{Travel} Weekend Getaway to Brno

Weekend getaway to Brno was both scary and exciting. I had to wake up really early since my flight was at 7:30 and honestly as much as I wanted to make use of my day off from work I also value my sleep but one must do what one must.

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99% of my getaways this year will be with Wizz Air as they offer affordable (cheaper) flights than providers and fly to a lot of Eastern European destinations that you wouldn’t normally consider as a getaway places except for Prague, Bucharest and Budapest.

I had made a decision last year to ensure 2016 is a year I travelled more than ever before. I am blessed with a good paying job with some nice benefits and then on top I have this blog which has become a source of travel income and opportunities. When I was booking my trip to Praha (Prague) with my friend I decided to check out other places I could visit and Brno jumped at me, now it’s not a place I had heard of or even knew where it was but I checked it and found me a Β£15 return ticket as you must know by now my spontaneous self bought the ticket without a second thought and only later I learned it was in Czech Republic same as Praha.

Spilberk Castel Brno

Spilberk Castle roof

Brno Spilberk Castle

Spilberk Castle grounds

I always book airport transfer so upon arrival in Brno my driver was waiting, he drove me to my hotel which was less than 30 minutes from airport. Brno is second largest city in Czech Republic but the airport was smaller than Kaunas, Lithuania which is basically saying its small. Because I arrived early I couldn’t check out the hotel had strict checking in time policy so I went for a wander around the city.

I quickly familiarized myself with the transport system. I had taken a bus to the castle then walked back to the hotel with my google maps. Then to explore the rest of the town I took the tram to Nove Sady which is basically near the town centre, from there I was able to walk to the Capuchin Crypt & church though both were closed when I arrived I would have loved to see the mummies. To the left of the church you can see St. Peter and St Paul’s cathedral and before that you walk into bishop’s court which is a beautiful enclosure. To the right of bishop’s court is the cabbage market (also called the vegetable market) though done for the day when I got there, it supplies fresh fruits and vegetables. I walked around then returned to the cabbage market and to its left you can walk an alley way that takes you to the old town hall which has beautiful small towers with the middle one slightly bent it is thought the architect did that on purpose.

Brno Bishop's Courtyard

Brno Bishop’s Courtyard

Brno

Pathway to Bishop’s Courtyard



From the old town hall turn right at end of alley and walk further into the town centre where you will find the phallic clock which if I am honest looks out-of-place and nothing like a clock but more like a huge bullet or something not to be mentioned on the blog (πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ“·).

Brno Phallic clock

Phallic clock

 

Brno

Brno Old Town Hall

 

Brno Palace

Brno Palace

 

Brno

St Peter and St Paul Cathedral Brno

 

Brno cabbage market

Cabbage Market

I was able to see quite a bit in the 4 hours that I explored Brno and I think you can certainly do it in a few hours. Should you get a chance definitely add Brno to your list of places to visit in Eastern Europe.

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  1. Renata
    November 13, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I live near Brno and I’ve never seen it so empty! It’s crazy to see something I know so well from another perspective πŸ™‚

  2. February 15, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Another great trip! It looked cold judging by the pictures

    • February 15, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      It was a bit windy but it was better than UK

  3. February 15, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    wow .. what beautiful photos.. i used to go traveling on my own all the time before i had my little one. x i never heard of brno before.. thanks for bringing it to my attention x

    • February 15, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      You welcome, I want to travel as much as possible before I have a family

  4. February 15, 2016 / 7:23 am

    Ive not heard of wiz air before but will check them out. I think you are very brave going travelling on your own I am not sure I have the guts! Looks like you got around a lot of the city though πŸ™‚ x

    • February 15, 2016 / 8:34 am

      Thanks I have to be brave these days and do some things alone. You should definitely check out wizz air

  5. February 14, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place and very clean! Glad you enjoyed it!

    • February 14, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thanks, it’s so beautiful and a must visit

  6. February 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Lovely pictures! The place looks beautiful. Enjoyed reading your post! πŸ™‚

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Thanks so much, glad to hear that.

  7. February 14, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Nice photos! I visited Brno on a school trip in 2013. (we stayed there only few hours) and i though i don’t remember much but i was excited when i recognized almost everything from your pictures πŸ˜€
    P.S. If you like eastern Europe, i recommend you visiting Serbia, it’s beautiful (although it’s more on the southeast) πŸ™‚

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks, Serbia is definitely on my list of places to visit and hope I get a chance soon.

