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.
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.
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.
There 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow some spooky stuff here. The Ossuary looks fascinating but also a little scary and I am not sure about sleeping in the bunker either. The historical part of the city looks really pretty though and the museum sounds interesting. What a unique place, would love to check it out some day. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
Brno is a very interesting city and has a lot to offer. On the other hand, most of the travelers visit only Prague in the Czech Republic.
Definitely a city I want to visit! And I just made friends with a gal from there! So all the more reason to go! Thanks for these extra tips for things to do! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!
There are many things to do in Brno, so I recommend you to spend there a few days 😉
People have been telling me to go to Brno, but I never really saw the point. Now, I think (thanks to your photos!) that it’s worth the shot. Plus I have a friend that lives nearby. Win win!
I am glad that you like our photos 😉 and trust me there are much more things to do and see…
Many of my friends rave about Prague, but this is the first time I’m hearing about Brno. It sounds like a really interesting place to visit, although I might have nightmares if I visit the Ossuary. It looks so macabre! Thanks for sharing this!
I am very glad, that I successfully introduced you the new interesting city in Czech Rep. 🙂 The visit in Ossuary is less scary, then it may look at photos.
Brno looks so interesting and full of great and unique attractions. We’ve only been to Prague and Kutna Hora and would love to visit this city the next time we’re in the Czech Republic. We also visited an ossuary in Kutna Hora. It was creepy and even creepier how the bones were arranged as chandeliers, etc. I like how the city has a varied number of attractions. Not sure about sleeping in that bunker but the castle and all that wonderful architecture would definitely make me want to visit.
Yeah, one more reason to come back to the Czech Republic 🙂 There are much more really interesting places in the Czech Republic to see and visit, but for sure the Prague, Kutna Hora, and Cesky Krumlov are probably the most visited places. Anyway, we are locals so we would like to share other amazing places, which aren’t so much touristic, but interesting too 🙂