Join us in exploring the history of the Brno underground – so deep, dark, and expansive that it takes five different tours to shed some proper light on it.
Labyrint pod Zelným trhem (the Labyrinth under the Vegetable Market) is a network of Baroque cellars that primarily served as storage spaces for their owners and local merchants and as shelters during wartime. After descending 212 stairs down into the darkness, you can look forward to an alchemist’s laboratory as well as an exhibit demonstrating food storage and featuring a pillory and a cage of fools. Scared yet? Just relax! You can even enjoy a sip of Moravian wine at special events held occasionally in the wine cellar or in the period tavern.
Can’t get enough of history? Or maybe you’re fascinated by how things used to work? Then a visit to Mincmistrovský sklep (the Mint Master’s Cellar) will be perfect for you! This exhibit shows the forgotten craft of mintage in Brno and Moravia, as well as the development of today’s Dominikánské náměstí (Dominican Square) and the city of Brno.
Does death intrigue you? Then don’t miss Kostnice u sv. Jakuba (the Ossuary at the Church of St James), which is the second-largest ossuary in Europe after the catacombs of Paris. This place of reverence, with over 50,000 thousand bodies as well as other archaeological findings once entombed there, will show you how people were buried in the past.
Come explore a real nuclear shelter! Kryt 10-Z (10-Z Bunker), dug deep into the rock under Špilberk Castle, was once intended to serve as a shelter for up to 500 people. Fortunately, it never had to be used for that purpose. This significant historical technical building has its own water tank, diesel unit, and a telephone exchange. Upon entering you’ll be given a map, so you can explore the labyrinthine tunnels yourself.
Brněnské technické podzemí (the Brno Technical Underground) is a tour prepared for technical enthusiasts and others that will take you to the underground utilities under the Brno city centre.
Parts of tour
Labyrinth Under the Vegetable Market (Labyrint pod Zelným trhem)
Just 212 steps down to enter the labyrinth’s winding passages
Mint Master’s Cellar (Mincmistrovský sklep)
A lesson on the history of minting is presented in a cellar
Ossuary at the Church of St James (Kostnice u sv. Jakuba)
After Paris, Brno has the second-largest ossuary in Europe
10-Z Bunker (Kryt 10-Z)
Visit the shelter originally meant only for the chosen few
Brno Technical Underground (Brněnské technické podzemí)
Explore the underground that keeps Brno alive and thriving
Museum of Torture Instruments (Muzeum mučících nástrojů)
Greatest terrors and tortures ever devised by humans
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