Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall, Brno: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Old Town Hall Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Town Hall
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A significant historical building in the centre of Brno. Today, the Old Town Hall serves mainly cultural purposes, as it houses a gallery, an information centre, and a permanent exhibition on its history. In summer, you can visit its historical halls and climb up the 63-metre tower to enjoy an impressive view of Brno from the top. The courtyard serves as a venue for various concerts, festivals, theatre performances, and film screenings. Enter its arched passage through the portal beneath the legendary Late Gothic turret by sculptor Anton Pilgram. In the passage, you can see two items from other famous Brno legends: a crocodile, also called the Brno dragon, and a wheel. The courtyard beyond, with Renaissance arcades from the end of the 16th century, was built by Italian designers, and later modifications are the result of its Early Baroque renovations. The Old Town Hall served its original purpose until 1935 when the authorities moved to the New Town Hall located at Dominican Square.
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Angela S
Riga, Latvia114 contributions
Must see
Aug 2021
One of the "must-see" places in Brno, full of legends: about an evil crocodile and greedy officials, punished by the architect who built crooked pillars on the town hall.
Written August 30, 2021
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Jay L
Minneapolis, MN138 contributions
Legends and Information Are There
Aug 2021
The Old Town Hall is home to two of the legendary stories about Brno (the unhappy builder and the dragon) and has a visitors information center inside which has a lot of resources.
Written August 18, 2021
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
Look For the Dragon and the Wagon Wheel as you Leave!
Sep 2019
The Old Town Hall is the oldest secular building in Brno, dating from 1240. In 1510, a doorway was cut into the tower on Radnicka and framed by a superb Gothic portal. This work is decorated on the lower level with figures of knights, and above with figures of the and the town's aldermen. At the center is the statue of Blind Justice.

Before leaving Old Town Hall, examine two of Brno's most beloved attractions: the Brno Dragon and the Wagon Wheel. The "dragon" hanging from the ceiling is actually an alligator given to the city by Archprince Matayas in 1608. The Wagon Wheel is a testament to Brno's industrious image. Our guide told our group that a carpenter from nearby Lednice, wagered with locals that he could chop down a tree, fashion a wheel from it, and roll it the 25 miles to Brno in a single day. According to local lore, he actually did it. However, the townspeople refused to believe that one man could do accomplish this feat, and decided that the carpenter must have had the assistance of the devil. As such, they refused to buy anything from him ever again.
Written December 5, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Old town hall used for exhibitions & tourist info
Oct 2019
The Old Town Hall town hall is a building close to the vegetable market, that's now mainly a culture space for for tourist information and exhibitions. There's also a tower, but I didn't go up that.

The exhibitions seem to be mainly aimed at locals, but the staff at the tourist information centre are pretty helpful with a one day itinerary. The entrance to the building has an interesting crooked gothic sculpture.
Written October 18, 2019
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MikeLinda23
Llandudno, UK425 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2019
Lovely entrance, well worth going to the top of the tower to see the views of this very nice city..plus you see the stuffed crocodile!
Written October 12, 2019
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TravelEatXplore
Boston, MA5,176 contributions
Local food place
Sep 2019 • Friends
Old town is where locals setup there food vendor to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. There are other stands that sell ice cream. It is really closed to the cathedral
Written September 12, 2019
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Medieval Town Hall
Aug 2019
Austere, yet beautiful, Old Town Hall, has its history reaching back to the 13th century, when Brno acquired city rights. It's tower and core of the building dates approximately to 1240. In 16th century Town Hall's tower acquired renaissance cupola. The Town Hall is the oldest secular building in Brno. It was a venue for city council meetings and court proceedings. As a seat of city's scribe it was also a place of safeguarding of documents. Town Hall also had its own city jail. Nowadays, during summer time it is possible to visit its Fresco Hall, Crystal Hall, Treasury or Tower. Its inner courtyard it's place where musical concerts takes place.
Written September 11, 2019
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy1,572 contributions
Old Town Hall Brno
Aug 2019
It's right in the city center, between Náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) and the main rail station. The entrance is very beautiful, and in the hall you can see two beloved Brno symbols - the Brno Dragon and the Wheel.
This building also hosts the Tourist Information Center.
Written August 26, 2019
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Nicola C
Glasgow, UK118 contributions
Amazing views
Aug 2019
The old town hall was a very site with lots of clearly presented information on the way up to the observation deck. The observation deck is very narrow so if you can avoid taking a rucksack I would. There are about 150 steps to get up to the observation deck but it is worth the climb.
Tickets are bought from the tourist office just below the town hall.
Written August 11, 2019
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holidayseeker
Derry, UK2,693 contributions
Nice courtyard
Jun 2019
Town hall has nice arched passage way to the courtyard where you can see things from Brno legends such as a wheel and a crocodile
Written July 3, 2019
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