Brno (German: Brünn, Moravian dialect: Štatl) is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and the largest city in the historical Moravian region. Founded around the year 1000, the city acted as one of historical capitals of the region, and today is home to many institutions related to Moravian history and culture. At the same time, Brno represents the administrative center of the contemporary South Moravian Region, and is the headquarters of the republic's judicial system. With a population around 380,000, Brno is located in a beautiful natural environment between South Moravian vineyards and the Moravian Karst, and is an easy drive to the nearby Austrian border.
The New Town Hall (don't be fooled by its name, in fact it's very old).
Brno was founded about a thousand years ago, receiving city status in 1243. Surviving sieges from the Hussites in 1428 and 1430, the city also successfully defended itself from Swedish armies during the Thirty Years' War. With the original capital of Olomouc falling into Swedish hands in 1641, Brno became the seat of administration for the Margraviate of Moravia (a borderland region of the Austrian Empire), which stayed long after the war's end. The city flourished during the 19th century as it rapidly industrialized and its population exploded. Brno would later serve as the capital of the semi-autonomous Moravian Land in the First Republic of Czechoslovakia. After surviving World War II intact, the newly-installed Communist Party abolished Moravia's autonomous status to subdivide the country into regions (kraj) in 1949, ending Brno's high political prominence. Contemporary Brno is a mixture of different architectural styles, ranging from the Gothic, Baroque, Art Noveau, and Socialist. Arguably the Czech Republic's second most important cultural centre that often competes with Prague in prestige, Brno has the second largest historic preservation zone in the country (the largest in Prague, the third in nearby Olomouc). Three castles are located in the immediate proximity of the city: Špilberk (a former royal castle for the rulers of Moravia dating to the 13th century, and later an Austrian military bastion), Veveří Castle (near Brno Lake), and Líšeň Castle (to the city's east).
Unlike Prague, Brno has yet to be discovered by mass tourism, meaning that prices and crowds are both minimal and manageable. Low budget accommodation is relatively expensive, due to lack of competition.
Brno Faculty of Civil Engineering
Brno is the undoubted cultural hub of Moravia, home to a number of notable Moravian institutions, e.g. Moravian Gallery, Moravian Museum, National Theatre Brno, Brno City Theatre, etc. It is a city with a long tradition in motor racing (on the Masaryk Circuit), huge exhibitions and trade fairs (in the Central European Exhibition Center), and as a vibrant university city. With 89,000 university students in a city of 380,000, Brno is the Czech Republic's largest student city by percentage of population. Since 1998, an international firework competition, the Ignis Brunensis, has been held annually every year at the turn of May and June, drawing over 100 to 200,000 visitors a year.
The most interesting places in Brno are the Brno Underground, a labyrinth of cellars including the second biggest ossuary in Europe (after the Catacombs of Paris), the city's three sounding castles, the iconic St. Peter and Paul Cathedral atop Petrov hill, the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in the Old Brno District, St. Jacob's Church, the Moravian Museum, Lužánky Park (the oldest public park in the country), Denis Gardens, and various historical squares, churches, and palaces.
There are also other places outside the city centre worth visiting, e.g. the old Jewish cemetery in Brno-Židenice (the biggest one in Moravia), or the Marian Valley in Brno-Líšeň, a cascade of lakes between forested hills. From the north, Brno is surrounded by hills and very pleasant nature, probably the most notable place is the Moravian Karst.
Despite having lost its status as a capital city, Brno continues to behave like a capital in all but name, with a rich variety of various cultural events, clubs, pubs, etc., and several excellent museums and theatres. Also there are two interesting things about theatres in Brno, Reduta Theatre is the oldest theatre building in Central Europe, and Mahen Theatre (part of the National Theatre Brno) is the first theatre in the entire Europe which was illuminated by Thomas Edison's electric light bulbs (invented only 4 years earlier). Brno also serves as the capital of judicial authority of the Czech Republic (it's the seat of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court) as well as many other state authorities, the rest of it is located in Prague.
Brno is an important stop on the Prague–Vienna and Prague–Bratislava–Budapest railway line; all EC and RJ (railjet) trains stop here. For some trains originating in Prague, it is a terminal stop.
There are generally three railway companies operating in Czech Republic – Czech Railways (České Dráhy), the national railway company – and two private companies (RegioJet (www.RegioJet.eu) and LeoExpress). Brno is operated by České Dráhy and RegioJet.
Important notice: Be careful until December 2019 the Brno Main Train Station (Brno hlavní nádraží) is under reaconstruction. Most of the international and national trains are going via stations Brno dolní nádraží and Brno-Židenice. They stops there as well. If you come from Prague it saves much time to get off in Brno-Židenice and change to any local train going to Brno hlavní nádraží (every 15 minutes, yourney takes 3 minutes). Your ticket is valid there. If you arrive from Vienna / Bratislava get off at Brno dolní nádraží and use free of charge bus 61 going from there to the Main station (it takes about 5 minutes). It is recommended to check your connection at this website (English version available).
National and international train and bus schedules can be found at www.idos.cz.
Correct city and regional train, tram, bus and trolleybus schedules can be found at www.idsjmk.cz.
