Even though I previously visited Prague, Andy had never been to the Czech Republic. We decided to visit Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, located in the southeast part of the country. This was the perfect location since it is close to both Krakow and Budapest. There weren’t a ton of attractions in the city, but we were excited to explore and see what we could find.
At this point, we were nearing the end of our trip and starting to get a severe case of travel fatigue. We kept pushing through, knowing that we would never get the opportunity to quit our jobs to travel, but kept wanting and truly needing a break from traveling at such a rapid pace.
Brno was a nice city, but between our travel fatigue and the less than desirable weather, we decided to spend our time relaxing and recharging instead of doing too much sightseeing. To make sure the trip wasn’t for nothing, we still got out to see the city to visit the main attractions.
Things We Saw & Did in Brno
St Peter & Paul Cathedral
When you see pictures of Brno, the majority of them will include the St Peter & Paul Cathedral. It is a large, ornate, old cathedral which is very beautiful. Similar to the cathedrals we saw in Vienna, it was very close to other buildings which made getting a good picture difficult. The best pictures that we got of the cathedral were from the Spilberk Castle as we needed both the distance and elevation to truly capture it.
We were excited to go inside to see if it was as ornate as the outside but unfortunately it was closed when we visited. This ended up making for a short trip with only a few pictures.
Gate of Old City Hall
As we wandered around town looking for a place that we could purchase our Christmas ornament and postcard, we stumbled upon the gate of the Old City Hall. They were pretty interesting because of not only the historic design on the more modern building, but also since the tallest carving was intentionally not straight.
Because the weather was pretty bad when we were up at Spilberk Castle, there were not too many people around which was nice.
We considered going inside, but it was somewhat expensive and we were not in the right mindset to go on a tour. We opted to spend our time enjoying the view from the castle, even if it wasn’t the perfect weather. After waiting out a few rainclouds, the skies cleared up a bit and we were able to take out the camera to snap a few shots.
Dinner & Drinks for My Birthday
We were originally planning to spend my birthday in Krakow, but with some changes to our timing earlier in Europe, we ended up in Brno. After our day of sight seeing we decided to find a place for dinner on our walk back to the tram. We decided on a small vegetarian place on the basement level of a commercial building.
Dinner was actually pretty good, but we realized half way through that the restaurant was cash only and we only had our credit card. Andy had to run out and find an ATM nearby in order to pay for dinner and drinks, but it all worked out and we had a fun night out for my birthday.
Brno wasn’t one of our favorite cities. Between the terrible weather that we had the entire time that we were there along with our extreme travel fatigue, it was hard to fall in love. We made the best of it, spending time relaxing in our apartment as well as enjoying the extremely cheap local brews that we purchased at several bars in town.
I am curious what we would have thought of the city had we not visited it at the end of our trip. There was some charm to it, but it started to blend in with many of the other European cities that we had visited previously. I think ultimately, we were both looking forward to visiting the last few cities of our trip so we could return home. It’s weird to say that, but after being gone for so long, the stability of home is something that you begin to long for.