Have you ever been to Brno in Czech Republic? If not, let’s go together today 😉
I’ve been there for 3 days and I want to share with you what you can’t miss when you’re around and what is worth to see.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population and area, the largest Moravian city, and the historical capital city of the Margraviate of Moravia.
Brno is the seat of judicial authority of the Czech Republic – it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office. The city is also a significant administrative center. It is the seat of a number of state authorities, including the Ombudsman, and the Office for the Protection of Competition. Brno is also an important center of higher education, with 33 faculties belonging to 13 institutes of higher learning and about 89,000 students.
The most visited sights of the city include the Spilberk castle and fortress and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Petrov hill, two medieval buildings that dominate the cityscape and are often depicted as its traditional symbols. The other large preserved castle near the city is Veveří Castle by Brno Reservoir. This castle is the site of a number of legends, as are many other places in Brno. Another architectural monument of Brno is the functionalist Villa Tugendhat which has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. One of the natural sights nearby is the Moravian Karst.
Legends connected with Brno
There are several legends connected with the City of Brno; one of the best known is the Legend of the Brno Dragon. It is said that there was a terrible creature terrorizing the citizens of Brno. The people had never seen such a beast before, so they called it a dragon. They trembled in fear of the dragon until a brave man decided to kill the monster by tricking it into eating a carcass filled with lime. In reality the dragon was a crocodile, the preserved body of which is now displayed at the entrance of the Old Town Hall. Crocodile motifs are common in Brno. A “krokodýl” (crocodile in Czech language) is the local stuffed baguette, and the city radio station is known as Radio Krokodýl.
Next to the “dragon” at the Old Town Hall the town’s second well-known emblem is displayed. This is a wagon wheel made from a tree found and felled fifty miles away from the city. According to the story, a local man wagered to fell the tree, to make a wheel out of it, and to roll the wheel to the city of Brno, all this within a single day. Since the whole achievement was considered impossible by normal human means, the man was later believed to have called on the devil for assistance, and he died in poverty as a result.
As a historic memento to victory over the Swedish army in 1645, the local Petrov Cathedral rings noon an hour earlier, at 11 o’clock because the locals and Swedish army were in stalemate and the Swedish general said he would withdraw if his army had not won by noon; the bell-ringer tricked him by ringing the bell an hour early. Keeping his word, the general and his army left.
Czech Republic is also known as a country of a good beer and food, Brno is following that rule perfectly.
Brno has enjoyed a rapid growth in its food and drinks scene. The best thing about it: it’s absolutely affordable to eat out in Brno! You have to bring cash around though – most of the restaurants and bars we went to didn’t accept credit cards.
By train: Brno can be reached by train or bus from Prague (2 hours, 30 minutes travel time) and Vienna (1 hour, 30 minutes travel time).
In my opinion, Brno is such a small city, but very rich and you can see a lot of things there, it was definitely worth of it 🙂
Brno has my full recommendations and I hope so that I will go back there one day 🙂