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Questions about Brno

I have been looking at posts and see that many recommend visiting Brno instead of prague. We are looking at spending 10 days split between Vienna Austria, Budapest and the Czech republic. I was wondering a few things such how is the train service from Vienna to Brno? Besides the fact there are much less tourist in Brno than Prague, what else makes it appealing and what are the highlights? Finally knowing you never get to see everything with short visits, how would you split time between Brno and Prague or would you?

We are still trying to gather information to finalize our plans but I read that while many love Prague and others think it is much like disneys Cindrella land, I am just learning of Brno and have many questions and much reading to do.

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1. Re: Questions about Brno

A couple of tasters:

guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/jun/19/low-cost-f…

brno.cz/fileadmin/…Brno_1en.wmv

The train service between Brno and Vienna is excellent with several trains per day - if you buy a ticket at least three days in advance it only costs €9 https:/…

or if coming from Vienna €19 www.oebb.at - it costs substantially more on the day. There are also several buses which are cheaper and goes a marginally more scenic route http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ (click on the EU flag for English)

A lot depends on what time of the year you go and what sort of thing you are after (opera, theatre, beer, wine, dancing ... ) - there are many festivals throughout the year e.g. ignisbrunensis.cz/about-the-festival--579--e… , and there are lots of places to see in its immediate vicinity, e.g. mikulov.cz/tourism/introduction-of-the-town/

www.moravskykras.net/en/moravian-karst.html

http://www.zamky-hrady.cz/2/pernstejn-e.htm

moravska-galerie.cz/moravska-galerie/…

http://www.virtual.brno.cz/?l=2

The UNESCO world heritage site - Tugendhat Villa - is currently being totally reconstructed so unlikely to be open this year. Something that might be opened this year to the public is this http://atlasobscura.com/place/brno-ossuary if you are into that sort of thing :)

It also has the country's best beer in the Pegas hotel, and the best pub in the form of Blahovka members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/20e7ef/

Some more general information http://brnonow.com/

The main thing about Brno is that it is 'real' - there aren't nearly as many tourists as Prague, and that means that it is not all glitzy and sure, some bits still need a lick of paint, but it means that locals go about their business as usual and visitors are not ripped off or overcharged. It may seem quiet in the evenings in the centre, but that is because when people go out, they go out locally, and many of the best places are outside the centre, especially along Veveří street.

There is a great lake where you can go on a boat trip to the Veveří castle in the summer brno.cz/turista-volny-cas/brnenska-prehrada/ or go skating in the winter.

If you have kids (or even if you don't) there is a fantastic zoo http://www.zoobrno.cz/en/ and many other activities www.junglepark.cz/en/… (my 7 year-old loves this place), technical museum ...

The list is endless ... It is the sort of place you want to keep returning to in order to discover more ...

People from Prague look down on the city and its citizens, but be sure that the feeling is mutual :)

Enjoy!

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