Villa Tugendhat, Brno

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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." For travelers who use our international travel planner, Brno holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Villa Tugendhat and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I could only reserve a tour in Czech as advanced booking is essential. However, a comprehensive explanatory leaflet is available in major languages. The design is remarkable for 1928. The view is stun...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing place that is definitely must see. Neskutecne promyslena building and completely there has been for the functionalist gem. Odchazeli I totally moved out of it, how can somebody create something so krasneho.
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  • You will not believe that this place was built in the 1930s. It looks so modern that makes you wonder how much we actually changed since then. You see the influence that the architecture and the desig...  more »
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  • The villa is apparently wonderful. But man, you have to reserve months in advance, otherwise it's only a quick walk through the garden and an informative visit to the souvenir shop and information center. But the open air coffee shop down the street makes up for it.
  • 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.
  • The Onyx wall is definitely an inspiration to me. I wonder whether it originlly was considered to be backlit. Also rather interesting is the Cesca Chair which combines the virtues of the cantilever chair with those of the Thonet coffee house chair.
  • Only went into the garden but it was peaceful and you can see a few big Rooms from here

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