General info

Moving abroad is not only about paperwork, public offices and moving vans. It is also about finding your place in a new home. Your old routine gets broken; your favourite places are thousands of miles away. It is time to discover new ones, it is time to develop new habits, to meet new people, and to carry on with the hobbies you do not want to give up on.

Brno offers many possibilities for entertainment. Take the following list as an inspiration – a place to start exploring.

Wellness

Organised relaxation is getting popular among Czechs. You can find many smaller massage and wellness venues in the centre or in the suburbs – try google map search to discover them. Some resorts and aquaparks are building beautiful spa centres a bit further away from the centre: here is a list of some of the most popular spa & wellness centres.

Maximus Resort by the Brno reservoir

Newly built resort right at the shore of Brno dam, with a large centre full of saunas, thermal pools, whirlpools and a “massage world”. (ENG)

Wellness centre Kuřim – indoors and outdoors

A modern wellness centre, offering pools for swimming and relaxation. Services offered: Sauna, Massages, Salt baths, Fast-food, Restaurant

  • Blanenská 1082, Town Kuřim approx. 30 min from Brno by car
  • website

Spa in Laa an der Thaya (Austria)

New and modern wellness centre, offering pools for swimming, relaxation. High standard. If it is your birthday, you can enter for free. Services offered: Sauna, Massages, Salt baths, Restaurant There’s a hotel connected to spa centre (reasonably priced packages).

  • Thermenplatz 3 2136 Laa an der Thaya, Austria – approx. 1 hour driving from Brno
  • website

Dancing

Dance school Eso

Dance courses, dancing balls, dance service. Dance courses for beginners (in English!): Latin American and national dances: slow waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz, tango, blues, cha-cha-cha, jive, mambo, and polka.

YMCA

Brno – based branch of the YMCA, the largest international organization for children and youth. Programes Offered: Irish dancing for youth / adults - Blanka Hanzlová, Ceilí club – youth and adults (no previous experience necessary) - Katka Báňová

Dance studio Stolárna

Regular courses for public – salsa, zouk, bachata. No need to have a dance partner. The studio offers also courses led in English Possibility to rent the venue for private events

Dance school Swing Wings

Public and individual courses of swing with experienced lecturers – favourite swing school in Brno.

  • Swing Wings Studio (building n.15) Area Křenová 19, Brno
  • website

Rug Cutters Swing

Dance workshops, individual and group lectures of swing, Lindy hop or charleston with experienced lecturers – favourite swing school in Brno.

Dash Dance (yoga and dance)

Dash is a professional dancer and lecturer – she runs contemporary dance & yoga classes, workshops, courses, based in Brno.

Regural events

* Swing dance Sundays (organiser Swing Wings) in Café Atlas (throughout the whole year)

* Swing dance (organiser RugCutters.cz) in Tržnice, Zelný trh (throughout the whole year)

* Outdoor salsa Thursdays in Denisove sady (under Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral) (June – September)

Hobbies

Art Workshops

LUŽÁNKY - středisko volného času (Leisure Time Centre)

Lužánky is the biggest park in Brno, and also a leisure time centre - an organization which offers creative activities for children, young people and adults, alike. For English courses in drawing, painting, graphics, stained glass and ceramics, and also in theatre. Please call +420 604 700 212 to speak to Andrea Herzanova in English. Andrea does different art techniques every semester.

Saphira Center

Saphira centre is located at Safirka kindergarten. Art and language courses for kids and adults take place at Elementary School Pavlovská 16 in Brno-Kohoutovice. Visual art, ceramics and sculpture; or any active language courses that they offer are available.

  • Pavlovská 16, Kohoutovice
  • +420 607 733 055 (ENG)
  • website

Music lessons

See the list of all the art schools in Brno: ekatalog.cz (Czech only)

There are public and private elementary art schools. The semester starts in September and in February.

Courses offered: art, musical instruments (e.g. guitar, accordion, keyboard, piano, cello, viola da gamba, drums, etc), dance, singing, photography.

There are courses available also for adults.

Cooking

Culinary studio Divoká vařečka

Culinary studio Divoká vařečka (“The Wild Spatula”) offers cooking courses for adults with different topics. Some courses held in English – for details please see their web page. The courses usually start in the afternoon: the chef demonstrates, and you have your own counter to try the preparation yourself. In the end, you taste the dinner with a glass of wine and a chance to chat. The course can last approx. 4 hours, maybe longer. A great idea for a gift voucher!

Outdoor

Travel out and around

Aventouro

Outdoor events and outdoor trips for English speaking people around the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Call of the Woods (Sunday trips and walks)

Weekly walks through the woods around Brno for exchange students and other foreign enthusiasts. English is the communication language. All the info and planned events available at FB group.

