27 best sights in Brno – descriptions, photos, map

Old Brno: favorite sights

Brno is an ancient city of the Czech Republic, visited annually by millions of tourists. It is the second city after Prague (the capital of the Czech Republic) and the center of Moravia.

The city of Brno is extremely rich in traditions, customs and events that took place there. An interesting fact is that almost all of the historical part of the city (starting from the XIII century) has remained intact. Fortresses, castles, cathedrals are organically combined with modern buildings in high-tech style.

One day will not be enough to see all the architectural monuments and places of interest. At the same time you can easily find all the attractions of this city on your own, because most of them are located in the center or near the train stations.

In this article we will consider the most important sights of Brno, which you can see in one day, spend a useful and pleasant leisure time alone or with family, and do not miss the chance to plunge into the ancient history of Europe.

10 most interesting places in Brno

Town Hall or Old Town Hall

A symbol of the city and an administrative building with an unusual history. The town hall is located next to the Green Market Square, right in the center of the city, so it is easy to get to it.

In the past there was a court, a city council, and now the repository of important documents. And in one of the rooms is kept Brno Dragon – stuffed animal of a huge crocodile, brought from Turkey in the XVII century.

In the courtyard of the city hall almost every day there are various events: concerts and exhibitions.

City Hall or Old City Hall

Church (Cathedral) of St. Jakub.

It is XIII century building located on Jacob Square.

For several hundred years it has undergone many reconstructions and is of great interest to fans of architecture and design as it is a striking example of combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles.

The church is open to visitors from 8 am to 7 pm at Jakubska 11.

But remember, during baptisms, weddings and memorial services, entry to the church is strictly prohibited.

St. Jakub's Cathedral

The oldest museum – Spilberk Castle

You will come across the image of this castle as soon as you get a 10 crown coin in your hands. The sight of this mighty fortress with its picturesque surroundings will take your breath away and you will be amazed by the majestic size of this structure. Very often here are held various festivals and competitions in fencing.

The castle museum itself is a combination of three architectural styles: Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic. The observation deck allows you to see the whole city and the whole panorama of Brno will be visible as if on the palm of your hand.

Open from 9.00 to 17.00, tickets for adults 90 CZK, tickets for children and reduced price 50 CZK.

The oldest museum - Spilberk Castle

Starborno Brewery

Beer lovers can’t do without a visit to the Starborno Brewery. The brewery serves local beer and has a restaurant and bar on site. This means that here you can try not only fresh Czech beer, but also national dishes.

The price for a 0.5l mug of beer ranges from 30 to 50 CZK.

Starborno Brewery

Vegetable Market Square (Cabbage Market)

It has existed from the 18th century to the present day, with a brisk trade in vegetables, fruits and flowers. It works from early morning until late at night.

In the center of the square is the famous fountain “Parnassus” with a stone statue of the goddess of Europe on a dragon.

The main specialization of the museum are the handicrafts exhibitions and expositions that tell about the history of Moravia. It is also possible to have a quick and inexpensive snack in one of the many cafes or bars.

Cabbage market is not hard to reach, from the main railway station take streetcars 4,8,9.

Vegetable Market Square

Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul

The cathedral was built on St. Peter’s Hill, in the XVIII century, nearby there is another historical landmark – the bishop’s palace. Behind the church is an observation deck, from where you can admire the surroundings of Brno, and the two highest spires of the cathedral are visible from anywhere in the city.

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St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

Villa Tugendhat

The only Art Nouveau building in Bohemia from the 20th century, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villa was already built in the early thirties, but the modernity of the style is striking (the elegant interior of the house is expressed in minimalism and detailed furnishings).

Open from 10.00 to 18.00, the price of a full tour is about 350 CZK and tickets are better to be ordered and purchased in advance because of the large flow of visitors.

Villa Tugendhat

Church of the Acquaintance of the Holy Cross and the Capuchin monastery.

