The Czech lands were among the most industrialised in Europe. Although you will not find any coal mines, smelting plants, or ironworks in Brno, the town nevertheless stood at the forefront of global industry for almost three centuries.
Thanks to the build-up and advance of industry, Brno blossomed, becoming a cultural metropolis with unique architecture. The pivotal events of the 20th century left indelible marks on the status and fabric of the city, although not all its fibres were unrecognisably torn. Right up until today, Brno is still home to several key industrial buildings, and the powerful stories of the families who built Brno’s fame also linger. On these foundations have grown, in recent years, successful creative industries. Drawing upon a fertile history, they are simultaneously inspired by the contemporary laid-back atmosphere that reigns over the city.
The term ‘industrial’ denotes not just industrial monuments and brownfield sites, but also all the associated cultural and aesthetic experience. The project Brno INdustrial, set up by TIC BRNO along with several partners, has been presenting the city precisely through this lens. It offers a blend of historical contexts, industrial heritage sites and functional structures, narratives, and contemporary creative activities. The project allows you to explore Brno from the bottom up – from its underground spaces to its chimney tops, from the founders of the city’s woollen industry to today’s fashion brands.
You can also read about industrial Brno on our website, spread joy with an industrially themed gift from our e-shop, and – best of all – you can live and breathe the experience as you navigate the city!