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Second honeymoon in Brno

The leaves on the trees are transforming into the autumn colors. However the sun is still pleasantly warm and the sunsets are even more romantic. Also the cafés have tables outside and you can enjoy the city with warm drink in your hands wrapped in blanket. So pack your luggage with your partner and come before the snow covers the city!

Whoever said that the romance is dead have not visited Brno in the autumn!

DAY 1 – Enchanted by the interwar bourgeoisie

Every city has its #1 must-see, and in Brno that’s definitely Villa Tugendhat. And that’s why the tickets to the villa are so incredibly hard to get. If you didn’t plan your visit at least six month ago, there is zero chance of getting into the villa.

Until recently, that is. Now, thanks to our BRNOPAS card, you can get in without a problem, because we’ve already booked some tickets for you.

Funkcionalistická Vila Tugendhat v Brně, památka UNESCO. Villa Tugendhat Photo: David Židlický

But even if you don’t make it into the villa, its garden is definitely worth visiting. Especially during the autumn season it can seem like you became a part of impressionistic painting. Furthermore you are able to explore the outside of the villa and absorb the atmosphere of the 30s. Maybe you will identify with characters from the book The Glass Room or even play the movie of the same name (available on Netflix) and say “We have been there!” Look here for more examples of places in Brno that drew the attention of filmmakers.

Admission to the garden is only 50 CZK (around 2 euro), so you can then easily spoil yourselves in the nearby functionalist ERA café. Have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and read an article about how it works behind the scenes at the famous villa from the point of view of the guide.

ERA café Photo: Studio Flusser

If you enjoyed the story of the Tugendhat family, make sure not to miss the Art Nouveau Villa Löw-Beer, which belonged to the generous parents of Mrs. Tugendhat and you are able to enter it through the gate at the bottom of the garden of villa Tugendhat.

The local permanent exposition named The World of the Brno Bourgeoisie around the Löw-Beers and Tugendhats will teach you a lot of interesting facts about architecture and mainly about the life of the elite at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Villa Löw-Beer Photo: TIC BRNO

After visiting the villas, you’re sure to feel like some industry tycoons from Brno yourself, which calls for a luxurious lunch. At the nearby Schodová stop, take bus No. 67 and get off in five minutes at Malinovský Square (Malinovského náměstí) right in front of the Mahen Theatre (Mahenovo divadlo). Of course, you may be feeling ritzy enough to just take a taxi, but don’t forget that with our BRNOPAS, city transportation is free for you. From the theatre, go to the Brno House of Arts (Dům umění města Brna). Wait a minute – what happened to lunch? Don’t worry! In the Brno House of Arts, you’ll not only find jewels of contemporary arts but also the finalist of the Fine Dining Gourmet Brno 2019 category – the Kohout NA VÍNĚ restaurant! Bon appétit!

restaurace Kohout Na víně v Brně the Kohout NA VÍNĚ restaurant Photo: Kohout na víně

If the weather’s not exactly favourable, why not visit an exhibition when you’re already there? Until 15th November 2020 there is and exhibition called Mies in Brno / Villa Tugendhat so you bascially become an expert on this topic!

If the weather is nice rather take a short tour of the city centre. Ideally, go straight to the Vegetable Market (Zelný trh) and enjoy some vegan ice-cream (supposed to be healthy, right?). And you can burn off the extra calories on your walk up the hill to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Take a rest on a bench in the Denis Gardens (Denisovy sady) (why not the Václav Havel one?) and then climb the 173 stairs to the top of the Old Town Hall tower to enjoy the view of Brno from high above.

Vegetable Market (Zelný trh) – look for this cart selling vegan ice-cream Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl

The climb of Old Town Hall Tower is great for several reasons: you’ll learn why the small tower in the middle is crooked, you’ll see Brno from high above, it’s all for free with BRNOPAS, and you don’t have to worry about going to the gym the next day. In fact, you can even order a dessert after dinner. The Old Town Hall tower is also home to the Tourist Information Centre “Under the Crocodile”, where you can get all the information and materials for your adventures in Brno. We advice to check out the books as well because they can be handy on your vacation in Brno very soon.

The amazing view from Old Town Hall Tower Photo: TIC Brno

DAY 2 – Vacation is about getting some rest

Note: bring your own blanket, book, and a swimming suit

You learnt a lot about Brno yesterday, right? So take it easy today and relax. There is no better place for this occasion in Brno than  Brno Dam! If you ask the locals how to get there and they just stare at you in disbelief, try asking for Prygl (a slang name). However, the safest bet is the brochure by TIC BRNO that you can get at its information centres or easily download it into your smart devices.

Brno Dam Photo: Monika Hlaváčová, Pocket media s.r.o.

After arriving at the Wharf (Přístaviště) stop, take a walk to the water. If you enjoy construction technology, check out the dam and admire the skills of its builders. If you are rather competitive, challenge your partner to a mini-tournament of miniature golf. The loser pays for lunch!

Brno Dam Photo: Michal Růžička

After lunch and romantic walk around the “beach”, go to the wharf and catch a boat (departures every 45 minutes until 25th October) to enjoy the view of the dam right from the water. You can get as far as to the Veveří Castle, but don’t forget you came here to relax so get off at the Sokolské koupaliště stop. If the weather is good lie down on the blanket, and read a favourite book or, better, that book about Brno that you bought at the infocentre the day before.  We told you it will be handy soon! Anyone who likes to be extra prepared for their trips can order them and many other souvenirs from the www.giftsfromrbno.cz online shop. If you get thirsty when reading, you can always get a drink at a nearby pub.

