Brno is the capital of Moravia and the second largest city in the Czech Republic, right after Prague. In the 19th century, Brno embraced the Industrial Revolution with great enthusiasm and the city was nicknamed "the Manchester of Moravia". However, Brno is also a very green city with lots of parks and lakes where visitors can chill out. The town centre is easy and fun to explore on foot and is an ideal weekend destination with plenty of pivnices (beer halls), vinárnas (wine bars), kavárnas (coffee houses), cukrárnas (cake shops) and restauraces (self-explanatory). The city is a network of atmospheric cobbled streets lined with shops and restaurants, clustering around the vast open space of the main square, Náměstí Svoboda. Česká is Brno’s most famous street and favourite meeting place, where you can find the famous Stopka pivnice. Brno also has its fair share of cultural icons: it is the birthplace of Milan Kundera – everyone’s favourite Czech writer, and home to composer Leoš Janáček. The Janáčkovo Theatre is home to a superb opera and also a centre for classical music concerts.