Swimming in Brno and nearby 2013

Hot hot hot summer days are back and – let´s face it – right now, very few things feel better than plunging into cool water in one of Brno’s swimming pools, lidos or natural reservoirs. Last year we have summed up all swimming places that came to our mind and now we offer you the hottest and newly updated version for your use. Feel free to share it and let us know if you have any more hot tips!

1)      PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

kravi horaKraví 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 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.

Swimming pool Řečkovice (INDOOR)
Newly opened pool with various facilities on the northern edge of Brno. Open daily, one 25 m long swimming pool with 6 lanes. Possibility to take advantage of fitness and aqua aerobic activities or children´s swimming courses.

 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. Before you set out, check water cleanliness here.

Luleč – Old Quarry

Luleč – Old Quarry

EAST:
Mariánské údolí – NOT RECOMMENDED IN SUMMER 2013 DUE TO THE POLLUTION
A romantic valley in the Brno – Líšeň district. Several water reservoirs – first one is near Kadlecův mlýn (Kadlec Mill) which is over three hundred years old; the second is located below a prehistoric settlement Staré zámky and the third near Muchova bouda (Mucha Cottage). There is a small pub next to the grassy beach, mobile toilets and changing rooms. The place is accessible also for bicyclists and skaters.
Luleč – Old Quarry
A traditional „First Republic“ swimming place, with modernised facilities, children’s pool, refreshments, restaurant.
Kovalovice – Biotop lake
Small, recently built natural lake, small pool for children, with grass and trees around; facilities, refreshments.

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
Blansko – Palava Lake
Not to be confused with the Mušov 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 DAM / LAKE / 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 on foot; grassy areas with trees, shallow entry; beach volleyball, pubs, facilities
Osada – by boat, car or on foot; calm, grassy areas, trees, steep entry; naturist area; pubs nearby
Mečkov – by boat or bicycle; calm area, rocks.

BOAT RIDES
The „parník“, meaning „steam boat“ is actually no steam boat at all – they have always been electric, battery-operated. Thus they are quite environmentally friendly for the lake.
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.

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