Summer means weekend getaways! Living in Austria, the most tempting options for a short trip are the neighbouring countries. Getting on the flixbus or on a train has become one of our hobbies lately, so it was only a matter of finding an interesting destination. Fortunately, we have friends who love to travel as well. One of those is Holly, who wrote an inspiring article about Brno. Being the second largest city of the Czech Republic, it sounded like an interesting city to visit. So we started planning our day trip: we made some reasearch about how to get there without a car and the good news is that from Vienna there is the RegioJet for 7 Eur, and it’s only a 2-hour train ride! Amazing, right?!
Our experience at the RegioJet was very good overall. The ride was comfortable and punctual. Plus points for having drinkable water available for free!
We got there at midday, so that left us with 7 hours to explore the city. We found it was ok to getting an overall feel. However, if you can plan some more time (maybe 2 days would be ideal) then I’m sure you will enjoy it way more.
I’ve put together the sites we visited and genuinely liked exploring, in case you are doing a similar trip like us: with few time but wishing to cover the must-sees. Here’s what we did since we got off that train:
1- We started at St Peter & Paul Cathedral. We didn’t get the chance to enter but were pretty happy to have a look from the outside.
2- Roaming the streets. Especially recommended if you are keen on taking pictures like us!
3- Walked around the Cabbage Market. Even if you aren’t planning to buy fruits or vegetables it’s worth seeing. It’s a local scene and nobody pays attention to tourists taking pictures! (ejem…)
4- Climbed up the Špilberk Park to get some amazing views. Take your time to make some stops on the way. There are many lovely spots to stop and simply enjoy the stunning view over the city.
5- Had a coffee break at Atlas Cafe. I found this cafe on Pinterest and immediately wanted to visit. If you are into vintage/minimal places you will surely like it as much as I did. We tried their chocolate cake with blueberries which was heaven! Another place we liked but only took a peek into was SKØG Urban Hub. I would recommend it if you are more into minimal Deco than Vintage.
6- Stopped at the City Hall street. There is a pedestrian street very near by, which was pleasant to walk along. Lots of shops on this side of the city, so if you are into shopping probably you will like to check it out.
That was it, our 7 hours were over so we took our train back to Vienna.
I hope I have inspired you to go as well, and if you do make sure to tell me about it 🙂
Till next time!
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