ZOO

Brno ZOO

Modern Zoo with a wide variety of animals, a new bear area Beringhie, tigers, meerkats, and domestic animals. Fast–food stalls and restaurants are available inside. A nice idea for an afternoon trip for the whole family (even dogs are welcomed inside the zoo). There is a possibility to take a small train through the zoo instead of walking

  • U Zoologické zahrady 46, Brno- Bystrc
  • website

Parks and Gardens

City Park Lužánky

The oldest public park in Brno centre, and also the biggest - Neo-Renaissance pavilion and playground with different recreational equipment for children. The park is very often used for sporting activities (jogging, yoga) and cultural events held in Brno. There is a reserved area for walking dogs, as well.

Kraví hora (Sport and recreational area)

An open public park with sport areas, a swimming pool, observatory, walk paths, children areas and other leisure-time activities. Restaurant and cafés available in the park.

Olympia park

Modern, huge park. Long path for bicycles and roller skates. Fast-food, café, toilets available in Park. Climbing tower available for adults. There is a cyclist path along the river, leading all the way to Vienna!

Open Garden “Otevřená zahrada”

The open garden in the very centre of Brno is an ideal place for rest, education and entertainment. You can find an educational garden where you can experience an agricultural cycle from the bottom to the streets. Here, you can enjoy themed courses, school programs, as well as your own corporate events, conferences, wedding or celebration.

Hot-Air Balloon flights

Balloon flights are very popular in Brno: you will notice it sooner or later, just watching the sky and the number of balloons flying over your head. Here is an English-speaking organization that provides hot-air balloon flights: letime-balonem.cz/en/balloon-rides-brno

Natural Sights

Quarry Velká Klajdovka, Natural Park Hády Llama Zoo “Lama Centrum”

Punkva caves, Abyss Macocha

Beautiful caves in Moravian karst, one of the most beautiful natural sights in the CR. Punkva cave is interesting for its river inside – the tour takes place on boats, as well.

You can find an extensive list of ideas for trips here: kudyznudy.cz/vylety/jizni-morava.aspx

The website offers not only a detailed description of walking/hiking/exploring routes, but a lot of information about what to see and where to go on the trip. It is only in Czech.

Ferry boats

Ferry boats on Brno dam

The public transport company does not organise only trams, trains and buses, but also boats on the Brno reservoir. The boats travel up and down the lake throughout the day. You can go right to the far end, where you will find Veveri Castle, or get off at any of the intermediate stops and wander around the woods – with nice restaurants and playgrounds. The castle itself is a spectacular sight, although neglected for fifty years. It is only now beginning to come alive again, so tours of the interior aren’t so interesting just yet. However, walking round the castle, with its great towers, walls, and inner buildings is enjoyable, and almost every weekend there is some kind of an event taking place there. Possible to rent a ferry boat for a private group, as well.

Fun

Exit/escape rooms

Escape rooms have become very popular in Brno as of late. There are some 30 venues right now, and the number is growing. See the list of places: http://www.escape-games.cz/brno (CZE only)

Almost all of the rooms can be played in English: just ask them to prepare the room in English for you when booking.

Life action role playing

Court of Moravia

Live, action, role playing – LARP

It is an experience that allows you to try a setting that you hardly could otherwise: a mock trial of a court, business meeting, or any other situation.

Cinema

Cinema city

Modern cinema multiplex, offering new movies usually in English with Czech subtitles. 3D movies available.

  • Olympia shopping centre – Brno – Modřice (bus or car); Velký Špalíček shopping centre – city centre
  • website

University Cinema Scala

Masaryk university cinema with rich history and beautiful interiors. Screening not only films, but also hosting festivals and lectures.

  • Scala building, Moravské square 3, (The Brno Expat Centre is located in the same building
  • website (ENG)

Observatory

Brno Observatory and Planetarium

Modern observatory and planetarium with interesting program, guides speak English and German, also some programs offered in English and German.

Libraries

Moravian Library

Modern library with a section of English books (and other language, as well). A peaceful place to read and study, with a nice café, too.

Jiří Mahen Library

Modern library with a section of English books (and other language, as well). A peaceful place to read and study right in the very centre of the city.

Stand-up comedy

Brno often hosts touring English speaking comedians from Prague, Austria, Poland, etc.

One of the groups organising regular stand-up nights is Laughing Stones English Comedy in Brno. Stay tuned to their Facebook Group: facebook.com/Laughing-Stones-English-Comedy-in-Brno (ENG). Another one is the Velvet Comedy.