Brno Wheel

One of the better-known symbols of Brno is a wooden wheel (diameter 144 cm) hung in the passage of the Old Town Hall. The wheel bears a legend about a master wheelwright Georg Birck of Lednice who casually bet (about 12 tolars), that during a single day, he would cut down a tree, make a wheel from its wood, and even roll it to Brno (54 km).

Unfortunately, expert examination revealed that the wheel was not made from fresh wood, not even the wood of a single tree. This presented a fundamental challenge to the truthfulness of the legend. Nonetheless, the annual event of rolling a wooden wagon wheel from Lednice to Brno provides evidence that at least the final part of Birck's bet was possible.


Brno - pocket guide with maps

Brno on the map

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