Brno Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Brno

The second largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno is also the second most visited after Prague. Founded in the 14th century, it boasts a rich collection of medieval architecture, including the Špilberk Castle complex housing a city museum, park and a former prison with vaulted tunnels. On this walk you will get a chance to explore the city's most notable architectural and historic landmarks.
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Brno Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Brno Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Brno (See other walking tours in Brno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: NatalyS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla
  • Zelný Trh Square
  • Moravské Zemské Muzeum
  • Divadlo Reduta
  • Kašna Parnas
  • The Old Town Hall
  • Masarykova Street
  • Měnínská Brána
  • Mahen Theatre
  • Náměstí Svobody
  • St. James' Church
  • Moravská Galerie
  • Nová Radnice
  • Špilberk Park
  • Špilberk Castle
Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla

1) Katedrála Sv. Petra a Pavla (must see)

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Brno is located on the Petrov hill in Brno-Center. It is a national cultural monument and one of the most important architectural monuments of South Moravia.

The interior is mostly Baroque, while the impressive 84m high towers were built between 1904 and 1905 by architect August Kirstein in the Gothic Revival style. Traditionally, the bells of the Cathedral toll midday at 11 o'clock in the morning instead of at 12 o'clock. According to the legend, during the Thirty Years' War, the invading Swedes laid siege to the city of Brno but had promised that the attack would be halted if they had not succeed in taking the city by midday on August the 15th. When the battle was underway some shrewd citizens decided to ring the bells an hour early, fooling the Swedes who broke off the siege and left empty-handed. Brno was the only city to repel the Swedes during this war.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Zelný Trh Square

2) Zelný Trh Square (must see)

The Zelný Trh (The Vegetable Market Square) is situated in the heart of the city of Brno. The square was established in 13th century before the city itself. It is considered to be the largest square in the historical part of the town. It is always lively and teeming with people. The market's specialties are: vegetables, fruits and flower decorations.
Moravské Zemské Muzeum

3) Moravské Zemské Muzeum (must see)

The Moravské Zemské Muzeum (The Moravian Museum) was constituted in July 1817 by a legal order of Emperor Francis I. It is the second oldest and largest museum in the Czech Republic. Some of its departments are scattered all over the city and they include history of music, history of literature, history of theatre, archaeology, geology, paleontology, mineralogy and petrography and entomology. Its collections contain beyond 6 million articles that are representative of different domains in science.

Opening hours: Monday- Friday: 8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Divadlo Reduta

4) Divadlo Reduta

The Reduta Theatre (Czech: Divadlo Reduta) is a theatre situated in Brno. Known in the 18th century as the Taverna Theatre, it served as a venue for theatrical performances presented mainly in German and Italian. In 1767, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed with his sister in a concert there.

After a series of extensive fires in 1785 and 1786, the city council decided to rebuild the theatre in the neoclassical architectural style, with a new two-story main hall. The reconstructed theatre, now named the Reduta Theatre, presented mainly German plays, with performances in Czech held only infrequently. The last devastating fire in 1870 caused the theatre to close again, after which the building was used as the city market hall. In 1918, following the establishment of the new Czechoslovak state, the activities of the theatre were again restored. In the 1950s, the building was redesigned according to the plans of architects Bohuslav and Kamil Fuchs. Up to the 1990s, the theatre served as a stage for Czech operettas. The last reconstruction was completed in 2005. The project was awarded the Grand Prix in a competition held by the Czech Chamber of Architects. As of 2010, the theatre is a part of the National Theatre in Brno. Reduta has no permanent ensemble. Now part of the National Theatre in Brno, it is the oldest theatre in Central Europe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kašna Parnas

5) Kašna Parnas (must see)

The Kašna Parnas (The Parnas Fountain) dominates the Zelny Trh Square with its beauty designed by the famous Viennese architect JB Fischer von Erlach between the years 1691 and 1695. In the middle of the fountain there is an artificially made rocky cliff with a towering figure of Europe, in a triumphal pose on a conquered dragon.
The Old Town Hall

6) The Old Town Hall (must see)

The Old Town hall is the oldest secular building in Brno. The origins of the building go back to 1240, the city administration was situated here until 1935. The tower provides the best views of Zleny Trh and the Spillberk Castle, and it is easy to climb due to the wide staircase. There are also a few old photos and maps of the town to look at too.
Masarykova Street

