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As the cultural centre of South Moravia and one of the largest cities in the Czech Republic, Brno offers a number of historical and cultural attractions for visitors. Freedom Square is the town centre where all the festivities take place. If you head to this spot, you will find most of the central Brno attractions within a short walk. One such landmark is Špilberk Castle, a prison fortress and torture chamber from the Austro-Hungarian Empire era that is now a museum and café. The Old Town Hall and Petrov Cathedral are usually on most tourists' sightseeing lists, and the beautiful Baroque sculptures and tomb of mummies at Capuchin Monastery are a big draw in Brno as well. You should visit the Moravian Museum if you want to learn about the history of this region. The main exhibit area is in Dietrichstein Palace, but there are also satellite exhibits at the Anthropos Pavilion and the Bishop Courtyard. You may also peruse the Moravian Gallery, which offers exhibits of both modern and historical Moravian artworks. Brno was the headquarters for renowned geneticist Gregor Mendel, and so it is only fitting that The Mendel Museum of Genetics is based there as well.

When To Go

Brno has a fairly moderate climate, but it rains most of the year. The driest month is March, but you should still pack rain gear any time you travel to this area. Brno winters run from December to February. They can be very cold with freezing temperatures at night and chilly days around 1-2°C (34-36°C). The sun is also scarce in winter months, only peeking out for a few hours in the daytime. Summer (June through August) is probably the best time to visit Brno and not just because it is warmer. Many of the tourist attractions will be open only during this season. Summer highs are typically 23-27°C (73-81°F), and the humidity is higher.

  • Summer highs 23-27°C (73-81°F); winter lows -2 to -3°C (28-27°F)
  • Summer is tourist season and the best time to visit
  • Rainy most months; March driest month

Getting There

There is a small airport in Brno, but flights are limited, making Prague a more likely arrival point. Brno is easy to access via the rails as it is a major stop along two routes from Prague: the Prague-Vienna line and the Prague–Bratislava–Budapest line. Once you arrive at the Brno Main Rail Station, you can walk to a number of attractions, as the station is right in the centre of town. If you are driving from Prague, you can take the D1 toll highway or one of the many national roads. Several major coach lines offer trips from Prague and a plethora of other European cities. You can travel directly from the Prague airport to Brno via coach bus or train as well.

  • Train: Brno Station is a major rail stop for the Moravia region
  • Car: Highway D1, national roads from Prague
  • Bus: Coach lines from all over Europe

General Information

With a metro population close to 750,000 people, Brno is second only in size to Prague in the Czech Republic. The capital of the South Moravian Region is a lively city, with a history that dates back to at least the 5th century. As the home of the Czech Supreme Court, the city is a vital cog in the national discussion.

Though Brno may not be as brazen as Prague, the city’s serene, cosmopolitan air is a boon to intrepid tourists who want a taste of the real Czech Republic. A tidy historic center makes exploration on foot fun and convenient, with a slew of landmarks to enjoy. The best of the lot include St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Spilberk Castle. UNESCO World Heritage Tugendhat Villa is a remarkable modern masterpiece of German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Last but not least, no trip to Brno is complete without a tour of the spectacular Moravian Karst nature reserve.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • St. Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Spilberk Castle
  • Tugendhat Villa
  • Bucovice Palace
  • Moravian Karst
  • Activities

  • September Wine Festival
  • Brno International Music Festivals
  • Brno International Folklore Festival
  • International Guitar Festival
  • Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Restaurant & Nightlife

    Restaurants

  • Spolek
  • Brabander
  • U Blahovky
  • Chajovna
  • Pegas
  • Nightlife

  • Fleda Music Club
  • Mersey
  • Alterna
  • Tabarin
  • Red Cat
  • Climate

    Brno has a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Winter (November to February) -4-6°C
    • Spring (March to May) -1-18°C
    • Summer (June to August) 11-24°C
    • Fall (September to October) 4-17°C


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    1 Barcelo Hotel Brno

    4 stars
    4.7 / 5

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    Barcelo Brno Palace Hotel invites discerning travellers to a fusion of sophistication and comfort housed in a prominent structure in Czech Republic. While in the city of Brno, tourists can view the... More

    2 Grandhotel Brno

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 10 reviews

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    Grand Hotel Brno offers comfortable accommodation and is perfect for business travellers as well as holidaymakers. This property lies opposite the main train station and only a few minutes from BVV... More

    3 BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel International

    4 stars
    4.5 / 5 2 reviews

    Husova 200/16 Map

    Boasting luxurious accommodation and tranquil ambience, BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel International Brno is an ideal place for a fun filled vacation. GeneralThis hotel features well-equipped meeting... More

    4 OREA Hotel Voronez 2

    3 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Krizkovskeho 49 Map

    OREA Hotel Voronez 2 Brno is a modern hotel in Czech Republic and offers friendly service, comfortable accommodation in a welcoming atmosphere for discerning travellers around the world. ... More

    5 OREA Hotel Voronez 1

    4 stars
    3.0 / 5

    Krizkovskeho 47 Map

    OREA Hotel Voronez 1 Brno boasts its central location paired with a quality accommodation that meets the standard of even the most discerning traveller. Among the highly recommended attractions to... More

    6 Holiday Inn BRNO

    5 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Krizkovskeho 20 Map

    Holiday Inn is a luxury five-star hotel providing excellent accommodation and a high standard congress service when you are in Brno for business or pleasure. GeneralHoliday Inn Brno with its... More

    7 Design Hotel Noem Arch

    3 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Cimburkova 9 Map

    Design Hotel Noem Arch in Brno - Královo Pole, with its unique design of a boat moored in a harbor, specializes in both individual customers and groups and offers a large scale of services: ■a... More

    8 Avanti Hotel Brno

    3 stars
    4.3 / 5

    Stredni 61 Map

    The Avanti Hotel Brno presents the perfect balance of blending apartment-style living in a hotel setting that offers extravagant accommodation and superb service to give you a luxurious vacation... More

    9 OREA Santon Hotel

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Prstavn 38 Map

    OREA Santon Hotel Brno provides quality accommodation and professional services for an enjoyable vacation. Some of the famous points of interests are Abbey of St. Thomas, St. Jacob's Church and... More

    10 Hotel Vista

    3 stars
    4.1 / 5

    Hudcova 72 Map

    Hotel Vista Brno offers business and leisure travellers with cosy accommodations and friendly services a few kilometres from Trade Fairs Brno events centre. Set within the Moravian city of Brno,... More