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Villa Tugendhat, Brno

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Villa Tugendhat testifies to the birth of modern housing and the tragic fate of its residents. This World Heritage Site and its period furnishings were designed in the 1920s by modern architect Mies van der Rohe as an example of the International style. During World War II, the Gestapo confiscated the villa from its owners, a Jewish trading family. After the war, it was appropriated by the Czechoslovak state. Set on a slope, the threes-story building, which looks like a single-story structure from the street, offers a broad view over the town's historical center. Look for the elegant onyx wall in the living area of the middle floor; it changes color depending on lighting. The story of the villa and its residents inspired writer Simon Mawer's highly acclaimed novel "The Glass Room." To visit Villa Tugendhat and get the most from your holiday in Brno, create itinerary details personal to you using our Brno holiday planner.
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  • I've been a weekend in Brno specifically to visit the villa and must admit that the 3 hours by bus from Prague (6 whereas I did day return), are worth a visit. Perfectly restored, Villa Tugendhat is a masterpiece of the architecture of the 20 's, with structural solutions, technical and futuristic furniture simply for its time. On a beautiful sunny day I was able to appreciate the beautiful garden. I will not dwell in the description of the villa as the pictures make it definitely better than a thousand words. I feel, however, to give advice to those who manage the villa (I think the city of Brno): implemented online booking service (4 months before I said already that visits in English were sold out), improved a little the Administration (both the welcome the ticket office seemed to run by volunteers at first weapons), do not pay the equivalent of 13 euros to take pictures with cell phone and especially advertise villa and create directions to hoc in the Centre of Brno. I asked about public transport employees, they didn't know where it was tough. Luckily then with Google map I saw I had to rpendere the tram 9!
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  • Amazing architectural experience of functionalism in Moravia. Incredibly interesting how after the technical sránce, so after the historic-including recent (negotiations on the breaking of the common State policy patolgicky ambiciozními Klaus and Mečiarem)
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  • This place is amazing. I'm glad it's made UNESCO. The technology they had back in that time is incredible.  more »
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  • Wonderful building, in my opinion it must be interesting even for non-architects, but I see that some people apparently hate modern architecture and fail to understand how innovative this building was 90 years ago. If you are that kind of person, then just skip it. The tickets are quite expensive but okay that is understandable. I am willing to pay the price when the building is in such a good condition (reborn from a very dilapidated state). I dislike the 300,- extra fee for making photos. That's too much and I saw that many people couldn't resist, made photos, and had to pay afterwards. I know that my photos would not have been special among the millions of photos made by other people, so I didn't pay the extra fee. 300,- just for a few photos is not a fair deal.
  • Quite an amazing place architecturally and a lot of history here too. It's definitely worth trying to visit. I've only give four stars, though, because of how hard it is to get a ticket to go inside. The tours book out so far in advance that you have to make a reservation about three months before you visit. That is pretty hard to do for foreign tourists who probably don't know so early which day they will be in Brno.
  • Amazingly influential modernist architecture from Mies Van der Rowe. Book way in advance in you want to go inside. We booked in January for our late May visit.
  • I could visit just the garden because I arrived too late. The Villa is great also outside and the view from the garden is really nice.
  • The villa itself is mind blowing, I've never seen a smart and well designed architecture as this one! Simply thanks to Mies van der Rohe. Recommended!

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The second-largest city of the Czech Republic, Brno offers many centrally located lodgings for the easiest access to the city's historical sights. Hotels range from luxury to economical, including several big chains. Boutique hotels exude an unmistakable local flavor. You can also opt to make your base in a more peaceful neighborhood and use your own vehicle or the public transportation network to get around. For more private surroundings, rent a furnished apartment. You'll find many hostels for budget travelers,
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