Let’s be honest here: Brno is no New York, but you will find bars here that New York raves about. Brno is no Paris, but it does strut its stuff in the fashion world. Brno is no Brussels, but it is home to the best French fries in a paper cone. Brno is no Copenhagen, but is very well-known for its minimalist design and purity.
And, most importantly, Brno is no major tourist destination, so coming here will automatically elevate you to trendsetter status in your “bubble”.
DAY 1 – Villa Tugendhat is so last season
Getting bored of all the photos of your friends taken in Villa Tugendhat? Or have you already been there yourself? Change it up a bit, instead, and be the first of your friends to visit the enchanting, romantic Villa Stiassni, designed by famous architect Ernst Wiesner. For added effect, try to avoid any information about it before your visit, especially anything related to its interiors. This way it will take you completely by surprise – you won’t regret it. Guided tours take place every hour and the villa is open from Friday to Monday.
Villa Stiassni Photo: RAKO Lasselsberger
Unlike with Villa Tugendhat, Villa Stiassni is easy to get inside and the story that surrounds it is just as fascinating. Just like Tugendhat, its owners were prominent Jewish textile industry tycoons who helped turn Brno into Moravian Manchester, as the city was nicknamed. After visiting the villa and its generously-designed garden, keep following the Moravian Manchester trail.
Think ahead and book a guided tour which you’ll surely enjoy while learning a lot of interesting things that will come in handy at the next party or for dazzling your date. #notjustaprettyface If you end up missing it, though, don’t worry. Just check out the online Go to Brno’s Moravian Manchester trail, which will take you to 12 places and tell you more about the history, great personalities, and places related to this phenomenon.
Villa Low-Beer, part of the Moravian Manchester trail
If you want to dive into this topic, stop by at the nearest bookshop and buy the book by local author Kateřina Tučková that this trail was inspired by. If you don’t need too many details, just buy the book by TIC Brno THIS IS BRNO 1 with single chapter about it, written by Tučková herself. And don’t let your taste buds feel neglected, either – stop for a bite at any of the cool, local bistros; get inspired in the Gourmet Brno 2019 guide!
If you do want to dive deep into the history of industrial Brno, take a guided tour, attend a lecture, follow the trail or attend an event as part of the Brno INdustrial project.
For a truly industrial experience, fill up on caffeine at Industra Coffee, based on the premises of a former freezing plant at Masná 9. Not only will you enjoy a cup of excellent coffee, but you’ll also learn a lot about it. We’ve said it before but #notjustaprettyface.
If you come to Brno with friends, definitely try out the Moravian Manchester game and have a lot of fun exploring historic parts of the city.
DAY 2 – A night enjoyed/spent drinking in Brno
Everybody knows that getting ready for a night on the town shouldn’t be underestimated. And even though Brno is so laid back, you can easily walk into one of its renowned bars in a track suit, it’s still better to pay some attention to your outfit. Brno boasts a lot of local design shops, so why not go for a hunt there? Choose THIS IS: Designer Pieces from Brno as your guide and you’re bound to become the star of the night! Download it or pick it up for free at the infocentres.
THIS IS: Designer Pieces from Brno brochure – for free at information centres
Of course, don’t forget about your loved ones and buy some original gifts from Brno for them at the IC TO JE Brno on Panenská Street, ranging from tasteful postcards for your grandparents to fun keyrings for your colleagues and friends. And if your luggage isn’t big enough for all of them (or you just forgot to buy them), don’t worry and order them comfortably from home at www.darkyzbrna.cz (gifts from Brno).
Shopping bag, #zBrna (from Brno) collection Photo: TIC BRNO
Exploring the city while you shop is sure to put you in the party mood, as the city centre is full of music and theatre performances in summer; just walk and listen. If you like to plan ahead, go to Have fun in Brno and find the events you like. It’s especially recommended to check out the programs of UPROSTŘED and Brno Music Marathon, both popular festivals for tourists and locals alike.
Busking in the streets of Brno Photo: Statutární město Brno
When it comes to planning your nights in Brno, there’s quite a number of options, no matter if you prefer classic stuff in the style of Bar, který neexistuje (Bar which doesn’t exist), you like to commit some gin-flavoured sins at 7 hříchů café & gin bar or do some experimenting at Super Panda Circus. No way you’ll get bored in Brno! If you catch the Saturday (or even Thursday) night fever, pick a night club you’d like, such as the classic Metro Music Bar, alternative Kabinet Múz or the LGBTQ+ friendly Lemon Music Club. Lots of great experiences guaranteed!
Bar Super Panda Circus
DAY 3 – Starring: Hangover
Didn’t make it to the breakfast at the hotel because it was only served till 10.30 am? Don’t worry! Take a shower and go out for a brunch, ideally to 4pokoje (4rooms). If their coffee and eggs Benedict fail to fix you, ask the kind crew for a drink. Does the place look familiar? Well, this may be where you had your last drink in the morning, as this place is open almost 24/7. Don’t worry, no violations of the Labour Code here, so these guys aren’t the ones that served you drinks at your previous visit not so long ago.
