Spend time in the old, walled...
Spend time in the old, walled part of the city. There's so much to look at even if you don't go inside anywhere. But do go inside -- the old city hall, the churches, the galleries, the clubs and restaurants. Be sure to go up to the top of the old city hall - the view is fantastic. Also, you should try to get a look at the Tugendhat villa, designed by Mies van der Rohe. Sample as many different beers and wines as you can -- Moravia is the wine region, so if you can get invited to somebody's wine cellar in the country, by all means do it! You may have a hangover for several days like I did, but it will seem worth it at the time, anyway. I went to Brno instead of Prague because Prague was crawling with Americans at the time (1993), and I wanted to be with Czechs, not Americans. I ended up having a really great time in Brno, for the most part. Living there for 8 months, having a job and an apartment and living on my Czech salary as much as possible made the experience quite different from that of the more transient tourist. 30Kc for a movie started to seem really expensive! even though it is just over $1. And beer more that 15Kc? Outrageous! But we lived as large as possible, and had some great times, probably more than I can remember. On the weekends, we often went on day trips to many of the fun and interesting places that can be found within a short train ride of Brno: Mikulov, Telc, Znojmo, Kromeriz (these names all need to have accents on them to be correctly spelled, but the computer doesn't do that), the Karst region, Hrad Pernstein, and many others whose names escape me at the moment. There is also an excellent network of well-blazed trails, which we made use of on our wanderings. The trails feature frequent signage indicating the kilometers to the next hostinec (place to get a beer).
A wooden wheel & another legend
The wheel that you may see fixed next to the crocodile is part of another legend :
A carpenter from Lednice / Eisgrub did bet, that he would be able to make such a wheel within only one day, including the cutting down of the tree, making the wheel and rolling it from Lednice to Brno all by himself - a distance of about 40 km.
He succeded to do so in may 14th ,1636 and the wheel is shown since that time in the old townhall.
Afterwards plenty of people had the feeling, he must have had help by the devil...
From this perspective you may also see that the crocodile has a total length of about 6 meters
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in 1994 2 young men tried to do the same, but ended soon in the next inn...
Pernstejn - 40 km north-west of Brno / Brünn
Pernstejn castle is 40 km north-west of Brno / Brünn and dates back to the 13th centrury
.The castle is open to the public :
EXCLUDING a lunchbreak of 1 hour at 12.00 noon !!!
Guided tours only :
Adults: 40,- Kc
Children: 5,- Kc
Students: 20,- Kc
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Novy Jicin / Neutitschein - east of Brno / Brünn
Novy Jicin / Neutitschein might be another interesting town for a stopover.
The town has about 27000 inhabitants, a lovely town-square and a lot of great buildings all over town.
One of the sidestreets, Msgr. Sramka, rather close to the big parking, is full of great Art Nouveau-buildings, like you may see them on the upper-part of my picture-combination.
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Public transportation is great in Brno / Brünn
When travelling to Brno / Brünn, leave your car outside the city and get in by public transportations !
Buses and trams go on a regular schedule until shortly after midnight and make a perfect means to explore Brno / Brünn.
Tickets are really cheap !!
I think I payed about 0,5 Euros into the town-centre - the busdrivers will sell the tickets !
Outside the city-centre you will find plenty of P&R - places and may park free of charge there ( and I stayed even there over night in my motorhome, without any kind of a problem )
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On my picture : The cabbage-market in Brno