The easiest way how to get to Brno is to take a plane to Vienna and then hop on a train or a bus right at the airport. From there, you can get directly to Brno in less than two hours.
The geographical location also offers mild weather with sunny summers and picturesque winters, both ideal for discovering the unspoilt countryside. Yes, we do not have a sea, but it is close enough for a weekend trip, the same goes for anything from ski-worthy mountains to wild rivers.
We are very proud of our public transportation system. In the whole Czech Republic, getting from one part of the country to the other without a car is both inexpensive and efficient. In the city of Brno, this is doubly true – the public transport works 24/7, it is reliable, on time, and inexpensive. Also, it is usually the first one in the country to adapt new technologies, such as just using your ATM card instead of tickets or season pass.
There are multiple factors which make #brnoregion an ideal place for family life: safe environment, public education system, strong social system including paid maternity leave, friendly living costs, and plenty of activities to enjoy with your children.
Probably the most notable event occurring in #brnoregion happened in the 1850s, when an Augustinian frier Gregor Johann Mendel started growing peas, this time not for a soap, but to find out how the genetic traits are carried. Thus, he laid foundation for modern genetics and remains world-known scientist to this day.
#brnoregion’s engineers showed their talent a few decades after – Viktor Kaplan, after thousands of experiments carried out over a decade (1910–1920), developed a propeller-type water turbine. It is still the most significant and frequently used type of turbine at large hydro power stations worldwide.
The innovation bloomed not only in scientific sphere, but in the industrial area as well. In 19th century, Brno’s textile industry skyrocketed and provided cloth to the whole world, earning a nickname Moravian Manchester.
The steady flow of money transformed Brno into a modern regional capital, laying a base for what we can see here today. The traces are still visible in architecture, gastronomy, and the city’s layout. Moreover, the entrepreneurship spirit has awakened in Brno, leading to a new era of research and discoveries.
In the 20th century, prof. Armin Delong fulfilled his vision and created a tabletop electron microscope, thus not only winning a gold medal in 1958 EXPO, but more importantly enabling usage of electron microscopy for scientists all around the world. Today, Brno is the world centre of electron microscopy and approximately one third of electron microscopes sold worldwide are created in #brnoregion.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain (and subsequent computerisation), #brnoregion’s pioneering spirit gained completely new grounds to spread its wings. Brno become an IT hub teeming with what we would nowadays call startups, eager to become global giants. Local government reacted quickly and founded the first informatics faculty in the country, speeding up the process. Today, hundreds of millions people worldwide use cybersecurity solutions made in #brnoregion, the AI scene compares to the world’s best, and the creative and gaming industry entertains the whole world.
It is hard to summarise region’s culture in a few paragraphs, so let’s start with the obvious stuff. Brno is a modern city where every 5th person you meet is a student. This inevitably leads to flourishing gastronomic scene, lively city centre and both mainstream and underground culture coexisting often in the same club, theatre or park. But we can go deeper.
When you get to know #brnoregion, you find out that it is a bit odd in its combo of modernity and distinct Moravian lifestyle. Even in the fast-paced startup or corporate world, people take time to relax and have friendly chat even with their biggest competitors. The folklore tradition of the rural parts seeps into the cities and creates a mashup which you can’t find anywhere else.
The streets and parks are full of people chilling out at any time or day or night. And the welcoming nature of the locals makes sure that there is a constant input of new stimuli to get the innovation (and to be fair, a special kind of weirdness) going. To sum it up, anyone is welcome in #brnoregion, because we know that diversity breeds innovation – and because we are a genuinely friendly bunch.
#brnoregion takes education, research and development seriously. Thanks to both the public and private sector, total investments in R&D have reached over 760 million EUR. One of the main reasons is a strong academic background – there are 11 higher education institutions in Brno alone, studied by 65,000 students.
The research is also conducted by eight institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Official statistics note that 2% of all employees in the region are conducting some form of R&D, 30+% of those are women.
Make sure to check out our data report to find out more!