look back through sepia-tinted glasses
The Czech Republic's second city sees a fraction of the tourists that descend upon Prague, yet those who visit are rewarded with pretty churches and a fascinating old quarter. Brno also has an appealing sepia-image atmosphere, thanks in part to the trams and distinctive inter-war architecture.
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Source: Daily Telegraph
Castles and cathedrals
The city's skyline is dominated by the Špilberk castle, where an early-Gothic palace with two chapels is still standing. Later on, the castle was converted into a baroque fortress, and in the 19th century, it became known as the infamous "Jail of Nations". The Petrov hill is topped by the Gothic cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. At the beginning of the 16th century, the Old Town City Hall portal was built, featuring a late Gothic peculiarity, a crooked pinnacle. Worth at least a brief mention are other historical buildings, the monastery and convent buildings of religious orders, the Parnas fountain in the Baroque-naturalist style, the bishop's court, the Renaissance palace of the Lords of Lipá and Kunštát, church of St. Jakub (James), and the Hausperg Palace, nowadays the seat of the Goose on a String Theater.
Brno - centre of modern architecture
Brno is also a major center of modern architecture. The late-19th century Klein Palace was among the first structures built with modern technology (cast iron features, flushable toilets); the Mahen Theater was the first theater in the country to use electricity throughout the building. Among other prominent buildings are Art Nouveau, early modernist and functionalist structures. German architect Mies van der Rohe's 1929 villa Tugendhat is an outstanding example of functionalist architecture and a milestone in the development of modern architecture worldwide. Among other modernist landmarks is the Brno Exhibition Center, whose set of buildings (built over the period of forty years, from 1930s to 1960s) makes up a harmonious whole; over 50 fairs and exhibitions take place here annually.
Pálava and Lednice-Valtice area
In the charming land of historical chateaux, colonnades, sculptures and forest temples you will not only find the biggest remaining preserved swamp forest in Europe, but also two places listed in the UNESCO index - The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, the largest composed landscape in the world, and the Pálava biosphere reserve.
Here all fun and entertainment are taken care of trips, extensive network of cyclo-routes, surfaces of the large Nove mlyny dams entice all windsurfers, yachters and of course fishermen; but you can also cruise on pedal boats, or just swim and relax, play football tennis, tennis or mini-golf.
Southern Moaravia - Slovácko
The region on the border with Austria and Slovakia is the best elixir for all admirers of the sun and relaxation - in this undulating land of vineyards and spas your body and spirit will be revitalised. Families with children will appreciate the zoo, open-air museum with a rich folklore programme and observation flights.