Photogallery: CZ, Brno - Moravian Metropolis
CZ, Brno - Moravian Metropolis
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 36 pictures
Brno is the cultural, social and educational capital of Moravia and at the same time the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Except for its main sights such as St Peter and Paul cathedral or Spilberk castle, the city’s historical district is amazing. You can see astronomical clocks, mysterious underground and busy squares. Many fairs are held there through the year and many sights are on the UNESCO list.
There is much more to do and see in Brno.
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
The Czech Republic has many beautiful castles and chateaux that are open to the public. Whether in Bohemia or Moravia, the film footage has made Karlštejn everlastingly famous, the same goes for Pernětejn, Bouzov or Křivoklát. But we often forget small towns, townships, and villages where there are castles and chateaux as well. One of such is Lysice Chateau.
Upon seeing Dolni and Zerotinovo squares, we walked down several streets and found ourselves on Horni square again. Church of St Moritz is located near to it.
Last week we started with our tour around Olomouc. We briefly told you about its history. The point of start was Horni square. The Holy Trinity column, and the town hall with a tower belong to its main landmarks.
Place of pilgrimage have some sort of indescribable atmosphere and it lures thousands to visit this place. Not long ago we enjoyed the beauty of Svaty Hostyn. This place has magic. Perhaps this is the reason for our later decision to visit yet another important site of pilgrimage in the Czech Republic - Svaty Kopecek.
After visiting the pilgrimage place Holy Hostýn we could not miss even three kilometers remote sites town Bystřice pod Hostýnem, which is famous for the production bentwood furniture. Of course the furniture is far from everything this town has to offer.
11 kilometers from Holesov, there is the village of Rymice with lures such as folk architecture.
This year we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the most significant Slovak architects Dusan Samuel Jurkovic. In today's article we will remind you of him by visiting unique buildings made by him and also we will tell you something on his life.
Let's go together for a 5 km long trail from Karlova Studánka upstream of the Bílá Opava through a unique nature reserve. The river cuts into a deep canyon and forms countless cascades, rapids and waterfalls.
Don't know where to spend a beautiful sunny day? What would you say to the observation tower associated with a beautiful walk or a cycling trip? I know exactly one such lookout.
Who around Brno doesn't know about Lulec. Even people from quite afar come here to swim in U Libuse natural swimming pool. Often they stop by to have a snack during bicycle trip. There is a lot to do for bicyclers around these parts.
About 30 kilometers northeast of Brno lies a beautiful town of Vyskov through which the River Hana flows. The history of the town dates back to the 12th century. For a long time the town belonged to the Olomouc bishopric, i.e. from the 13th to the 19th century. Today its historic center includes beautiful landmarks which have been gradually returned to their former shine and glory.
On the western edge of the Hostyn Hills, in Kromeriz district, there is a small town of Holesov. The town is known for its early Baroque chateau and its grandiose French style park as well as for its well-known jewish community in the past.
The second largest city in the Czech Republic is home to many landmarks, nature sights or UNESCO-grade architecture. However, it offers a trip to the realm of animals. And we shall take this trip today.
The second biggest town of the Czech Republic and the biggest Moravian metropolis at the same time, this is Brno. This town is, from times immemorial, a rivalry synonym with Prague, as far as their mentality or even their language (dialect) are concerned.
When the Creator was giving he was particularly generous to the south Moravians. Thus, they could call their land the “land of wine.” He gave them the most sun in the Czech lands as well as warm climate doing good to grapes but bolstering recreational activities as well – for instance at Vranovska dam, Brnenska dam or on the lakes near Palava. So what waits here for visitors? Great Moravian landmarks, castles, chateaus, sacral buildings, great works of engineering, border fortresses, and beautiful places in nature. There is no coincidence in south Moravia being the second most interesting locality for tourists right next to Prague.
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
Famous Versailles in France was example for many other residencies of nobility. The chateau in Jaromerice, dubbed Moravian Versailles, was, aparently, also built with French Versailles in mind. It is no false advertising to bring more tourists to this gem of the Baroque era. Jan Adam of Questenberk really wished to build his own Versailles in Jaromerice. This town was supposed to become cultural center in the region as well as home to culture and muses. Plans were grandiose yet lack of funding allowed only partial fulfilment of Jan Adam's dream. Even though, the chateau really became center of culture and it has remained venue of many important culture events ever since.
