With its experimental architecture and lively café and club scene, Brno is much more than just a transit stop. Add to that some great micro-breweries and eateries and it becomes apparent why thousands of students consider this a top-notch city to study in.
One of the city's most important, albeit spooky, landmarks can be found atop a hill. Špilberk Castle's history dates back all the way to the 13th century. The castle used to be a fortress and a prison but today, it's home to the Brno City Museum, which hosts several temporary and permanent exhibitions.
For a world-class dining experience, head to Pavillon. The elegant restaurant offers an imaginative menu packed with seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. And the airy space creates a relaxed environment in which the delectable fare can be devoured.
Follow dinner with a show by visiting either the Janáek Theatre or Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Dating back to the early 1960s, Janáek Theatre is home to the National Theatre's highly acclaimed opera and ballet companies and performances are held several times in season. While the Brno Philharmonic, on the other hand, conducts around 40 concerts each year and promises an incredible night of classical music.
A selection of Brno's best beer can be found at its longest-established brewery, Pivovarská Starobrno. A big menu of traditional Czech favourites pair wonderfully with their brews and on warm summer evenings, the brewery hosts a live band in their beer garden.