Inexpensive, and (unlike Prague) still off-the-beaten path, the Czech Republic’s second largest city is ideal for a stag party weekend. Brno was founded in the 1200s, but has been settled since the 5th Century. Brno has long been known for its trade fairs and motorcycle Grand Prix racing, but is just being discovered as a holiday destination. Because Brno has yet to be mauled by the tourist masses, prices remain low compared to other European destinations. But it’s also a university town, so Brno’s fun factor maintains a steady high due to its robust nightlife. The city also boasts a variety of activities that will satisfy any stag do’s thrill-requirement.
Brewing beer is a source of national pride in the Czech Republic and Brno is no exception. The local favorite is easy-drinking Starobrno – a highly recommended staple for any stag party in Brno. For the more adventurous, there is Slivovice. This plum-based concoction is served on ice in large shot glasses and is intended only for experienced drinkers. The city is crawling with pubs and bars and a friendly population that is all-too-eager to show visitors the Czech way to a good time.
Czech food revolves heavily around pork and potatoes and there are many pubs and restaurants in Brno that specialize in regional variations of Czech favorites. Most meals start with a potato, garlic or dill soup and are followed by a pork or beef course served with sauerkraut. Eating in Brno on a stag do is extremely affordable to start with and some café’s sweeten the deal with mid-day discounts on pre-prepared dishes. Brno is also known for its sweet treats, especially the rakvicka – a crème filled pastry. Brno is the only place in the Czech Republic where you can find rakvicka in the chocolate variety.
Being a student town, Brno has all of the pre-requisite nightlife options to keep any stag party in check. Everything from quaint pubs to throbbing dance clubs are represented. Freedom Square is in the heart of the city and a great place to get to know the after-dark options. During the summer, Brno is a hotspot for techno raves that should not be missed on a stag do.
There is something for everyone on a stag party weekend in Brno. Sightseeing, especially in the city centre, is a great way to observe Brno’s art nouveau, gothic and baroque architecture, especially in the city’s churches. If that’s a little to staid for the stag party boys while in Brno, then check out go-karting, machine gun shooting, off road four-wheeling and other adrenaline junkie pursuits.
The Czech climate is fairly mild except during winter that can be quite cold. Summers are cool and pleasant, while winter can be cold and often cloudy. Between December and March the mercury rests below zero but averages about 18 degrees Celsius during the warmer months.
The Czech Republic’s official currency is the Koruny. About 43 Koruny equals £1.
The Integrated Transport System of the Southern Moravia Region operates throughout Brno. That mouthful translates to reliable bus, tram, train and trolley service for all of your stag party weekend needs in Brno. Short and long term tickets – up to 30 days – can be purchased for the public transportation system. A number of taxi companies also operate in Brno.