Stay in Brno continued equally intensely. Because of our great desire, a friend took us to the racing track of Brno. It’s a famous track where Moto Gp races takes place, among other things, so we definitely wanted to see it. Unfortunately, someone rented the track so we couldn’t get in, but even from the outside the whole complex can be seen nicely. After a few photos, we go back to Brno.
The visit to Brno is not complete without visiting Špilberk, a famous castle above the city. It’s a castle dating back to the 13th century, and was built by the King Otakar II. However, the most famous function is a little less royal. Actually, during the Austro-Hungarian period it served as a prison, and the dungeons are open today for tourist visits. After that the museum served for military purposes, and today it is the Museum of the city of Brno.
According to the plan, the visit to Petrov, i.e. The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, followed. This cathedral is an important cultural monument and dates back to the 11th and 12th century. The entire city is dominated by its two towers, 84 m high. The interior is mostly baroque. From the towers there is a beautiful panoramic view of the whole city of Brno, which is really worth seeing.
After that, a little different story. We visited a very interesting monument-Bunker 10-Z. It’s actually a nuclear shelter from the Communist era. The bunker was supposed to be secret for a long time, and today, on the contrary, the bunker is open to the public and it is very interesting to visit. Inside you can see a lot of items from that era and various photos, videos and such. What is perhaps the best of all, you can touch all the objects, look and take pictures with them. Interesting, isn’t it?
We were already quite hungry, so we went for lunch at the restaurant U Třech Čertů. Again we enjoyed Czech specialties and beer, to make it easier to continue the tour of this interesting city.
The next stop is just as unusual, to say the least. It’s a capuchin crypt. There you can see an actuall mummy! The Capuchins were buried very modestly. The body was laid on the ground with a brick or a stone under its head, without a gravestone. What’s really interesting is that due to the special ventilation system the natural mummification happened, so today there are still pretty ‘preserved’ bodies. There is the body of Baron Franjo Trenk, who died in 1749 in Špilberk prison. The interesting fact is that he is missing one finger, allegedly ripped off by a visitor to the crypt.
After that, we said goodbye to our friend, and went to visit the Beer Festival on Zelny Trh. We bought souvenir glasses and enjoy the craft beer of Duck & Dog. I liked the concept of that festival. You get beer in a glass for which you pay bail, which you get back after you return the glass clean, and you can wash it in special washing dishes. Somehow I doubt this concept would work in Croatia.
After the festival and a short walk we took the train to go back to the place where we were staying. I do not remember the price of the ticket, but it is extremely cheap (in Brno you get a student discount on everything regardless of the fact that you are studying in Croatia). We took the train to our destination, went to dinner, and then to a well-deserved rest. Another beautiful day in Brno!