What should you see in Brno, in the Brno in the Czech Republic and what Brno sightseeing there is in the Czech city, which is gladly visited by many people for a weekend trip. Even though I am in Bavaria a lot, I have not visited the Czech Republic at all. In recent years, we have also reported on Lithuania and Croatia, but the direct neighboring country has not yet been visited. So the question also arose for me – what are the Brno sightseeing top 10, which one should have visited in Brno in any case on a weekend.
Weekend trip Czech Republic Brno sightseeing experience
Sure, you can reach Brno and the Brno sightseeing from Germany by car or train, but there is a much easier and especially faster connection from Munich. The airline flybmi offers a direct flight between the cities twice a day and surprises with a special service and especially free luggage, meals on board and a high punctuality.
I have presented my first impression of my flight from Munich to Brno with bm1733 again in a separate report on the travel blog. The flight from Munich to Brno takes less than an hour and due to the use of Embraer jets, check-in in Munich and in Brno is very quick and efficient.
The trip from Brno airport to the city center takes just 15-20 minutes by cab and you can already get a first impression of the city and Brno sightseeing.
When visiting the city or on an extended weekend, a well-located hotel is always very important to me and I chose the Barcelo Hotel. I already knew Barcelo Hotels from other cities (like Barcelona and Hamburg) and was looking forward to a special hotel with a good charm.
Barcelo Hotel Brno/Brno
The Spanish Barcelo hotel chain has 95 hotels in 16 countries, focusing on Southern Europe, Central America and South America. But also in Northern Europe or Eastern Europe there are some nice hotels that you simply should have experienced.
Barcelo hotels are mostly in the 4/4S range and emphasize good and modern facilities, as well as a central location, as a perfect starting point for sightseeing, such as the Brno sightseeing.
The Barcelo Hotel in Brno, or Brno, has 119 modern and nicely appointed rooms and, of course, includes free WiFi, air conditioning, a minibar, a safe, and a small work area.
As is so often the case with Barcelo hotels, you can recognize two styles – while the facade and entrance area are in keeping with the classic buildings of the region and thus the Brno sightseeing, the rooms are very modern in design. Also in Brno Brno you experience two worlds and a stunning entrance area with the high atrium. This alone is worth a visit for an afternoon coffee or tea if you’re not staying at the hotel.
Basically, though, it makes a perfect base for Brno sightseeing, as the Brno Exhibition Center (BVV) is just a few minutes away by car, as are Brno sights Villa Tugendhat, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Brno as a city combines on the one hand a modern world, with large companies, such as Siemens, Alstom, Tyco and Honeywell and yet on the other hand there are many cultural places and Brno sightseeing that are a must see when visiting Brno Brno in the Czech Republic.
Top 10 Brno sightseeing – What should you see in Brno?
One of the biggest advantages of the university city of Brno is its size of 230 square kilometers (as a comparison Hamburg 750sqkm, Berlin 900sqkm). Thus, you can comfortably experience the various Brno sightseeing in one weekend and discover many things. Due to the large number of students, the crowd is young and modern and also very helpful to tourists when looking for the Brno sightseeing. There are many small pubs and cozy bars with very fair prices.
The following Brno sightseeing should be on your travel list when visiting Brno:
- Villa Tugendhat
- Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul
- The Old Town Hall
- Spielberg Castle (contains Brno City Museum)
- Dietrichstein Palace (Moravian Museum)
- St. Jacob’s Church and Ossuary
- Moravian and City Theater
- Labyrinth under the Cabbage Market
- Brno City Observatory and Planetarium
- Mint Master’s Cellar
To get a first impression of Brno Brno and its different areas, be sure to consider the following Brno sightseeing during your first visit:
Villa Jugendhat was built between 1929 and 1930 by Fritz and Grete Tugendhat and designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Upon entering Villa Tugendhat, the modern design of the villa is already striking. Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is still considered one of the most important architects of modernism.
Under his leadership, the Seagram Building in New York, Crown Hall in Chicago, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the Martin Luther Kind Memorial Library in Washington, DC, as well as more than 50 world-famous buildings around the world have been built.
What is special about the Villa Tugendhat is the particular shape of the building, as it was built on a slope. While on one side the building looks like a simple bungalow, the garden side shows a multi-storey building with many glass fronts, which was an absolute sensation for the construction period between 1929 and 1930.
