One of the pleasures of having treatment overseas is you get to have a holiday at the same time, and Brno turned out to be a lovely place to spend a relaxing few days.
Brno is the Czech Republic’s 2nd city, situated in Moravia in the South East of the country. It’s surprisingly easy to get to from the UK. It has its own airport with direct flights from Stansted or Luton and it’s only a couple of hours away from Prague, Vienna and Bratislava (Slovakia) so you can fly into any of these airports and use the excellent local trains or buses. There’s a wide selection of hotels and apartments to suit all budgets and tastes. We used booking.com due to the favourable cancellation policy for most places.
It’s a university town with three large universities and a number of smaller ones. Interestingly, one of the major universities is Mendel University named after the “father of genetics” who lived here. Not surprisingly many of the egg donors at Reprofit are from the 89,000 students who study in the city.
Brno is a beautiful city, we were so impressed by all the old buildings and lovely parks, especially Luzanky Park (visit Park Lane Cafe whilst you’re there for a delicious hot chocolate). It feels safe to walk around and we had no problems with language, many of the coffee shops and restaurants had English menus. And it’s just so cheap to eat out and, of course, for anyone not alcohol free, Czech beer is superb. Lots of things to do aswell….the zoo, Spilberk castle, cathedral, technology museum, botanic gardens, the rather gloomy ossuary (collection of human bones – we gave it a miss as it didn’t seem to fit with the purpose of our visit!), Villa Tugendhat (book well in advance of your visit) plus various museums and galleries. There are lakes and caves nearby as well as various events…local festivals, a fireworks competition and the annual MotoGP at Masaryk Circuit. Oh, and shops, how could I forget?! Time to stock up on clothes and shoes as the prices are very favourable compared with the UK. And with Prague, Vienna and Bratislava within easy reach you really shouldn’t be bored.
It’s a beautiful place, blessed with a relatively mild climate and we had a really relaxing, sunny few days.