- Prague: 2½h, hourly EC/RJ trains and cheaper private RegioJet trains.
Tickets sold at Prague train station for CZK 219. Advance online tickets start at CZK 189. Since December 2016, new operator RegioJet provides train service between Prague and Brno . Right now there are eleven pair of trains a day. Some of the trains continue to Vienna or Bratislava. Tickets are generally sold online and start at CZK 99. It is possible to return the ticket until 15 minutes before departure. If you are under 18 or you are under 26 with an ISIC card or you are above 65 you pay only 25% of the price – you can travel between Brno and Prague for less then €2.
- Olomouc: 1½h, every 2 hours. Be careful that you get in to the proper train – line R8, because another train R13 to Olomouc via Břeclav departs at around the same time which will add 1 hour more to your trip.
- Ostrava: 2½h, line R8, hourly. CZK 240 is the regular fare
- Bratislava: 1½h, EC trains every 2 hours, also RegioJet trains.
- České Budějovice: 4½h, every 2 hours
- Vienna: 2hours, or 1,5 bhours with RailJet or RegioJet. RailJet trains leave every 2 hours. Tickets sold at Vienna train station for €29. Advance online tickets start at €7. RegioJet tickets costs about €8–10.
- Budapest: 4h, every 2 hours.
Brno hlavní nádraží (Brno Main Station) is located close to the city center; almost all attractions are just within a few minutes' walk. Outside the main station, just follow the turist signs saying "Centrum".
If you travel by car, you will most porabably use highways: D1 from Prague, Olomouc or Ostrava; D2 from Bratislava or D52 from south (it runs towards Vienna, but ends about 25 km ahead of borders). Dont forget to buy a toll sticker for highways. Or use any of the national roads.
There are coach services from various European destinations including Prague where frequent buses run touting assorted amenities and stops (such as Prague Airport). You can find the timetable for all buses including international on www.idos.cz. The page is in Czech, English and German. Brno main bus terminal is called Zvonařka (corner of Zvonařka x Plotní street).
- RegioJet, . formerly called Student Agency, Is a Brno based company. It offers service with free coffee, newspapers, and movies. Serves many cigties - Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, London, Slovakia, Italy, Germany ... Departs from the very centre - Bus station Hotel Grand (Benešova street). Vienna €9. edit
- Flixbus, . started operating in Czech Republic in 2017. Czech the website for prices and destinations. Departs from both Bus station Grand (Benešova street) and Zvonařka. edit
- Brno has a very good bus connection with eastern Europe - Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, etc. For connection use: www.idos.cz.
(ICAO: LKTB, IATA: BRQ) 
Although it has a limited amount of destinations Brno Airport is highly convenient and boasts an extremely impressive structure. Those interested in modern architecture may want to visit even if they are not lucky enough to fly into the airport.
In April 2019, there have been scheduled flights to and from Milano , Berlin and London (Stansted) (operated by Ryanair). You can check the current destinations operating from/to Brno at the airport website.. Some holiday destinations are operated by SmartWings during summer period (such as Greece, Turkey or Spain). . The city council is trying to base a new air-carrier in Brno, but no progress has been made (spring 2019).
Bus 76 runs every 30 minutes from about 4:30AM to 11:30PM to the bus and train stations in the city center. Fare is CZK 25, and you can buy your ticket beforehand in the information centre or the ticket machine in the airport. You can pay as well with your bank card at the ticket machine next to the driver. If you already have a ticket, do not enter by first door but use another doors and do not forget to validate it. During night one may use the night bus N89 going from the main railway station. Both buses take about 20 mins. to get to the airport (not taking any traffic in to account).
By taxi: The most comfortable method to reach the city centre will cost around CZK 430 with City Taxi Brno. They and FIX cars have an exclusive contract with Brno airport and they provide a desk near the arrivals gate.
Vienna International Airport / Wien Schwechat
(ICAO: LOWW, IATA: VIE) 
It is located near the town of Schwechat in Austria, after which the airport is named. The airport is the home base of the flag-carrier Austrian . Most European airlines and a significant number of intercontinental airlines have direct connections to Vienna from their respective hubs. The travel time Brno - Vienna Airport is about 2,5 hours. Direct transfer options:
- Student Agency, . offers 6 direct daily coaches + possibility to go by trains via Wien, Hauptbahnhof. It is 4€ cheaper to take the Viennese trains to Wien, Hauptbahnhof and catch the same coaches from there, for some reason the trip to the airport costs double, so it is much cheaper to take the Austrian public transportation. €16. edit
- Flixbus, . offers 2–3 direct buses daily from/to Brno. €13–20. edit
- LEO Express, . offers 1 bus per day from/to Brno. €7–15. edit
Bratislava Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport
(ICAO: LZIB, IATA: BTS) 
The airport is the largest in the Slovak Republic and the home base of Danube Wings , though the budget airline Ryanair  flies the vast majority of seat capicity (80%). Additonal carriers are Aeroflot to Moscow, CSA to Prague, Sun d'Or  to Tel Aviv (seasonal, budget flights), and LOT to Warsaw. For connection between Brno and Bratislava Airport use a Brno - Bratislava train and at the Bratislava train station change to bus 61 which goes directly to the airport. The travel time Brno - Bratislava Airport is about 2,5 hours.
