Top 21 things to do in Brno

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Looking for things to do in Brno? Then this is the right article for you!

Brno is the second largest city in Czech Republic, and here there are many things to do and experience. In Brno you can visit several historical places, eat lots of delicious local food, see beautiful castles, and go on fun activities.

Like I said, there are many things to do in Brno, and down below you can read more about them:


Visit the 2nd Largest Ossuary in Europe

The ossuary at the Church of St. James is the 2nd largest ossuary in Europe after the Catacombs in Paris.

In about the 17th century, a three chamber crypt was constructed below the floor of the St. James Church. The ossuary was quickly filled during the years, partly due to common plague and cholera epidemics which literally decimated the inhabitants of the city.

The staircase (in the church) that lead down to the ossuary was in 1784 closed with a stone slab. And it wasn’t until 2001 when doing repairs of St. James Square, that they rediscovered the crypt and ossuary.

Today you can visit the ossuary of Brno and see all the bones and skulls stacked in piles. It’s very interesting but at the same time creepy to see the remains of all those people.

NOTE: I’ve read that some people, including myself, had a hard time finding the entrance of the ossuary. I though that it was located in the church, but it’s actually located to the right of the entrance to the St. James Church. Down below you have a picture of it, so you know what to look for when visiting ossuary.

Brno Ossuary

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brno ossuary entrance

Take a walking tour around the city

If you want to have an overview of Brno and see the most popular and beautiful places in the City, then I can recommend you to go on a walking tour.

A walking tour in Brno is cheap, and is a great way to start of your trip to get to know the city a little bit better.

The local guide will take you to several nice places in Brno, and during the tour you can always ask for recommendations of places to see, eat, drink, etc.

A walking tour is something I always recommend when visiting a new city.

Click here to book a walking tour in Brno!

Villa Tugendhat

Villa Tugendhat is one of the most famous villas of the world, and is also one of the top things to do in Brno, since it’s today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The villa of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat was designed by Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe, the architect. It was built between 1929 and 1930 and is today a monument of modern architecture on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

If you’re into architecture and design, then this is one of the things that you shouldn’t miss in Brno!

Villa Tugendhat

Visit the Zelný trh “the cabbage market”

The cabbage market of Brno is one of the most places in the city. Here you’ll find Baroque architecture, hidden underground labyrinths, and delicious food.

This square is most famous for its farmers market where you can buy fresh local and exotic fruits, veggies and other local sweets and snacks.

Climb up the old town hall

One of my favorite views in Brno is from the old town hall. It cost only 70 kc (about 3 euro) to visit the tower, but it’s good to know that the climb up can be pretty though if you’re not in shape.

You get some amazing view from up there with a 360 degree view of the city, including one of the best view of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. So I can tell you that the climb is definitely worth it!

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old city hall

Eat local food – One of my favorite things to do in Brno

To eat local food is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. There are so many dishes and new flavors to discover in the restaurants of Brno.

One of the most popular restaurants for local food in Brno is Lokál U Caipla.

Explore the Castle of Špilberk

The Špilberk Castle was built in the middle of the 13th century on a hill in the center of Brno by the King of Czech Republic.

First it was a royal castle, and later on a baroque fortress. It has long been a symbol of protection and safety for the citizens of Brno.

Today this castle is one of the most historical places in the city, as well as one of the most popular things to do in Brno. Here you can not only explore the castle, but the City Museum as well!

Špilberk castle

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Visit Brno Lake during the hot summer days

If you’re in Brno during the summer, and feel like having one of those days when you just relax out in the sun – head to Brno Lake!

Brno Lake is one of the most popular places to go sunbathing in the city. So make sure to visit if you want to cool down on a hot day.

PS: this place is also very beautiful during autumn if you like to take photos. On a calm day you can see the autumn colors reflect in the lake, which is very beautiful!

Go on a day-trip to the cave Moravský Kras

If you have much time to spend in Brno and want to go on a day-trip somewhere close, then I can recommend you to visit the caves of Moravský Kras.

The Moravian Karst is one of the most important karst areas of Central Europe. Here you have more than 1100 caverns and gorges, which is pretty impressive. However, only a few of them are open to the public.

You can visit the Punkva Caves that has an underground river, the Macocha Abyss which is one of the biggest gorges of its kind in Czech Republic, and the Kateřinská jeskyně cave with its unique limestone columns.

You can also visit the Balcarka Cave that’s full of colorful stalactitic decorations, and Sloupsko-šošůvské jeskyně with its huge corridors and underground gorges.

Moravský Kras caves

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Go café-hopping

If you’re a coffee-lover, then you’re going to love Brno. All over Brno you’ll find several cafés that makes delicious cups of coffee.

Some of my favorite cafés in Brno include; SKOG Urban Hub, Cafe Tungsram, Podnik café bar, and Cafe Mitte.

Have a drink at ”the bar that doesn’t exist”

When you’re in Brno you have to visit this bar and go for a drink. In Czech its called “který neexistuje”, which translates into “the bar that doesn’t exist”.

