Brno

23 04 2009
Cathedral in Brno

Cathedral in Brno

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.

Powering the city

Powering the city

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.

nam Svobody = main square

nam Svobody = main square

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.

***click to enlarge photos below***

Building art

Building art

View of špilberk castle

View of špilberk castle

Farmers market

Farmers market

Brno with paneluks in the distance, far from center

Brno with paneluks in the distance, far from center


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4 responses

23 04 2009
Aunt Ann

Hey!

What detailed and wonderfully designed buildings in The Czech Republic. The scenery looks so lush and green. Thanks for the great photos!
Love,
Aunt Ann

25 04 2009
Grammy&Grandad

Dear Alexa and Jason,
I do not think that is a nuclear reaction heated power plant in downtown Brno. It has two smoke stacks. Smoke stacks are usually utilized to vent the products of combustion of fuel burning. The wasp-waisted cooling towers are associated with steam power plants that are not directly water cooled (like those on rivers or ocean). That cooling tower design came out concurrently with nuclear reaction heated steam power plants, but the cooling towers have to do with the cooling end, not the heating end. Love, Grandad

26 04 2009
Jason and Alexa

You are correct, the only nuclear plant (Dukovay) in the area is 40 km away. This doesn’t seem to be a nuclear plant.

26 04 2009
alicia

Your pics are great!! I’m going to see your mom and grammy and grandad next weekend, going to san diego to visit Jenny for my birthday. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the beach! Prague looks like an amazing place!

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