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  • One of the most prominent features of Brno

  • 119-metre deep well in the large courtyard

  • A ‘jail of nations’ in the Habsburg monarchy

Since Friday 18 December 2020, the Špilberk castle interiors are closed to the public due to current measures against the spread of Covid-19. The closure involves the temporary exhibitions Gustav Krum: Illustrations, Adolf Loos, the European and „Retrohrátky“, Temple of the Stone, the Casemates and the lookout tower as well as all the permanent exhibitions. The outside castle area remains open. The gift shop is open until 23 December.

This vast complex is situated atop a hill of the same name

Špilberk Castle was established in the 13th century by Přemysl Otakar II to protect both the Czech lands and the town of Brno. An occasional residence of Moravian margraves, the castle became a huge military fortress in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1783, as decreed by Emperor Joseph II, it was transformed into a jail for serious criminals and soon also for political prisoners from countries throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Špilberk was known as the harshest jail in Europe. Its famous prisoners included Italian Carbonari, notably poet Silvio Pellico, and Václav Babinský, the famous Czech bandit.

After 1855, the castle served as military barracks. During both world wars, the castle again functioned as a jail, as first opponents of the Austrian regime and later Czech patriots during the Nazi occupation were imprisoned there. In 1962, Špilberk was added to the National Cultural Heritage list.

The castle walls offer an amazing view of Brno. The castle also serves as a cultural centre, housing Muzeum města Brna (the Brno City Museum). Concerts, theatrical performances, and festivals are often held there.

The castle’s large interior courtyard holds a fifteen-bell carillon, a lookout in the corner tower, and the Baroque Holy Trinity chapel.

The Špilberk casemates are a popular place for tourists. Their vaulted passages are rich with romantic as well as terrifying legends.

Nearest stop of public transport: Šilingrovo náměstí

Opening hours

9 am – 5 pm

Entrance fee

Entrance:

from: 50 Kč to:  280Kč

Address and contact

Špilberk 210/1
66224 Brno

+420 542 123 611
muzeum.brno@spilberk.cz