Prague Ruzyne Airport
ICAO: LKPR, IATA: PRG)
Direct buses from Brno operated by Flixbus, only few direct connections per day. Much better it is to use RegioJet buses or trains to Prague and chnage there to city public transport. The travel time Brno - Prague Airport takes at least 3,5 hours. You must count with some delays on the highway or even by the train.
ICAO: LKPD, IATA: PED)
This airport is not very important for travelling to Brno.
An unconventional, but beautiful way to get to Brno (well, from just outside town) is to take a boat from Veverská Bitýška village, which takes you (in summer season only) on a trip across Brněnská přehrada (Brno dam lake) to Brno-Bystrc.
The Integrated Transport System of the South Moravian Region (IDS JMK) www.idsjmk.cz covers public transport over Brno and most of the Southern Moravia Region; it includes local trains, trams, buses and trolleybuses. Daytime transport ends at 11PM, the night buses go hourly and have their central transfer node at the Main Station.
For journeys within the city, a short transfer ticket (valid 15 min, CZK 20) and a long transfer ticket (60 min., CZK 25) are available. Tickets are available at yellow ticket vending machines at bus and tram stops, and also at railway station counters - there you can pay by card. By card you can pay as well at some outdoor vending machines at the railway station. You can buy the 60-minute ticket directly from the driver for CZK 35.
A one-day network ticket costs CZK 90 for Brno and Kč 190 for the whole region. On weekends up to two adults and three children can travel on a regular 24-hours ticket. It is very easy to travel by public transport outside of Brno (e.g. to UNESCO Lednice-Valtice area or Moravian Karst) - the network ticket is valid for all public transport within the South Moravian Region (but not in international trains or interregional buses).
Do not forget to validate the tickets after entering the vehicle or before entering the train. If you already have a ticket do not enter by the front door but use another doors.
The South Moravia Region is divided into tariff zones , Brno itself is consisting of two zones. IDS JMK tickets are valid on all buses and local trains (category Os, Sp and R), the price varying on the number of zones you travel through.
If you decided to bring your bicycle with you, there is a map of bike paths available on Brnonakole.cz . Even though the city centre is flat and easily accessible by bike, please note that areas of the city centre pedestrian zone is forbidden for cyclist (e.g. Česká street – connecting Náměstí svobody and tram stop Česká). You can transport your bike in the public transport in Brno if you pay the same ticket as for you.
You can also rent a bike from one of two bike-sharing companies: Rekola started as a sturtup trying to use old bikes. Now it have modern pink bikes around the city. There is also a video how to rent their bike in english. The second company is quite new, called Velonet. Both of them offers short-term rides or long-term membership.
If you plan to rent a car for the duration of your stay there are a few independent car rental companies, for example Dobrá autopůjčovna . Prices usually start from CZK 700 per day (without gas).
Buildings on Konečného náměstí (Veveri street).
The city center is full of historical buildings, old churches, theaters, fountains, sculptures, clubs, restaurants, etc. It is very compact, so one can just walk around most of the places of interest.
- Tourist information centre, Nádražní 1 and Radnická 8 (The first is located directly in the railway station. The second one is in the old townhall.), ☎ +420 542 427 150, . 9AM–6PM. edit
- Freedom Square (Náměstí Svobody) forms the heart of the city. It's shaped into big reversed "A". Many cultural events take place here and there are always a lot of people. It is closed for most cars and trams running through the middle. Also most of the interesting places in the city center are within 10 minutes walk from the Square.
- Špilberk Castle (Hrad Špilberk), ☎ +420 542 123 615 ([email protected]), . May–Sep 9AM–6PM, Oct–Apr 10AM–5PM. Formerly the major royal castle in Moravia, the seat of the Margraves of Moravia (Moravian rulers), and once the seat of the King of the Holy Roman Empire (King Jobst of Moravia). Later it became a famous fortress which for a long time was used as one of the most feared prisons in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many people have been tortured here from all around Europe, mostly during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Currently it's the city museum with restaurant and there's a nice park around it, open for walks and beautiful sightseeing. The castle and the park are part of the national cultural heritage of the Czech Republic. Permanent exhibitions CZK 120, casemates CZK 70. edit
Brno Katedrála sv. Petra a Pavla (St.Peter and St.Paul Cathedral)
- Petrov Cathedral, Petrov Street, . Cathedral: 8:15AM–18:30PM; tower: May–Sep 12PM–6:30PM, Oct–Apr 12PM–5PM; crypt: Tu–Su 11AM–5PM. St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, known as Petrov forms a dominant silhouette of the Brno skyline. (Petrov is the name of the hill which the cathedral is built upon, not the cathedral itself.) edit
Chrám Sv.Jakuba (St.James Church)
- Church of St. James, Jakubské náměstí. This church is doubtlessly one of the most notable churches in Brno, it's a big gothic church, it was founded in the 13th century and since 17th century it stayed unchanged (which is quite rare). Beneath the church, there is the Brno Ossuary, the second biggest ossuary in Europe (after the Catacombs of Paris). The ossuary has been opened for visitors in June 2012, CZK 140. (Closed on Mondays). edit
Brno Stará radnice (Old City Hall)
- Old Town Hall, Radnická 8 (between Náměstí Svobody and main station). See beloved Brno symbols the Brno Dragon (Brněnský drak) and the Wheel. Also notice the lopsided tower above the entrance. Legend has it that the city council stiffed the mason who built it and he made the crooked ornament in a fit of pique. edit
- Moravian square (Moravské náměstí) is the biggest square in Brno, it's dominated by the Church of Saint Thomas which is the last resting place of Jobs of Moravia, German King and Margrave of Moravia, the nearby former Governor's Palace offers permanent exhibitions of the Moravian Gallery. The square is located in the historical centre near the Freedom Square.
