If you are still looking for a university and city to head to next, here is another compelling argument why you should choose Brno!
Brno is well-known around the world as a student-friendly city. After all, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company that publishes a regular ranking of the best higher education institutions and also the best university cities based on student opinion, has named Brno the sixth-best student city in the world. Brno moved ahead of Prague in the ranking for the first time ever.
The name of Brno usually resonates mainly among motorcycle racing fans and companies exhibiting at industrial trade fairs, but now the editors of Time Out, a magazine that has been bringing travel tips to readers from all over the world for over fifty years, have also recognised the charm of the South Moravian metropolis. In their current tips for the best city breaks in Europe for 2022, they ranked Brno second.
In the list – where easy and environmentally friendly transport was also important – Brno ranked above places such as Odense, Denmark, with its picturesque old town streets, the colourful city of Valencia, and even Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Only historic Arles in Provence, France, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed monuments, ranked higher.
By mentioning the historical moniker of Brno, which used to be called the “Moravian Manchester”, Time Out recalled the city’s glorious past as a centre of textile manufacturing to highlight its transformation into a post-industrial science and tech hub. The magazine also noted Brno’s rich food and drink scene, which combines traditional cuisine with international trends.
According to Time Out, the perfect day in Brno cannot leave out a trip to Špilberk, but lesser-known attractions such as the brick cisterns at Žlutý Kopec or the “10-Z” bunker and “Denis” nuclear shelter carved into the rock below Petrov have also been mentioned. A day spent in Brno cannot be ended otherwise than with a nightcap in one of its many stylish bars, pubs and cafés.