Where Red Army and Wermacht soldiers rest together. Guide to Brno central cemetery

by Michal Kašpárek on July 1, 2011

Brno crematorium, one of the finest functionalist buildings in the town.

Brno crematorium, one of the finest functionalist buildings in the town.

Do you know that Brno has the largest cemetery in the Czech republic? Established in 1883, it’s still a beautiful, quiet place, worth visiting at least for the graves of Gregor Johann Mendel and Leoš Janáček.

You can access it with trams 2 and 5 (stop Ústřední hřbitov, 5 minutes from Mendlovo náměstí sq., 10 minutes from the main train station). (See the place on a map.)

The cemetery opens at 7 a.m. every day and closes at 5 p.m. from November to February, at 6 p.m. in March and October and at 7 p.m. from April to September.

The place has more “inhabitants” than Brno itself. Actually, it could be the second largest Czech city, after Prague. So let’s visit some of these interesting folks:

Gregor Johann Mendel (1822–1884), Augustinian monk who discovered some basic principles of genetics (sadly: without realising it).

Gregor Johann Mendel (1822–1884), Augustinian monk who discovered some basic principles of genetics (sadly: without realising it).

The tomb of the local Augustinian convent that hosts the grave of G. J. Mendel. It is located in sector 2.

The tomb of the local Augustinian convent that hosts the grave of G. J. Mendel. It is located in sector 2.

The grave of Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), one of the most important Czech composers, is located in the Circle of honor (sector 25e), together with graves of many other influental Czech citizens of Brno.

The grave of Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), one of the most important Czech composers, is located in the Circle of honor (sector 25e), together with graves of many other influental Czech citizens of Brno.

Red army memorial site, built in 1980 (sector 56c)

Red army memorial site, built in 1980 (sector 56c)

Is that Joseph Stalin? I guess so.

Is that Joseph Stalin? I guess so.

Wehrmacht graveyard (sector 79) is unknown to most people living in Brno.

Wehrmacht graveyard (sector 79) is unknown to most people living in Brno.

A crematorium designed by Arnošt Wiesner in the 1920s, opened in 1930. One of the most beautiful functionalist buildings in Brno, yet the only one that no one enjoys visiting..

A crematorium designed by Arnošt Wiesner in the 1920s, opened in 1930. One of the most beautiful functionalist buildings in Brno, yet the only one that no one enjoys visiting (marked as C on the map).

The official plan of the cemetery. Mind that north is pointing right! (click to enlarge)

The official plan of the cemetery. Mind that north is pointing right! (click to enlarge)

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Raymond Hemmings June 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I am looking for details of my late wife, Lenka Hemmings-Vecerova. We parted in 2002 but I understand that she later died and was taken to Brno crematorium for internment. Can this be confirmed as I would like to visit to pay my respects.

Yours sincerely

Raymond Hemmings

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