  8. February 14, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    I was wondering how many trips do you go on a year? Brno looks great is there any travelling tips you would reccomend i.e. bargain deals, spending the least amount of money as possible ect?

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      I try to go on as many as I can, this year it’s at least one a month mostly two were possible

  9. February 14, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    What an interesting place! Love all the architecture!

    • February 14, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks me too

  10. February 14, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place but it looks great. Was it somewhere you could take kids or is it more of an adults only place? Only asking because we love to go travelling and this looks like it’s full of history and not too busy, which would be great for my kids.

    • February 14, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      I would take my kids there is I had any, it’s very friendly and easy to get to

  11. February 14, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    This is the second time I have seen Brno mentioned in a week. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

    • February 14, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      It is an amazing place to visit

  12. February 14, 2016 / 12:03 am

    I too couldn’t have told you where Brno was but my brother used to live in the CR! He lived near Prague in Piltzen. It seems a lot like this – to me it felt about 30 years behind somehow? Everything was a bit dated. Beautiful but like big modern glass buildings hadn’t made it there yet. Except for maybe that big ‘bullet?!’ Haha!!

    • February 14, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Hahahaha the big bullet had made it but yes it does feel behind the times lol

  13. February 13, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I am so very jealous of your travels! My husband and I hope to be stationed in Europe next.

    (I wonder if I could convince him to get a smaller version of the clock, bwahahaha.)

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:58 am

      Hahahaha lol I wonder what he would say

  14. February 13, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos. How do you pronounce BRNO? I’ve never even heard of it before. Looks like an awesome time!

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Thanks Melanie it’s pronounced ber-no lol

  15. February 13, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Love the cathedral! Actually, having grown in Eastern Europe myself, I have not visited much there πŸ™ I’ve been living in the Western Europe for some years and focused much more on this area. I recently realised the beauty of those countries and decided to give them a try!

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Eastern Europe is gorgeous and though western is too it feels like eastern has more history maybe due to the Soviet Union

  16. February 13, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I have to admit I had never heard of Brno before, so found your review really interesting. It looks a lovely place with some great architecture πŸ™‚

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:55 am

      Thanks Sarah and glad you like my post

  17. February 13, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I had never heard of Brno before today, I feel like you are teaching me all sorts of new things!!

    It looks gorgeous, love all the old architecture xx

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:53 am

      I love the old architecture too and glad to have introduced you to Brno

  18. February 13, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, seems like you had a great time! I too have never heard of BRNO, but it does look amazing.

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:53 am

      It is amazing and glad to have introduced it to my readers

  19. February 13, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I would like to take a weekend getaway sometime soon. This place looks really awesome and a great place for a getaway!

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:52 am

      You should I do them as often as I can

  20. February 13, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Wow this place looks lovely. I have to say I had, until now, never heard of it. I hadn’t heard of Wizz air either, I must check it out as it may give us some new ideas on where to go. thanks for sharing. x

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:51 am

      You certainly should wizz air is awesome and so is Brno

  21. February 13, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I must admit before you mentioned where Brno was, I couldn’t for the life of me, figure out its location πŸ™‚ But now I know it’s in Prague and looks amazing! Would love to visit too, especially since you mentioned how cheap the ticket was. Must put this in my list-of-places to visit πŸ™‚

    • February 13, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      It’s not exactly on the map of tourist destination lol the only place people know is Prague and not that Brno is in Czech Republic too

  22. February 13, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Looks like a beautiful place and one I hadn’t heard of before. Can’t believe you got flights for only Β£15, great value. Will have to keep an eye out myself!

    • February 13, 2016 / 11:12 am

      It’s one I hadn’t heard myself until recently and I was happy with the prices too

  23. February 13, 2016 / 10:55 am

    when travel and pictures come out perfectly, it’s gotta be on this blog… awesome post.. nice1…

    • February 13, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Hahaha yep lol thanks

  24. February 13, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Brno looks like a lovely place for a visit. Nice post brave traveler x

    • February 13, 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thanks so much Nia

  25. February 13, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Fabulous post and such beautiful photographs. I want to do more travelling around Europe xx

    • February 13, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Thanks Lucy you should it’s amazing

  26. February 13, 2016 / 8:31 am

    The place looks really awesome. It’s a must visit place.

    • February 13, 2016 / 8:39 am

      It truly is and thanks

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