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could you spend a week in brno.

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Central scoland
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could you spend a week in brno.

Hi All, new to this forum. I am considering brno over prague for a weeks holiday. Is there plenty to do and is it cheaper than prague.

Thanks

Geraldine

Charlotte, NC
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1. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

Yes - with several day trips. More inexpensive places to eat in; however, not too many discounted hotels, unless off season. More laid-back. I am sure GCEK will comment soon. When are you thinking of coming?

Day trips to consider: Moravian Karst, several castles, Olomouc (though better overnight...) Boskovice - town & Jewish Quarter, castle; www.discoverczech.com/austerlitz/index.php4, Cerna Hora - brewery)

http://www.south-moravia.info/cerna-hora/

http://www.zamek-slavkov.cz/cz/

http://www.zamekrajec.cz/

http://www.hradbitov.cz/

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/859

aufrichtigs.com/01-Boskovice/boskovice.htm

boskowan.com/region/…default_en.htm

south-moravia.info/moravian-karst-and-its-en…

Brno, Czech Republic
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2. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

There is plenty to see in the city itself - the time of year is important as well.

Here is the 'official' video' brno.cz/fileadmin/…Brno_1en.wmv

As well as the above-mentioned places there are sights such as:

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

mikulov.cz/tourism/introduction-of-the-town/

Then in the city there are the opera and national theatre http://www.ndbrno.cz/about-us/buildings as well as many avant-garde and experimental theatres e.g. www.provazek.cz/custom/home/index.php?lang=cz http://www.mdb.cz/ http://www.divadlobolkapolivky.cz/

Lots of churches and museums and Špilberk castle in the city centre, the lake and Veveří castle to the north of the city ... http://www.brno.cz/ for more

You can easily spend a week just within the city boundaries, and an extra week or two seeing some places outside the city. Even Mikulov alone is worth a couple of days, especially in the wine harvest season (late summer). Best time to come is probably around the end of May for the annual fireworks festival http://www.ignisbrunensis.cz/?setLanguage=eng but throughout the summer there are events going on all the time.

Newly-opened are the catacombs under the city www.podzemi.brno.cz/index.php… and soon to be opened to the public is Europe's second-largest ossuary - number 3 here weburbanist.com/2009/…

... and not to mention the best beer in the country www.pegas.cz and some of the best pubs ...

As per this article guardian.co.uk/travel/… it is 'friendlier, more laid back and more fun than the capital', which of course I agree with, and so do those who visit.

Hotel prices aren't so bad - the 'season' isn't long and outside the main trade fair season (end of Feb/beginning of March, middle of April, middle of October) and the motorcycle grand prix (24 - 26 August) discounts can be found and there are hotels to cater for all tastes - even this one barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/…Home is good value out of season and they need to fill their rooms as they have a big debt to pay off ... what is your budget, what sort of thing do you like, etc., then we can give you more advice as to what to see and do.

Central scoland
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3. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

Many Thanks you have given me lots to think about. Thinking about going in April. Is it far from the airport and can I book transfers.

Many Thanks I appreciate the replies.

Geraldine

Brno, Czech Republic
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4. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

From Brno airport it is a quick bus journey to the main station - a taxi would be little quicker, but it would take you directly to your hotel. You can get one of those from outside the airport. There are no issues that I know of about being ripped off - this is not Bratislava.

Just avoid 24-28 April inclusive as there is a series of major trade fairs then, and prices go up.

Enjoy!

Central scoland
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5. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

Thanks The dates would be 6th april to the 13th April. I looked at the video u suggested it looked beautiful and read the guardian review very impressed. Im having a problem finding flights from edinburgh to brno. the only flights i can get are to prague which seems quite a distant. Have you any advice.

Many Many Thanks

Geraldine

Brno, Czech Republic
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6. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

You could fly Edinburgh to Bratislava with Ryanair - currently on the winter timetable it only flies twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays, but I don't know what the summer timetable will be like as it doesn't appear to be out yet.

From Bratislava there are regular trains - the main station is a short bus ride from the airport (not a taxi).

Otherwise from Prague airport to Brno there are buses - Student Agency - which go very regularly and are very comfortable with free wi-fi/refreshments, etc - you can buy a ticket either at the airport on arrival at the Student Agency desk, or in advance from http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ (click on the EU flag for English). Taking everything into consideration this would only take marginally longer than via Bratislava and would probably be easier.

Otherwise the only UK airports that have direct flights to Brno are Stansted (Ryanair) and Luton (Wizzair).

Central scoland
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7. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

Thankyou so much GCEK I very much appreciate your help.

Geraldine

Berlin, Germany
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8. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

Geraldine, I also sent you a private message about this topic. Could you possibly spend a few days in each city? They are not far from each other and the transport is cheap.

Brno, Czech Republic
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9. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

You could always stay overnight in Bratislava and then move on the next day - Bratislava is very small and doesn't really warrant any longer, but the centre is nice for an evening stroll.

Berlin, Germany
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10. Re: could you spend a week in brno.

I meant a few days in Prague and a few days in Brno. Prague definitely is a must-see place.

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