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Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and an important cultural centre of the country. Located in the Moravia region, it is also the administrative centre of the region and home to the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic. The city centre is located in a small valley, flanked by the hills Petrov and Spilberg.
Brno has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and relatively cold winters. Average temperatures are around 23 °C to 25 °C from June to August, while winters (December to February) have temperatures between -5 °C and zero. Temperatures up to 35 °C in summer or below -20 °C in winter are possible though. Precipitation is heaviest during the summer period, and winters can have signficant snowfall.
|Avg Max||0.2 °C||3.1 °C||8.5 °C||14.4 °C||19.5 °C||22.6 °C||24.5 °C||24.2 °C||20.2 °C||14.1 °C||6.6 °C||1.9 °C|
|Avg Min||-5.2 °C||-3.3 °C||-0.2 °C||3.9 °C||8.3 °C||11.4 °C||12.7 °C||12.6 °C||9.5 °C||5 °C||0.9 °C||-3 °C|
|Rainfall||24.6 mm||23.8 mm||24.4 mm||31.5 mm||61 mm||72.2 mm||63.7 mm||56.3 mm||37.6 mm||30.7 mm||37.4 mm||27.1 mm|
Brno airport is just outside the city. It serves mostly to low cost airlines, like Ryanair and WIzzair, and national airline Travel Service. City busline 76 connects to the airport, leaving from the Grand Hotel (around 20 minutes).
There are several busses per day, connecting Prague and Brno, which takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bratislava can also be reached by bus, which takes around 1h 40.
|Hostel Fleda||Stefanikova 95/24||HOSTEL||81|
|Hotel Arte||Drobneho 6, Brno 602 00||Hotel||85|
|OREA Hotel Voronez 2||Krizkovskeho 49||Hotel||-|
|Penzion Brno||Preslova 90 Brno||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel U Suláka||Hrazni 166/6||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Slovan||Lidicka 23||Hotel||-|
|A-Sport Hotel||Vodova 108||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Europa||Trida kpt. Jarose 27||Hotel||-|
|City Hotel, ICB a.s.||Videnska Street 124||Hotel||75|
|Travellers Hostel Janska||Janska 22||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Rakovec||Rakovecka 13||Hotel||-|
|Orea Hotel Voronez 1||Krizkovskeho 47||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Mitte||Panska 11||HOSTEL||88|
|Ruta 80||Jugoslavska 6||HOSTEL||84|
|Wind Point||Cejl 97 Brno||Hostel||82|
|Hostel Jacob||Jakubské náměstí 7||HOSTEL||89|
|City Apart Hotel Brno||Komárovské Waterfront 2||Hostel||-|
|Apartments Jacob||Jakubské Náměstí 7||APARTMENT||-|
Wifi is available in many restaurants and most cafés, especially in larger cities. In particular, all branches of Starbucks, KFC, Gloria Jeans Coffee and Costa Coffee offer free access. You may need to ask a waiter for the passphrase. There are also some hotspots available on the streets and some city quarters (for example in Prague) offer free wifi coverage for everyone. However such coverage is usually very slow and unreliable and you may need to create an account (using a web browser and the page it is automatically redirected to) to be able to use it. In most larger cities, there are also several internet cafés available.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are three main mobile phone operators using the GSM standard, their coverage is very good (except in some remote, mostly uninhabited areas). If you find using roaming with your own operator too expensive or you want to have a Czech phone number, you can buy an anonymous prepaid card from any of the three main operators.
You can call emergency numbers from any phone for free (even without any card). The universal emergency number 112 is functional and you can use it, however you will reach only a telephone operator who will need to contact the real emergency service for you. To save precious time, it is best to call directly the service you need: 150 for firefighters, 155 for medical emergency, and 158 for state police.
Ceska Posta is the national postal service of the Czech Republic. It offers good services with reliable, affordable and relatively fast delivery of postcards, letters and parcels. Postcards and letters weighing up to 20g which are being sent to countries within Europe cost 17 CZK, other countries cost 18 CZK. Within the Czech Republic, prices start at 10 CZK. Opening times of post offices vary but most of them are open from around 8:00am to 6:00pm or 7:00pm Monday to Friday, closing at noon on Saturday, closed on Sunday and public holidays. Larger and/or central post offices might keep longer hours and some have English speaking staff. You can buy stamps here, or at newspaper stands, kiosks or some small (souvenir) shops. Post offices offer a few other services, like (international) money transfers as well. FEDEX, DHL, TNT and UPS offer courier services as well, with fast but relatively expensive services.
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