Swimming in Brno and nearby

What is a better idea in the hot summer days than to dip into cool water in one of Brno’s swimming pools, lidos, natural reservoirs etc.? Katka has summed up all swimming places that came to our mind, free for your use. Share it and let us know if you found some more!

1)      PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

Kraví Hora Swimming pool
Swimming pool Kravi Hora is a modern – fully renewed, with stainless pools (50m outdoor, 25m and 15m indoor) Average water temperature is 27 °C.

Outdoor swimming pool Královo pole, Křižíkova 9 (near Tesco)
Modern swimming pool with 3 pools: 25m for swimmers, 25m for non-swimmers with slide, and shallow pool for children with a slide. Refreshment shops available on site.

Outdoor swimming pool Koupaliště Brno Dobrovského („Dobrák“)
Modern swimming area – outdoors with 1 swimming pool for swimmers, 2nd for non-swimmers. Nice area – trees, lawns, fast-foods. Zumba, Sauna, Beach volleyball
Connected to Hacienda Mexicana restaurant.

Outdoor swimming pools in Židenice / Zábrdovice
Premises of the functionalist monument,  „Municipal Spa“ , two pools, facilities. Mostly paved area, recently renovated.

Outdoor swimming pool in Juliánov – a special area for children
A recently renovated shallow pool with all equipment and amenities focused on children, water does not contain chlorine. Juliánovské nám. 1. Open in July + August, 9.30 – 9pm daily.

Riviéra – Outdoor nature swimming park with pools
Located  behind the trade fair grounds along the river Svratka, it features several long pools fed with cool clean water from the river and an extensive area with grass and trees, catering to various preferences, from the noisy concrete bar area to shady quiet corners. Facilities and refreshments available.

Aquapark Kohoutovice (INDOOR + OUTDOOR TERRACE)
New, modern aquapark, opened whole year round. 3 pools (one for swimmers, one for relaxation with bubbles, one for summer on the roof).
Activities available: Sauna, Fitness room

Swimming pool near Lužánky park (INDOOR)
Swimming pool offers 2 pools. One for swimmers (50m) and one for relaxation with water temperature of 33°C.
Services offered: Aquabar, Massages, Pedicure

      OUTSIDE BRNO

Aquapark Vyškov – indoor and outdoor
Vyškov – approx 45 min. by car from Brno
Swimming pool offers 2 pools. One for swimmers and one for relaxation with water temperature of 33°C and toboggan. Outdoors is one pool for the summer and one shallow pool for children.
Services offered: Restaurant, Aqua aerobic, Sauna

Wellness centre in Kuřim – indoors and outdoors
Kuřim  – approx. 20 min from Brno by car or by train
New, modern wellness centre, offering pools for swimming, relaxation.
Services offered: Sauna, Massages, Salt baths, Fast-food, Restaurant

Spa in Laa an der Thaya (Austria)
Laa an der Thaya, Austria – approx. 1 hour from Brno
New, modern wellness centre, offering pools for swimming, relaxation. High standard. On your birthday you have free entrance.
Services offered: Sauna, Massages, Salt baths, Restaurant
Hotel connected to spa centre (reasonable packages).

Unfortunately, most of the facilities have their website only in Czech but all you need to know is “Otevírací doba” – opening hours,  “vstupné” – entry fee and “Kontakt” – to find the address.

2)      NATURE SWIMMING AREAS
There are many various lakes in South Moravia and if you’re tired of crowded and noisy swimming pools and prefer some greenery, and you don’t mind swimming in a natural lake which is not crystal clear but still clean, there are places to choose from. The Regional Public Health Authority reglarly monitors the quality of water in numerous natural lakes, so you can check it online to see which ones are ok for swimming.
The most obvious place is of course the Brno Reservoir – přehrada – and we will focus on all possibilities there in more detail in just a moment. Now, some of the places which are located within ca. ½ hour drive from Brno.You can check water cleanliness here.

