We got to Brno late in the day from our late bus from Telč. We had a hard time finding a place to stay that night and ended up in a $100 hotel. Yikes, that is way above our budget. Fortunately we found a cheaper place the next day. Brno is a fairly large city in Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic, with many old buildings. Unlike Prague, the older buildings are mixed in with some newer and more modern buildings, but they all fit together well visually. They also have a similar system for the public transit as in Prague, with above-ground trams providing easy access for travelers on foot, like us.
There is a large cathedral on the main hill that we walked up to and then climbed up the tower for some nice views over the city. Afterwords, we went to a museum, which had exhibits on archaeological findings from the medieval time period. The museum had a large collection of daily life items from many sites in the area, including a large amount of metal castings, both the molds and the products, from scythes to hairpins. There was also a thorough exhibit on local minerals and geology. It was so thorough that they had some uranium in an exhibit with some other minerals where you could rotate them next to a Geiger counter. They had some glass between us and the set up, but we moved on since it seemed a little to close. They do not seem to mind and there is a nuclear plant in the middle of the town, as we saw from our view at the cathedral.
There is a core downtown area that is mostly limited to pedestrians with large cobblestone avenues connecting small plazas. The light-rail trams runs through the plazas, and people just know to get out of the way. There is also a plaza with a farmers market set amongst the old buildings. These parts of town are very nice since the light-rail trams are quiet and the buildings are nice to enjoy in the relatively quiet, yet dense downtown.
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