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Life in Brno


Brno is the metropolis of the South Moravian Region, the second largest city in the Czech Republic in terms of population and area. About 700 thousand inhabitants live in its metropolitan area. Brno is a modern and dynamic city with a long history, cultural, social, sporting and industrial tradition. Thanks to the significant presence of companies focused on the development of information technology, Brno is often referred to as the "Czech" or "Moravian Silicon Valley".

Brno supports innovation, science, research, technology and start-ups, or 3 in 1 Brno, because "making Brno smart is IN", "doing science in Brno is IN" and "doing business in Brno is IN".

An important part of Brno's development strategy is to support foreign workers and make them feel at home in the city. This is the aim of the Brno Expat Centre, which works hard to facilitate the process of settling in and integrating incoming expats into everyday life in Brno.

Foreign workers who come to work at MU receive support and assistance from the Welcome Office, which is part of the MU International Cooperation Centre. The Welcome Office is a university-wide contact and counselling centre that helps all expatriate workers who have been working at the university for more than 3 months and their family members with a range of related problems.

Brno is the largest Czech student city. MU has long been creating extensive facilities to make all our students feel great here.

Brno is a city of culture. The National Theatre Brno offers drama, opera, ballet and concerts. It hosts the international Janáček Brno Opera and Music Festival, one of the most exclusive events of its kind in Europe. The buildings of the National Theatre include the Janáček Theatre, Mahen Theatre and the Reduta, the oldest theatre building in Central Europe. The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the Czech orchestral leaders. Every year in June, this year for the 25th time, the Ignis Brunensis world competition of artistic fireworks is held at the Brno Dam. And these are just a few cultural tips.


Brno is a city full of monuments. The city's landmarks include Špilberk Castle and Fortress and St Peter and Paul Cathedral on Petrov Hill, which forms the city's characteristic panorama. A magnificent view of Brno and the wider surroundings from above is offered both from the walls of Špilberk and from St Peter and Paul Cathedral, where it is possible to climb nearly 130 steps to the lookout from the towers.

Brno is a city of fairs and exhibitions. Fair and exhibition events are held mainly at the Brno Exhibition Centre. Approximately 50 trade fairs are held here annually, attended by almost 1 million visitors. Major congresses with accompanying exhibitions, sporting events, concerts, balls, etc. are also held here.


The second preserved castle in Brno is Veveří, which rises above the Brno Dam. During the sailing season (April-October), it is possible to take a very popular cruise on boats operated by the Brno Transport Company, one of the stops of which is located near Veveří Castle. An important monument of interwar architecture is the functionalist Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Brno, for example, there are also more than 800 listed sculptures and other objects of small architecture. You can find your way to them on this map.

In Brno, or more precisely under Brno, there are extensive labyrinths of stone passages and cellars. Among the famous Brno underground are, for example, the Labyrinth under the Green Market, the Lapidarium at Špilberk, St. James's ossuary, the Capuchin Tomb or the cellar under the New Town Hall.

Brno is the city of coffee and the centre of the café scene. Brno boasts the highest concentration of coffee shops per capita in the Czech Republic. You will find not only many cafés but also coffee roasters. Continuously since 2011, it has been developing the Coffee Week festival, which is usually held in the first week of October. A novelty in the cultural-coffee scene is, for example, the opening of the unique literary salon Rezidence Café Kaprál, under the banner of Brno's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2028.

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The Tourist Information Centre of Brno implements a large-scale project GO TO BRNO, which helps locals and foreigners to discover all that Brno has to offer. It also publishes the social and cultural magazine KAM v Brně, which combines an offer of what's happening in Brno in a given month with lifestyle content about the city and life there.