Sabrina Collier

Updated July 15, 2021 Updated July 15

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The second-largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno (pronounced Bir-no) is the historical capital and cultural hub of the Margraviate of Moravia. Brno is relatively undiscovered by tourists but will certainly charm you with its medieval fortresses and castles, full of mysteries and providing material for numerous local legends.

Brno has a vibrant cultural life, with various museums, theatres and galleries located in the city, as well as the Brno Exhibition Centre – one of the largest exhibition centers in the world.  Although now very much a modern city, it has also preserved many of its traditions, folklore, folk music, festivals and the traditional Moravian costumes.

Brno is also an important center of higher education, with 13 universities located in the city. Some of the highest-ranked Czech universities are in Brno, including Masaryk University and Brno University of Technology, both of which feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

Brno receives a strong score in the student mix indicator of the Best Student Cities ranking, with a large student community and a high percentage of international students.

Brno’s highest score is for student view, reflecting the enjoyable student experience on offer. When asked to name the best things about Brno, one survey respondent identified its “Unique atmosphere, beauty, affordability, nice people, and culture.”

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Internationally ranked universities in Brno

Masaryk UniversityBrno University of Technology

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Highest-ranked institution

Masaryk University (551-560)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, 
view the methodology.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in January 2020

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The former Assistant Editor of, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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