This church is the burial place of mummified famous Czechs and monks. In addition, a huge library and wall frescoes are of great value, so book lovers and historians – this is just for you.

The monastery is situated in the former grounds of the Brno Coal Market.

Church of the Acquaintance of the Holy Cross and the Capuchin Monastery

The old theater Reduta

It combines both modernity and the past of the country. It hosts not only plays, but also the most important city events. The repertoire is based on plays by Czech playwrights.

There are drama, ballet and opera productions during the whole theater season. The reviews of visitors to the theater are always emotional and bright.

The theater is located at the Cabbage Market, can be reached by streetcar 4, 8, 9 from the main station.

Old Reduta Theater

Freedom Square

The most beautiful socialite place in the city. On this square, an unusual triangular shape, there is a huge number of architectural monuments: the figure of the Virgin Mary, the Brno Orloj clock, Atlantean figures and many others. Here you will definitely have the opportunity to take unique selfies and photos.

Freedom Square

What to see with children?

If you are traveling with your family and your children, then the first thing you should do is visit the zoo, which has more than 1,500 rare and bizarre animals.

In addition to the usual sightseeing, visit the contact zoo, where children will have the opportunity to interact with the animal world (stroke and feed the animals, ride a pony, allowed to take pictures and video for a modest fee of 10-30 crowns).

  • You can get there on your own (parking is available at the entrance) and by public transport – bus 50, 52; tram 30 and streetcars 1, 3, 11.
  • Adult ticket price 100 CZK, children 70 CZK, children up to 3 years old free of charge.
  • Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Zoo

There is something to see for nature lovers and lovers of fresh air. They are advised to visit the Botanical Gardens and the Arboretum at the Mendel University. Mendel University. According to tourist descriptions, it is best to visit there in spring and summer, when everything is in bloom and you will have the opportunity to see a variety of exotic plants and their hybrids.

A visit to the garden of miniatures will be fascinating, which will be equally interesting for both children and adults.

Botanical garden and arboretum at Mendel University. Mendel University

Brno is a wonderful place with a peculiar history, rich in local color.

Visit one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic – Brno – and you will fall in love with it at first sight, and the desire to visit it again and again will remain there for a long time to come!

Useful maps and videos

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What sights to see in Brno in one day

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic (after Prague), located in the historic region of Moravia. This is one of the most beautiful and distinctive cities in Central Europe, with an interesting history, unique architectural monuments and its own traditions. At the same time, there are fewer tourists here than in Prague, which allows you to quietly see the sights in Brno, and they are indeed very interesting.

Brno from above

Given that Brno is not too big, even in one day you can see a lot. For independent tourists who want to see the sights of Brno, we decided to compile a list of the most interesting places in this city.

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Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Perhaps the first place in the list of sights of Brno, marked on the map of the city, belongs to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. There is an old story connected to this religious building, thanks to which Brno citizens meet noon at 11:00 sharp.

As the legend says, in 1645 Brno withstood the siege of the Swedes for a long time. One day the commanders of the troops made a pact that the Swedes would retreat if they could not capture the city before noon. During the decisive assault, the Swedes did not realize that the bell ringer had rung an hour earlier. The Swedish troops retreated, and the tradition of ringing the bell 12 times at 11 am has survived to this day in Brno.

St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in the XIII century, is a luxurious light building, whose slender spires of towers rise to the sky and are visible from almost anywhere in the city.

The walls inside the cathedral are decorated with rich paintings and mosaics, very beautiful stained glass windows. There is a unique landmark – the statue of “Virgin and Child”, created in the XIV century.

But the most interesting thing that awaits tourists here is the opportunity to climb the tower. observation deck – a small balcony, which can accommodate only 2 or 3 people, but to look at Brno and take pictures of its attractions from a height is quite possible.

The cathedral is open at these times:

  • Monday – Saturday – 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m;
  • Sunday – from 7:00 to 18:30.

The only time when visitors can use the services of a guide is Sunday from 12:00.