- Denis gardens (Denisovy sady), it's one of the most beautiful parks in Brno, there is an obelisk and a colonnade, and it offers a nice view on the city, including the Špilberk castle and the cathedral, also it is the oldest public park in the country which was founded by public administration authorities. It's located in the historical center, between the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and the Špilberk Castle.
- Lužánky park (Park Lužánky), the oldest public park in the country and the biggest park in Brno. There is an artificial brook with living fishes and a number of similar nice things. It's located north to the historical centere, about 15 minutes by walk, or 2–3 minutes by tram.
- The Open Garden (Otevřená Zahrada), is an NGO project to bring city gardening and nature to the city center. You can walk there for free, have a picnic or join some of their periodic activities. Údolní 33.
- Vaňkovka Gallery, Ve Vaňkovce 1 (Just between train station and central bus station), . edit
- Tugendhat Villa, Černopolní 45 (tram stop „Dětská nemocnice”), ☎ +420 545 212 118, . The villa is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is seen to be a classic example of Bauhaus architecture, and was also the location of the meeting which decided upon the Velvet Divorce that separated the Czech and Slovak republics in 1992. It is possible to visit the Villa by guided tour; tours are led hourly and must be booked in advance (see the Villa website at http://www.tugendhat.eu/). The building reopened in March 2012 after an extensive restoration, to international acclaim. Very expensive to visit: 300 Kc edit
- Capuchin Monastery (Kapucínský klášter), Kapucínské náměstí 5, ☎ +420 539 002 163, . 15 Feb–14 Dec Tu–Su 11AM–4:30PM, May–Sep also in Mo. The monastery 17th Century lies right in the city center. Tourists love to visit the church, because of its Baroque statues and a mummified monks exhibition in an underground tomb. Kč 60. edit
- Veveri street (Ulice Veveří), it might sound strange that some street is actually interesting but on Veveří, there is a group of outstanding Art Nouveau buildings called Tivoli (tram stop Konečného náměstí), and a number of baroque and other beautiful historical buildings. Nearby, there is also one of three botanical gardens in Brno. It street goes from the historical center and leads to the north.
- The Moravian Museum (Moravské zemské muzeum), Zelný trh 8, ☎ +420 533 435 220 ([email protected]), . Tu–Sa 9AM–5PM. It's the second largest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1817 by Emperor Francis I and, today, has collections with millions of objects from different fields of human history. Apart from the main building in Dietrichstein Palace at Zelný trh the museum has various branches: Kč 130. edit
- Bishop Courtyard (Biskupský dvůr), Muzejní 1, ☎ +420 533 435 282, . Numismatic exhibition and Moravian fauna exhibition. edit
- Anthropos Pavilion, Pisárecká 5 (bus stop „Anthropos”), ☎ +420 543 248 391, . Exhibition on the oldest history of the settlement in Moravia as well as on the whole European continent. edit
- The Moravian Gallery, ☎ +420 532 169 111 ([email protected]), . We–Su 10AM–6PM. The second largest art museum in the Czech Republic. Mainly exhibits Moravian art and applied art thoughout history. Most recommended is its exhibition of modern Moravian art. The gallery consists of three buildings: Admission to all three buildings Kč 300. edit
- Pražák's Palace (Pražákův palác), Husova 18. Kč 120. edit
Brno Museum of Applied Arts
- Museum of Decorative Arts (Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum), Husova 14. Kč 150. edit
- Governor Palace (Místodržitelský palác), Moravské náměstí 1a. Kč 140. edit
- The Mendel Museum of Genetics, Mendlovo náměstí 1a (tram stop „Mendlovo náměstí”), ☎ +420 543 424 043 ([email protected]), . Tu–Su 10AM–5PM. The most famous biologist in the history of genetics worked and died in Brno. This interesting museum commemorates his revolutionary research. Information in English available. Kč 60, admission free every last Wednesday in a month.. edit
- Museum of Romani Culture (Muzeum romské kultury), Bratislavská 67 (tram stop „Tkalcovská”), ☎ +420 545 571 798 ([email protected]), . Tu–Fr, Sa 10AM–6PM. A unique museum dedicated to the culture and history of the Roma people in Europe. Audio explanation in English or German is included in the entrance fee. Very helpful and pleasant staff. Kč 40. edit
- Brno Zoo, U zoologické zahrady 147/46, ☎ +420 546 432 311, . Daily 9AM–4PM. A great zoo set in a nice area with hundreds of animals such as polar bears, seals, tigers, chimpanzees and more. Kč 100. edit
Ignis Brunensis, fireworks show above the Špilberk Castle.
