Places of interest in Brno
THE AUSTERLITZ BATTLEFIELD – the Battle of the Three Emperors(15 Km)
The Battle of Austerlitz (2 December 1805), also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of the most important and decisive engagements of the Napoleonic Wars. In what is widely regarded as the greatest victory achieved by Napoleon, the Grande Armée of France defeated a larger Russian and Austrian army led by Tsar Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II. The battle occurred near the village of Austerlitz in the Austrian Empire (modern-day Slavkov u Brna in the Czech Republic). Austerlitz brought the War of the Third Coalition to a rapid end, with the Treaty of Pressburg signed by the Austrians later in the month. www.austerlitz.org/en
THE MENDEL MUSEUM(2 KM)
The mission of the Mendel Museum of the Masaryk University rests in spreading the legacy of the Augustinian abbot G. J. Mendel who is known for his studies carried out on plants, especially garden peas. Thanks to his perseverance, diligence, and analytical approach to studying the heredity of peas and other plants, the abbot Mendel became an immortal icon of modern biology and he has been rightfully regarded as the father of genetics. www.mendelmuseum.muni.cz/en
Pavilon Anthropos (2 km)
This unique museum documents the oldest history of settlement in Moravia and the whole European continent. The 3.5-metre tall life-size mammoth figure accompanied by a baby mammoth attracts a lot of children, as well as adults. The extensive museum exposition is among the largest and most modern expositions of its kind in Europe.
The Anthropos Pavilion contains an extensive exposition of the human origin and development and the beginning of human culture. www.mzm.cz/en/pavilonanthropos
oSsUARY of st. james’ church (3 km)
This unique ossuary is located under St. James' Church, and it is the second largest ossuary in Europe; the biggest is the ossuary in Paris. The number of buried bodies is estimated to be more than 50,000. www.ticbrno.cz/en
Tugendhat VILLA (4,5 km)
The core work of functionalist architecture, the Tugendhat Villa, is located in Brno – Černa Pole district. It had been built during 1929 – 1930 based on the design by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He designed the building in 1928 upon a request by Mr. and Mrs. Tugendhat.
It is the first modern architecture building in the Czech Republic and the fourth in the whole world to be included among UNESCO landmarks (in 2001). www.tugendhat.eu/en/homepage.html
Jurkovič Villa (3 km)
This building from 1906 represents one of the top examples of the modernist architecture inspired by British and Viennese work with elements of folklore.
Visitors can enjoy the house's special atmosphere, see the permanent exposition featuring work of Dusan Jurkovic, and see the temporary exhibition featuring the course of the house's reconstruction. www.moravska-galerie.cz/jurkovicova-vila?lang=en
Stone colony (1,7 km)
The Stone Colony is one of the best-preserved former worker colonies in Brno. It is located in an old gravel quarry near the North-West hillside of the Red Hill (a distinctive natural monument and a paleontological site) in the direction of the Svratka River and the Brno Fairgrounds premises.
The quarry hilltop is a popular trip destination, in addition to the breathtaking view of the old settlement in the middle of a metropolis, it also provides beautiful view of the whole Fairgrounds, some of the streets of Old Brno, the Špilberk Castel, and the Petrov Cathedral.