Villa Tugendhat testifies to the birth of modern housing and the tragic fate of its residents. This World Heritage Site and its period furnishings were designed in the 1920s by modern architect Mies van der Rohe as an example of the International style. During World War II, the Gestapo confiscated the villa from its owners, a Jewish trading family. After the war, it was appropriated by the Czechoslovak state. Set on a slope, the threes-story building, which looks like a single-story structure from the street, offers a broad view over the town's historical center. Look for the elegant onyx wall in the living area of the middle floor; it changes color depending on lighting. The story of the villa and its residents inspired writer Simon Mawer's highly acclaimed novel "The Glass Room." For travelers who use our international travel planner, Brno holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Villa Tugendhat and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Villa Tugendhat reviews
For a tour you have to book almost a year in advance. But you can visit the garden without a reservation. You can have a peek into the main rooms of the house from the outside. In the bookshop you... more »
We were really looking forward to visiting this villa following the book and the movie. Upon arrival we learned that we had to order tickets 6 months in advance. Still we were able to visit the... more »
House itself is nice and surely ahead of its time. It still looks modern in our times. And also the surrounding garden is beautiful. In 1993 the document was signed here that divided the Czechoslovakia into the Czech and Slovak Republic. Only downside is the really long waiting time for tickets, weeks to months ahead.
So apparently tours are sold out of the building six months in advance and we need to return in December to have a look. They need to work something out if it’s that popular. From the outside you do get teased and a peak into some windows. It would be an amazing tour to do if you can plan in advance. The gardens aren’t overly large but overall well done. It’s not accessible for people with mobility issues
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