Winter in Brno

Things to do in Brno in the Winter

The cold months have arrived in the Czech Republic, and that means its time to put on our hats and gloves and see what Brno has to offer for the winter season.

Although winter tends to give many of us “seasonal depression,” Brno has a variety of activities to keep us smiling during the short days and long nights of winter.

Ice Skating

I love Ice Skating, its always an adrenaline rush trying not to fall, avoiding the breaks in the ice, and other people on the rink

There are a few ice skating rinks in Brno that make for cheap and fun entertainment during the winter season.

Outdoor Skating Rink Vodova street in Královo Pole – end of tram line No. 12

– Open hours TU – FR 15:00 – 17:30 and 18:30 – 21:00
Weekends, Holidays 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 20:00

– You can contact them at +420 541 218 081 if you have any questions!

Brno Lake – Take a tram No. 1 and 11, direction PREHRADA- BYSTRC (The Lake).

– Always make sure conditions are safe, because you skate at your own risk.

Brno Lake (Photo Credit:Theresa Kishkan)

Olympia Shopping Center Outdoor Skating rink – 30 CZK for skate rentals.

– MO – FRI 13.00 – 15.00 and 16.00 – 18.00 and 19.00 – 22.00
– SA – SU 09.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 and 16.00 – 18.00 and 19.00– 22.00

Winter Sports

Ice hockey is the sport of Brno, and the Czech Republic.

HC Kometa – The most successful Czech hockey team today. The season runs from mid-September until the end of February, with playoffs and championship until mid-April.

Their schedule in English if you decide you want to experience an ice hockey game in Brno or around the Czech Republic.

HC Kometa Brno v PSG Zlín (Photo: Pavel Ševela)

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Dalacin Ski Resort – About 1hr15minutes north west of Brno, in the in the north-east of the Vysočina Region. The trails are suitable for both beginners and advanced.   Price and Open hours.  Contact Info: 603 487 566

Ski Club Luka nad Jihlavou –  1 hour west of Brno. Longest trail is 800 m. Once you are tired or too cold for skiing, there is a lovely cottage for refreshments and watching those coming down the slopes.   Price and Open hours but feel encouraged to contact them for the most up to date information: 732 921 877.
Ski Resort Olešnice – 1 hr north of Brno. With 500 m slopes, a great pub on site, accommodation, and ski lessons – its a great choice for a weekend ski and snowboarding trip. Contact info: 731 333 910
Ski Resort Olešnice

Skiing Predklasteri u Tisnova – 40 minutes, 25 km northwest of Brno. (direction Tišnov) With slopes 396 m above sea level, and great mountain views, you wont get bored of riding down the slopes, and they offer lessons.  Price and Open Hours.Contact Info: 606 305 293

Ski areál Filipov – 1hr 20min, 90 km east of Brno (towards Uherske Hradiste) located in a charming village in White Carpathians with two slopes around 550m long and artifical snow to guarentee good skiing.  Price and Open Hours Contact Info: 720 315 650

Cross Country Skiing

Brno Lake – We know you can ice skate on the Brno lake, but it offers much more winter time fun, such as cross country skiing around the reservoir.

Czech-Moravian Highlands – You can take a train or a drive about one hour north west of Brno. You can stop at Nove Mesto na Morave, Vlachovice, True Studne, or Frysava to find yourself in the highlands. They offer great trails so you can ski around and enjoy the scenery. You can stop at one the villages for some warm tea, soup, and coffee and be on your way again.

Moravian Highlands, Czech Republic

There are many more mountainous places around the Czech Republic for cross country skiing. Learn more about locations and trails around the Czech Republic.

Other Suggestions

Brno Zoo – The zoo is open all year around. During the winter months of November to February it is only open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Get bundled up and go see the animals in their winter habitats.

Kuřim, Czech Republic – Go check out Kuřim. It is located just 13 km northwest of Brno, and is home to some great sights. The best part about Kurim for wintertime is their large wellness center where you can do indoor rock climbing, swimming, fitness activities, etc.

Sledding – purchase a toboggan (sled) or use a plastic lid, bag, or some other creative items from the flat, and find a snow covered hill for some cheap but great fun!

Museums- Perhaps you havent made it to the museums that intrigue you, or during the warmer months you decided to save your crowns for some pivos on the terraces. Winter is the perfect time to go inside and explore the museums and galleries of Brno.

  • Anthorpos Pavilion – displays research of prof. Karl Absolon showing the evolution of man, and prehistoric animals like the mammoths. (Pisárecká 5)
  • Capuchin Monastery and Vault(Klaster kapucinu) – This is the place on the top of my to see list. It sounds fascinating and creeeeeepy. From what I understand it is a crypt where the skeletal remains of the Capuchin monks lay on display. Mummies and corpse that have been spectacularly perserved. Sounds interesting :D (Kapucinske nam. 5)
  • The Technical Museum in Brno – Often said to be a must see in Brno. With lots of exhibits, including hands on activities. If you have any interest in technology from cars and steam engines to bikes and planes and more, the museum offers exhibits for all interest. (Technické muzeum v Brně
    Purkyňova 105)
Capuchin Monastery during winter

Check out this short video clip of Brno during Winter.

What are your favorite things to do in Brno during the winter months? Do you have any suggestions or locations for fellow expats in Brno/Czech Republic?

Dont forget to check out the Christmas Markets at Namesti Svobody. :D

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