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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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  • This house is more than a masterpiece. I must admit, that when you walk down the street and you are passing around this house you will barely notice it. The house looks more like some kind of garrage,...  more »
  • This modernist house by Mies van der Rohe is a masterpiece of the early 20th century architecture. Commenced in 1929, ithe construction used many then-radical ideas such as a steel frame, open-planned...  more »
  • We had visited in 1991 before the extensive restoration and wanted to see what this most important modern house now looked like. It is a great tribute to the city that they have done such a perfect jo...  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!