Something from geography first. Brno is the second largest city in Czech Republic. You can find it on the map on southeast from Prague or northwards from Vienna.
The best connection from abroad is through Prague from which there are 200 km to conquer on the D1 highway. It has been under general reconstruction for several years now. The second way is Vienna which is even closer than Prague but unfortunately the highway connection has not yet been completed. It takes about 2 hours by car in both cases. The third option is Bratislava which is in Slovakia from which you can go to Brno on the D2 highway. It is about one and half hour. In all cases, you can use a good train connection. It is about one and half hour from Vienna and Bratislava or two and half hours from Prague. Brno’s railway station is situated in the centre of the city.
Brno lies at the confluence of Svratka and Svitava rivers and has approximately 380 000 inhabitants. The city is full of students. There are 34 faculties of 14 universities and other colleges here. The most famous are the Masaryk University, the Mendel University and the Technical University. You will also find all important courts of the Czech Republic here. Brno is the centre of Czech judiciary.
IT companies prosper here. This is mainly attributed to the quality of local universities. Many Czech as well as foreign IT companies are located here. New business centres and office buildings are constantly growing here. One says that Brno is like Sillicon Valley of the Central Europe. DESO itself is nice proof. Most of us came to Brno because of university studies.
International exhibitions and fairs are taking place at the Brno Exhibition Centre BVV every year. One of the most famous is, for example, the International Engineering Fair. You may also know the city of Brno because of the GrandPrix which is held here yearly on the big Masaryk Circuit. This race is part of the World Road Motorcycle Championship series. Another interesting fact is that Brno hosts the international fireworks show Ignis Brunensis every year. The show attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators every year.
The city is also very beautiful. There are countless beautiful parks. One of the largest parks is dominated by Špilberk Castle, built up on the hill, dating back to the 13th century. Another dominant of the Brno city is the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Additionally, the city has another castle called Veveří Castle above the Brno dam. Below Brno, there is an extensive underground, including the second largest ossuary in Europe, right after the Parisian. Famous is also the functionalist villa Tugenhat, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Unfortunately, due to the very big interest, you will not get to it without booking it in about a year’s advance… Brno has Vegetable Market in the city centre, where there is a big historic fountain Parnas right in the middle. Around it, there are many stalls of local growers and you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. there.
Restaurants, bistros, cafés, and other businesses also thrive here. This is the reason why the city is also known for its gastronomic scene, which has flourished here for recent years.Lovers of wine and beer will also enjoy time here (as in many Czech cities 😊). Brno is a wine-growing village and what you would throw away with a cannonball from Špilberk Castle, there is the Starobrno brewery. After all, they wrote about Brno’s nightlife, for example, in The New York Times – In Brno, Drinks for Morning, Noon and Night.
There are also countless interesting legends associated with the historic centre of Brno. The atmosphere in Brno is just amazing. And we are very much looking forward to inviting you to dinner here, for example.