Brno’s Tales and Legends

Every town and city has legends that have been told for many years, Brno is no exception; this¬†city has many tales that help tell the city’s dynamic history.

All legends have many descriptions and stories, so I am just trying to summarize the versions that seem to be the most popular. I encourage you to correct/tell your version. ūüôā

Old Town Hall of Brno and The Legends

Legend of the Brno Dragon

There are several versions of this legend.The most popular goes something like this; that a Dragon made Brno his home, and threatened the citizens and all of its livestock. Merchants stopped coming to the city to sell, and women stopped going to the market. The plan to kill the dragon was thought up long before somebody with the courage to  actually do it came along or before a master plan was thought up.

Luckily, one day a butcher who was traveling through Brno volunteered. So the courageous butcher created a trap to get rid of the Dragon. The trap was a sac made of fur (ox or sheep), and filled with lime. The dragon became very thirsty after eating this fur and lime, and after drinking so much water at the river his stomach expanded with the lime inside, and it burst! Then, the citizens celebrated by having the dragon preserved and now we can see it hanging from the Old Town Hall ‚Äď and you might notice, this dragon looks a lot like a crocodile. ūüôā

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Brno ‘Dragon’

Legend of the Brno Wheel

The wheel that hangs in the Old Town Hall has come to be from a deal made between Georg Birk, a craftsman from Lednice, and his friends for 14 Tolar. He bet that within 12 hours (6am-6pm) he could chop down a tree, make a wheel, and roll it to Brno (45KM).

Legend has it that Georg Birk regretted this bet, but really hated to lose. So he accomplished his goal, won the 14 tolar, and the wheel has remained in Brno ever since. Some say the whole achievement was considered impossible by normal human means, therefore Birk was later believed to have called on the devil for assistance, and he died in poverty as a result.

Today this legend is still celebrated in Brno. Every year, in October, teams race from Lednice to Brno with a wooden wheel.

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Brno Wheel

Legend of the Deformed Phial

One version says Master Antonin Pilgrim was hired to build a phial/portal to Old Town Hall. When he didn‚Äôt get paid for his hard work, he created one phial deformed by¬†bending the middle small steeple, so that it would be a reminder of corrupt morals of councillors.¬†However, another version simply says he was too drunk to get the job done right ūüôā

More Legends & tales

The ringing of midday at 11 o’clock

The legend comes from the 1645 during the 30 years war. Swedish Siege of Brno. It was said Swedish General Torstenson decided if Brno did not fall by midday, he would order his troops to retreat. However, this plan was overheard, and the clever Brno citizens used this information to their advantage. Although the Swedes were already through the fortress walls, the bell on Petrov rang one hour early at 11:00 a.m., and in this way Brno was saved.

Zderad’s Column

Located the¬†end of KŇôenov√° street, on the¬†bank of the¬†River Svitava, ¬†It appears to be in the¬†Gothic style but the¬† scholars still do not know when, by whom, and why it was built.

Legend has it that the¬†builder of the¬†column was the¬†Czech King Vratislav II, and the¬†column was to commemorate the¬†spot where Zderad of ҆v√°benice was murdered in the¬†summer of 1091. Apparently, King Vratislav II had taken to the¬† field in Moravia against his rebellious brother Konrad, and laid siege to the¬†City of Brno.

Searching for a¬†place to pitch the¬†war tents, the King’s right hand man, Zderad, stepped out and said: “I think, my King, thy son BŇôetislav ought to be encamped here, at the¬†water’s edge, so that he may bathe often.” ¬†When BŇôetislav heard of this, he was enraged. He decided that the¬†knight, Zderad had to pay for this. He invited Zderad for a¬†meeting the¬† following morning. Not suspecting anything, Zderad arrived. But the¬† King’s son was not waiting alone, he had brought along his army. At his command they caught and killed Zderad. It was realized too late what had happened and Zderad, the¬†King`s beloved Minister, was dead.

When King Vratislav learned of this, he grieved heavily. He buried his friend in the family vault and built a beautiful monument where the atrocity had happened.

Zderad’s Column

The city of Brno has many tales and legends, some that surround the casemates in the ҆pilberk, and it’s prisoners such as infamous¬†Baron Trenck¬†and more. It’s a legendary city with magical tales, and fun stories that surround its long history. You can sometimes find guided tours where you can learn about the mysteries and stories behind monuments, artifacts, and buildings around the city.

I hope the Brno legends will serve as conversation pieces in the future. ūüôā

Are there any popular legends of Brno or the Czech Republic that you know? What kind of legends and tales do you have in your home city? ūüôā

‚ÄúLegends are best left as legends and attempts to make them real are rarely successful‚ÄĚ – Michael Moorock

3 thoughts on “Brno’s Tales and Legends

  1. Se todella on hieman erikoista, ett√ɬ§ Jumala ei k√ɬ§ske en√ɬ§√ɬ§ tappamaan filistealaisia tai joitain muita taistelussa.Tai Amerikkalaisille t√ɬ§m√ɬ§ taitaa olla viel√ɬ§ k√ɬ§yt√ɬ§nt√ɬ∂√ɬ§. (√É‚Äďljyn, korjaan Pyh√ɬ§n Hengen nimeen!) Mutta maassa jossa vastustetaan aborttia ja eutanasiaa, mutta kannatetaan kulmaoantuomiote. Mik√ɬ§ tahansa on mahdollista.

  2. Bel post e concordo quasi su tutto… soprattutto sulle crocs… le odio!! (cos√ɬ¨ come ho sempre odiato gli zoccoli dr scholl's)… poi…I pantaloni harem non me li metterei nemmeno se fossi in perfetta forma e, essendo bassa, se mettessi quei sandali da gladiatore, sembrerei una polpetta coi piedi.Gli stivali col pelo di coniglio morto non mi sono mai piaciuti e le tute le usavo alle elementari per andare a scuola.La salopette l'ho indossata una sola volta quando ero una teenager e le frange mai.:)

  3. This is DISGUSTING. Maxine, you should be ashamed of yourself! And ashamed that you DARE show your little face here and be self-righteous! These people make me want to puke. Hold your head high, Viktor.

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