Brno Tourist Information

Brno Travel Guide

Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and is situated at the crossroads of ancient trade routes which once joined northern and southern European civilisations. Although the city is primarily known as an industrial hub, it has managed to emerge as an important tourist centre largely due to its natural beauty and wonderful historic attractions. In addition, it is only a two-hour drive from Prague.

Brno boasts a plethora of notable historic sites and an abundance of empire and neo-classical buildings that pay homage to its rich cultural history. One of the most impressive structures is the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, on Petrská Street.

This magnificent 11th century cathedral sits grandly atop a hill overlooking the city. Undeniably, the most noteworthy attraction and Brno's most valued treasure is Spilberk Castle. This opulent 13th century castle was built with an amazing Prussian fortress as well as a menacing Nazi dungeon.

The city is not only filled with architectural gems from the past, but is also home to one of the most significant examples of modern architecture in the Czech Republic, the Tugendhat Villa, This awe-inspiring structure has been inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO.

Another interesting attraction in Brno is the Brno Dragon and the Wagon Wheel. The giant wheel symbolises the strength of the city while the 16th century hanging dragon (which is actually an alligator) was a gift to the city by Archprince Matayás. The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady is a spectacular illustration of Gothic architecture and one of the most magnificent structures around.

Brno Tourist Attractions

Brno is also recognised for the warmth and welcoming spirit of the locals. This hospitality extends to its wonderful hotels and friendly restaurants. The town is overflowing with fantastic eateries that serve Eastern European food and local delicacies as well as a few international favorites.

At night this city comes alive with a wide selection of pubs, trendy discothèques and ultra-hip music venues. There is a great concentration of after-hours spots at the Stopková Pivnice, just off the main square. The city regularly holds various cultural events, festivals and concerts throughout the year.

On Sundays, sports enthusiasts can head over to Brno stadium to catch an exciting football match and watch the home team, Boby Brno, defend their territory. The Brno Grand Prix is another adrenaline filled sporting event that draws huge crowds. Besides spectator sports, there are fantastic hiking and trekking opportunities as well as scenic cycling routes.

Transport Around Brno

Brno is in close proximity to Prague and can be easily reached by car and by bus. Trains from Prague run every hour departing from the Hlavní nádrazí (Main Station).

Brno is an extremely safe destination, however, we strongly urge you to take out a travellers' insurance policy prior to your visit to this city. In case of an accident or a medical emergency, an insurance policy will be invaluable to you and your family.