The free-standing three-story villa sits on a slope in Brno’s Černá Pole neighborhood. It shows Mies’ signature use of simple designs made from glass and steel. An example of early functionalism architecture, Mies used a revolutionary iron framework, which enabled him to dispense with supporting walls and arrange the interior in order to achieve a feeling of space and light. The house is the best-preserved of Mies’s European architectural works.
Built as a private home, Villa Tugendhat is now open to visitors but can only be visited by booking a guided tour. A maximum of 16 people are allowed in a single group and tickets can be purchased online. Several types of tours are available. The basic tour includes the residential areas of the villa and the garden, while the extended tour also includes the technical floor: the engine rooms, boiler room, dark room, and fur coat storage room. If you don’t have the time to visit, you can still see the exterior on a bike tour around Brno.