For today’s Czech Republic, Villa Tugendhat has another special significance, as it was here that the treaty for the division of Czechoslovakia was signed in 1992.
Tip: There is a possibility of public guided tours for Villa Tugendhat. You should definitely book in advance on the Internet, as the waiting times are long.
Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul
The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul looks back on a long history in a special place. The first foundation stones for the present cathedral were laid as early as the 12th century. Various extensions have created a Romanesque basilica, which is now open to the public for tours.
Even if one would not suspect it, the towers of the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, which dominate the cityscape by far, with a height of 84 meters, were built only at the beginning of the 20th century.
Throughout the year, the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul is one of the biggest attractions for tourists from all over the world, as is Spielberg Castle.
Spielberg Castle or Fortress is perfect for an orientation over Brno and is located above the Old Town of Brno. The fortress was built as early as the 13th century and was originally also once the seat of kings and margraves. After several reconstructions, the Spielberg Fortress became the most important bulwark in Moravia, together with the present Old Town of Brno.
Between 1987 and 1992, the Spielberg Castle/Fortress was extensively renovated and restored to its 18th century condition. The castle now houses a retrospective of its days as a dungeon, as well as many documents and mementos from the history of Brno, and is one of the most popular settings for concerts during the summer months.
Many residents and tourists then spend the evenings in pleasantly warm temperatures watching the sunsets or the hustle and bustle of Brno’s Old Town.
The Old Town Hall and the Old Town
The Old Town of Brno is known far beyond the city walls and combines many small sightseeing, which can be experienced in the best case during an extensive stroll through the city.
The Old Town Hall always attracts many tourists every year and housed the city administration until 1935. For visitors to Brno, in addition to the various exhibitions, the 63-meter high city hall tower is a particular attraction. This can be climbed and offers a great view over the whole city.
The old town of Brno can definitely be described as picturesque and various buildings are replaced by various fountains that characterize the cityscape. Especially now in the pre-Christmas period Brno is known for many beautiful Christmas markets.
It is noticeable to Brno that many nations have come together here and the history has different influences. Especially with the small stalls, local drinks and food, a romantic pre-Christmas atmosphere is created.
The environs of Brno
But also outside the Old Town, Brno still has various Brno sightseeing to offer, which should be considered during a visit, such as:
Lednice Castle – Lednice (or Eisgrub) Castle is located approximately 25km south of Brno near the Austrian border and is part of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. The castle is one of the most visited monuments in the Czech Republic per year and offers a beautiful outdoor park and a very large palm house. If you are in the region, you should definitely take a look at this historical building.
The town of Mikulov is also located south of Brno and can be combined with a visit to Brno. Among the special Brno sightseeing in the city is definitely the eponymous “Mikulov Castle”, as well as the Jewish quarter, the buildings on the Holy Hill, as well as the Old Town.
You can see from the first visit why so many guests regularly schedule a visit to Brno and always discover new things in the city and the region. In addition to the many sightseeing and a good hotel, as well as the good flight connection with flybmi from Munich to Brno, but there are also very good restaurants.
Dinner in Brno Brno – Restaurant & Bars
The Czech Republic is already known for many years for a high hospitality, good service and especially good restaurants and bars. As a guest, in most cities in the Czech Republic you have a choice from simple restaurants to upscale fine dining.
A restaurant for this example is the “Kohout na víně” with selected dishes and a very good wine list. Already on the website of the restaurant you can see the different lovingly composed dishes and decide for your personal favorite in the constantly changing menu.
I spent a very good evening in the restaurant “Kohout na víně” and felt well looked after. In addition, there are many special bars and clubs to extend the nightlife in Brno.
Conclusion – Top 10 Brno sightseeing Brno
It was my first visit to Brno or Brno to the Brno sightseeing and the journey with flybmi from Munich was really very pleasant and comfortable. Brno Brno is a city that is very good to choose once for a week trip. Compared to the well-known places for city trips in Europe, Brno with its various Brno sightseeing is still a city that exudes a quiet and pleasant charm with a great history.
For me it was the first visit to Brno, but certainly not the last. Especially in the winter months Brno has once again a very special charm with the Christmas markets, historic buildings and good restaurants.
The visit and the hospitality made me want to experience the city and its surroundings at another time of the year, but also to discover other destinations in Europe with flybmi.
I am happy if I have now also made you want to visit Brno or fly with flybmi.