With a skyline dominated by the imposing Špilberk Castle and the soaring twin-spires of Peter and Paul Cathedral, Brno has an attractive and historic city centre, easily negotiated on foot. The name, Brno, might sound like a crossword anagram, but the Czech Republic’s second largest city and capital of Moravia is a vibrant yet traditional place. Brno has stunning architecture, great museums, a creepy crypt, a gorgeous lake – just a tram ride away – and an exciting, beer-filled bar scene without the heaving crowds.
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When one says Pilsen, most people imagine beer. The legend that gave name to all Pilsners and Pils types was born here more than 170 years ago. Nevertheless, in Pilsen you can taste much more. The historical city centre offers plenty of gems which remind their visitors of its rich history such as the Gothic St Bartholomew‘s Cathedral, Renaissance City Hall, the labyrinth of underground corridors or the unique Great Synagogue, the fourth largest in the world. Thanks to that, Pilsen obtained title European Capital of Culture for the year 2015.
”Mother Prague has clutches” Franz Kafka wrote, nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches, loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways, seeing the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital, will definitely come back.