Cathedral

Admission is free. But since the temple is active, during the service tourists are forbidden to go over the fence. To climb the tower and see the panoramic views of Brno, you have to pay:

  • adult ticket – 40 CZK;
  • for children and students 30 CZK;
  • family ticket – 80 CZK.

Access to the tower is open at these times:

  • May – September: Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:30 p.m;
  • October-April: Monday-Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00, and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.

Address of the Cathedral of Peter and Paul: Petrov 268/9, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic.

Freedom Square

Freedom Square

If you look at a map of Brno with sights in Russian, it becomes clear that Namesti Svobody is the largest city square. For all time of Brno existence it has been the place where city life has been boiling. And nowadays it remains to be the heart of the city where locals and visitors love to stroll.

There are still numerous historic buildings here. It is worth mentioning a spectacular but controversial local landmark – the house “At the Four Caryatids”, better known among the townspeople as the house “At the Four Dummies”. There are four human-sized statues at the front of the building – they should be majestic, but do not give that impression at all. The sculptures’ faces have an expression that usually evokes laughter – this is why the townspeople called them “mamlas” (“morons”). As in many Czech cities, Brno has a Plague Column: on top of the column is a statue of the Virgin Mary, and at the foot of it are statues of saints.

Plague Column

A rather strange landmark of the city of Brno in the Czech Republic is located in the eastern part of the central square. It’s about the Astronomical Clock (Orloj), created in 3 years and 12,000,000 crowns in black marble, and installed here in 2010. The clock is a sculpture in the form of a casing 6 meters high with four cylindrical holes. It is not possible to see the time on this clock, because it does not show it, but through one of its openings it “shoots” glass balls every day at the time that is significant for Brno: 11 o’clock in the morning. It is considered a good omen to catch such a bullet, so by 11:00 a.m. a real pandemonium forms on the square.

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Špilberk Castle

Špilberk Castle

In the list of the most ancient sites in Brno is Spilberk Castle, standing on the top of the hill of the same name. Spilberk Castle was built in the XIII century as a fortified royal residence and managed to withstand not many sieges, and by the end of the XVIII century it turned into a gloomy prison for enemies of the monarchy, known in Europe as the “Prison of Nations”.

In 1962 Špilberk Castle was awarded the status of a national monument of the Czech Republic.

There are 3 main locations on the territory of Špilberk: a tower with an observation deck, casemates and the Brno City Museum.

In the museum, which occupies the western wing, you can see expositions and exhibitions on the history of the fortress and the city, as well as get acquainted with the fine arts and architecture of Brno. Thanks to the size and value of its collections the Brno City Museum is recognized as one of the most outstanding museums in the Czech Republic.

There are torture rooms in the casemates and many cells for prisoners (stone “sacks” and cages). It is interesting to see the kitchen, in which food was prepared for the prisoners – all the utensils have been preserved.

Castle Špilberk

The view from the observation tower offers a panorama of Brno, the picturesque castle park can be seen spreading out from the ancient walls. The park is well maintained with fountains, ponds and waterfalls, with comfortable benches and even a free toilet.

In the summer, concerts, theater performances, festivals, and fencing competitions are organized in the Spilberk Castle courtyard. You can check the schedules for such cultural events on the Brno website and book a trip to Brno so you can see the sights and enjoy the festivities all in one day.

From October to late April the Spilberk Castle is open from 09:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. In the warmer months the castle welcomes visitors every day at these times:

  • May – June: from 09:00 to 17:00;
  • July – September: from 09:00 to 18:00.

In Spilberk Castle you can selectively visit any location, but if you want to see everything, you must buy a combined ticket with a discount. The cost of admission tickets in crowns:

casemates southwest bastion observation tower Combination ticket
adult 90 100 50 150
discount 50 60 30 90

Before entering the casemates you can take a guide in Russian.

Ticket prices, as well as opening hours, can be found on the official website of the attraction: www.spilberk.cz/?pg=oteviraci-doba

Address of the Spilberk Fortress: Spilberk 210/1, Brno 60224, Czech Republic.

