The Czech Republic is a mountainous country in central Europe that boasts baroque, modernist and avant-garde architectural styles. A picturesque and romantic land with castles and stories that fascinate all who come to visit.
The cradle of Kafka and Milan Kundera, amongst other famous writers, the Czechs are friendly and sincere people who have been influenced in many ways from the surrounding countries. Since breaking with communism in 1989, the Czech Republic has caught the attention of visitors from all over the world thanks to its culture, history, thick forests, enchanting cities and its spa towns.
Prague is also famous for its International Book Fair.
Description of the area
Brno is the second largest city in theCzech Republic and is the capital city of the Magraviate of Moravia, one of the most historic regions.
King Wenceslaus I declared Brno a city in 1243.
Brno has become the natural centre of the region due to the fact it is well-connected by numerous European motorways. It is also the seat of major judicial institutions and the city with the most universities.
Soups. Soups play an important role in Czech cuisine and there are many different varieties: the national soup (ceská bramborová) with carrots, mushrooms and potatoes; Cayo, or cabbage soup with pancetta (zelnacka) and the famous meat stew, Goulash
Starobrno. Delicious typical beer from Brno
Goose liver with onion (Husí játra na cibulce)
Museums. Brno is a city where art plays a very prominent role, as you can see in its many museums. Don’t miss the Moravian Museum, the Mendel Museum, the Brno Municipal Museum, Leos Janacek’s Memorial, the Anthropos Pavilion, the Morava Gallery in Brno or the Technical Museum.
The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. Surrounded by the Bishop’s residence, this is the principal symbol of the city of Brno.
Špilberk Castle. Originally built as a fortress, over the years the castle was to become the most terrifying prison in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nowadays it is home to the Brno Municipal Museum. Here visitors can see the underground catacombs as well as the instruments used for torture.
The observation tower of the Old City Hall. At a height of 63 metres, it is an ideal point for viewing the whole city.
Brno is not especially renowned for its shops. But, if you want to visit markets, don’t miss the Cabbage Market (Zelný trh), where you can find a large array of local agricultural produce at excellent prices and meet the friendly locals.