Czech Republic

Things to do in Czech Republic

Off in a far corner of the city, tucked between a wooded park and a highway, are three short blocks of Modernist row houses. This was Brno's answer to the larger and much better known Weissenhof Siedlung, which opened in Stuttgart in 1927.

Off in a far corner of the city, tucked between a wooded park and a highway, are three short blocks of Modernist row houses. This was Brno's answer to the larger and much better known Weissenhof Siedlung, which opened in Stuttgart in 1927.

The warmly lit and cheery space stocks traditional craft techniques made thought-provoking with healthy doses of irony.

What to Expect: The two best Vanocni trh (Christmas markets) are on the long slope of Wenceslas Square and in the medieval movie set of the Old Town Square formed around a giant Christmas tree, manger scene, and small petting zoo.

The fashion-focused tour is perfect for shopping aficionados.

The first Cubist building in Europe, the House of the Black Madonna is located in Old Town, its stark façade and geometric windows contrasting with the surrounding Baroque structures. Designed in 1912 by Josef Gočár, the building was named for a nearby polychrome statue of the Madonna and Child.

Swing by the rustic bar for a tasting.

The 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration ending in 2007, returning the palace's 60 rooms, including a handsome music salon that hosts daily concerts to their Baroque and Rococo opulence.

Mikulov’s Jewish heritage is the inspiration for artist Sylva Chludilova’s paintings, displayed here.

If you’re looking for something other than the ubiquitous beer stein, visit Ungelt Courtyard, behind the Tyn Church, where small shops sell wooden toys and marionettes.

Sample an extensive wine selection in the town château.

Housed in a century-old building with 30-foot vaulted ceilings, the Globe opened in 1993 as the city’s first English language bookstore.