The city of Brno – the second largest city in the Czech Republic

Brno is a classic Czech town with very few foreign people living there, so if you want a real taste of Czech life, it is a great place to visit.

The town has matured into a chic European destination, and with its population at around 500,000 people it has a great balance between quietness and having plenty to do.

Like many European towns, it has a laid back feel and is steeped in history, however it is not yet overrun with tourists.

There are some beautiful historic sights to see when staying in Brno, including the Tungendhat Villa, a stunning example of 1920s European modernist architecture.

Bishop´s Palace photo
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The Bishop´s Palace towards the Cathedral, Brno, The Czech Republic

If architecture is your thing, it is certainly worth viewing and photographing this spacious, striking building, which manages to be both minimalist and extravagant at the same time, and is considered one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s greatest architectural feats.

You can also visit the Kapucínské náměstí square, or Cappuchin Monastery, if you like your buildings older and more traditional. This atmospheric site is open every day except Mondays.

Náměstí Svobody photo
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Náměstí Svobody (Liberty square), Brno, The Czech Republic

Another stunning building for lovers of history is the Stará radnice (Old town hall) with a 13th century tower with Gothic architecture.

Brno also offers visitors plenty by way of shops, restaurants and bars, and can be a great place to spend a weekend, allowing you to spend your days checking out the quaint, pretty town and its historical sites and your evenings enjoying the Czech cuisine and nightlife.

Old Town Hall Brno photo
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Old town as seen from Old Town Hall tower, Brno, The Czech Republic

Of course, no visit to the Czech Republic would be complete without sampling some world famous Czech beer!

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