To be honest, the first time I arrived in Brno, about 10 years ago, I found the city ugly, gray, with sad-faced people. I was the typical Italian- western europe boy, first-hand experience with that part of Europe which we used to call, ‘communist’. From that day, I continued to visit the city, living in there for almost 5 years. I have seen it changing for the better and now I consider it my second city.
The best time to visit Brno is certainly from late spring until Christmas, to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the Christmas markets and hot drinks in the square, Namesti Svobodi.
However, with the arrival of summer Brno becomes a really nice place to visit, here are some of my suggestions on what to see and where to go:
It ‘s the reservoir, those who live here consider it ‘the sea‘ of Brno, in nice days coming here for a hike is really very pleasant.
From the center you can get there by taking tram no. 1, with an ordinary ticket by 60 minutes.
The journey is about 30 minutes.
Once you arrive at the bus stop ‘prehrada‘, follow the people, within a few hundred meters, you will find the ferries-port (to visit the lake with by boat, until the beautiful Veveri castle) and you can start your walking tour, keeping to the right side of the lake. There are nice places to sunbathe and even a nudist beach …
These are the two outdoor swimming pools in Brno, both very beautiful and popular among locals.
Kravi hora is located on a hill overlooking the city, is reached by tram nr. 4, from the center in about 15 minutes. The price for 5 hours is 70 czk (less than 3 E), for the entire day, 100 czk. Lockers and changing rooms are available. Bar and resale of snacks and fast food at reasonable prices are nearby the entrance.
Riviera, is located a little outside the city center, with tram no. 1 stop at Pisarky, you can take the bus nr. 44 or walk for about 10 minutes. The cost of the ticket is 110 czk, for the whole day. Even here there are bars and fast food, beach volleyball courts and lots of green space available.
It is located in a historic building just few steps from the main square, Namesti Svobodi and from the train station, in the city center. Restaurants, bars and clubs are all within a few minutes walk away.
In the morning a delicious breakfast is included in the price.
The rooms are spacious, bright and furnished with simplicity together with good taste.
The staff is always available for any kind of information about Brno
Drinking excellent beer and eating good czech food, in Brno is simple.
With the arrival of summer, many bars and restaurants have outdoor terraces where you can enjoy the day while drinking a fresh Czech beer and / or eat something traditional. I suggest to drink beer from small local breweries, preferring them to international brands beers, the satisfaction of a pure taste is priceless.
In the heart of the city, micro brewery Pegas has some great beers.
To eat, from 11 to 14 almost every restaurant offers a menu of the day ‘denni menu‘ for less than 4E
For dinner I suggest you to order ‘Kachna, Cerveni Zeli‘, roast duck with red cabbage boiled and sliced potato gnocchi, or the Czech version of the Gulas, a kind of very tasty stew.
Brno has an intense nightlife, being a university city, even in the weekdays the clubs are full of young people.
In the center you can find the best pubs and clubs.
The only unpleasent note, for my taste, is that is allowed to smoke inside any public place, restaurant, bar or nightclub, which after a couple of hours spent indoors makes your clothes impregnated with the smell of cigarettes. Disgusting!
If you can, prefer a free of smoke place, Cafe Falk or Bar Ktery Neexistuje, for example.
In the evenings, Jakubské square, a few meters from the main square, is the place where many young people gather to drink while sitting outside, a good way to meet new people and socialize. If you have friends in Brno, the best place where having fun is at the top of the beautiful Spilberk castle hill. Get a wine bottle and enjoy the stunning view from there.
Brno offers several events to spend a nice time.
One of these is called Ignis Brunensis, a festival of fireworks, which is held every year for almost the entire month of June, in different locations.
In the main square, namesti Svobodi, often there are markets with food and drink, music and other entertainment.
The night of the museums, usually in May, offers the opportunity to visit, for free and all night, the city’s museums, Brno is populated by people. Very nice!
The Grand prix, racing bike, filled with centaurs, usually males and horny, the city. In those days people who live there abandon the the city to the ‘hordes of barbarians’… 🙂
Devo essere sincero, la prima volta che arrivai a Brno, circa 10 anni fa, la trovai molto brutta, grigia, gente dalla faccia triste. Ero il tipico ragazzo italiano, occidentale alla prima esperienza con quella parte di Europa che chiamavamo ‘comunista’. Da quel lontano giorno, ho continuato a visitare la citta’, vivendoci, in totale per quasi 5 anni. L’ho vista cambiare, in meglio ed ora la considero la mia seconda citta’.
Il periodo migliore per visitare Brno e’ sicuramente dalla primavera inoltrata alle feste di Natale, per godersi della bella atmosfera natalizia dei mercatini e delle bevande calde in piazza, Svobodi Namesti.
Comunque con l’arrivo della bella stagione Brno diventa veramente una bella meta da visitare, ecco qualche mio suggerimento su cosa vedere e dove andare:
– Prehrada. E’ il bacino artificiale, chi vive qui lo considera ‘il mare’ di Brno. Nelle giornate belle una passeggiata qui e’ veramente molto piacevole. Dal centro ci si arriva prendendo il tram nr. 1, con un biglietto ordinario da 60 minuti.
