The city of Brno in the Czech Republic lies where the Rivers Svitava and Svratka join. This attractive town with its mix of old and new, is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and recent years have seen much restoration of old buildings and investment in cultural activities. Most of the sights are in the historic old town where you will find the narrow streets and squares a pleasure to stroll around. Dominating the city and open to the public are two large medieval buildings, the Spilbert Castle and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Petrov Hill. A labyrinthine system of corridors, tunnels and cellars running under the old vegetable market has recently been opened to the public. Much of this dates back to the Middle Ages and makes an intriguing tour. If you wish to discover more about the town and region, visit the Moravian Museum, which is home to a huge collection of artefacts and displays covering the history of both the town, Moravia and the Czech Republic. The countryside surrounding Brno is dominated by vineyards and stunning scenery, such as the Brno Reservoir. This man-made lake, surrounded by dense forest, is a popular destination for hiking, cycling, swimming and a range of water sports. Overlooking the lake is the picturesque Veveri Castle. Other beautiful places worth a visit are The Moravian Karst, a region of gorges and caves, and the Marian Valley which is a series of lakes cascading down a wooded valley.
The city is well served by public transport, which includes an extensive tram and trolleybus system, as well as regular buses. These are economical, with a variety of tickets which are bought from the yellow machines at bus stops.
Pleasure boat trips can be taken on the Brno Reservoir, these run to Veveri Castle and tickets are purchased before boarding at Bystrc Harbour. For the more adventurous, 4×4 safaris make the journey to the Moravian Karst. The tourist office will have information about the guided walking tours available in the city centre.
Flights to Brno international Airport (BRQ) are only accessible from Europe and a half hourly bus service runs into the city from very early morning until late at night. Tickets are bought in advance from machines at the airport. Taxis are available and if you wish to explore the surrounding countryside you will find the desks of most major car hire companies in arrivals.
For a flight to Brno, you will be flying into Turany. Brno Turany (BRQ) is just 8.0 km from the centre of the city.