Today, we visited Veveri Castle in Brno, Czech Republic. Before going I had tried to look up some blogs in order to get a better idea on how to get there, admission costs and what to expect. I was surprised to not find much information in English on this castle, so I decided to write a blog about it. You can get to the castle by taking the 3 or 11 tram from Veveri St in downtown Brno, then you take the 303 bus. The bus drives through a forest, so the route is very scenic. It took us about an hour to get there and when we arrived I was surprised at how quiet it was and how little tourists were there (a bonus, after visiting Versailles a few weeks earlier). It said at the entrance that it costs 30 korunas to enter the castle grounds, but because there was no one there to take the money we went in for free. We had a picnic of salami and cheese sandwiches and some strawberries, near the castle wall overlooking the forest and then proceeded to explore the castle grounds. The castle was built in the 1600’s, but had been restored several times and not much of the old structure remained. Sometimes you travel to explore castles and all you get to see is ruins, so I did appreciate that the building was restored. However, a lot of the castle rooms were empty, which I think is something that could be improved upon by adding more exhibits. I really do think this trip was worthwhile, What really made this castle stand out to me was its location overlooking the river and surrounded by forest. It’s the perfect place for a picnic. If you leave the castle grounds there is a pretty church, surrounded by field of wheat, on the street towards the main road. Down the path and into the forest, there are numerous cycling and hiking trails, if that is more your scene. I really think you should visit Veveri castle while in Brno.
Fun Fact: Winston Churchill visited this castle in 1908.