Villa Tugendhat
Villa Tugendhat
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This modernist landmark is an outstanding example of the international architectural style that flourished in 1920s Europe.
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  • kryspin14
    Daruvar, Croatia109 contributions
    garden with kids
    We visited just garden and technical basement of the building and it was the best option in my opinion. This way you can visit both gardens (Löw-Beer and Tugendhat), stay there as long as you want. You can see into Tugendhat through big windows but your kids don't have to be bored on the tour. It is also much cheaper and much easier to get the ticket just to garden than into a building so i can highly recommend.
    Written August 17, 2022
  • KatarinaB
    New York City, New York12 contributions
    A modern architecture gem
    This unique house is alone worth coming to Brno. It's beautifully and thoughtfully restored and preserved from the insides, to the herb garden and the grounds. You really get a feeling of how it was to live in this architectural break through house. You'll even get to see how the mechanisms of the house worked (air, heat...). The staff is very knowledgable, various languages is a given.
    Written August 18, 2021
  • dkaval
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin282 contributions
    Highlight of Trip to the Area
    If you enjoy architecture, especially minimalistic, you should tour the Tungenhut Villa in Brno. It is necessary to plan ahead, as tours sell out, especially the limited number of tours in English and German. When we got to the villa, the gate was locked, but after several minutes, a guide came, unlocked the gate, and let us in. She did the same for each new arrival. The tickets tell you to arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour. I suppose if everyone shows up and people are waiting for no shows in the hopes they can get a ticket at the last minute, they might give away your tickets. But I'm guessing they just don't want any latecomers because once the guide starts the tour, there might not be anyone around to let you in. And it does take a few minutes to exchange the printout for your actual ticket. I was surprised how close the villa was to the street and to see how small it seemed. At the beginning I wondered how the tour was going to take 1 1/2 hours. But the house is built into the side of a hill, and the lower floor isn't apparent at first. And the guide gives you a lot of history in addition to the tour of the house and an explanation of how it was built. Nevertheless, it is not a large house. Our guide's English was decent although I wouldn't say fluent. All in all, I would say the admission price was worth it, especially the senior price of 210 CZK. What did seem to be excessive was the charge to take pictures of the interior. That cost me more than the admission price. They will have you sign a statement that you will not use the photographs for commercial purposes, and they give you a sticker to identify that you are allowed to take photos. I paid the fee, and my friend bought a postcard of the main room and the onyx wall. I did see a few people hanging back behind the group occasionally to take a photo with theIr cell phones.  Recommendations: 1. Buy your tickets in advance on their website. Two words that are not translated or explained are Plné and Snížené--regular price and reduced price. I took a chance and selected the reduced rate since we would qualify in the US for a senior rate. As it turned out, we didn't need any special Czech-issued cards. The site takes you to another site to pay, similar to Paypal. I wasn't sure everything worked until I got an email confirmation. We bought the tickets a month before and got four of the last five tickets for the only tour that worked for us. (The Villa is closed on Mondays, one of the two days we were in the area.) Be sure to print out the confirmation--you will need to exchange it at the gate for the actual tickets. 2. That being said, there were only 10 in our tour group (they take up to 15), so either some people cancelled or just didn't show up. 3. There is only one English tour per day, usually at 15:00 (occasionally at 11:00). Click on the days you are considering, and it shows what is available. There are two types of tours--standard (one hour) and technical (1 1/2 hours.) The technical tour includes the basement and the mechanicals of the building, which I found interesting. Only the technical tour is available in English. Most of the tours are in Czech--one per day is also in German, but you can get printed descriptions in other languages if you ask when you check in. 4. Do a search in the Brno forum for Tungenhut Villa for suggestions on parking, other than what you find on the website. 5. If you are looking for a restaurant in the area of the Villa, I highly recommend Cafe Era. 6. Follow GCEK'S suggestions in the Brno Forum about parking near Videnska and take a tram into the city--or all the way to the Villa or Cafe Era. 7.  