There’s apparently no other city in the Czech Republic that is developing as fast as Brno. The capital of Moravia has found a unique style in recent years; it’s a young and vibrant city that has a rhythm and incredible drive. The stories that you’ll experience here will be real. Authentic. Unforgettable.
You can best familiarise yourselves with the city’s gastronomy offers by reading the Gourmet Brno independent guide. You’ll find top restaurants (for example, one of the best fusion establishments in the country), distinctive pubs, historic beer houses, fashionable bistros, trendy cafés, original pastry shops and, of course, many wine bars. In recent years, Brno has witnessed the rapid development of bars that are completely unique to one another and a becoming more and more popular every day. For instance, one of the bars is a mysterious gateway to the world of a psychedelic circus with innovative and original cocktails. While other bars mix premium cocktails with homemade ingredients, in another, you’ll relish originally blended drinks or, if you prefer, 250 kinds of rum and a Caribbean atmosphere. Brno bartenders and baristas are extremely top level. After all, many of them hold prestigious European awards.
Brno is also a city of modern architecture. One of its latest magnets is the Brno Quartet of Villas, which includes, in addition to the most famous Villa Tugendhat, the Villa Löw-Beer, Villa Stiassni and Jurkovič Villa. Villa Tugendhat is one of the most valuable functionalist gems on the planet, created by architect Mies van der Rohe and protected by UNESCO. The villa, which is said to be the most beautiful in the world, is a genial combination of purpose and ingenuity. The Villa LöwBeer is a perfect example of Art Nouveau aesthetics. Its interior houses an exhibition called The World of Brno Bourgeoisie Between Löw-Beer and Tugendhat. The third is the functionalist Villa Stiassni, built based on the design by architect Ernst Wiesner. The Jurkovič Villa completes the quartet. It was originally built by architect Dušan Jurkovič for himself. It bears all the features of his peculiar concept of the Art Nouveau style with folklore elements, and is as important to Art Nouveau architecture in Brno as Villa Tugendhat is to Brno’s functionalism…
There are few places in the world with so many functionalist buildings in one location. The Brno Architectural Manual will guide you through 383 buildings by 211 architects! There are public buildings, churches, villas, cafés and even trade-fair exhibitions grounds – which makes for an extraordinary experience. For example, a visit to functionalist cafés, where the spirit of the 1930s is perfectly preserved in architecturally exquisite interiors, is exceptional – you’ll have a feeling that Toyen is drinking coffee at a nearby table.
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Brno is an ideal starting point for trips to UNESCO heritage sites – there are no less than seven sites in the surrounding areas. Starting with Villa Tugendhat via the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, Třebíč with its Jewish quarter and St Procopius Basilica, the Plague Column in Olomouc, the gardens and castle in Kroměříž, the Church of St John of Nepomuk in Žďár nad Sázavou, and ending with the historic centre of Telč. Trips to the Moravian Karst caves and abysses, the famous Napoleon battlefield near Slavkov, the fairy tale Pernštejn Castle, the Renaissance chateau in Bučovice or the Rosa Coeli monastery in Dolní Kounice are enthralling as well. What’s more, a trip to the Pálava Vineyard with the Nové Mlýny reservoirs, along a network of cycle paths and hiking trails, through Baroque wine cellars and a protected landscape area is a wonderful journey into another world.
Those who want to experience the typical and authentic, relaxed atmosphere of Brno’s centre must visit St James’ Square (Jakubské náměstí). The remarkable Church of St James takes almost all of its entire area up, and most afternoon and evening visitors are interested in the events that take place around it. There is an unofficial chillout zone, with a cosmopolitan and pulsating atmosphere, and an array of pubs, restaurants, café and bars there. Most of the square is literally overfilled with people from all over the world lounging around, and still everybody understands each other in this Babylon. It’s because of the laidback or leisurely atmosphere.