Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 1, 2022

Visiting Brno

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It is a university city.

Historic Zelny trh Square is the oldest part of the city and is known for its markets, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.

Here you can find the city’s most attractive monument, the Baroque-style Pamas Fountain dating from the 17th century.

Visit the Peace Memorial, which is located on the site of the Battle of Austerlitz, a confrontation between Napoleon and a combined Russian and Austrian army.

The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul sits atop Petrov Hill. It is considered to be one of the most important Czech cultural monuments. The highlights are the impressive Baroque interior, and the 84-meter-tall twin towers added at the start of the 20th century. You can see the remnants of the original city walls buried beneath the cathedral. Regular daily mass is held here.

St. Thomas’s Abbey includes the Mendel Museum commemorating Gregor Johann Medel, OSA, biologist, meteorologist, mathematician, Augustian friar, and abbot of St Thomas.

Spilberk Castle dates from the 13th century and was built on a commanding hill by Czech King Poemysl Otakar II. It has been a royal castle, fortress, and prison. Today you can find the Brno City Museum here with a permanent exhibit focusing on the architectural history of the castle and also the history of Brno. Concerts, and theater performances, among them a popular Shakespearian Festival, is held in the courtyard.

The Moravian Karst and Caves are amazing caverns containing over 1,000 known caves and gorges. Five are open to the public for self-guided tours with clearly marked trails. Some less-traveled caverns can be explored with a qualified spelunker as a guide.

Among the highlights are interesting stalagmites and stalactites as well as a boat tour along an underground river, The Macocha Abyss is a deep chasm overlooked by viewing platforms and footbridges. There are great hiking and biking trails.

Tugendhat Villa was built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It is considered one of the most extraordinary examples of modern architecture from the early 20th century. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stiassni Villa was built for wealthy textile moguls. It is noted for its impressive interior and beautiful gardens.

Villa Low Beer houses a local museum, library, and cafe, Guided tours are available.

The Dietrichstein Palace was built in the early 17th century in the Baroque style, The palace is home to the Moravian Museum, which is the country’s oldest museum and one of the largest, with over six million historical artifacts. Among the permanent exhibits is a Moravian village in the Middle Ages.

The Anthropos Pavilion covers the earliest known period of human habitation in the area. The Moravian Museum administers some smaller museums as well, among them the historic Bishop’s Courtyard and the Palace of Noble Ladies with a children’s museum.

Saint James Church – Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic, Europe

The Church of St. James dates from the 14th century, It is a National Cultural Landmark and features an old Gothic crucifix, early 16th century reliefs, and a Baroque organ.

Veveri Castle is just 12 kilometers northwest of the city center. It sits high above the River Svratka and was founded in the 11th century, You can explore the interior by taking part in the English language guided tour. The castle also is accessible to various well-marked hiking trails, or to see nature all around, you can take one of the ferries that travel on the River Svratka.

The Brno Zoo was established in 1953 and is home to over 1,800 animals from nearly 400 different species. You can see polar bears, grizzly bears, and tigers, among others. Among the highlights are the animals native to Eastern Europe and Siberia, Kamchatka brown bears, and Arctic foxes. The zoo has excellent breeding programs and offers educational programs for children.

The Old Town Hall dating back to the early 13th century, is one of the city’s most important historic buildings. It was home to the city’s administrative offices until 1935.

Among the highlights is a Late Gothic Gate with elaborate decoration created by Antonin Pilgram in 1510. You can climb the 63-meter-high tower to get panoramic views of Brno.

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