Have you heard of Brno, Czech Republic?
Well, then clearly you aren’t a genetics nerd 😉 Brno is the home to the abbey where GREGOR MENDEL performed his historical genetic experiments!
So obviously I had to visit 🙂
Brno, Czech Republic
After taking the train from Vienna, and checking into my hotel, I was hungry and on a mission to get to the Mendel Museum. Luckily, Restaurant Špalíček was on the way.
Not really sure what I ordered… but I think it is a variation of “Svíčková na smetaně” aka beef sirloin in cream sauce. Whatever is was, it was delicious, and with the wine it cost me less than $10 USD. WIN!
Walking towards the Mendel Museum
YAY! I made it! I WAS SO EXCITED. At the ticket desk I was like,
Ticket for one please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and the ticket man was like,
Ummmm, we are actually closed due to technical issues
They had a “temporary exhibit” set up, but, i’m not going to lie, it wasn’t good. The staff were so nice and friendly, but man was I SO UPSET.
As disappointed as I was, I bought myself a mug and an iced coffee. Well. What I thought was going to be an iced coffee….
It was more like a coffee/ice/slushy/not sure concoction…
Will I EVER find an iced coffee in Europe?!?!?!
Next stop: Špilberk Castle
Just need to walk up a giant hill. NBD.
So the castle is actually a SUPER RANDOM museum of history and art. If you have time to kill and love museums, CHECK IT OUT, especially since it costs less than $4 USD, but otherwise skip the museum and just wander the castle grounds enjoying the stunning views of Brno.
By the time I walked back down the hill and made it to my hostel (4th building from the left) I decided it was time for dinner. Good thing I didn’t have to walk far since the restaurant was next door (3rd building from the left).
I asked the waitress what she recommended and she suggested “Domácí špecle s Bergkässe a restovanou cibulkou, zelený salát” AKA CHEESY AMAZING SPÄTZLE.
This, which came with a small salad, and a generous glass of red wine cost me about $11 USD. So not only did it taste so good that my mouth is currently salivating as I type this, but it was SUCH A GOOD DEAL.
After a good night’s rest it was time to tackle the rest of my Brno “To Do List”
Wandering through Brno…
So I am going to make a confession. At this point I am thirsty and a little bit tired, and all I really wanted was an iced coffee. So. I went to Starbucks. I COULDN’T RESIST! And, I’m not going to lie, having a REAL iced coffee, whole ice cubes and all, WAS AMAZING.
While enjoying my coffee and editing photos, I was able to capture this adorable couple.
Back to wandering….
Obviously I found a farmers market…
While in the market I saw people at the top of the “Gate of the Old City” (pictured below)”, so I was like,
Definitely regretted my decision halfway up the 173 stairs, but then I was rewarded with beautiful views of the city!
P.S. Cost about $2.50 USD…
Back to wandering…
At this point my 24 hrs in Brno is coming to an end, so I headed back to the hostel to grab my bags.
I had some time to kill between my checkout and my train so I headed to Soul Bistro for a late lunch/early dinner.
The strawberry-mint lemonade was TO DIE FOR. I just kept ordering it…
P.S. This meal cost me about $12 USD and that is because I think I had 3-4 lemonades. Also it is CASH ONLY! I didn’t have any cash and they were super nice and let me run to an ATM 😉
Overall, YOU NEED TO GO TO BRNO.
1.) It is beautiful is so, so, so, many ways
2.) It is super, and I mean, SUPER, affordable.
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette