Vintage Public Transport in Brno

On June 18 of 2022, Brno Public Transportation hosted an open day at their trolley bus garage in the Komín district of the city to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that garage’s opening.

Both currently serving and historical public transportation vehicles were on view and it was possible to get rides on vintage busses and trolleys from the garage to the centre and back.

Here’s some pictures of the event:

A Dam Good Day Out

If you’ve been a regular follower of Beyond Prague for some time, you’ll probably be familiar with my existing article about the Brno dam and reservoir and the recreational opportunities available there. It’s definitely a place I recommend visiting if you’re in the city and looking for some outside recreation away from the more built up areas of town.

Today, we spent a bit of time cruising on the reservoir on one of the passenger boats that regularly travels along its length from the start of April to the end of October every year.

Here’s a few pictures from today’s outing:

Hustopeče – Heart of Wine and Almonds

Hustopeče is a town located about an hour south of Brno by direct train, nestled in the hills of the South Moravian wine country.

As one might expect, the town has plenty of local wine on offer. What might surprize you, however, is that the town is home to an impressive almond tree orchard. This orchard makes the town unique in Central Europe and the town certainly capitalises on that uniqueness with a multitude of almond based products to buy.

Once per year, on a Saturday in March, the town hosts its major almond festival. in 2022, March 26 was that Saturday. I visited the town on the following day, here’s some pictures of the trip:

Paying a Visit and Learning More

Hustopeče is not particularly touristy, but it does host other events as well as the almond festival during the year. As it’s connected by a number of direct trains per day to Brno, most of which only take about an hour, it’s an easy day trip from the city.

If you go there and wish to visit the almond orchard, make sure you wear some sturdy trekking shoes or hiking boots. The orchard is on a hill and the path up to it is a dirt trail with some areas of loose rock on it.

To find out more of what Hustopeče offers, follow this link to the official town website. The website is available in Czech, English and German.