Rather than walking to the Villa from the city center as we did (or Cafe Era, about six blocks beyond the Villa), take a tram. There's not that much to see along the way, and you'll have more time in the city center of Brno. Or take the #5 tram from Videnska to the Villa. If you are going to Cafe Era for lunch, make sure you get there no later than 13:30 if your tour is at 15:00, and let the waiter know. There is a tram that stops closer to Cafe Era, but I'm not sure which one. 8. Print out a city map in advance. We wasted time trying to find the tourist center. 9. I highly recommend reading The Glass Room by Simon Mawer if you plan to visit the villa. Although based loosely on the family and the villa with some made-up embellishments, it will enhance your intrigue of the villa. 10. Children would probably be bored.
    Written January 7, 2013
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Sara K
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
It is vers hard to get tickets in advance, because of the very limited amount available and you can’t buy them at the location either. You can only buy tickets for the garden. We tried to get them a week before, but there weren’t any available. We weren’t able to go inside which is sad, because I believe that a lot more people would want to go inside and look at this architectural beauty.
Written January 8, 2023
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mike b
Prague, Czech Republic65 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The Villa is fantastic, historical and important. Such a shame that probably the most boring person on earth stole nearly 2 hours of my life wittering on with no passion, energy or enthusiasm.
Why on earth is it not possible to visit without having to undergo this punishment. The guide, or her managers may wish to consider training along the theme of "less is more"
A philosophy that is actually in tune with the functionalist nature of the villa!
Written July 20, 2022
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Bryan F
2 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
I’ve had better days out in IKEA. At least there you could sit on the chairs. If you sport a man bun, salmon pink shorts, and a white linen shirt, I’m sure you’ll have great fun discussing the originality of the carpets and the inner-workings of the boiler room. Thank goodness we were wearing masks lest we be seen yawning. Beware: escaping is easier said than done.
Written June 12, 2021
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Sharon P
Toronto, Canada279 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were really looking forward to visiting this villa following the book and the movie. Upon arrival we learned that we had to order tickets 6 months in advance. Still we were able to visit the gardens and the basement which were really disappointing. Do NOT feel obliged to visit this villa!
Written March 7, 2020
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Gabrielle
Recife, PE253 contributions
Aug 2019
It's annoying that it's fully booked for the rest of the year. I'm sure they could handle the demand with more tours.
Written August 27, 2019
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Dear visitor, thank you for your review, we understand you're dissappointment, however the capacity limitation for tours is not a management decision, but by a request of monument preservation. The interiors of the villa were renewed between 2010-2012 into the original condition, using same materials like in 1930s and there where the originals are conservated, they were restored. The house was designed as a family villa and therefore the interiors can't be accessible in an unlimited way. The rule of 16 persons/group, maximum 8 tours per day is the maximum capacity the house can afford without being substantially damaged. Please keep this in mind when reviewing the site. We would be happy to accomodate all our visitors and it's not our goal to decline reservations, however we want to preserve the house for future generations. Thank you for understanding! With best regards Petr Dvořák, PR manager, Villa Tugendhat.
Written August 28, 2019
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Saint-Grail
Austria168 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
The villa is beautiful, that's for sure. But to get there you have to accomplish more than you would wish on a day that is supposed to be about the joys of travelling. First, you have to find an opening. You can visit the interior with a guide only. They accept just 15 people per hour. There are two tours: interiors and technical background. If you're not interested in the technical background of the villa (heating, fur safe), you only have like four tours a day to try to get to. For a UNESCO monument, that seems to me quite insufficient.