- Ignis Brunensis, . There are four firework competitions on the dam lake and at least two in the town centre. The fireworks begin every evening at 10:30PM. The show lasts about 22 minutes. Public transport runs longer and more frequently at these times. During the festival there are nights of theatres and museums. Entrance is free, but expect crowds. edit
- Brno Trade and Fair Centre (BVV), Výstaviště 1 (tram stop „Výstaviště”), . The largest trade center in the Central European region with many important fairs. The largest are Autosalon, MSV (International Engineering Fair), Invex (International Fair of Information and Communication Technologies), IDET (International Exhibition of Defence and Security Technologies and Special Information Systems) and of course a Vinex (International Wine Fair) and Pivex (International Beer Fair). edit
- One World Brno, . Documentary film festival on human rights held every March. edit
- Treasure Hunt Brno, Čechyňská 8, ☎ +420 542 211 935, . Treasure Hunt Brno is a dynamic team competition, that makes use of modern technology and GPS-enabled tablets and let's you visit a wide range of Brno's historical monuments in a record time. Suitable for larger groups and companies. edit
- Jakubské náměstí. Grab a few friends and go have a drink at Jakubské náměstí during summer. After work or school, lot of people came here to have a drink. The area behind the St. James church has become a living part of Brno, recently. Many pubs, wine cellars and cafés make a unique atmosphere. If you are lucky, you can run into a concert or screening. Almost every day there are dancing lessons at Café Savoy (salsa, tango, swing...). If you are talented, you can use a free-to-play piano on the square. edit
- Prígl. Bystrc or Prígl, which are local names for Brno water reservoir, is a popular place to go during a hot summer. Take a tram to stop Přístaviště and enjoy a walk along the water, have a snack or something to eat and just enjoy the nature outside the city. You can also hop on a boat or bus to see Veveří Castle. Or grab a few friends and rent a paddle boat and explore the waters. And of course, you can swim in the water, since there are quite a few grass beachces along both sides of the dam (including one naturist beach on the North end of the reservoir). edit
- Free Walking Tour Brno, by MyTourBrno, Freedom Square, ☎ +420 792 406 333, . Daily guided tours in English (~95 min) through the center of Brno from May till September, starting at 11 AM on the Freedom Square, directly next to the astronomical clock. Throughout the whole year tours on demand are available for different times and languages. The walking tour is designed to give you a good idea about Brno, its history, culture and how to experience the city today. It consists of about 70–80% historical content and 20–30% of what to do in Brno, as well as what’s currently going on. Hence the experience does not stop when the tour ends! The tours are entirely tip-based, so at the end you decide what it was worth to you and show your appreciation in tips. edit
- Vaňkovka Gallery, Ve Vaňkovce 1 (Just between train station and central bus station), . A large shopping centre converted from an old industrial center dating to the beginning of the 19th century. Many of the historical industrial buildings were saved and integrated into the new shopping center. edit
- Avion Shopping Park, Skandinávská (Brno-jih district, Ikea bus stop or Avion Shopping), . South of the center in the metropolitan area of Brno-jih, Avion Shopping Park is a huge shopping mall with dozens of shops, from small boutiques to large Ikea. edit
Brno cuisine is not markedly different from Czech cuisine in general although it has been influenced by the German, Italian and Jewish populations historically living in the city for centuries.
Czech cuisine is mainly based on pork, chicken, potatoes and dumplings. Among the favourite Czech meals you can find Svíčková na smetaně (Roasted sirloin in cream sauce, served with dumplings), Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut and Dumpligs, Baked Mincemeat with Potatoes, Smoked meat with Spinach or Horseradish sauce, Roasted Duck or Schnitzel (Both Pork or Chicken) with Potato salad. Numerous types of sauces with meat (usually beef, but also with pork or poultry) are also common (tomato, dill or paprika sauce). Fried cheese is also a popular choice for quick lunch. Fish isn't that popular even though Carp with Potato Salad is the typical Christmas dinner. A meat from game is also popular (hare, wild boar or different kinds of deer).
Soups plays an important part in Czech cuisine as it is almost always part of lunch (chicken, beef or vegetable broth, garlic soup, cabbage soup, goulash soup, vegetable soup or mushroom soup).
It is not uncommon to have a sweet lunch too – sweet dumplings filled with various fruits, pancakes, "buchtičky se šódó" (baked pastries with custard) or Koláče (round pastry filled or topped with curd, poppy seeds, fruit or jam) can be considered as typical examples.
Many pubs or restaurants usually offer traditional Czech food all day long. You can easily find a restaurant where you get a meal and a drink for circa €6–8, even in the city center. Many of these places also offer cheaper mid-day menu for price between €3–5. It Usually includes soup, main course and sometimes also a small dessert or glass of water. It is served during week days.
Cafés or bakeries offer a nice selection of sweet and savory pastries, if you're looking for breakfast. Any of the below mentioned cafés serves breakfast from 8.00 or 9.00.