4pokoje Photo: Statutární město Brno
If you sleep in so long that you even miss brunchtime, that’s ok too. There’s nothing like a proper Mexican burrito to cure your hangover, and Bistro Bastardo is the place to go for those. And practically anything on their menu goes great with a chilled Corona.
Take it easy for the rest of the day, make a tour de cafés with THIS IS: COFFEE IN BRNO and discover the magic of Brno’s outdoor seating or forget about the sins of the previous night while you sweat it all out in a sauna. In the very centre, there’s Saunia, a sauna paradise, on the top floor of the distinctive Letmo shopping mall, with a great view of Brno.
Capuchin Square (Kapucínské náměstí) – Café Tungsram and Café Pilát Photo: Statutární město Brno
For tonight, don’t forget to book tickets for the ART Cinema. After the film, you can spend hours discussing the director’s artistic intention over a glass of wine or beer at its cosy café or outdoor seating. Or you can go to the Scala University Cinema and, after the film, get absorbed by the busy social life on Moravian (Moravské) or Saint James’s (Jakubské) Squares. Careful, though! Most likely you’ll end up sitting on the ground drinking beer just like everybody else. One or two beers never killed anybody, right? If the weather is nice, the best choice is to go to an outdoor cinema. In Brno, you have several to choose from. Under the starry sky is the best way to enjoy a film!
Outdoor seating at the Art Cinema Photo: Kino Art
DAY 4 – Pangs of conscience = your mom will want to see some photos
Well, you may feel a bit down after wasting the previous day away. On the other hand, this is your vacation, so spend it doing exactly what you want to do. Unfortunately, you told your parents and grandparents about your trip, so they’ll want to see some photos next time you see each other. A selfie with a sixth drink may not be the one to lead the slideshow with, so take some proper photos for your parents today.
If you decide to explore the city by bike, you’ll not only feel like you’re in Amsterdam, but you’ll also get a bit of exercise. The easiest way is to download the Nextbike app which allows you to choose from 750 bicycles all over Brno, or you can hop on a pink Rekola bike.
Ride your bicycle right under the statue of Jobst to take a selfie. Only don’t send it to your mom, not this one. Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl
Long tour of Brno
Špilberk Castle Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl
One of the symbols of Brno – called a clock machine (or astronomical clock, which is what the locals will try to make you believe it is) – on Freedom Square (Náměstí Svobody) is a place to rack your brains. You may be confused to see no clock there whatsoever, so let us tell you it’s the tall black BULLET-SHAPED thing! And the first one to guess what time it shows won’t have to pay for their lunch. There are instructions that may or may not help you there…
Clock machine on Freedom Square Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl
The clock machine on Freedom Square is under maintenance these days, and the glass marbles it used to release every day at 11 am have rolled all over Brno.
DAY 5 – Functional functionalism or a day spent in the shade
There’s a lot more in Brno than the clock machine, as you may have realized on your walk through the city centre, and we have basically a time machine here as well! It’s not perfect yet, but it can take you to the interwar period for sure! And you’ll even be able to cool yourself off while you enjoy it. Quite a win-win situation, right?
Take tram (called šalina here) No. 2 or 3 or bus No. 64 to the Kuldova stop (or hop on a bike, if your feet aren’t too sore after yesterday’s efforts), which is just a stone’s throw from the Zábrdovice outdoor swimming pool, open from June to August. You can fully enjoy this jewel of functionalism, and if you bring retro accessories, such as a swimming suit, sunglasses, and a hat, and even apply a black-and-white filter on your photos, you’ll basically be traveling back to the 1930s. Congratulations! If this is not enough functionalism for you yet, get inspired by the What is Brno? Functionalism brochure, freely available at our infocentres or online for you to download.
Zábrdovice swimming pool – waves Photo: STAREZ - SPORT
If the idea of spending the entire day on a deckchair at a swimming pool is a bit of a nightmare for you, but you’d still like to cool down for a while, here’s a solution – a visit to the Brno Underground. More conservative visitors shouldn’t miss the Ossuary at the Saint James’s Church, the Labyrinth under the Vegetable Market, the Mintmaster’s Cellar, and or Capuchin crypt. All these are located close to each other, so you’ll spend most of the time pleasantly in the shade.
Ossuary at the Saint James’s Church Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl
For rather progressive tourists, there’s the 10-Z fallout shelter and water tanks at the Špilberk Castle, only recently opened to the public, and now with the Temple of Stone exhibition. Again, these are close to each other, so you won’t have to worry about getting sunburnt. Besides, the Špilberk Castle offers one of the most beautiful views of Brno, so you can get some more photos into the album for your mom. Even the photo of the cool young people right on top of this page was taken there!
10-Z fallout shelter Photo: Statutární město Brno
EXTRA EXTRA TIP
If you come with your partner, it’s pretty much required that you spend one night at the Anybody hotel.
Day 6 – 100
Naturally, Brno is the most beautiful village in the Czech Republic. Still, it would be a shame not to take a trip to see the rest of the South Moravian Region while you’re here!
Trips you may like:
Za sportem k moravskému moři (Doing sports at the Moravian Sea) – adrenalin, sports, burgers
Do Hobitína i nad vinohrady (Into the Hobitton and above Vineyards) – cool observation tower, wine, Lord of the Rings
More tips here.
South Moravia – Hobbiton – Vrbice
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