Second, the villa resembles a fortress! There is no entrance area - the cash desk is hidden, locked and invisible, there is no café, no museum shop, no bookshop, nothing! You have to press some button (congratulations if you have found it and if it occurred to you what you're supposed to do with it), wait for a person, that person will lock up a door in the fence and guide you to the cash desk. If you buy a "garden tour" (a ticket for the garden, simply - the Czech love to complicate things with language, it's a 200 years old tradition), this person will accompany you outside to the street and open another door in the fence for you. Fortunately, while leaving, it's enough just to press another button and this door will release you.

My strongest experience after a visit to this Mies van der Rohe masterpiece doesn't concern architecture. I just had one question in my head all the time during and after the visit: Why all that rigour???!!!
Written June 18, 2012
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LoveTravel5467
Rotherham, South Yorkshire1 contribution
Vila Tugendhat is a remarkable building in a wonderful city. The Villa is one of Mies van der Rohe's earliest works, and is typically functional. The house has been used and abused during the second world war, and then during communism (having been used for a while as a children's hospital), and so it is not quite as original as it will be in the future, which brings me on to a word of caution - sometime in the next twelve months or so it is due to close for major work to restore it to as original a condition as possible, which means it may be closed to visitors for a long time, so if you want to see it, go this year (2004), or you may have to wait a long time.

The house is archtecturally wonderful, but I did feel a bit sick about the fact that when it was built, it cost the equivalent of 30 large houses in the same area. Given that it was built in the late 1920s, a time of depression, one cannot help wondering if the money couldn't have been spent better. However, the place rally has to be seen if you are in Brno - it really is wonderful.
Written January 11, 2004
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stami76
Athens, Greece141 contributions
Apr 2016 • Business
-Modern design, even for today, although it was built in 1930.
-Very good guided tour with lots of informations about everything in the villa.
-Must visit attraction for architects and decorators.
-For the rest of us it is not really an attraction. In 1930 it was something extraordinary but in 2016? I really prefer the center of Brno with its charm.
Written August 16, 2016
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keeweeset
Luxembourg61 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
My main reason for coming to Brno was to visit the Villa Tugendhat! The house was designed by the famous Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Fritz Tugendhat and his wife Greta. Mies van der Rohe even designed the furniture for the Villa with the Tugendhat chair and the Brno chair still being sold today. The Villa is one of the most important buildings of modern architecture.

I did the "extended tour" (90 minutes), which covers the living areas of the Villa, the technical facilities, as well as the garden. The website advises visitors to book their tour 2 months in advance and they are not kidding! Since I wasn't that well organised I didn't get a spot on an English tour. I emailed the Villa and asked/begged if there were any free spots. Fortunately, I got lucky and I could tag along with a Czech tour and was provided with written explanations in English. The nice tour guide also offered to answer any of my questions in English. Well, yes, it was a little weird to walk around with a group of people that you don't understand but once I got used to it, it was fine.

The only thing that, let's say, irritated me was when 2-3 of the visitors started touching things. They started knocking on the walls, to see what type of wall it was, I guess, working the doorhandles. The tour guide didn't interrupt them at all, which I thought was weird especially since you have to put on protective covers over your shoes so the floor doesn't get damaged. As such I thought the tour guides would be more protective of the Villa.
Written March 22, 2016
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,910 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
The Villa is now open after a long and expensive reconstruction and restoration that cost more than 6 milion euros. It was worth the money and the wait, however, as the Villa is now being restored into its former splendor. It is an architectural miracle designed, both the building and all the décor and furnishing, by Miese van der Rohe, a pioneer of the German functionalism. If you haven't seen it before, imagine a stylish white angular villa with furnishing that very stylish and fashionable and sold as designer pieces at insanely high prices. Now imagine this piece of art which looks as modern as it could today was built eighty years ago. It is a true marvel of an architecture and worth seing.

If you are interested in a tour, buy your tickets online in advance, as the weekend tours are fully booked abouth a month in advance. The weekday tours have still some places left. There are two tours to choose from, the standard tour of the first two floors of the villa and lasts about an hour, or a technical tour which also takes you to the engine rooms, heating rooms, aircon rooms and other rooms of the ground floor used for technical maintenance of the villa. This takes an hour and a half, but will most probably extend by another ten minutes. Tours available either in English or in Czech language. As for the quality of guided tours, since the interest is huge, I guess they had to make larger tour groups, but they are too large for my taste as there are some spaces where you literally have to squeeze through a mass of people to get through. Also our guide was nice, but still haven't learned his speeches properly as he was sometimes quite nervous and made some mistakes and generally seemed very unsure. He was very kind though and was able to answer all our questions. I guess with more time he'll be more at ease.

Overall it is an attraction definitely worth visiting even for people not really interested in architecture or design, they would still walk around the villa and marvel at how it ran ahead of the age it was built in. Truly amazing.
Written March 19, 2012
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