If you like sweet pastries or cakes, you should visit typical czech Cukrárna (Konditorei – Sweetshop and Café). You can try e.g. Zemanova Cukrárna on Josefská 4. Try Indiánek, Špička, Větrník, Trubička or Rakvička as the typical examples of czech sweet pastries.
There are plenty of restaurants in the city centre and also on the outskirts, where you can have a decent dinner. Both czech and international cuisine can be found. A very incomplete list of the good restaurants may include:
- Krakonoš  worker's restaurant, Czech cuisine, servings during luchtime are quite big and pretty cheap. Draught beer as well. Price for a daily menu is between CZK 79–105. Located next to "Kociánka" bus stop (line 44, 84). Although a bit away from the centre, if You seek huge lunch for low price – worth the distance. Address: Křižíkova 11.
- Stopkova pivnice Czech cuisine, good Pilsner beer. Little bit crowdy during weekends. Adress: Česká 5. Tram stop: Česká or Náměstí svobody.
- Cattani Fresh pasta, good wine selection. Has two branches, both close to city centre. Adress: Josefská 2 and Veveří 6. Tram stops: Zelný trh and Česká.
- Jedna báseň Wine, coffee and good food. Adress: Sukova 2. Tram stop: Malinovského náměstí.
- Forhaus 'Eat well – laugh often – live long' is their motto. Modern interior, great selection of wine and traditional Austro-Hungarian empire's cuisine. Adress: Pekařská 4. Tram stop: Šilingrovo náměstí.
- Bohéma Both czech and international cuisine in modern style, selection of Moravian vine and beer from nearby town of Dalešice. In the building of Janáčkovo Theatre. Adress: Rooseveltova 7. Tram stop: Janáčkovo divadlo.
- Pegas brewery Goulash, roasted ribs, pickled cheese and many other "go-with-beer" courses. Self made beer. Adress: Jakubská 4. Tram stop: Česká or Náměstí svobody.
- Piazza Italian restaurant with fresh fish and sea food, pizza and pasta. Nice collection of Grappa. Adress: OC omega, Náměstí svobody 9. Tram stop: Náměstí svobody.
People gathering for a drink at Jakubské náměstí
As in the most of Czech republic the traditional drink is beer. Brno's biggest brewery is Starobrno. Lot of Brno inhabitans do not like its quite faint taste. Therefore visitors are encouraged to taste beer from many local microbreweries. Hauskrecht, Lucky Bastard, Pegas or Moravia can be named as examples of smaller breweries directly from Brno. Breweries such as Černá Hora, Dalešice or Slavkovský pivovar represent areas around Brno (all within 50 km from Brno).
On the other hand, consumption of wine, spirits and cocktails is rising. Thus, it should not be a problem to find a decent pub which serves your preferred drink.
Amongst traditional non-alcoholic drinks are Kofola (coke-type drink, with more herbal taste), Kombajnérka (lemon flavoured soda, sometimes simply refered to as "Žlutá", meaning Yellow) or Malinovka (raspberry-taste soda). Good quality coffee is served in numerous café all over the town, but you can get a cup of coffee in every pub or restaurant and also at some tobacconists or bakeries.
A short list of mentionable pubs&cafés follows:
- Pivovarská is a big pub&restaurant owned by Starobrno brewery, Mendelovo náměstí 20.
- Pegas already above mentioned pub with self-made beer, Jakubská 4.
- Výčep Na Stojáka is a very popular stand-up beer place with variety of beers from minor breweries and great snacks to go with beer (try Talián sausage or Dršťková soup), has two branches, Běhounská 16 or Pekařská 2.
- Pivárium Zelená kočka  has a breadth selection of numerous types of beer, Dvořákova 3.
- Zastávka meaning "a stop", is a beer place basicly adjacent to a Tram stop Úvoz and so the whole pub is furnished with staff conected with public transport (signs, plates, photos and such), including a copy of a train compartment. The place has about 10 draught beers, all from small to micro breveries. From time to time you can try special beer called "Šalina", which is a local word for tram. Beer snacks and spirits included as well.
- U Bláhovky is a small beer place with great Pilsner beer and numerous types of small snacks – e.g.: Blue-cheese ball, "Utopenec" (pickled sausage), Bread with Olomouc cheese or many others. Their roasted pork knee shall be pointed out, too. Sometimes it is very hard to find a place to sit, since the pub is suprisingly small and quite popular, so you may just stand somewhere holding a beer. This atmosphere is what one may love and one may find disturbing. Don't expect the service to be english speaking. You can find the place at Gorkého 96/54 (tram stop Úvoz).
Spirits & Cocktails
- Bar, který neexistuje has the widest sellection of spirits, including Gins, Whiskey, Rums, Tequilas and others. Also preparing great cocktails (both old classics and self invented). On the corner of Kozí and Dvořákova street.
- Pablo EscoBar rums, cocktails, burgers and others. A bit off from the centre, though. Minská 222/88, take a tram to Burianovo náměstí.
- The Immigrant Pub is an English-style pub. Have a fine selection of whiskey, but the beer choice is also good. Serves burgers, sandwich, chili or salads. Veveří 57.
