Brno is a county seat of the South Moravian region and a natural centre of South Moravia. It has 370,000 inhabitants and it is the second largest city of the Czech Republic after Prague. Within a radius of 200 km from Brno there are other important European capitals: Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. The 2nd biggest international airport in the Czech Republic – Brno - Tuřany Airport – is located here.
It is a centre of business, science, research, innovations, hi-tech, IT and telecommunication, and also a city of exhibitions and congresses. Brno is also a seat of the highest bodies of judiciary – Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Administrative Court, Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office.
A prominent figure of the founder of genetics Johann Gregor Mendel belongs to the city. Mendel Museum of Genetics, Mendel University in Brno, Mendelanum, Mendel Square or a plaque in Jánská Street remind of his stay in Brno. Brno was also a birthplace of famous physicist Ernst Mach, philosopher and mathematician Kurt Gödel, a place of work of composers Leoš Janáček and Erich W. Korngolda, writer Milan Kundera and of other artists.
Brno is one of the functionalist architecture centres of the 20th century. Names of Adolf Loos, Bohuslav Fuchs and also Ludwig Miese van der Rohe are associated with it. The Brno Exhibition Centre (1928) and the famous Tugendhat Villa (1930, UNESCO) rank among the most important works. The Brno Exhibition Centre (1928) and the famous Tugendhat Villa (1930), registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List, rank among the most important works.
Brno offers quality environment for residents as well as visitors. You can find a whole range of cultural and historical sights there: Castle Špilberk, Castle Veveří, Old and New Town Hall, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Denis Gardens, Brno Underground, Mahen Theatre, Janáček Theatre and others.
Automobile and motorcycle races at European and world level take place at the Masaryk Circuit every year - CR motorcycle Grand Prix among others.
For tourist information about the city of Brno visit www.brno.cz.
The city of Brno tourist map can be downloaded from HERE.
Brno – City of the Future
Brno is the second biggest educational centre in the Czech Republic. There are six public universities and many private colleges. The largest universities are: Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, University of Defence. The total number of faculties is 27, and 2 university campuses have their seats there. The number of students studying in Brno exceeds 80,000.
Brno is also a seat of significant research institutions, including branches of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (for example the Institute of Biophysics, the Institute of Scientific Instruments, the Institute of Physics of Materials, the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry).
Main industry sectors are mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology and life-sciences in the area of special instruments and equipment production for use in medicine and pharmacy.
The South Moravian region with its metropolis Brno ranks among the 50 most innovative regions of Europe. Thanks to its growing business in computer technology, telecommunications, software development and other hi-tech sectors, the city was given a nickname of „Czech Silicon Valley“, it therefore is an imagined technological centre of the country.
The Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) (www.ceitec.cz) represents a phenomenon of research infrastructure in the region whose aim is to create a top-class level of research in these areas:
- Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies
- Advanced Materials
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Veterinary Medicine
- Genomics and Proteomics of Plant Systems
- Brain and Mind Research
The objects of one of the three international research centres in the world - besides CERN and ISS – of the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC) (www.icrcbrno.org) are just to be completed. A strategic project of the Czech Government, being built in cooperation with Mayo Clinic in Rochester (USA), is focused primarily on research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
To support entrepreneurship, innovation and increase in competitiveness of the region - that is the aim of South Moravian Innovation Centre, Regional Development Agency South Moravia, Investment and Business Development Agency - CzechInvest, Regional Innovation Strategy of South Moravian Region.