Located at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers, the former Moravian capital of Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It’s an increasingly popular visitor destination, known for its large exhibition center and budding music scene. There’s some quite nice running in Brno, with some good options in the city center area inside of the 42 Ring Road. Nice combination of river paths, parks, and a large number of forest parks.
Brno boasts one of our best ‘runseeing‘ tours, combining the historic centre, Lužánky Park, the grounds of Špilberk Castle, and the hilltop Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. There’s also 10 km of paths along the Svratka River, and many km along the narrower Svitava River. A good running destination is the popular Brno Reservoir, which can be combined with some nice running around Veveří Castle. There’s also some good trail running in the numerous forest parks in the Brno area, which feature wooded, hilly trails.
For getting around Brno, there’s a good network of tram lines and an extensive bus system. Runners should note that Brno winters are chilly and mainly overcast.