7) Masarykova Street

Masarykova street is the main shopping street in Brno, named after the first president of Czechoslovakia. At the same time, it represents one of the most famous and oldest streets of Brno, and it was used in different trades starting in the 14th century. Today, the street is home to top, prestigious shops and boutiques.
Měnínská Brána

8) Měnínská Brána

Měnínská Brána is the only preserved city gate of Brno located on Měnínská Street not so far from Náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square). Its roots go back to the 13th century, when it was part of city walls. In 1970, the place had been adjusted for exhibition purposes. At the present time, the building is managed by the Brno City Museum.
Mahen Theatre

9) Mahen Theatre (must see)

Mahen Theatre (Mahenovo divadlo) is a Czech theatre situated in the city of Brno. The founding stone was laid on July 18, 1881. It was built in a combination of Neo-renaissance, Neo-baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles. Initially, Mahen Theatre was a German opera house, and it was called Deutsches Stadttheater (German City Theatre). In 1918, following World War I, it passed into the hands of the newly founded Czechoslovak state. It was renamed Divadlo na Hradbách (Theatre on the Wall) and the first dramatical advisor became the novelist and playwright Jiří Mahen, after whom the theatre has been named as of 1965. Since 1965, the theatre has served as the home stage of the dramatical ensemble of the National Theatre in Brno. Mahen Theatre, built as German Deutsches Stadttheater in 1882, was one of the first public buildings in the world lit entirely by electric light.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Náměstí Svobody

10) Náměstí Svobody (must see)

Náměstí Svobody (The Freedom Square) is regarded as an imaginary center of the city. It has been mentioned in the city records for the first time in the 13th century with the name Forum Inferius. In Medieval times there were rich burghers and nobles that built homes around it and thus increased the importance of the square. In 1901, a tram line was built over the square; only a part of the track which led from the northern direction is preserved until now.
St. James' Church

11) St. James' Church (must see)

The St. James' Church (Kostel Svatého Jakuba) is a late Gothic architectural masterpiece and church in Brno. Its history dates back to the early 13th century. The church is the tomb of the famous defender of Brno - Louise de Raduit Souches. The church's ceiling is known for its numerous guild features, crests of noble families and various monograms. The holy building was declared a national cultural monument in 1995.
Moravská Galerie

12) Moravská Galerie (must see)

Moravská Galerie (The Moravian Gallery) is the second biggest museum of art located in the Czech Republic. It was constituted by the fusion of two older institutions. Governor's Palace, Pražák Palace and Museum of Decorative Arts are the three main components of the Gallery. Starting in 1963, it was host to the Mezinárodní bienále grafického design (International Biennale of Graphic Design).
Nová Radnice

13) Nová Radnice

The New Town Hall is a building complex located in front of the Dominican Square and it is also the site were city administration resides. The complex is of great historic and architectural importance to the city of Brno. Some of the buildings from the complex are very old and are closely tied in to the development of the city.
Špilberk Park

14) Špilberk Park

Špilberk Park is considered to be one of the largest green spots of Brno. It boasts a great variety of trees and plants. Here, we also find the Špilberk Castle and The Memorial to Italian Carbonari. It is a very popular place among the locals as it is a perfect spot for relaxation.
Špilberk Castle

15) Špilberk Castle (must see)

Špilberk Castle is an old castle on the hilltop in Brno, Southern Moravia. It began to be built as early as the first half of the 13th century by the Přemyslid kings and complete by King Ottokar II of Bohemia. From a major royal castle established around the mid-13th century, and the seat of the Moravian margraves in the mid-14th century, it was gradually turned into a huge baroque fortress considered the heaviest prison in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and then into barracks. This prison had always been part of the Špilberk fortress.

Špilberk entered public consciousness as a centre of tribulation and oppression on two more occasions; firstly, during the First World War when, together with military prisoners, civilian objectors to the Austro-Hungarian regime were imprisoned here, and secondly in the first year of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovak army left Špilberk in 1959, putting to a definite end its military era. The following year, Špilberk became the seat of the Brno City Museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Brno, Czech Republic

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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Functionalist Architecture in Brno

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Brno's Top Religious Sites

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