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7 Tips for Living in Brno

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Brno or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Brno or thinking about moving there.

Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is a vibrant and dynamic city that has become a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its rich history, thriving arts scene, and affordable cost of living, it's no wonder why so many people are choosing to call Brno home. Here are seven key tips for making the most of your time in this beautiful city.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Brno speak English, especially in the city center, learning some basic Czech can go a long way in helping you navigate the city and connect with locals. There are many language schools in the city, such as the International School of Brno, that offer Czech language courses for foreigners. Even just learning a few key phrases can make a big difference in your day-to-day life.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Brno is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. The city center, or Brno-st?ed, is the heart of the city, with its historic buildings, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife. Veve?í is a popular neighborhood for students and young professionals, known for its trendy cafes and bars. Královo Pole is a quieter, residential area with plenty of green spaces. Take the time to explore each neighborhood and find the one that feels like home to you.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Brno has a thriving food scene, with a wide range of restaurants serving both traditional Czech cuisine and international dishes. For a taste of traditional Czech food, head to Starobrno Brewery, where you can enjoy hearty dishes like goulash and sví?ková. For something a bit more modern, Pavillon is a popular choice, known for its innovative dishes and stylish interior. And don't forget to try trdelník, a delicious Czech pastry, from one of the many street vendors in the city center.

4. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Brno has an excellent public transportation system, with trams, buses, and trolleybuses that can take you anywhere in the city. A monthly transportation pass is very affordable and can be purchased at any of the DPMB ticket machines located throughout the city. The city is also very bike-friendly, with plenty of bike lanes and bike rental services available.

5. Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Brno is a city with a rich history and a thriving arts scene. Visit the Špilberk Castle and the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul to learn about the city's history. For art lovers, the Moravian Gallery is a must-see, with its extensive collection of Czech and international art. And don't miss the annual Brno Day, a city-wide celebration with parades, concerts, and other cultural events.

6. Stay Active

With its many parks and green spaces, Brno is a great city for outdoor activities. Take a walk or have a picnic in Lužánky Park, the largest park in the city. Or, for a more adventurous activity, try rock climbing at the Moravian Karst, a stunning natural area just outside the city. There are also many gyms and sports clubs in the city, so you can easily find a place to stay fit and active.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. There are many opportunities to volunteer, join clubs, or participate in local events. Research groups and organizations that align with your interests and get involved. Not only will this help you make new friends, but it will also help you feel more connected to your new home.

Living in Brno as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this vibrant and welcoming city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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