The 7 must-do things in Brno

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Visiting Brno: what are the best things to see and do in the Czech Republic’s second-largest city?

Nicknamed « Little Vienna » or the « Hidden Heart of Europe », Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, and the second most interesting too! For while Prague is the historic capital of Bohemia, Brno is the capital of Moravia – the second largest historical region in the Czech Republic. A visit to Brno will take you through the region’s history and reveal some dazzling architecture!

So if you’ve already seen Prague, Brno is an ideal destination for a weekend break or more, at any time of the year. If you’re wondering what to do in Brno, here’s the answer with this guide to the best things to do in Brno in 2 or 3 days.

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1. Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral

Built at the top of Petrov Hill, the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul is the jewel of Brno and the whole country – it’s even depicted on coins. Rebuilt in the 18th century after the siege of the city by the Swedes, the interior of the temple is predominantly Baroque, while the exterior is Gothic.

2. Špilberk Castle

Visiter Brno, Chateau Spilberk

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Facing the Petrov hill, the Špilberk fortress (Spielberg in German) dominates the town. Founded in the middle of the 13th century, it was initially a symbol of protection and security for the inhabitants, before becoming a symbol of oppression under the Austro-Hungarian Empire: it became a famous state prison, nicknamed « the prison of nations » because nationalists, particularly Italians, were imprisoned there. Today, it houses the City Museum – making it one of Brno’s cultural highlights.

3. Namesti Svobody

Visiter Brno, Namesti Svobody

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It’s impossible to visit Brno without lingering in the city’s central square: it’s the heart of the historic city, calm in the morning when it fills up with locals enjoying an early coffee in one of the square’s many establishments, then effervescent at night when Czech beer and Moravian wine replace coffee in the pubs!

What’s more, the square bears witness to the city’s history: surrounded by old buildings, rich in heritage. It’s also here that you’ll find a modern and astonishing monument: a tall black stone, which works like an astronomical clock, delivering a little souvenir to the most patient every day. It’s the butt of many jokes, and you’ll find out why when you see it!

4. Villa Tugendhat

The Tugendhat Town is the only monument of modern architecture in the Czech Republic, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This icon of functional style was designed by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1930. Today, it’s a tourist attraction, and if you want to visit, you’ll need to book your tickets (on the official website) more than two months in advance! However, it is possible to walk around and admire the villa from its garden for the modest sum of 50 crowns (€2).

It was also in this villa that the divorce between the Czech Republic and Slovakia took place in 1993.

5. Lužánky Park

Not far from Villa Tugendhat is Lužánky Park, one of Brno’s oldest and largest parks. It was founded in the 18th century by Emperor Joseph II. It’s one of the city’s best places to relax and unwind: it’s covered in trees and flowers, with a small artificial river running through it.

For the record, this park hosted Napoleon’s birthday celebration in 1809 – when the town was occupied by the French army, at war with Austria.

6. Úvozna Restaurant

Visiter Brno, Uvozna

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This restaurant offers delicious burgers rather than typical Czech cuisine, yet it’s a must for discovering the region’s talent: the meat comes from local butchers, the bread and pastries from a family-run bakery in Brno, and everything else is homemade! Of course, it also serves delicious Czech beers.

7. Bar, který neexistuje

What to do in Brno? Go for a beer at the bar that doesn’t exist, of course! That’s the name of this bar, the coolest in Brno – nominated for numerous awards, including the best Czech bar in the country! A must in the city, where many locals come to spend their evenings, in a great atmosphere with talented barmaids: we recommend you try the cocktails!

How to get to Brno

The best way to get to Brno is by train (České dráhy) or bus (Regiojet) from Prague or another nearby city. It’s also possible to visit Brno by plane, but this often involves a stopover in another city – feel free to check flights on the website of our partner Skyscanner.

Where to stay in Brno

To help you find a cheap hotel in Brno, you can read our guide to where to stay in Brno, or do a quick search on this hotel comparator.

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Map of hotels and accommodation – Brno,cz