Summer is already here and with it comes high temperatures. At this time of the year, we are all seeking cool and shade. Are you running out of ideas about what you can do during summer in Brno to hide from the heat? To help you cope with these high temperatures, here is a list of 5 places where you can cool down and relax in Brno and its surroundings.
Although the ocean is not part of the Czech landscape, there are other ways to cool off in hot weather. Located north of the city, the Brno Lake is very much appreciated by locals and tourists during summertime. What we call a lake is actually a reservoir, previously known as the Kníničky Reservoir. The lake is surrounded by vast forests on each side and thus offers opportunities for not only swimming and watersports but also for hiking and cycling. The reservoir is easily accessible by tram from Česká (numbers 10, 3). It takes about 20 minutes to reach the station Přístaviště. And from the tram station, the lake is only a 6-minute walk.
If you follow the Svratka River a little bit further, you will reach the Veveří Castle. This is one of the largest and oldest castles in not only Moravia but also in the entire Czech Republic. The castle is easy to reach by car or public transport. From the lake, you can take bus number 303 and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the castle. You can also Park up at the Bystrc part of the lake and take the scenic boat to Veveří. Then, it takes a short 20-minute walk to reach the castle. Enjoy the cool interior of the castle while immersing yourself in the history of the region. You can also attend one of the several cultural and social events, exhibitions, concerts, wine tastings, and festivals which take place every year at the Veveří Castle.
In summer, the pool is the easiest option to avoid the heat. Kraví Hora is our favorite place to take a refreshing dip in the pool and enjoy a breathtaking view of Brno. It is a wellness center with saunas, jacuzzis, and cold pools. The outdoor pools at the complex are heated and offer comfortable swimming with water temperature between 23 and 25°C.
You can also enjoy the two beach volleyball courts and two playgrounds with artificial surfaces for sporting activities. Both sides have been renovated, and are now equipped with a high-quality resin surface. You can also find many other swimming pools where you can go in Brno (e.g. Riviéra, Dobrák, Zábrdovice, etc.).
Labyrinth under the vegetable market
The heat can discourage you from visiting a city. Thankfully, you have the opportunity to visit the city of Brno from another angle. In fact, you can explore the history of the Brno underground through six different tours to shed some proper light on it. The Labyrinth under the vegetable market for example is a great place to visit during hot summers when the city feels like a frying pan. This walk-through history will show you how the cellars were used when they were created and introduce you to important figures in Brno’s history. The tour involves conquering 212 stairs. You will discover unique and secret recesses of medieval corridors and cellars underneath one of the oldest squares in Brno. The entrance is on the square Zelný trh in front of the Cosmopolis Café.
Discover a church within a church
Taking advantage of the heat to visit a church or a cathedral seems perfect to appreciate the freshness and the architectural beauty of the latter. St. Johns’ Church (Kostel Svatých Janů) is a Roman Catholic cathedral built in the 13th century in the historical center of Brno. Located in the very heart of the city, the monastery complex with the church and the Loreto chapel has been listed as a cultural monument of the Czech Republic since 1958. St. John’s Church is just a 6-minute walk away from the main train station. If from the outside, the church looks quite simple, the inside is breathtaking. Besides the amazing architecture, you can find a copy of the Loreto chapel inside the church.
The Moravian Karst
The Czech Republic is known for its natural treasures like its forests and lakes. Located north of Brno near the town of Blansko, the remarkable valleys called Pustý žleb and Suchý žleb provide a beautiful glimpse of this wealth. The shade of the trees will make your hikes more pleasant by protecting you from the heat. It is also here that the Moravian Karst is located. There are over 1 000 caverns and gorges, of which five cave systems are open to the public. The Punkva Caves (Punkevní jeskyně) are one of them. After visiting part of the cave on foot, the boats will bring you to the bottom of the abyss for a very unique tour. A little piece of advice: remember to take a sweater if you want to enjoy the visit. Indeed, if outside the temperature is close to 30°C in summer, inside the caves the temperature usually doesn’t exceed 8°C.
Do you like to stay home during high temperatures?
Even if it is not typical in the Czech Republic to have apartments equipped with air conditioners, it is possible to find some. There are these air-conditioned ones on Kamenná street near Mendlovo náměstí in Brno with access to a common garden.
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