A whole underworld exists in the southern part of Czechia. Medieval Times tunnels, an ancient ossuary, and a Cold War bunker lie under the streets of Brno, Czechia’s second-largest country.
Spending 3.5 days in Brno for my wife’s job, here’s what we enjoyed.
- Cinnamon buns from Carlini, a bakery that serves a variety of pastries and Italian coffee.
- Durem kebab from Roj Kebab, a tiny Turkish restaurant near Náměstí Svobody.
- French toast with mascarpone and baked peaches from SKØG Urban Hub, a trendy cafe with coffee, wine, beer, cocktails, and Wi-Fi.
- Fried cheese from Lokál U Caipla, a popular bar with local beer.
- Raspberries from Zelný trh, a 12th century farmers market in a plaza.
- Latte from Monogram Espresso Bar, a small cafe that brews hand-selected beans from Czechia and around the world.
- Raspberry lemonade with beer at Lokál U Caipla, a bar with local beer, fried cheese, and soups.
- “Santa Sangre” cocktail made with Bacardi, pecan orgeat, and paol santo wood from Super Panda Circus, a quirky cocktail bar that sets you on an adventure the moment you step inside.
- Honor the victims of the Holocaust at the Holocaust Memorial, one of the few that honors Jews and Roma murdered during World War II.
- Learn about science at VIDA! Science Center, one large room with many interactive exhibits and a two-story slide.
- Read a book in the courtyard of Cafe Mitte, a popular cafe with a full coffee menu.
- Stroll through Lužánky Park, the country’s oldest park with trails, a playground, and plenty of shade.
- Take your kids to Bruno Family Center, a large indoor playground with slides, tunnels, trampolines, a zip line and an outdoor water park.
- Walk up the hill to Špilberk Castle, a 13th century castle with views of the city, waterfalls, and public art.
- Astronomical Clock that dispenses a marble every day at 11 a.m. in honor of Brno defended itself from the Swedes during the Thirty Years’ War.
- Bunker built during World War II by Nazi Germany and then used during the Cold War at Bunker 10-Z.
- An ossuary at Kostel sv. Jakuba, a 13th century church with underground tunnels filled with skulls and bones.