visit the dormitory, the diesel power station, the air purifier, or the telephone exchange. At the end of the tour, there is also a small bar, which offers a typical assortment of times before the Velvet Revolution.

Official website of Bunker 10-Z

tom_profilThere is also a possibility to sleep over the night in the bunker if the tour was not enough for someone. Several rooms are equipped in the same way as they were in the times of the greatest concealment, so you can try your own skin to sleep in a small room hidden deep in the middle of the mountain. As a part of the accommodation price, you will also get a commented tour of the bunker and a tour of the centre of Brno.

We can definitely recommend Airbnb for accommodation in Brno. We were sleeping there several times this way. Here are some tips on how to use Airbnb.

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The corridors of the 10-Z bunker are full of inventory

Corridors are almost endless

Corridors are almost endless

Room where you can sleep in 10-Z

Room where you can sleep

4. Villa Tugendhat

Tugendhat’s Villa is one of the most famous buildings of the interwar period in the Czech Republic. It was built in 1928 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Although it does not look very significant at first glance from the architectural point of view, it is still an inspiration for many architects, especially because of technical innovations and interconnection of the interior with the exterior.

Visiting this villa is one of the necessary stops in Brno, especially because between 2010 and 2012 the Villa Tugendhat underwent renovation and restoration work, during which both the structure and the adjoining gardens were restored to their original appearance.

To visit the interior the reservation must be done several weeks in advance and during summer weekends maybe even a few months in advance. However, if you can not find any ticket, you can visit at least the villa garden.

Official website of Tugendhat Villa

View of Villa Tugendhat in Brno from the garden

View of Villa Tugendhat from the garden

Interior of Villa Tugendhat

Thanks to the windows that go into the floor, the connection between the interior and the exterior is almost absolute

5. Petrov

Petrov is the name of the historical part of Brno, which is among the most important places in all of Moravia. The main attraction is the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and the adjacent residence of the Brno bishopric. The name Petrov is sometimes used for the cathedral itself, which is probably the oldest church in Brno since its foundations date back to the 12th century. The current neo-Gothic form was designed by architect Augusta Kirsteina in 1901.

In addition to the cathedral are also worth a visit: Denis Park, the Studanka Park and the Diocesan Museum. The whole part of the city invites you to romantic walks in the parks and in the narrow, winding streets.

The peak of Petrov with the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul

The peak of Petrov with the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul

The interior of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

The interior of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

Statue of Cyril and Methodius

Statue commemorating saints Cyril and Methodius

6. Moravian Muzeum

The Moravian Land Museum in Brno was founded in July 1817 by the imperial decree of Franz I. This is why it is a second oldest and largest museum institution in the Czech Republic. Currently, the museum has more than 6 million items in various collections of natural and social sciences in its collections. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum offers countless temporary exhibitions on various topics. The expositions in Brno are divided into five buildings (Dietrichstein Palace, Bishop’s Court, the Noble Palace, the Anthropos Pavilion and the Leos Janacek Memorial), which are worth a visit. I recommend checking the current exhibition on the website before the visit and where the buildings are located.

Official website of Moravian Museum

Baroque Dietrichstein Palace on the Green Market in Brno

Baroque Dietrichstein Palace on the Green Market in Brno

Interiér Vily Tugendhat

A group of buildings called the Bishop’s Court

7. Something more

Brno offers also other places that are worth visiting apart from these major attractions.

  • Labyrinth under the cabbage market – A deep labyrinth of corridors and various spaces beneath the square Zelny trh where you can look at the mysterious corners of medieval corridors and cellars
  • Walk around the squares – In the centre of Brno you can find several squares (Svoboda Square, Cabbage market, Dominican square, Moravian square, Jakub square, Comenius square, etc.) and it is worthwhile to walk through the alleys and admire beautiful houses
  • Walk in the park – if you are already tired of the city, then head to one of the parks – such as park Luzanky
  • Nightlife – if we talk about Brno, we can not miss the wide range of nightlife. There are countless bars, pubs and clubs in the centre. The offer is so wide that everyone can choose.
  • Veveri Castle – sometimes it is referred to as a second Brno castle. If you have enough time, get on the boat and head for the town to Veveri Castle.

#Bonus: How to get to Brno

You can fly to Brno Airport, but there are only a few regular flights (you can try Skyscanner). So the best way is to use other bigger cities around, such as Prague, Vienna or Bratislava. All of these cities are about 2 hours from Brno. There are 3 best ways how to get to Brno from these cities:

  • Flixbus – one of the strongest long-distance bus company connecting cities across Europe.
  • RegioJet – the biggest bus company operating in the Czech Republic with a broad international network
  • ČD – the main Czech railway carrier offers an hourly connection from Brno to Prague or Vienna.

You can buy all the bus or train tickets at Go Euro and easily compare prices.

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