It's hot in Brno, let's take a dip
Hot summer days are back and a very few things feel better now than plunging into cool water of a Brno swimming pool, lido or natural reservoir. We have prepared a newly updated list of them. Feel free to let us know if you have any more tips.
1) PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
Kraví Hora swimming pool (indoor + outdoor)
Swimming pool Kraví Hora is modern, fully renewed, with stainless pools (50m outdoor, 25m and 15m indoor). Average water temperature 27 °C.
Outdoor swimming pool in Královo pole, Křižíkova 9
Modern swimming pool with 3 pools: 25m for swimmers, 25m for non-swimmers with a slide, and a shallow pool for children with a slide. Refreshment shops available on site.
Outdoor swimming pool 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 am – 9 pm daily.
Riviéra – Outdoor natural swimming park with pools
Located behind the trade fair grounds along the Svratka river, 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 a bar to shady quiet corners. Facilities and refreshment available.
Biotop – Outdoor natural swimming park, Horní Heršpice
Natural swimming biotope close to the Svratka river where the water is cleaned with plants, algae and microorganisms without any chemical substances. Better for playing around than swimming, amazing for children. Open from June to September, facilities and refreshment available.
Aquapark Kohoutovice (indoor + outdoor terrace)
New, modern aquapark, opened the whole year. 3 pools (one for swimmers, one for relaxation with bubbles, plus one in summer on the roof). Activities available: sauna, fitness room.
Swimming pool near Lužánky park (indoor + outdoor terrace)
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, a 25m swimming pool with 6 lanes. Fitness and aqua aerobic activities and children’s swimming courses available.
Aqualand Moravia in Pasohlávky (indoor + outdoor)
One of the most recent and modern water entertainment centers in the ČR with 12 pools, water slides, rafts, and U-Wave. There also are special pools, slides and animation programs for children, as well as a wellness area for their parents. From Brno you can get there by car (20 min) or by bus 105.
2) NATURE SWIMMING AREAS
There are many various lakes in South Moravia. If you’re tired of crowded swimming pools, prefer some greenery and 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 monitors the quality of water regularly, so you can check it online to see which places are ok for swimming.
Here are some of the places located within approximately 30 mins drive from Brno.
A romantic valley in Brno-Líšeň district with several water reservoirs. First one is near more than 300-year-old Kadlecův mlýn (Kadlec Mill); 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, together with mobile toilets and changing rooms. Accessible for bicyclists and skaters, too.
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, with small pool for children, grass and trees around; facilities and refreshments.
Mušov / Nové Mlýny lakes – Pasohlávky, Strachotín, Pavlov, Milovice
Three large lakes created in the 1980’s. Various places and campsites with a beautiful view of the Pálava ridge and vineyards. Merkur Camp in Pasohlávky with a separate small lake and a water lift for wake boarding and water skiing.
Kuřim – Srpek lake
Smaller, recently renovated pleasant lake; accessible by car or train; grass and trees, no facilities nearby.
Blansko – Pálava 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 LAKE
After almost two decades of unpleasant green algae and three years of serious and intense cleaning efforts, the „Sea of Brno“ has come back to its former glory. It offers a broad range of relaxing options at the end of a tiring summer working day or during the weekend. Only a tram or boat ride away, you can choose from busy beaches with entertainment, facilities and bars, or quiet grassy meadows and shaded tree groves away from it all. So – what is there:
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.
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.
The „parník“, meaning „steam boat“ is actually no steam boat at all – they have always been electric, battery-operated, thus 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 also are 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.
Water bicycles for two or family-sized as well as small boats are available at Kozí Horka.