Brno Dam Photo: Jan Cága

Once you get tired of sunbathing or the sun dissapears behind autumn clouds here comes the time for your swimsuit! Fans of cold water swimming can jump into the dam however we rather reccomend to visit the Maximus resort, located only 800 metres from the beach. Get in the swimming pool or whirlpool, and once your fingers get wrinkly, it’ll be time to explore the Sauna World, with its 12 types of indoor as well as outdoor saunas. Pretty nice, right? If you can, try to make it for what’s called a sauna ritual and then relax in a deckchair by the fireplace. Those who really want to spoil themselves can even book a massage beforehand or even a private whirlpool or a Bali-style bath.

Infinit Maximus – Finnish sauna at the lake Photo: Infinit Maximus Resort

What a day, right? Now it’s time for a romantic dinner right at Maximus or take a shuttle bus to the Přístaviště stop and go downtown for dinner. Brno is simply a paradise for hedonists! For tips on the best places in town, check out the portal of GOURMET BRNO, an independent guide to Brno pubs and restaurants.

restaurace Castellana Trattoria v Brně restaurace Castellana Trattoria foto: restaurace Castellana Trattoria

DAY 3 – People do not live by bread alone – the same goes for enjoying culture in Brno

Yesterday you relaxed hard, so this morning you wake up all rested and ready for more experiences. And today is about culture.

Ideally, theatre and classical music enthusiasts should make Leoš Janáček himself their guide and simply follow local places related to his life. You can get a book or a guided tour, both at TIC BRNO. The tour will also take you to the popular Stopkova plzeňská pivnice, a well-liked gastropub serving traditional Czech meals.

The cherry on the top of such a day would be attending a play in theatre. Luckily for you Brno is full of English friendly theatres! Fans of opera and ballet should visit Janáček Theatre. If you are more into drama plays check out what Mahen Theatre prepared for you with English sub. For more alternative plays look up Goose on a String Theatre with a great selection of English friendly plays!

After the performance, give in to temptation and head to one of Brno’s renowned bars, as a cocktail always makes for a good date! 

Janáček Theatre (Janáčkovo divadlo) in Brno Auditorium of Janáček Theatre waiting for the audience Photo: NdB

As you found out the first day Brno is also a great place for film and series enthusiasts, as a number of Czech films have been shot here. Just check out this guide!

One of the places we highly reccomend from this tour is definitely Stiassni Villa which is opened from Friday to Monday. The film shot here is called “The Devil’s Mistress” (Lída Baarová) which is about famous, Czech actress Lída Baarová who infamously fell in love with Goebbles. Villa played her summer house and the film is availble on Netflix.

Vila Stiassni in Brno Stiassni Villa with enormous garden full of autumn colors Photo: David Židlický

Don’t forget to book tickets at ART Cinema, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer at its cosy café or outdoor seating (wrapped in the blanket) and spend hours discussing what the director’s artistic intention actually was. Or you can go to the Scala University Cinema and then get absorbed in the bustling atmosphere on Moravian (Moravské) and Saint James’s (Jakubské) squares. Careful, though! Most people end up sitting on the ground when drinking beer there (yes, even in autumn!).

Cinema Art in Brno ART Cinema: Is it even a date without a cinema visit?

EXTRA TIP

On your way home, don’t forget to take a memorable Brno selfie under the statue of Jobst of Moravia at Moravian Square (Moravské náměstí). Well, just like the couple above. That’s a proper second honeymoon!

Saint James’s Square (Jakubské náměstí) at Night Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl

EXTRA TIP!

If you are not in the mood for theater nor cinema check out all the other activities in Brno!

HAVE FUN IN BRNO

DAY 4 – The best way to explore Brno is from the Café or you can take the view from above to the next level

The good people of Brno like to have fun and take live easy, as shown by the statues “embellishing” local squares as well as by their easy-going attitude and the fact that they always find a moment to have a cup of coffee. Just grab the THIS IS: Coffee in Brno brochure and explore the diverse world of local cafés. If you’re worried about overdosing on caffeine, don’t – just order a glass of wine or beer instead. After all, this is Moravia, and you’re on vacation!

Café Tungsram at Capuchin Square (Kapucínské náměstí) Photo: Statutory City of Brno

Besides, you’ll need something to boost your courage, since after a quick lunch at a cool bistro (there are so many of them here!), you’ll get to see the city from a bird’s eye view – from a hot-air balloon. Brno is simply ideal for this kind of activity, being a big city and boasting a dam, the Veveří and Špilberk castles, and a number of churches, and being both full of and surrounded by nature. You can book your flight for example here, as these guys are experienced professionals. Now is the time to become real heroes of your stories!

The view from above will give you a good look at the surroundings of Brno as well and maybe even give you some ideas for trips to take in the days to come; you know, it would be a shame not to explore the South Moravian Region when in Brno.

Recommended trips:

Kounicko a Ivančicko – víno, chřest a rozmarné léto (Kounice and Ivančice regions – wine, asparagus, and a great summer) – romantic cycling (Rosa Coeli in Dolní Kounice, wine, asparagus, an observation tower, a river, and Ivančice)

Za vínem s vinobusem (Tour de Wine) – sightseeing tour through the region of Znojmo and a wine tasting

More tips for trips in South Moravia here.

Rosa Coeli Monastery in Dolní Kounice

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