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I was visiting Brno for work and wanted to see some of the local area outside of the city. Helena offered a great one day itinerary, taking in some great sights that might be off the beaten track for anyone not familiar with the area. First was the wonderful Baroque church at Krtiny and this was followed by a trip to the Punkva caves, including some astonishing stalagmites/tites and a gondola ride through the water. After lunch, a visit to the delightful Poerta Coeli, and lastly, the Gothic Pernstejn castle. Helena put together a wonderful trip, knew loads of interesting facts about the region and was great company - and she found a terrific place for lunch! I would definitely recommend her for anyone wanting to explore South Moravia.
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Helena, Hi. Here is my endorsement of your tour. I hope all is well and that you are busy with multiple tours at the height of this tourist season. My endorsement is as follows:
There is much more to the Czech Republic than Prague and Bohemia. Brno Tours run by Helena Švédová makes it abundantly clear that Brno and Moravia have a great deal to offer the tourist who wants to see more of the Czech Republic.
My interest with Brno began with my interest in Napoleonic history. Not far from Brno is the battlefield of Austerlitz. Brno tours catered to my interest. The tour of Austerlitz is a complete tour. It gives the visitor a tour of the battlefield from both the French and the Russian/Austrian perspective. The tour takes you to multiple sights where the battle occurred. It also stops at several museums dedicated to the battle including the Austerlitz (Slavkov) Chateau where a truce was signed (with ample time to see everything). Helena, your guide who speaks fluent English, provides a detailed guide book which is helpful for those who may not know much about the battle.
Austerlitz is not all that Moravia and Brno Tours has to offer. Brno Tours also took me on a day trip to the Macocha Abyss and Pernstejn Castle. Both are spectacular spots to visit. The Macocha Abyss is a sinkhole with a series of caves that includes the Punkva river that runs through it. It is a natural wonder to see. The tour takes you through the cave which leads you to the bottom of the abyss and then to a boat that takes you through the cave network on the Punkva river. If that was not enough, the tour continues on to Pernstejn Castle - a castle which has existed since the 13th century. This castle is a national treasure itself. Because there are no English speaking guides Helena provides you with a narrated audio guide which provides all of the information about the castle as you walk through it. (Don't look into the mirror).
Brno itself is worth a day to visit. Helena provides walking tours of the city as well as the Spilberk Castle which served as fortress and a prison. In addition Moravia has much more to offer. If I had more time Helena also offers a wine tasting tour of Moravia.
Overall, Helena Švédová is a superior guide. Her enthusiasm and local knowledge is second to none. Her English language skills are so superior that there is no issue regarding the meaning of words. Indeed, Brno Tours provides all of the ingredients for time well spent in Brno and the region of Moravia.