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Not far from Freedom Square stands Old Town Hall, a landmark of Brno (Czech Republic) that housed the city authorities since XIII.

An arch, hanging from the ceiling of which is a stuffed crocodile, and near the wall is a wheel, leads to the hall. The scarecrow and the wheel are both Brno’s mascots, dating back to the 17th century.

In 1935 the authorities took over another building, and the Old Town Hall became a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and performances. There is also a tourist information center, where you can get very useful free brochures such as “What to do in Brno on Monday”, “Brno sights: photos with descriptions”, “Beer in Brno”.

On the 63-view tower of the Old Town Hall there is an observation platform from which you can see a spectacular panorama of Brno. Admission is charged, price in crowns:

  • for adults – 70;
  • children age 6-15, students and pensioners – 40;
  • family ticket – 150;
  • camera permit – 40.

The tower is open daily from early June through the end of September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The address where the attraction is located: Radnicka 8, Brno 602 0, Czech Republic.

St. Jakub’s Church

St. Jakub's Church

This building, outwardly almost unchanged since its construction (late 16th century), is the most valuable attraction of the Late Gothic period in Bohemia.

An important element of Sv. Jakuba church is a tower rising 92 meters high. It marked the end of the whole construction. And on the south window of the tower there is a small figure of a man showing his naked ass in the direction of the Old Town Hall. It is said that in this way one of the builders, A. Pilgram, showed his attitude to the town authorities, who did not pay him extra for his work. But it turned out that the guy was not alone! Restoration works were carried out in the nineteenth century, and when the scandalous decoration was looked at from above, they realized: they were figurines of a man and a woman. When you look at the blissful face of the female figure, it immediately becomes clear what they are doing.

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And inside the church Sv. Jakuba there is an atmosphere of reverence and grandeur: high Gothic columns, oblong stained glass around the perimeter of the building, the pulpit of the preacher with images of scenes from the Bible.

St. Jakub’s Church is active. It is open daily, with services beginning

  • Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m;
  • on Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome to come and see the interior decoration. But during memorial services, weddings and baptisms no outsiders are allowed.

Church vault

Brno Ossuary

In 2001, under St. James Church, across the full width of the nave (25 meters), was found a large-scale ossuary – the second largest in Europe (after Paris). The number of buried people exceeds 50,000!

For almost 500 years the biggest cemetery in Brno, almost surrounding the church, was situated on what is now Jacob Square. After 10-12 years, the bones from the old grave were lifted to make room for the new one. The raised bones were placed in the ossuary.

The ossuary can be visited in groups of up to 20 people every day except Monday. Opening hours – from 9:30 to 18:00. The ticket costs 140 CZK.

Church of St. Jakub and ossuary are located in the city center, Jakubske namesti 2, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic.

Villa Tugendhat

Villa Tugendhat

In 1930 the great architect Mies van der Rohe built a villa for the wealthy Tugendhat family that was quite unusual for its time. Villa Tugendhat is the first residential building in the world to be built with steel substructures. It is recognized as a point of reference in functional design and is included in the UNESCO list of protected sites.

The villa, which is considered a masterpiece of modernism, is located among the chic, but traditional mansions, and against their background looks rather modest. All its splendor is in the internal layout and arrangement. The room of 237 m² in size doesn’t have any clear cut zones and even the photos of the landmark in Brno (Czech Republic) convey the special spirit of free planning. Rare wood, marble and other natural stones are used for interior decoration. Especially impressive is the 3-meter high onyx wall, which seems to come to life and starts to “play” in the rays of the setting sun.

Villa Tugendhat inside

Interest in this site is so great that the booking of tours should be taken very early (3-4 months in advance).

From March to the end of December, Villa Tugendhat open all days of the week except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00. In January and February from 9:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday to Sunday and Monday and Tuesday are days off.