- Basicly every pub has a variety of spirits on the menu. Feel free to taste czech spirits such as Slivovice or Hruškovice (Plum or Pear Brandy, about 50% alc.), Becherovka (sweet and herbal, 38% alc), Fernet (bitter and herbal, 38% alc), Ořechovka (wallnut flavoured brandy, 30–40% alc.) or Tuzemák (rum flouvered vodka, very popular with coke, 38% alc.).
Brno is saturated with wine cellars. Also Cafés often serves wine. You can usually buy a bottle or just a glass. Give a try to some Moravians wine. Typical South-Moravian wine varieties counts Neuburg, Moravian Muscat, Pálava, Pinot blanc, Pinot Gris, Silvaner or Veltliner.
- La Bouchee is a wine cellar focusing on French and Moravian wine. During summer they opearate their outside bar on Otevřená Zahrada. Údolní 33.
- Café TeeVee in a building of czech television. Good coffee, nice wine and snack selection and decent atmosphere. Běhounská 18.
- Tři ocásci alternative, vegan-friendly café. Serves fair-trade coffee and local desserts. Tř. Kpt. Jaroše 1935/18 (tram stop Antonínská or Náměstí 28. října).
- VeroniCafé is a modern, small, clean and jazz-sounded café nerby tram/bus stop Úvoz. Two kinds of coffee, selection of wine and also a draught beer. Perfect choice of home-made sweet and savoury snacks, soups and breakfast menu. Closed on weekends. Gorkého 42.
- Spolek is a café with a long tradition. Serves also lunches and dinner. Kids-friendly, thus a bit loud during day. Orlí 517/22.
- Tivoli café is a modern café/restaurant in historic building. "Tivoli" or Konečného square is a part of Brno with unique 1910's architecture built by Franz Pawlu. Serves daily menu and dinner. Konečného sq. 539/6 (corner of Veveří x Nerudova, tram stop Konečného náměstí).
- Hostel Jacob, Jakubské náměstí 7 (tram stop „Náměstí Svobody”), ☎ +420 542 210 466 ([email protected]), . Dormitory from Kč 350/person, double from 790/room, apartment with a roof terrace from 1400. Breakfast included.. edit
- Ruta 80 Hostel, Jugoslavska 6 (tram stop „Jugoslavska”), ☎ +420 775 417 521 ([email protected]). Dormitory from Kč 270. edit
- Hostel Fléda, Štefánikova 24 (tram stop „Hrnčířská”), ☎ +420 731 651 005 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Low-budget hostel, 10 minutes walking from the centre, possible discounts in the nearby club Fleda. Dormitory from Kč 300/person, double from Kč 800/room.. edit
- Hostel Mitte, Panská 11 (tram stop „Hlavní nádraží”), ☎ +420 734 622 340 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Nice little hostel in the very centre. Dormitory from Kč 490/person, double from Kč 1100/room. Price includes breakfast.. edit
- Hotel Garni Vinařská, Vinařská 5 (At the Masaryk University student dormitory area, tram stop „Lipová”), ☎ +420 549 492 713 ([email protected], fax: +420 549 492 702), . Hotel Garni: double from Kč 980, triple from Kč 1620, quad from Kč 2060/room. Student dormitory (15 Jun–9 Sep): double from Kč 500. edit
- Antik apartments, Jana Uhra 12 (Konečného náměstí tram 3,11,12,13. trolley bus 25, 26. night bus 92,93, 99), ☎ +420725817991 ([email protected]). checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Accommodation in Brno´s centre. Antic furnishing, comfortable, spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, free wifi. Single Kč 800,- triple from 1100,- /one person in the room to 1950,- / three people. All apartment for maximum 8 people 4900,- edit
- Hotel Barceló Brno Palace, Šilingrovo náměstí 2/265 | 602 00 Brno-střed | Tel. +420 532 156 777 | email: [email protected] | Lovely boutique hotel in romantic style located in the center of Brno, close to the main tourist attractions of the city. The only five-star hotel in Brno.
- Hotel Santander, Pisárecká 6 (bus stop „Pisárecká”, 10 minutes walk from the fairground BVV), ☎ +420 547 220 233 ([email protected], fax: +420 547 220 375), . Offers a luxurious accommodation in 13 double rooms, 1 single room and 1 suite with a fireplace in a comfortable environment of a new restored stylish villa dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The villa has an enclosed parking lot on the hotel premises. Single Kč 1590, double Kč 1990/room. The price can rise during important trade fairs.. edit
- Hotel Continental Brno, Kounicova 6, ☎ +420 541 519 111 ([email protected], fax: +420 541 211 203), . Single Kč 1700, double Kč 2300/room. 10% discount if booked online. The price can rise during important trade fairs.. edit
- Hotel Slavia, Solniční 15, ☎ +420 542 215 080 ([email protected], fax: +420 542 211 769), . Single Kč 1750, double Kč 2100, triple Kč 2600/room. edit
- Apartments Brno No1, Křížkovského 33 (Near city center and exhibition center), ☎ +420 777 479 379, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. If you prefer an apartment, choose Apt No1. Stylish, renovated rooms, bottle of wine, free tea and coffee available. Cable TV and free wifi internet. Low season Kč 2000, high season Kč 3500/night. edit
- Hotel Royal Ricc, Starobrněnská 10, ☎ +420 542 219 262 ([email protected]), . Very nice romantic hotel. Single from €80, double from €90. edit
- Holiday Inn, Křížkovského 20, ☎ +420-543 246 693 ([email protected], fax: +420 543 246 990), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 1PM. Good if you are visiting the exhibition centre, otherwise you will need a taxi to centre. edit
Citizens of EU can work in the Czech Republic without a work permit, but it is necessary to be registred at a Labour Office (your employer should register you at the beginning of your working stay).