EAST:
Kovalovice – Biotop lake
Small, recently built natural lake, small pool for children, with grass and trees around; facilities, refreshments.
Luleč – Old Quarry
A traditional „First Republic“ swimming place, with modernised facilities, children’s pool, refreshments, restaurant.
SOUTH:
Mušov /  Nové Mlýny lakes – Pasohlávky, Strachotín, Pavlov, Milovice
Three large lakes created in the 1980’s. Various places, campings, with a beautiful view of the Pálava ridge and vineyards. Merkur Camp in Pasohlávky with a separate small lake and facilities.
NORTH:
Kuřim – Srpek lake
Smaller, recently renovated pleasant lake; accessible by car or train; grass and trees, no facilities nearby
Jedovnice – Olšovec lake
Large, with recreational buildings around; access by bus or car; parking, restaurant, camps.
Blansko – Palava Lake
Not to be confused with the Mušova lakes near Pálava hills! Accessible by bus or car; reservoir with facilities, children’s pool, playground, minigolf; grass and beach areas, trees; refreshments and restaurant, parking.

…and for those who like a bit of adrenalin…
Blansko railway quarry
A spectacular stony lake with very clean and cold water, also used for diving; with a view of passing trains; access by train, bus or car;  no facilities.

3)      BRNO RESERVOIR
After almost two decades of unpleasant green algae and three years of serious and intense cleaning efforts, the „Brno Sea“ may be coming back to its former glory, offering people a broad range of ways how to relax at the end of a tiring summer working day or during the weekend. Only a tram or boat ride away, you can choose between busy beaches with entertainment, facilities and bars, or quiet grassy meadows and shaded tree groves away from it all. So – what is there:

SWIMMING
LEFT SIDE
Rakovec – nearest to the tram, busy grassy areas, playgrounds, minigolf shallow entry, facilities. Suitable for children.
Kozí Horka – similar as Rakovec, parking, facilities, shallow entry. Water bicycle and boat rental.
Rokle – calm, grassy areas, shallow entry; further away from tram – better by boat or car, pub.
RIGHT SIDE
Sokolské koupaliště – by boat, car, bike or walk; grassy areas with trees, shallow entry; beach volleyball, pubs, facilities
Osada – by boat, car or walk; calm, grassy areas, trees, steep entry; naturist area; pubs nearby
Mečkov – by boat or bicycle; calm area, rocks.

BOAT RIDES
The „parník“, meaning „steam boats“ is actually no steam boat at all – they have always been electric, battery-operated. Thus they are quite environmentally friendly for the lake J
They run from Bystrc harbour („Přístaviště“) to Veveří Castle and some even beyond, to Veverská Bítýška (depending on water level). The interval is 45 minutes. You can buy tickets right in the harbour in the newly revamped ticket office. There are also some special deals – a 2 in 1 ticket serving for a boat ride and entrance into Veveří Castle and another one to enter the ZOO.
BOAT RENTAL
Water bicycles for two or family-sized as well as small boats are available at Kozí Horka.

SPORTS at Brno Reservoir
Volleyball – there are several freely accessible volleyball fields located at different places, e.g. Sokolské koupaliště, Osada, Rakovec. Sokolské k. also features several beach volleyball courts. Most seem to be freely accessible to the public so just get your team together and play.
There are several active boating sport clubs at the lake:
TJ Lodní sporty, TJ Jacht klub Brno, Dragonboats Club etc. For the moment they seem to be focused mainly on regular member activity, i.e. no one-off occasions.
Golf – one of the golf courses near Brno called Kaskáda is located just 2km from the lake, near Jinačovice.

And finally, the cherry on top of the cake:
VEVEŘÍ CASTLE – the romantic stronghold overlooking the water.
Originating sometime in the 13th century, it changed owners a lot and despite wards and battles, it was especially damaged during the communist era in the 1950’s – 1980’s.  Now it is being gradually renovated and is used for various cultural events. It is the best target for the boat ride on the lake. Open Tuesdays – Sundays 9 – 5pm.

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