There are different types of tours available to visitors:

  1. BASIC – basic living area, kitchen, garden (1 hour duration).
  2. Extended tour – living area, large reception hall, kitchen, technical rooms, garden (duration: 90 minutes).
  3. ZAHRADA – a guided garden tour is only possible if the weather is good.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, but it is best to do so in advance, via the official website: http://www.tugendhat.eu/.Стоимость tickets in kronor:

BASIC Extended tour ZAHRADA
complete 300 350 50
for children from 6 years old and students up to 26 years old, for seniors up to 60 years old, 180 210 50
family package (2 adults and 1-2 children under 15) 690 802
For children from 2 to 6 years old 20 20 20
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Photography in the interior of the museum (without flash and tripod) is possible only with a ticket for 300 CZK, bought at the booking office.

Address: Cernopolni 45, Brno 613 00, Czech Republic.

Brno Technical Museum

Brno Technical Museum

The exhibits of the Brno Technical Museum are located on the 4 floors of the modern building and in the open area in front of it. You can see a lot of interesting things: a dental surgery of the early twentieth century and workshops of craftsmen of different epochs with fully reconstructed furnishings, light bulb electronic computers and first computers, vintage cars, airplanes and streetcars of different times, railway cars and whole locomotives, steam and water engines.

There is no audio guide in Russian in the Technical Museum, and all descriptions are made only in Czech. However, it is definitely worth visiting, not only for those who are interested in machinery.

A peculiar attraction of the technical museum is the experimentarium, where visitors have the opportunity to conduct all sorts of experiments.

Brno Technical Museum inside

The museum works all year round under the following schedule:

  • Monday – day off;
  • Tuesday – Friday – from 09:00 to 17:00;
  • Saturday and Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00.

The cost of admission to the Technical Museum with a visit to all exhibitions (including the exhibition “Panorama”):

  • for adults – 130 CZK;
  • with benefits (for children over 6 and pensioners over 60): 70 CZK;
  • family ticket (two adults and 1-3 children aged 6-15): 320 CZK;
  • children up to 6 years of age are admitted for free.

If you want you can see only the historical stereo exhibition “Panorama”. A full admission ticket costs 30 crowns, with a discount – 15 crowns.

The Technical Museum is located outside the historical center of the city, in its northern part. Address: Purkynova 2950/105, Brno 612 00 – Královo Pole, Czech Republic.

VIDA Science Centre!

VIDA Science Center!

VIDA Science Park! – here is something to see in Brno interesting both for adults and children!

The City Exhibition Centre, on an area of 5,000 m², has more than 170 interactive exhibits. The permanent exhibition is divided into 5 thematic groups: “Planet”, “Civilization”, “Man”, “Microcosm” and “Science Center for Children” for ages 2 to 6.

The accompanying program includes guided tours and a variety of scientific experiments for schoolchildren.

The Science Park VIDA! awaits guests at these times:

  • Monday – Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m;
  • Saturday and Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00.

Children up to 3 years old are admitted to the park VIDA! free of charge, other visitors have to pay the entrance fee:

  • full ticket – 230 crowns;
  • children from 3 to 15, students up to 26, seniors over 65 years old – 130 CZK;
  • family ticket (1 adult and 2 or 3 children up to 15 years of age) – 430 CZK;
  • family ticket (2 adults and 2 or 3 children up to 15 years) – 570 CZK;
  • there is an afternoon ticket for all visitors from Monday to Friday, 16:00 to 18:00, price 90 CZK.

Park VIDA! with scientific attractions is located in the former pavilion D of the Brno Exhibition Centre. The exact address of the attraction is Krizkovskeho 554/12, Brno 603 00, Czech Republic.

All prices and schedules on the page are for August 2019.

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Of course, you can’t see all its cities in one trip to the Czech Republic. But one day to see the sights in Brno may be enough. The main thing is to organize everything correctly. We hope that our article will help you to do it.

All attractions in Brno, described on this page, are marked on the map in Russian.

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