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Brno 29th December

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Brno 29th December

I'm touching down at Brno airport on the 29th December at 6.40pm.

The main reason I'm flying into Brno is because it's much cheaper than flying into Prague. I would most probably be heading to Prague the next morning.

I am travelling on a pretty tight budget so will look at reducing costs as far as possible (not sacrificing any good chances to have fun / good experiences though).

Have a few quick questions.

1) I'm eyeing Hostel Fléda (around £11/night). The reviews aren't great. However the review sample is quite small. Anyone on this forum has stayed here before? Would you recommend this hostel?

Also are there any recommendations for any other hostels (budget around £10 - 15 / night)

2) How should I travel from the airport to Brno city centre?

3) What should I do in Brno on 29th December night? I am thinking of just walking around the city centre and exploring the christmas markets.

Also related, as said earlier, my plan is to leave Brno the very next day as (from my very limited impression from what I 've read) Prague seems more interesting than Brno. Does anyone in this forum feel I should give more time to Brno?

(I am currently allocating 1 night to Brno but 3 days to Prague)

4) Lastly, how should I travel from Brno to Prague? (looking to reach Prague around noon.

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Cheers,

Edmund

Hradec Kralove...
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1. Re: Brno 29th December

There is sure some hostel in Prague with 24 hours reception. I dont think it makes some sense to stay in Brno overnight. You will see there nothink, better to leave Prague earlier and have one regular afternoon in Brno for the center with cathedral and fortress.

From Brno to Prague you cann travel by train or bus, there are many trains or buses. In the evening goes this companies > https://www.elines.cz/cz/ > http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ > https://www.cd.cz/eshop/

In Brno you have to take bus from the airport to the railwaystation. The ticket you cann buy by driver, but you will need some check koruny, best way bring some allready with you. The bus is number 76 {price 22 korun}, The way takes about 20 minutes but the bus goes every 30 minutes.

In Prague works the night public transport networks so dont worry about late arrive.

Cookham Dean...
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2. Re: Brno 29th December

I must say that hostel looks pretty dire....

Charlotte, NC
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3. Re: Brno 29th December

240, -CZK/night - Pohoda 10 Euros

http://www.ubytovna-pohoda.cz/

Brno is a nice city. I assume you will fly back from there as well; in that case I would suggest staying the first & last night in Brno. Pohoda was recommended by my niece - inexpensive, simple, but clean. But book early - if full, ask by Email if they know of another place....

Some suggestions - what to see with links:

virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Czech_Repub…

Edited: 9:50 am, November 30, 2011
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4. Re: Brno 29th December

The hostel Fleda is what it says on the tin, and you get what you pay for. It is also part of a complex that houses a popular nightspot which is open until the early hours so I can imagine that it can get noisy. It is a couple of tram stops from the centre as well.

Even I would think twice about the aforementioned Pohoda place - it is in the Cejl district which is not exactly the most salubrious part of town. As European city districts go it is safe, but is a bit run-down and ghettoised in places, if you know what I mean. But if it is recommended, then fair enough.

If you want something that is right in the centre, then what about http://www.hostelmitte.com/index.php

Brno is a great city - worth at least a few days and is home to the best beer in the country (Pegas) and some of the best pubs guardian.co.uk/travel/…

brno.cz/fileadmin/…Brno_1en.wmv

personally I would give it more time than Prague if you are on a tight budget - it is friendlier and MUCH cheaper :) On this that Brno has at New Year that Prague doesn't is a spectacular new year fireworks display from the castle (cancelled in Prague last year due to 'lack of money') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K2WAL9sfXo

As with everywhere, the Christmas markets will close on the evening of the 23rd, but some stands will remain open until 1st January - they are getting better every year http://brnenskevanoce.cz/

Edited: 11:35 am, November 30, 2011
Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Brno 29th December

Thanks Milanek, Tilly, Sophie, GCEK!

Thanks for the advice, I think I would give Hostel Fleda a miss. Would be good to have a nice play to stay in for the first night. Currently checking with hostel mitte and Pohoda.

I have had great difficulty finding accommodation in Prague, they seem to be fully booked over the New year period. GCEK has also sold Brno quite well haha. I might spend a night or two in Brno, checking out a pub.

What should I do in the day at Brno? Was looking forward to checking out the Christmas markets, I stupidly assumed it would stay open till New Year.

I will probably travel to Budapest for New Year though.

Thanks for the links to the travel companies. Should I book my tickets before I arrive or would it be okay to buy my tickets when I arrive at Brno?

Singapore, Singapore
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6. Re: Brno 29th December

Oh forgot to add. I'm flying into Brno but flying out from Salzburg (on the 6th January). Current rough outline is Brno - Budapest - Vienna - Salzburg.

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7. Re: Brno 29th December

There will be some stalls open until 1st January but it will not be in full swing. Prague tends to get booked out early for New Year, and accommodation at that price is as rare as hen's teeth.

As I alluded to above, Fleda would probably actually be better than Pohoda - at least it is in a much nicer part of town with a couple of decent pubs in the vicinity.

Have a look at some of the links above for some ideas of what to do during the day - lots of churches, a couple of museums which may be interesting, but I haven't been in one for years except for the new Technical Museum which is great, but is on the very edge of town. There is also the new catacomb exhibition - here is a virtual tour http://www.ticbrno.cz/podzemi.aspx - all in Czech but you can get the general idea, also if you are feeling in a morbid mood there is Europe's largest ossuary under the church of St. Jakub empiredelamort.com/charnels-and-ossuaries/… - I'm not sure if it is open to the public yet, and there are said to be in excess of fifty thousand skeletons in there ... aside from that there are all kinds of fascinating things to do and see in the city - you will need a couple of days just to scratch the surface ...

Hradec Kralove...
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8. Re: Brno 29th December

If you will travel by train, there are always some free places. But the ticket from Brno to Budapest is ussualy on-line cheaper.

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9. Re: Brno 29th December

Yes - it is €19 from https:/… (English option top right) - buy from Prague to Budapest and just get on the train in Brno.

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