There are not so many multinational and English speaking companies compared to Prague. The biggest foreign employer is IBM.
The most popular websites to search for a job are Jobs.cz and Prace.cz. These websites are free to use.
There are many flexible office solutions in Brno that enable you to rent office space for a short term. See for example Regus. There are also a few coworking spaces in Brno. See for example COWO Brno.
Avoid the main train station after dark as it attracts a number of unsavory characters, the usual caution applies. Also keep a keen eye out when using Automated Teller Machines in the immediate area for similar reasons.
In the South Moravian Region within 1 hour radius around Brno you can find many attractive destinations reachable all days of week easily by public transport. Use the journey planner IDS JMK and add the respective starting and final station. In the Czech Republic there is a very good map application Mapy which is much better than Google Maps. If you switch to the tourist map you see all tourist path, attractions and bus stations.
- Lednice-Valtice is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe dotted with Palaces and Follies (1 hour trip, trains R13 in Podivín immediate change to bus 555 – destination stop name Lednice)
- Moravian karst,Punkevní jeskyně, Macocha abyss – beautiful caves near Blansko with a boat trip inside the cave (45 minute trip, trains S2 or R19, in Blansko change to bus 226 - destination stop name Skalní mlýn)
- Turistbus - the bus operating at weekends from May till October connecting Moravian and Austrian wine regions and interesting villages at the border. All day trip, at SAT or SUN use a train R13 at 8:36 from Brno dolní nádraží, change in Podivín to bus 555 - go to Valtice and with the same bus continue to Mikulov, Falkestein(A), Poysdorf(A) and Herrnbaumgarten(A)). Timetable and localities in the leaflet at the web page. Use the 24-hours ticket for CZK 190.
- Top-Wine destinations: Pálava hills, Mikulov and Valtice towns – Moravian Wine is very good and special. It is very simple to visit the wine areas- 60 minutes trip from Brno – by train R13 from Brno dolní nádraží station, change in Šakvice station to bus 540 towards Mikulov). Get off in Dolní Věstonice for a visit of Palava hills or continue to Mikulov for the wine-city visit. For visiting Valtice use train R13 and change in Podivín to bus 555 or in Břeclav to train S8 direction Znojmo, destination stop names Dolní Věstonice / Mikulov, žel.st. or Valtice, aut.st.
- Top-Wine destination Znojmo city and Podyjí National Park: another fine wine area – 60 minutes trip by express bus 108 from Brno Zvonařka station. Get off in Znojmo for a visit of this special town above the river Dyje or continue by bus 816 to Vranov nad Dyjí – castle and dam, destination stop names Znojmo, aut. st. or Vranov nad Dyjí, hotel.
- Aqualand Moravia and Pálava dam bathing: the biggest aqualand in Moravia – winter and summer operation, special slides, nice wellness with view to the Pálava hills, in the summer possibility to visit the neighbouring Camp Merkur with bathing possibilities in the dam and wine tasting on the boat. 45 minutes trip by express bus 105 from Brno Zvonařka station. Buses run at weekends all year. In July and August run every day every 2 hours. Destination stop name Pasohlávky, Aqualand Moravia
- Austerlitz - Slavkov u Brna Battlefield and Castle, 45-minute trip by trains S6 or R56 from Brno Main Train Station or from Brno – Židenice station, destination stop name Slavkov u Brna, žel.st.)
- Bučovice castle - the neighbouring town to Slavkov u Brna, 60-minute trip by trains S6 or R56 from Brno Main Train Station or from Brno – Židenice station, destination stop name Bučovice, žel.st.)
- Nedvědice Castle - important castle north of Brno, 60-minute trip by train S3 from Brno – Židenice or Brno – Královo Pole Station, change in Tišnov to S31, destination stop name Nedvědice)
Moravia has a dense cluster of nearby sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Olomouc: a fine historic university town, with an impressive Plague Column (1,5 hour trip)
- Telč is one of the prettiest towns in the Czech Republic (2 hours trip)
- Třebíč has one of Europe's best preserved Jewish areas (1,5 hour trip)
- Žďár nad Sázavou contains a fine pilgrimage church (1,5 hour trip)
- Kroměříž: an impressive baroque chateau and formal flower gardens (2 hours trip)
- Lednice-Valtice is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe dotted with Palaces and Follies (1 hour trip, trains R13 in Podivín immediate change to bus 555 – destination stop name Lednice)
- Vienna is easily accessible as a day trip by train or bus (1,5 hours trip, one-way ticket 8 € by train or bus)
- Bratislava is 1,5 hours trip, one-way ticket 8 € by train ot bus.
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