With its castle-like monolith rising 63 metres above the skyline, the Brno Old Town Hall tower boasts one of the best views of the city. A 360-degree platform allows for a spectacular panorama overlooking the surrounding red rooftops and cathedral spires while an indoor gallery offers an insight into the city’s ever-changing face, including the neighbouring Zelný trh – or Cabbage Market – that dates back to the 13th century.
A beautiful Gothic portal created by Anton Pilgram marks the entrance to the Brno Old Town Hall, leading visitors through a moody passageway crowned by a hanging crocodile – representative of a ‘dragon’ that’s believed to have once terrorised the residents of the city – through to a peaceful Renaissance courtyard where the entrance to the tower can be found.
Accessed via a manageable climb of 173 steps, the viewing platform atop the Brno Old Town Hall tower enables visitors to take in far-reaching views while also enjoying an intimate perspective of the city below. The pedestrian-filled streets don’t feel too far away and the neighbouring colourful houses seem almost within touching distance, creating the sense of being fully immersed in the city.
The best times to visit the tower are just before sunset, providing the chance to see the historic buildings illuminated by a rich golden hue, or after dark when the city lights are switched on.
Brno Old Town Hall Tower Visitor Information:
The opening times stated below are as listed on the official Brno tourist information website, but they are subject to change. The tower’s opening times vary in the winter, so it’s best to simply show up and see if the tower is open even if it states online that it’s closed.
January to March: Friday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
April: Monday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
May: Monday-Sunday, 10 am-8 pm
June to September: Mon-Sun, 10 am-10 pm
October to December: Variable
Adult: CZK 70
Students and seniors: CZK 40
Children under: 15 CZK 40
Children under 6: Free
Family ticket: CZK 150