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Brno, Czechia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 13, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Brno, Czech Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Brno?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Brno, they said:

"Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and is known for its relaxed atmosphere, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. The official language is Czech, but English is widely spoken, especially among the younger generation and in the service industry. The cost of living in Brno is relatively low compared to other European cities, with affordable housing, food, and public transportation. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including trams, buses, and trolleybuses, and it's easy to get around without a car. The city is also very walkable and bike-friendly, with numerous bike lanes and bike-sharing programs. Brno has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. It's important to dress in layers and be prepared for sudden weather changes. The city is known for its high quality of life, with plenty of green spaces, cultural events, and recreational activities. It's also home to several universities and has a vibrant student population. Healthcare in Brno is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare facilities. Expats are required to have health insurance, either through the public system or a private provider. The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen Area, so visa requirements will depend on your nationality. It's important to check the specific requirements before you move. The city has a diverse food scene, with a mix of traditional Czech cuisine and international options. Beer is a big part of the culture in Brno, and there are many local breweries to explore. Brno is generally safe, but like any city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. Finally, the people of Brno are known for being friendly and welcoming to foreigners, but learning a few basic phrases in Czech can go a long way in making a good impression and integrating into the local community," explained one expat living in Brno, Czechia.

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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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