The city of Brno
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with 370,000 inhabitants. Located in Central Europe, Brno is within a 200 km radius of some of the most important European capitals: Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. The city has an international airport with major airlines offering regular flights to many other cities.
Brno is the most important city in the region of Moravia, and is a popular tourist destination for those who are looking to explore cultural sites and natural landscapes in South Moravia. In the north of Brno you can visit the nature reserve of Moravský Kras. The south of the region is known for its impressive vineyards and typical wine cellars. The city is surrounded by beautiful forests, ideal for those who love nature and enjoy cycling. Brno also prides itself on many outstanding historic sites, showing its rich cultural history. The city was established as a settlement of merchants on the confluence of the rivers Svratka and Svitava eight centuries ago and, since then, Brno has withstood the pressure of both the Hussite and Swedish besiegement, witnessed Napoleon Bonaparte’s military expedition to Slavkov, suffered the cruel consequences of the Austrian defeat at the Battle of the Three Emperors, became the industrial centre of the Habsburg monarchy and, in the 20th century, became a modern city thanks to the construction of new functionalist style buildings. The most important example of modern architecture in Brno is the Tugendhat Villa – included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Nowadays Brno is home to a large number of universities and important judicial authorities. The city offers a wide range of cultural activities, such as theatres, museums, cinemas and clubs. The Brno Exhibition Centre, with its eighty-year history, hosts many international trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences, and plays an important role in the social and economic life of the city. Brno holds various events and cultural festivals on a regular basis, including the fireworks competition “Ignis Brunensis” or the festival “Brno – City in the Centre of Europe”, as well as important sporting events such as the Brno Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. The city of Brno also has a great variety of modern shops and shopping centres, perfect for those who enjoy a little retail therapy. Brno is a modern, dynamic city with a vibrant and exciting university life that is sure to live up to your expectations.