Czech Republic is a popular European destination… perhaps not as popular as France or Italy, but still popular in its own right. Yet, most visitors to the country don’t stray too far from the capital city of Prague. Although Prague has stolen my heart, and would probably be one of my top 5 must-visit destinations, there is definitely more to Czech Republic than Prague. In the southern part of the country, in the region known as Morovia you’ll find Czech Republic’s second largest city, Brno, which is definitely worth a visit.
Since we were traveling with a toddler, which makes any trip exponentially more challenging, we decided not to spend more than a couple of hours in the car at a time. For this reason, we decided to spend a night in the little known town of Brno.
Brno really isn’t on the radar of many travelers, and I didn’t know what to expect when I booked our stay.
We were pleasantly surprised by all this town had to offer.
5 reasons you need to put Brno on your list
Smaller / Less Crowded:
Brno is much smaller than Prague, and because it isn’t really a tourist town yet, its way less crowded. Don’t get me wrong, you will find plenty of tourists in Brno, although most of them won’t be American. I’m guessing many of the people who are visiting Brno come in for a weekend from some of the smaller surrounding towns or neighboring countries. Still, in comparison, Brno has significantly fewer people walking the streets than Prague.
Pretty / Charming:
Even though it may not be a tourist destination, the city has done a really great job of beautifying the old town area. From the architecture to the cobblestone streets and street cars, the town is dripping with charm.
Just outside of Brno there is quite a bit to do for adventure and nature lovers. This region of the country has beautiful golden fields and rolling hills. An amazing attraction just outside of Brno is the Macocha Karst, known mostly for the beautiful Macocha Abyss. Although the attraction is family friendly, there is a bit of hiking and a boat ride that your little one will need to sit still on. Our little lady is not one to sit still at this age, so we missed out on this amazing day trip. It is definitely on our list for when she gets just a little older, though.
It’s safe to say businesses in cities that cater to tourists mark up prices to make a good profit. That’s why cities like Paris and London are outrageously overpriced. People will pay it. In contrast, places that haven’t been pegged as tourist attractions tend to offer better rates on hotels, food, and basically everything else. In Brno we actually splurged and stayed in the most expensive hotel in the town. It was nice! They even served us complimentary champagne when we walked in. But you know what? It was still the cheapest hotel we stayed at (aside from our apartment in Poland) during our entire European trip. We ate dinner at a street vendor for about eight dollars and ordered three gelatos for the equivalent of three US dollars. Your money will go fairly far in Brno, which makes it that much more appealing!
Lots to do in Town:
Brno’s Old Town is somewhat small, but surprisingly there is still a lot to do. One of the main highlights is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. It sits perched on a hill, towering above the city. Aside from this church, there are several others including Capuchin Monastery which houses the mummified remains of monks and nobles, and the ossuary underneath the Church of St. James, which is basically a small chapel made of bones and skulls. Kinda creepy but cool.
Have you been to Brno, Czech Republic? What is the best little-known town you’ve visited?