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CZ: Brno – The Most Entertaining City in Czechia, When You Know Where to Go… II – VIDEO
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!
The visit to Brno without going up to Špilberk is like travelling to Paris without seeing Montmartre. Yes, even in Paris you can "cheat" - the bus 81 rides up to the castle walls from April to September. So, what can you actually see up there. Firstly, there is the Brno City Museum. Many events take place there, every weekend during the season. The fortress was used as the most severe prison in Austria-Hungary. Large part of the permanent exhibition is devoted to this era. You can visit unique casemates. You can walk in the vast park around the fortress which also hold beautiful flower garden. The view of Brno is worth it as well.
Go back to Jostova street. Buy a small snack, step on "salina" no. 9 or 11 (as they call streetcars in Brno) in the direction to Certova Rokle (Devil's Ravine). Don't worry, you won't go actually to hell. Once you get off at Tomanova stop walk to the famous functionalist Villa Tugendhat. If you want to look inside you need to reserve a tour upfront- it is usally sold out in the season - so mind this. If you were not lucky and didn't get inside the villa, still take a look around in this functionalist-style borough. It is worth it.
On your way back to the historical district, go down Schodova Street and cross popular Luzanky Park. Then step on a streetcar (on Lidicka street). Or you can walk through one of the most beautiful streets in Brno - Kpt. Jaros ave. It is line with lime trees and beautiful 19th century town houses. It is about two kilometers from the historical district in city center.
It is possible you have already noticed strange thing in the shape of a penis. This one is allegedly an astronomical clock yet nobody knows how to recognize what time it is. Still, many visitors surely will remember it. A glass ball falls out from it every Saturday at 11 o'clock. Usually, there is a large crowd and eventually, Japanese fight over a ball with children.
We have a secret guide for you how to ride time off this astronomical clock. Stand to it so it is behind your back and you can see a house with beautiful frescoes and flags of Student Agency company (it resides there). Do fifteen long steps and look to the right slightly up... It works at any day or night hour.
So, you know it is getting late. Therefore, it is the highest time to get soem taste of students' life in the heart of Moravia. First of all, make a stop on small Jakubske Square. Every Thursday and Friday (in winter as well) it is vibrant with life. There is a small Vycep Na Stojaka where they sell tap beer. Inside, the staff is more numerous than the guests for they usually stay outside. They can taste delicious beer made by small Bohemian, Moravian and Slovakian breweries as well as something to eat.
There are two theme and perfectly designed cocktail Bars which made Brno famous. Bar which doesn’t exist and later founded Super Panda Circus. Everybody can have here what they like. No wonder they are constantly full to their capacity. This is not just about gourmet experience – the staff takes care of you as if you were royalty in England. Try it!
In case you intended to stay longer in Brno, more than one or two days (which is what we recommend) we add couple of places where to go:
The Assumption of Virgin Mary basilica, Mendel square
Veveri castle and Brno dam
Svitava Valley between OBrany and BIlovice nad Svitavou
Kamenny Vrch and Masarykuv Haj
Hvezdarna a Planetarium Brno
Marianske Udoli and Jeskyne Pekarna
And, indeed, we can add beautiful Moravsky Kras where the Macocha Propast abyss, and karst caves. There is also Palava and large wine-growing region of south Moravia. You get everywhere fast from Brno. And everybody will find here what they like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Today we continue in our journey across the Moravian Karst. We have explored the Katerinska Cave and returned to Skalni Mill. Then we took an asphalt road towards the bottom station of the cable car. The cable car was supposed to take us up to the famous and popular Macocha Gorge.
Our walk along the Macocha Nature trail led us to the bottom cable car station which was launched in May 1995. We found ourselves at the altitude of about 361 meters. Our goal was Horni Mustek above the Macocha abyss. Horni Mustek is more than 130 meters higher.
Today we conclude our tour in the Moravian Karst. We visit the Balcarka cave near Ostrov u Macochy village. This cave hides the greatest dripstones. Also, it is the most popular to visit. It unravels its 15 thousand years of history of human settlement. So lets go inside!
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.
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 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.
Today we look again into the beautiful city in the heart of beautiful nature. Yes, we talk about Blansko, the entrance to the Moravian Karst. But it is not only that. It is a place of fascinating sights we take look at on the following lines.
Once we visited Blansko chateau and St Martin church we set off to a wooden structure. We spotted it when we observed the town. This structure is a church which actually doesn’t fit in the city’s architecture.