Il tragitto e’ di circa 30 minuti. Una volta arrivati alla fermata ‘prehrada’, seguite la gente, sulla sinistra a pochi centinaia di metri, troverete il porticciolo per i traghetti (si puo’ anche fare il giro del lago con l’imbarcazione) e potrete iniziare il vostro giro a piedi, tenendo la destra.
E’ possibile completare l’intero giro del bacino artificiale, ma, ad essere sincero, sarebbe davvero lungo, a piedi, mentre in bici cred sia possibile farlo in giornata. Ci sono bei posti dove prendere il sole e perfino una spiaggia per nudisti …
Si tratta delle due piscine all’aperto di Brno. Entrambe molto belle e frequentate.
Kravi hora si trova sulla collina che domina la citta’, si raggiunge con il tram nr. 4, dal centro, in 15 minuti circa. L’ingresso per 5 ore e’ di 70 czk (meno di 3 E), per l’intera giornata di 100 czk. Armadietti e spogliatoi sono gratuiti. Bar e rivendita di snack a prezzi contenuti.
Riviera, si trova un poco fuori dal centro, con il tram nr. 1 scendendo a Pisarky, si puo’ prendere il bus nr. 44 oppure a piedi per circa 10 minuti. Il costo del biglietto e’ di 110 czk, tutto il giorno. Anche qui ci sono bar e fast food, campi da beach volley e tanto spazio verde a disposizione.
Se state a Brno qualche giorno, per godervi al meglio la citta’ la soluzione che consigio e’ quella di stare al Hostel Mitte.
Si trova in un edificio storico a pochi passi dalla piazza principale,Svobodi Namesti e dalla stazione dei treni, in pieno centro. Ristoranti, bar e clubs sono tutti raggiungibili in pochi minuti a piedi.
Al mattino una deliziosa colazione e’ inclusa nel prezzo.
Le camere sono spaziose, luminose e arredate con semplicita’ ma ottimo gusto.
Lo staff e’ sempre a disposizione per ogni tipo di informazione su Brno
Bere birra ottima e mangiare buon cibo ceco e’ semplice.
Con l’arrivo della bella stagione moltissimi locali aggiungono terrazze all’aperto dove si puo’ gustare la giornata mentre si sorseggia una fresca birra ceca e/o si mangia qualcosa di tradizionale.
Consiglio di bere birre di piccoli birrifici, preferendole alle birre con brand internazionali, la soddisfazione di un gusto puro non ha paragoni.
In pieno centro il micro birrificio Pegas ha delle ottime birre.
Per il mangiare, dalle 11 alle 14 quasi ogni ristorante offre il menu del giorno ‘denni menu’ a meno di 4E
Fuori da questi orari, consiglio di ordinare ‘Kachna, cerveni zeli’, anatra arrosto con crauti rossi bolliti e fette gnocchi di patate, oppure la versione ceca del Gulas, una specie di spezzatino molto saporito
Brno ha una vita notturna intensa, essendo una citta’ universitaria, anche nei giorni della settimana i locali sono pieni di giovani.
Nel centro si raccolgono i pub ed i clubs migliori.
Unica nota stonata, per i miei gusti, e’ che si puo’ fumare in ogni locale pubblico, ristorante, bar o discoteca, il che dopo un paio di ore trascorse al chiuso rende i vestiti impregnati di puzza di sigarette. Disgustoso!
Nelle serate gradevoli, nella piazza Jakubske, a pochi metri dalla piazza principale, molti giovani bevono i loro drink stando seduti all’aperto, un buon modo per conoscere persone nuove e socializzare.
Brno offre diversi eventi pr poter trascorrere del tempo piacevole.
Uno di questi si chiama Ignis Brunensis, un festival di fuochi di artificio, che si tiene ogni anno, in quasi tutto il mese di giugno, in diverse location.
Nella piazza principale, Svobodi namesti, spesso ci sono mercatini con cibo e bevande, musica e altri intrattenimenti.
La notte dei musei, di solito a Maggio, offre la possibilita’ di visitare gratuitamente e per tutta la notte, i musei cittadini, Brno si popola di gente. Bellissima!
Il Gran prix, la corsa di moto, riempie di centauri, di solito maschi e arrapati, la citta’. In quei giorni chi ci abita fugge via, abbandonandola alle orde di barbari, chissa perche’ …
However I first visited Brno almost 10 years ago, since that time I can ensure you that the city changed a lot, both in good and in bad ways. 10 years ago it was my first time in the former eastern Europe and I could really feel a huge difference with the west part.
My mind was western and I considered the lack of sport and expensive cars, the lack of fashion brand clothes and fancy houses as poverty and sadness. Today I’ve learnt that to BE is more important that to HAVE (and show up). I’ve learnt it thanks to Brno and the people I’ve met here. In total I lived almost 4 years (in 2 different times) in the city which is the reason I consider myself at home every time I go back!