Here they have a great selection of drinks, including non-alcoholic drinks. I had a mocktail (non-alcoholic drink) that I do remember the exact name of, but it was a drink with cilantro in it. It sounded new and interesting, and I must tell you that it was one of the best mocktails I’ve ever had!

The atmosphere is also great at this bar. It’s a nice place to sit down to chat with your friends over a drink or two. I can highly recommend you to visit!

the bar that doesn’t exist

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Pay your respects at the Capuchin Crypt

In addition to the ossuary of Brno, there’s another place that will give you the chills.

In the Capuchin Crypt of central Brno you can see the mummified remains of the Capuchin monks. Like most other monks, the Capuchin monks were very simple, so they were buried without coffins on the ground of a tomb.

Inside the Capuchin Crypt you can see some of these tombs where you can see the remains of the monks. It might be creepy to some, but for me this is one of the most unusual and interesting things to do in Brno.

Stroll around at the Moravian Square

The Moravian Square is home to the Church of St. Thomas and the Moravian Gallery. It’s one of the biggest squares in Brno, surrounded by beautiful old buildings.

It’s probably most famous for its 8 meter tall statue of Jobst of Luxembourg the knight on a horse, which is a fun place to take some photos.

PS: During Christmas they have a lovely Christmas market at this square.

Moravian square

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Admire the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

This cathedral is one of the most important landmarks of the country, and is also on of the most popular things to do in Brno.

The architecture of the building goes back to the 11th century when a Romanesque chapel stood on this spot. About 2 centuries later, the chapel was rebuilt into a basilica in Gothic style.

Later during history, when the Swedes took over Brno, the church got badly damaged. In the 18th century the church was reconstructed, and hasn’t been changed much since.

It’s one of the most important and historical places in the city, so it’s a must to put on your list of things to do in Brno!

PS: On the Czech 10 Kč coin, there’s a picture of this famous cathedral.

Go on a day-trip to Lednice Castle

Lednice Castle is one of the most beautiful palaces in Czech Republic, and in my opinion, in Europe as well. So it’s not a place that you want to miss when you’re in Brno.

It’s located about 45 minutes from Brno, so the best is to rent a car and drive there yourself. You can also go there by public transport, but it takes longer time. First you have to travel to Breclav or Podivín and then change bus to Lednice.

However, either way you choose to get there, it’s going to be worth it!

lednice castle

Lednice castle inside

Visit Veveří Castle

The Veveří Castle is a castle from the 13th century and is located above Brno Lake. If you’re planning to visit either of them, I can recommend you to combine the lake and the castle in one day.

The castle is famous for its beautiful surroundings, but also for being one of the most damaged castles in the country with ongoing reconstructions.

Today you can visit the castle and view interesting exhibitions and also attend several cultural events.

Eat a trdelník – a traditional Czech sweet

When you’re in Brno, you cannot leave without tasting one of the most traditional Czech sweets – trdelník.

It’s basically bread that has been wrapped into a roll and dipped in sugar. You can eat it plain or with several delicious fillings of your choice. I personally love when they fill the trdelník with nutella, it’s super yummy.

You can find places all over Brno that sell these delicious treats, just keep your eyes open for it!

trdelník

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Go on a day-trip to Mikulov

Mikulov is one lovely town that’s located only a 45 minute drive from Brno. 

It’s a beautiful and friendly town with lots to offer its visitors. Here you can admire the beautiful architecture, visit historical sites (such as the castle), and also go wine tasting, which is one of the most popular things to do around there.

If you have a couple of days in Brno, and feel like doing something extra, I can recommend you to go on a day-trip to Mikulov.

Stay at one of the coolest hotels in Czech Republic – Anybody Hotel

During our stay in Brno, we got to stay at the Anybody Hotel, which is one of the most unique and coolest hotels in Czech Republic.

It’s a really cool hotel with rooms looking like scenes from famous old movies. Inside your room you can start a game to play the lead role.

For anyone who love old movies and these kind of stuff, I can highly recommend to book a room at this hotel during your stay in Brno.

Anybody Hotel

brno anybody hotel

Stroll around in Park Lužánky

If you want to relax and have some peace and quite one day, you should head to Park Lužánky.

Park Lužánky is the oldest and biggest park in the city. It’s full of trees and beautiful flowers, as well as playgrounds, an artificial river, and tennis courts.

Here you’ll also find a Neo-Renaissance building, a beautiful fountain, and several historical monuments.

Visit the Christmas Markets

If you happen to be in Brno during Christmas season, I’ve got great news for you!

Brno is a lovely city when it comes to Christmas markets. Almost all squares of Brno is filled with stalls selling sweets, handicrafts, Christmas drinks, and souvenirs.

Some of the most popular Christmas markets you’ll find on Liberty Square, the Cabbage Market, Moravian Square, and on Radnická Street.

This is no doubt one of the best things to do in Brno during Christmas!

brno christmas market

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