So, maybe you’ve explored the city at street level and also visited some of Brnos’ numerous underground places. Now you might be wondering where to find the best Brno viewpoints to view the city from above.
Thankfully, Brno has several great vantage points to get gorgeous photos of the city. Although some of them take a bit of leg work to get up there, they are all centrally based, and you’re rewarded for your efforts with a beautiful cityscape.
If you’re a fan of high places and after the best panoramic views of Brno, then this article is for you. Brno is an incredibly photogenic city, especially with the turquoise and terracotta roofs of the Old Town. Read on to find the best photo spots In Brno.
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Brno Viewpoints - At A Glance
If you’re wondering where to find the best view in Brno and don’t have time to read the whole article, then below is a list of the locations included in this article.
Some of them are free to visit, the others you’ll have to pay a small fee to access. Honestly, all of them offer great views. If you’re exploring the country, then download this useful Czech Republic bucket list.
Best Photo Spots In Brno
- Špilberk Castle
- St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
- The Old Town Hall Tower
- Terraza Bar
- The Public Roof At The Cabbage Market
Five Beautiful Brno Lookout Points
Here are my five recommendations for the best rooftop views in Brno. You’ll find information on the location and photos from each of them to help you decide which ones you want to visit. Spoiler – all of them are worth visiting.
Location: Špilberk 210/1, 662 24 Brno, Czechia
It’s no competition that the best panoramic views in Brno are at Špilberk Castle. This is the highest point in the city, and you can see it from most of the Old Town.
The castle is one of the must-see places in Brno. If you’ve not visited already, then get to it by walking up through the park. It’s a bit of leg work and depending on where you’re coming from, parts of the park are fairly steep, and there are quite a few steps inside the castle complex.
The park does have some ok-ish lookout points, but the problem I found here was that there were often too many trees in the way to get a decent view of the city.
What’s nice about Špilberk Castle is that you can access a lot of the grounds for free. There is a tower here that you have to pay to access if you do want to climb higher. The best city viewpoints are from the eastern side. They look out over the top of the trees and give a rooftop view of the city.
This is also a great point to come up at sunset. Head to the back of the castle, to the western wall for sunset views over the South Moravian countryside.
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St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
Location: Petrov 9, 602 00 Brno 2, Czechia
You’d have to be blind to miss the twin spires of St Peter & St Paul Cathedral. After the castle, the two different viewpoints from here are the next highest places in the Old Town.
If you want to climb them, there is a small fee, but it’s well worth it. Finding the entrance to the spires isn’t instantly obvious, don’t enter the cathedral. You have to walk around to the back of the building, there are two small doors, one is to the crypt and the other door leads up to the towers. The pay desk is up a short flight of spiral stairs.
There are several information boards with an English translation on them at various points on the way up. Eventually, after a lot of leg work, you’ll reach the top level. A word of warning here, you’re directly under the bells at this point, the bells can be heard from most places in the Old Town, so you can just imagine how loud they are if you’re standing right next to them. They chime every 15 minutes.
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On this platform, two doors lead out to little balconies. The doors are connected with a bridge-like structure. The first door you get to opens up onto the larger of the two balconies. The balcony here is big enough for two or three people to stand comfortably. There are no safety railings or mesh, so if you’re wobbly with heights, then this may bother you.
It gives a fabulous view out over the east of the city, out across the train station and the surrounding countryside.
Head over the bridge and out to the second balcony. If you have a fear of heights, this one will bother you. There’s room for just one person, there are no safety rails, and it feels very exposed. However, the views from there are phenomenal and look out over the Old Town. If you’re after one of the best high places in Brno, this will be it!
The Old Town Hall Tower
Location: Radnická 8, 602 00 Brno-střed, Czechia
The other of the iconic and ancient towers in Brno is the one at the Old Town Hall. This tower is located right in the heart of the city, so unlike the view from Špilberk Castle and St Peter & St Paul Cathedral which give more of a panoramic overview of the city, the view here is very much 360 degrees in the heart of the city.
This is the best view in Brno if you’re wanting to see the city from a bird’s eye view, as it looks down on the surrounding streets and puts everything into perspective if you’re trying to work out the city layout. If you want the best place to photograph the castle, then you’ll find it here.
You do have to pay a small fee to go up this tower, however inside there are exhibits and displays plus an incredibly well-maintained spiral staircase. The stairs feel neverending, so this is another good leg workout, the view is 100% worth it.
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Location: nám. Svobody 86/17, 602 00 Brno-střed, Czechia
Terraza bar is one of the best rooftop bars in Brno. It’s centrally located, just off Liberty Square, so like with the Old Town Hall Tower, it gives fabulous close-up rooftop views.
To find it, enter the inner courtyard of the building and then take the lift up to the 5th floor. From here, the entrance is opposite the lift exit and stairs take you up to the bar. There are a couple of terraces at the top here, and with limited seating on the uppermost one. There are a few bars with a view in Brno, but this is the best one.
You can just visit the bar to have a look at the rooftop view for free, but with a backdrop like this, especially in the late afternoon sun, it would be rude not to stop for a beer as you watch the sunset over the city.
The Public Roof At The Cabbage Market
Location: Zelný trh 250/14, 602 00 Brno-střed, Czechia
I hadn’t even planned to visit this one, in fact, I didn’t even know it existed until I was on top of St Peter & St Paul Tower looking out over the Old City, and could see people on a rooftop right next to the Cabbage Market and the Old Town Square.
To find it, enter the modern looking building at the Cabbage Market and go up the stair lift. The first floor here is a craft beer place. Stop off and pick up a beer to take to the roof if you want a drink. If not, take the second set of stair lifts up to the top level. This leads out onto the roof of the building and a space where a whole mix of people were socialising. Some were sitting on the benches reading, couples were canoodling, and small groups were having a quiet beer and chatting.
One view looks down over the Cabbage Market, although it was a bit obscured by the rooftop gardens. The best view is on the opposite side, a close-up of the Old Town Hall Tower. The great thing with this view is that first, it’s free to visit and second, it’s an absolute sun trap. On a chilly but crisp Autumn day, it was lovely to bask in it for a while.
Which One Of These Viewpoints In Brno Tops Your List?
I know I can’t resist a scenic spot, and I’m guessing if you’re just read this article, then you can’t either. It’s tough to choose which one is the best Brno view. I included them all in this list because they are all worth visiting. Which one are you going to head to to get your scenic shots in Brno?
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