The trip from Wroclaw was a bit complicated, via blablacar to Katowice (poland), where I was supposed to catch a train at around 1pm and meet a friend in Ostrava (a city in Czech rep close to the polish border). Eventually I missed the train for 2, two minutes…! So I had to spend 2 hours more in Katowice to wait the next train and this city is not properly an interesting one… 🙂 Once in the train, after the border the first stop was Bohumin, a small czech town where I had to wait a local train to Brno. In total 10 hours journey for 400km…not bad! 🙂
Once in town I went to Hostel Mitte, in a historical building in the very centre of the city, the staff is friendly and a generous breakfast is included in the price.
It was time to have a deserved dinner, if you want to eat something good, restaurants like Pegas – where you can try their own brewed beer
After the dinner I wanted to deeply breathe ‘my city’ so I took a walk all around the centre and up the Spilberk hill, the historical castle where many political prisoners were incarcerated during the Austro-Hungarian empire. A beautiful walk in the garden around this castle offer the best view of the city, in the night the only noise you can hear is the trams’ clatter. My suggestion? If the weather is nice, bring a bottle of wine and drink it there with friends and/or the person you like…
The city park of Luzanky and the hill called ‘kravi hora’ (cow’s hill) with its fancy neighborhood, the colorful vegetable market nearby the main square ‘namesti svobodi’, the S. Peter and Paul church, with its bells that ring at 11 o’clock in the morning instead of 12 noon…
The reason for it is that during the swedish invasion attempt, they promised that they would call off their attack in case they weren’t able to conquer the city by midday on the next day. Brno was the only city that survived the Swedesh during this war cause some citizens decided to ring the bells an hour early on this date, fooling the Swedesh…
Of course do not forget to visit the Spilberk castle!
What to do in one day? after a long city tour enjoy a local typical lunch which includes always a warm soup followed by an abundant main dish (usually based on meat). My tip? Check out for the daily menu (‘denni menu ) and go for it during every weekday between 11am and 2pm, almost every restaurant has it, is displayed at the entrance, with price as well, generally around 90 czk – less than 4 € with a very good beer you are happy to pay 5€ in total. Starobrno (brand of the local beer) restaurant and Zelena Kocka are most probably the best restaurants in town (together with the already mentioned Pegas), despite being now very touristic.
After lunch and sightseeing it’s time for something to drink. Starting from not alcoholic ones, there are many cafè and coffee places (kavarna) but if you want to experience something czech go to a tea-room (cajovna), in Czech rep the consume of tea per person is the highest in Europe, the original local tea-room are cozy and relaxing places with quality tea.
In the evening get ready for a proper beer and/or wine marathon! Pubs have the main beer brand offered displayed outside, at the entrance. Small breweries are now on the top of expert local tastes. Ask around and everyone will be able to suggest a good pub with good beer
Prague, capital of Czech Republic (aka CR), is one of the most visited and beautiful city in the whole world, this is a fact, however only few travellers were (and are) ‘brave’ enough to discover the rest of the country, which is so far to be compared to its biggest and most important city.
Czech Republic is not Prague, at all, feel free to decide whether in a good way or not…
Below few pictures of my last visit in Czech Republic (not in Prague…).
The church up the hill is called ‘Petrov’, one of the main attraction and this is the core of the city centre, almost no one around. This doesn’t mean that Brno is a boring city, not at all!!!!Actually Brno is a vibrant university city. There are around 89,000 university students within a total 380,000 inhabitants.
Easily by that time people are having dinner at home, in restaurants or already started their intense weekend…
The pictures below says a lot about the city and the rest of the country too…food and hospitality!
On the left Sunday lunch, as tradition families prepare a tipical czech meal (roasted duck with stuffed cabbages and potatos dumpling), included soup; on the right picture, a dinner at another friend’s home, ingredients are similar and note that the ‘evergreen’ and always present is the beer: Starobrno!!! 🙂
Beer that can be found in abboundance in the whole country and this is again another difference with Prague.
Quality of beer is much more appreciated and cared outside the capital city. Tourists and travellers are happy with the commercial brands offered them in prague pubs.
Czech people DO care about beer, a lot, as they consume the highest amount of beer in Europe, and czech people rather prefer small local breweries that offer highest quality and taste instead of industrial and commercial brands…As I have many local friends (I used to visit and live in Brno for several years) I follow their advises and I have to say, I enjoy the pure pleasure of good beers.
These last pictures had been taken when I was in Trebic (I spent there a week, after being the weekend in Brno), at one of my best czech friend’s home.
Trebic, with its jew area rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list, is a small city in vysocina region, just in the middle of CR, 100 km far from Prague and almost the same from Brno.
Visocina is a beautiful region, with cozy small towns, like Zdar nad Sazavou, rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list, Telč, with a perfectly preserved Renaissance town centre surrounded by shallow man-made lakes, rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list and Jihlava (the main city of the region), forests and lakes.
If you like hiking, fishing in relaxed small lakes, if you like peaceful natural environment, well, this is the place in Czech Republic you should go.
Eventually is not a coincidence that my long trip ended here, in my beloved Brno. I feel very close to this city and this part of CR, Moravia and Vysocina.
It means a lot for me, good friends, love (well, yes, I had a few stories here and almost all of them were with deep and sincere feelings), good life, fun, outdoor activities and relax and much, much more. Thanks to Brno and my czech friends!