Beautiful and spacious flat with castle views home swap
Bright, spacious, renovated apartment with castle views in 1902 historicist apartment block located just outside the former city walls in an extremely safe and attractive area. The apartment has 3.5m high ceilings, large windows, parquetry flooring and palace-style doors.
The apartment is ideally placed for a short-term visitor. It is only a minute's walk from the picturesque old city and an abundance of cafes, restaurants and pubs. It is equally close to the vegetable market ('zelny trh', lit. 'cabbage market'), a multiplex cinema, the central shopping area and the park around the castle, and only 5-8 minutes walk from the central railway station. Plenty of trams operate from the streets below allowing easy access to any part of Brno. (The flat faces away from the main road, and with triple glazing you do not hear traffic noise.)
Flat facilities include: 2 large bedrooms (ca. 15m and 24m square), 1 with ensuite; main bathroom; large lounge; kitchen-diner (all fully furnished); separate laundry with washing machine; dishwasher, grand piano; a large collection of books to read; all kitchen facilities and linen. No television at present, but there are cable points in the living room and second bedroom. (I can provide large computer screen so you can stream TV via computer.)
Access: On 2nd floor: there is an elevator.
About the location
Brno is a cultural centre, with a symphony orchestra, an opera house (with its own orchestra), galleries, museums, Baroque churches, ossuaries, 'Vila Tugendhat', many famous former residents (Leoš Janácek, Gregor Johann Mendel, Kurt Gödel - who lived his first 12 years in our very apartment - Adolf Loos, Wolfgang Korngold...), as well as a belt of beautiful forests and the Moravian Karst nearby.
The beer is fantastic and cheap, and you can drink in everything from urban-style bars to very traditional local drinking houses. (We can point you to some great places to try.) Southern Moravia is a wine growing area, so there are oodles of 'vinárna' (wine bars) in town - some very old and traditional, in musty cellars with stand-up bars. The 'burcák' season–a local tradition–is September, when partially fermented young wine (think: sweet grape juice, but fizzy and alcoholic) is for sale on most street corners and in vinárna. Yum yum. In December there are two lovely Christmas markets in the Central European/Germanic style.
Brno would also be a fantastic base from which to explore Central Europe without the need to hire a car. You can visit Vienna (2 hrs by train to the south), Prague (2.5 hrs to the west), and Bratislava (1.5hrs by train) as day trips. A weekend trip will take you to Budapest (c.4.5hrs by Intercity train), likewise Krakow (7.5hrs; the train slows to a crawl at the Polish border). If you're interested, you could stop at Auschwitz en route to Krakow, as the train goes through the town. Czech Republic's internal rail network is extensive, on time, and cheap.
You can also visit London and The Netherlands easily from Brno... A short bus ride to Brno airport and you're on a cheap RyanAir flight to London Stansted: depending on when you book, tickets usually cost c.£30 one way - can be less, can be more. RyanAir also flies from Brno to Eindhoven (The Netherlands, though good for accessing Belgium too). WizzAir flies Brno to London Luton.
Link to very useful brochure for tourists:
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
- Long Term Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Pet Care Offered