Weekend Guide to Hiking in Brno and South Moravia
With the weather being so good it’s a pity to stay home or exercise solely in indoor facilities. Hiking is a great option for those who want to stay fit and explore the nature of Brno. The city and its surrounding are full of exciting hiking paths suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers.
Brno and its suburbs offer unlimited options. Several attractive suburban hiking trails start in the Brno-Lisen district and lead to such places as the Ochozská and Pekárna caves. After your journey, you can refresh yourself at the natural outdoor Říčky swimming pool.
One of the most popular hiking trails is to Veveri Castle. You can easily reach the Brno ZOO or Brno Dam by tram and then start walking to the Castle for around 15 km. The walk is not very demanding so it’s suitable for everyone. Route details are here.
Tip: Find here the city hiking maps as created by Brno’s hikers. Every map features the hiking trail, total distance, elevation, and a short comment of its creator. A similar service is offered at Wandermap and Oudooractive websites.
Another great hiking trail runs through the forest, starting in Babice nad Svitavou, north of Brno. A clearly marked hiking path takes you around the Gothic Ronov Castle, leading you to the small U lípy arboretum, further on to the village of Útěchova (formerly a settlement under Ronov Castle), around beautiful quiet meadows, to the route’s final destination, Bílovice nad Svitavou just to rest in a pub “Sokolovna” where you get a warm meal any hour of the day.
If you want something a bit further afield, and not as challenging as climbing the hills in the north, the south of Brno is a perfect hiking and cycling region. You can find the hiking and cycling paths here.
South Moravian countryside has unique sights. At Palava hills, you can have a rail of around 20km, through Dolni Vestonice lake and end up in Mikulov. During the hiking trip, you will be able to enjoy amazing panoramic view of the protected area. You can find more information about the area, the historical spots and recommended hiking routes here.
Wine lover? Then check the guide of Moravian wine trails with a map. If you double-click on the map & enlarge, it shows various bike & walking trails in detail.
For the more adventurous hikers Macocha Caves and Moravian Karst are a good option. You need to prepare yourself with good hiking shoes before starting the long rail. The breathtaking natural landscape of the area will reward you, after all it’s one of the most stunning natural areas in the Czech Republic. Along with hiking, you can also enjoy the unique natural caves. To reach the spot you have to take a train to Blansko mesto from the main station.
Tip: If you want to enter the caves, a booking ahead is needed. The tickets are sold out weeks ahead in the tourist season.
Do you like castles and medieval sights? Great, the Czech Republic has the biggest density of castles and chateaux per square kilometer in Europe. Travel a little further from Brno and there you can find great hiking paths leading to spectacular castles. Pernstejn Castle was built during the 13th century is well preserved. The hiking path to the castle starts in Tisnov an it’s about 19 km. Lednice Chateau is another beautiful hiking destination combining the magical gardens of the Chateau and rich green forest.
Want to meet some new friends while hiking? Group Call of the Woods Brno organizes hiking excursions every weekend for exchange students, expats and locals. You can explore the nature, meet new people and practice your English! The hiking trips start again from September.
The foundations of an excellent network – 38 500 km – of well-marked, well-connected Czech hiking trails were laid down by the Czech Tourist Club more than 100 years ago. At this time, an extensive network of hiking trails was created and marked out by the club members and are maintained by them until today on a purely voluntary basis.
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