If you don’t know it already I was in Brno recently for a mini holiday really more than a getaway since this one was 4 days long. I am loving how many places I can visit with a short flight from London Luton airport and just how affordable all the flights are when you book in advance.
So far with wizz air I have graced Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Kaunas, Lithuania; Prague, Czech Republic; Brno, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria (via my visit to Brno).
Whenever I go to a new place for the first time I like to use city sightseeing tour services as they have the most common tourist destinations which are usually a must see and then after you can explore alone but at least by then you would have had a feel of the city.
The following five must see tourist destinations in Brno, Czech Republic.
Brno is the second largest city in Czech Republic after Praha (Prague), like most eastern European cities it has the cobble stones, the Gothic look but mostly for me it was easy to navigate. Dependent on where you staying in Brno your starting point should be Hlavni Nadrazi or Nove Sady.
Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul – Across from Nove Sady sits the Cathedral in its majestic glory. Cross the road and take a sharp left to climb up the path to the Cathedral to access it from the back and made your way around to the front. The Cathedral seats on a hill like more in Eastern Europe and acts as a vantage point to oversee the city, it is truly beautiful to stand there and admire the view.
Capuchin Crypt & Church – From the front of the Cathedral slightly to your right walk down the narrow road for a few minutes to find yourself in front of the Crypt & Church. I did not go into either as both times I was there the places were either shut or not open yet for visitors. Stories have it that the Crypt harbors mummies and though I was eager to see this myself thinking back I am ok not to have seen it as I would have been dreaming about it for months to come.
Cabbage (vegetable) Market – Across from the Capuchin Crypt & Church is the so-called cabbage market and unfortunately both times I was there the market was either over or not happening for that day (Sunday). I am told the freshest of fruits are sold there no matter the weather.
Spilberk Castle – When I arrived in Brno, from my hotel I took Bus 26 which passes right in front of the Castle. The spilberk Castle also nests on a hill but not as bad as the Bratislava Castle, this hill is easy to walk no matter the shoes you’re wearing. I was able to tour the entire Castle grounds to get my feel of it all. It is truly beautiful and magnificent Castle.
Phallic Clock – after wandering around the Cabbage market I took a wander around the town centre and found myself staring at the old town hall with the lopsided center town before I wondered off and found this Phallic Clock. When you first see it you question whether you’re staring at a huge bullet or a dalleck with no ‘dalleck clothes’. It is an interesting clock indeed.
I had such an amazing time exploring Brno, to end my day of being a tourist I went back to the Cabbage market where a very nice restaurant was situated and ordered me some Czech cuisine which is a must should you be fortunate enough to visit Czech Republic.
You can get everywhere in Brno with either a Bus or Tram, the services are regular and you don’t even need to know the language to navigate around. I downloaded an app called CG Transit and it said my bacon many a times.