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The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) heads to Brno in the Czech Republic from the 8th to the 10th June, where Pata Yamaha will be hoping to replicate their success at Donington Park in the UK.
Whether you’re thinking of a trip to Brno for the superbikes or just a trip to soak up the Czech culture, our travel guide is full of tips on what to see and do.
A must-see on any trip to Brno is the view from the Špilberk Castle’s walls. The hill that the castle is built on offers stunning vistas of the Czech Republic’s second largest city. The castle itself was built in the 13th century to protect the town and since then has been utilised as everything from an army barracks to a jail.
Another top attraction for many tourists are the St. Jacob’s Square catacombs – following Paris, they are the second largest catacombs in Europe. It’s believed that some 50,000 skeletons were stuffed under St. Jacob’s Square from the 1600 to 1700s, with colouration clearly showing that many were struck down by cholera or the plague. It truly is a sobering sight.
After you’ve enjoyed your adventure into Brno’s ancient past, take a step forward in time to admire some of the displays of modern history in Brno’s Technical Museum. The exhibit of Brno’s history in 2 wheels will be of special interest to those heading to the Masaryk Circuit as it showcases many of the bikes that have raced around the Czech circuit.
Along with its long history and ornate castles, the Czech Republic is of course also famous for its beers. If you’d like to try a local brew you can’t go amiss with Starobrno – a premium Czech lager from a brewery built as a successor of the Brno brewery founded in 1325.
From the 9th to the 10th June 2018 there is also the Řečkovický beer festival, where you can try lots of local beers from micro-breweries around the country. Perfect if you won’t be riding your way to Brno.
The Czech Republic’s largest city is its capital, Prague. This beautiful historic city is a tourist favourite year-round thanks to the country’s warm summers and picturesque, almost fairy tale, winter markets.
One of the city’s most famous landmarks is the UNESCO protected Charles Bridge which was built between 1357 and the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge is lined with 30 baroque style statues and is a stunning piece of gothic architecture.
Follow the Charles Bridge across the Vltava river away from the main area of the city and you’ll find yourself climbing the hill to the capital’s very own castle. Built in the 9th century, the castle has been used by kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia over the years. The castle is now a tourist hotspot thanks to its fantastic views, historic architecture and beautifully maintained gardens.
Prague is also an excellent destination for discovering small bars and cafes hidden in its tiny cobbled streets. You could wander around the streets that surround the Old Town Square for hours, taking photos and enjoying refreshment breaks.
Old Town Square itself is full of significant buildings and monuments. Climb the steps of the Old Town Hall to peer down on the people below, and make sure to admire the astronomical clock at its base before or after you ascend – the oldest part of the clock dates back to 1410 and it’s display includes measurements for positions of the Sun and Earth in the solar system.
The local currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech koruna. Cards are widely accepted across the country, so are an excellent way of carrying your travel money securely, and there are plenty of ATMs should you need to withdraw a little cash.
The Czech Republic doesn’t have a traditional tipping culture, though service workers in contact with foreign visitors will expect something.