Brno


brnoBrno is the second largest city in Czech Republic and hearth of Moravia.  I used to live here and those 3 years were a wonderful experience, thanks to many lovely people I met in Brno.

The city is located in a beautiful natural environment between South Moravian vineyards and the Moravian Karst.

Brno is a vibrant university city. There are around 89,000 university students within a total 380,000 inhabitants.

Getting in Brno

– All IC and EC trains on the Prague–Vienna and Prague–Bratislava–Budapest railway line stop here.

Prague: 2,45h , hourly IC/EC trains. You can get ticket discount (up to CZK 180) if you buy them online, see Včasná jízdenka Česko at Czech Republic#Train tickets Standard tickets at station are CZK 238 second. Currently (Jan 2013) there is also a special PROMO fare of CZK 210 (sold at the ticket counter at the train station).
Vienna: 2h, EC trains every 2 hours
Bratislava 1,5h,  EC trains every 2 hours

– There are coach services from/to European destinations.

Bohemian Lines. Is a Brno based company. Buses roll off to Scandanavia every couple of days headed for Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and a slew of more exotic smaller towns. Copenhagen €57(1500 CZK), Stockholm €67(1750 CZK).  editStudent Agency. started by students, but offers service with free coffee, newspapers, and movies to everyone. Brno is the main hub and buses travel across Europe, and are known for their high quality. Vienna €8.  editTourbus, a.s. is also based in Brno and serves many destinations and is particularly cheap to some international destinations. (Vienna €5)Eurolines CZ/Touring Bohemia, s. r. o. International and domestic routes. Some services include free newspapers, magazines and bottled water, some even have wifi. Book ahead for best price.

To check transportation timetables and information, visit www.idos.cz English version is available

– Brno has a small city airport. Ryanair flies 7 times a week to London-Stansted and 3 times a week to Bergamo (city near Milano), twice a week to Alicante. Wizzair flies to London-Luton 3 times a week, Rome twice a week and from december 2011 twice a week Eindhoven. Czech Connect Airlines flies 4 times a week to Moscow and twice a week to Saint Petersburg. UTair flies three times a week to Moscow-Vnukovo. Czech budget airline Smart Wings fly to several seasonal vacation destination.

Bus 76runs every 30 minutes from about 4:30AM to 11:30PM to the bus and train stations in the city center. Ticket are available at airport information centre or the ticket machine in the airport.

What to do in Brno? Enjoy the nice city atmosphere. Visit Špilberk Castle and enjoy the view of the city from the top of the hill.

Take a tour of the city.

Brno is an active city, with many students and a growing international community, which is very much integrated with the local society. Meet locals!

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In the city there is a rich variety of various cultural events, clubs, pubs, etc., and several excellent museums and theatres.

Also there are two interesting things about theatres in Brno, Reduta Theatre is the oldest theatre building in Central Europe, and Mahen Theatre (part of the National Theatre Brno) is the first theatre in the entire Europe which was illuminated by Thomas Edison’s electric light bulbs (in that time, it was only four years old invention).

If you like architecture then Tugendhat Villa is your place! The villa is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is seen to be a classic example of Bauhaus architecture.

Enjoy the beauty of nature just around the city, with lake…

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forests…

 

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hills…

After a bit of walking around it’s time to try and enjoy local food…

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and finally…one of the best beer in the world…

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and now get ready to enjoy the night…

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