the Gothic castle of Špilberk
South Moravian Region
Brno and Vila Tugendhat The Lednice-Valtice Landscape
Brno and Vila Tugendhat Brno is a city where you never feel lost, because despite its size it is an intimate and friendly town. Its two main features are the Gothic castle of Špilberk and the neo-Gothic St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral – even though the two buildings were built 650 years apart. Enchantment abounds as you can see, next to each other, opulent Baroque churches and modernist exhibition grounds (Brno is the trade fair centre of the Czech Republic), plague monuments, fountains and palaces of the nobility, a monumental neo-Renaissance theatre, and many jewels of Functionalism. One of the most valuable of the Functionalist buildings, and one of the most fascinating villas in the world, is Tugendhat Villa. The UNESCO-protected villa was built in 1930 by the world-renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and is a wonderful example of modern architecture. The Lednice-Valtice Landscape The majestic Baroque chateau of Valtice is on one side and the stately Lednice Chateau built in the Tudor Gothic style is on the other, surrounded by a system of artificial lakes and river canals. In between, there are Chinese gazebos, bridges, romantic summerhouses, hunting lodges in the Empire style, a colonnade with beautiful vistas, and even a minaret from which there is a splendid view of the countryside; this is the Lednice-Valtice complex, part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
chateau of Valtice
St. Peter and Paul´s Catedral