Not a long time ago we enjoyed the town of Hranice. Several hours of walk later we moved on. Again, we parked our in Teplice nad Becvou, one of the most important spa areas in the Czech Republic.
As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
Just several kilometers south from Brno there is Rajhrad, a beautiful wine-growing town. There is a unique Benedictine cloister and adjacent to it the Memorial of literature in Moravia. Also, there St Peter and Paul church. To us, Rajhrad is an ideal place for a one-day trip from Brno either by train, car or bike. In summer, one afternoon is enough to enjoy it.
Only some places can in beauty equal Prague. Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape – especially Lednice chateau – is such a place. It really deserves its place in the UNESCO’s cultural heritage list. The House of Liechtenstein realized a unique project for their time and there is almost nothing like this in the world. Come and see with us a small share of what waits for you in Lednice.
It was a forgotten borderline town. Nobody would travel there. Today, it is a growing center of wine where many talented people work. Valtice town is, like Lednice, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Apart from beautiful Renaissance-Baroque chateau or a park, there is the famous Wine Saloon, two beautiful churches, a number of interesting houses, as well as several buildings scattered across the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape. We recommend you to spend at least couple of hours in Valtice while on you are on your trip across south Moravia. However, the best would be to spend a whole day there.
We are going to conclude our mini-series on Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape in podivin. It is a small town on the way to D2 freeway. This town doesn´t belong to the compound. However, it would be a missed opportunity to not to see it. A uniqe Jewish wedding ceremonial hall or Januv castle (a Liechtenstein structure imitating historical architectonic styles) are just a few to name some landmarks. We are not completely sure how the name Podivin came into existence…
There is beautiful historical town of Znojmo near the border with Austria on the south of Moravia. It became famous for its wine and cucumbers. Only few know that you can find here, for instance, the relic of St Bonifac, many Middle-Ages landmarks, and that popular TEDx conferences take place there. Let's see Znojmo throughour article and the lense of our videocamera.
Last time we explored the building of Old Town Hall. Another beautiful sight stands near to it. We got on the historical square of Zelny Trh (Cabbage Market).
We shall continue in our walk in the old streets of Brno. Last time we saw church of St Jacob and also saw the large Svoboda square formally known as Dolni Market. This busy triangle shaped square was pretty noisy and busy when we reached it.
Upon visiting Spilberk castle which the main sight in Brno we returned through Spilberk park back in Husova street. Opposite to the park there is a building of the Moravian Gallery, the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic.
Through various of paths which are lined with broadleaved trees we reached Spilberk’s entrance gate. The castle is one of Brno’s most precious sights. It has stood on a hill of the same name since 13th century.
The Moravian metropolis greeted us by a nice sunny day. We set off for some sightseeing. First thing we saw was cathedral of St Peter and Paul.
It has been a long time since our last visit to the second largest city in the Czech Republic – Brno. This historical “capital” of Moravia is located on the confluence of the Svratka and Svitava rivers. It has been an important center of culture, justice, and education.
City of Brno saved under their houses and sidewalks places that you might not even know they exist. What are these?
Žabovřesky belong to one of the largest part of Brno. Today we will let you know more about it.
Around the South Moravian village of Šardice (near Kyjov) there is a paradise for all photographe...
Through this photogallery, visit with us possibly the most beautiful Zoo in Moravia. There are ma...
Not many towns have so many nature landmarks as Teplice nad Becvou. Its unique water makes it one...
Our photogallrery today takes us on a walk through the town of Hranice, in the district of Prerov...
A photogallery from historical city centre and Špilberk Castle in Brno.
Photo: Jakub Štantejský
Today we set out on a 5-kilometer trail from Karlova Studánka upstream the Bílá Opava River throu...
When not for a great natural pool, Lulec won't be easy to recognized apart from other villages ne...
Near Brno, there is a small town of Vyskov, the history of which dates back to the 12th century. ...
Znojmo became famous for its cucumbers and wine. There are, however, many beautiful landmarks. Th...
This small town is not part of the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape yet you should see it anywa...
Valtice and Lednice belong to UNESCO's world herritage. We recommend you to visit it, indeed. The...
Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape is home to Lednice chateau which is better than many other lan...
Rajhrad is a fabulous town of wine situated near Brno. There is a beautiful Benedictine cloister....
Let's go to „Spilas“! Your visit to Brno doesn't count if you didn't see je Spilberk castle. The...
Lonely Planet considers Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic. We don't agree nec...