CZ, Brno – The Capital of Moravia I
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.
There are many sights inBrno. We are going to see them in our mini series. There are fourteen colleges which have 34 faculties. Every year prestigious Czech Grand Prix takes place here and it is also part of world championship series of road bikes. Also, an international expo of fireworks Ignis Brunensis takes place in the city. Tugendhat villa is in Brno as well as it is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage.
But this is hardly all! We encountered so-called Dragon of Brno while roaming in the city. It is basically a stuffed crocodile hanging from the ceiling in the passageway at Old Town Hall. Many legends have been told about this thing. For instance, the crocodile was supposed to live near the Svratka. It is a popular tourist spot. Right adjacent to the “dragon” is the so called Brno Wheel. It is one of the most important symbols of the city and many stories have been told about it as well.
There is special dialect spoken in this Moravian city which is called Hantec. It was most popular in the 19th century. Hantec combines Czech, German, Roma, Yiddish and other langauges. We have heard some phrases in Hantec even today. Another interesting thing is the noon in Brno. It is exactly at 11 o’clock . This unusual time is a reminder of the victory over Swedish army in 1645. Then the bells rang an hour before other bells across the Czech Republic .
Should you get some rest from busy big city life then we recommend you to see catacombs or other parts of Brno’s underground Brno Charnel House is right under Jakubske Square and its Church of St Jakub. There are more than 50 thousand bones which makes it the second largest ossuary in Europe right after the largest one in Paris.
We intended to visit places related to Brno’s most famous figures such as the father of genetics Gregor Johann Mendel, Ernst Mach who was a famous physicist, President Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, architect Adolf Loos, writer Bohumil Hrabal, inventor Viktor Kaplan or the actor Bolek Polivka.
The first place we wanted to visit was city’s most distinctive landmark – cathedral of St Peter and Paul on Petrov Hill near Denisovy Gardens. We reached the cathedral along preserved stairs belonging to city fortification . There is interesting view of lively streets is on every floor.
How our trip in Brno continued is the matter of the following article.
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Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Moravian Karst is undoubtedly the most beautiful area in the Czech Republic. Blansko, a town offering many historical, cultural, nature, and other sights, is located right there. It is also an ideal destination for a trip for couple of days for its great life in culture and perfect sport opportunities.
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.
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.
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!
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!
City of Brno saved under their houses and sidewalks places that you might not even know they exist. What are these?
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.
Žabovřesky belong to one of the largest part of Brno. Today we will let you know more about it.
Moravian metropolis has more than a month in addition to a lure and certainly not many things. A little history link omission in the form of tens of thousands of human remains was literally built into an impressive exhibition, which you can´t find anywhere in Central Europe.
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A photogallery from historical city centre and Špilberk Castle in Brno.
Photo: Jakub Štantejský
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