River Svratka - Czech republic
This river sources in Vysočina Region, near to Stříbrná studánka (Silver Fountain).
CZ, Brno – Animal Paradise in the Moravian Metropolis
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.
In Brno's northwest (near Brno Dam) there is a zoological garden founded back in 1953. It holds over 800 animals, together 210 species. Before entering the zoo, take a look at their website for you have a chance to see a commented feeding which would add to your experience.
It is situated Brno-Bystrc district on the Mnisi Mountain slopes. It is a nature landmark area which is the home to oak-hornbeam forest. The zoom has made its mark in history for couple of times - it was the very first zoological garden in former Czechoslovakia which began with breeding polar bear and shimpanzee cubs. It also had an exterior aquarium in city center (on Radnicka Street). There were over 100 fish tanks holding over thousand fish (including sea fish or invertebrates). However, the exhibition was moved into the current compound in 2011. There is only a fraction of it to see now.
You get a modern look at nature and its inhabitants in the zoo. The most attractive pavilions are Tiger rocks where tigers and leopards are stationed. The outer part resembles a jungle. Inside, there is a rock. Another interesting pavilion is of Canadian wolves including a replica of Hadia cabin, a Canadian native American tribe. There is also a buffalo run or a teepee, There is a Mongolian yurta in the Przewalski's horse run which is the only descendand of domestic horse.
There are even individual villages. The African one introduces giraffes, lemurs, zebras, or flamengoes. In the Russian village (Beringia exhibition), you will meet bears of Kamchatka, volwerines, several birds from Siberia or even sea lion. The Tropical kingdom is very popular among visitors. The same goes for bald eagle aviary, or a kangaroo run which you can walk through. And we could go on and on.
There is children zoo for kids. It allows direct contact with animals, or fun on swings, monkey bars or slides. Surely you will welcome a little train which will make getting around in the hilly compound much easier.
You can connect to wi-fi in the zoo. Or you can buy a memorial coin or somethign to eat and drink at some of the stands. Some of the epxerience packages allow you to try the job of a zoo keeper, or have a birthday party in the zoo. Take a whole day to see the zoo. You won't regret. You'll see..
GPS: 49°13'46.4"N 16°31'58.4"E
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Roman Tvarožka
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.
The Holedná game reserve is absolutely exceptional, because not only children but also adults have the opportunity to see and admire the life of wildlife with their own eyes, as it is a purpose-built hunting facility used for professional breeding of mouflon and fallow deer on an area of 327 ha. Although the game reserve is thoroughly fenced on all sides so that the animals do not escape, the whole area looks very large and unrestrained.
Northwest of Brno, an unusual rock formation, the Malhostovická Pecka, rises from the flat landscape around Malhostovice. In the sunny habitats, the endangered large-flowered passerine grows here, which offers a wonderful spectacle in the spring.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
City of Brno saved under their houses and sidewalks places that you might not even know they exist. What are these?
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!