Live your Capricious Summer
Indoor swimming pools are fi ne but they cannot compare to the unique atmosphere of outdoor bathing. If you agree, you might appreciate the following tips for lidos and bathing facilities which would win even the hearts of the characters in Vančura’s novel.
Like 100 years ago
To prevent confusion - there is no point in looking for the famous Krok’s river baths from the film. The wooden structure was raised only for the purposes of the making of the fi lm at the confl uence of the River Lužnice and the Bechyně Stream in Veselí nad Lužnicí. There are no remains of it nowadays. But do not despair. You can wear your retro striped bathing suit in other places, such as the swimming site in Senohraby, Central Bohemia, at the confluence of the rivers Mnichovka and Sázava. Time seems to have come to a halt there a century ago. The bathing pier, the wooden changing huts, the ferry with the ferryman’s cottage – that is just a part of this stylish bathing site.
Pack your swimsuit and board the train
If you want to take our trains to enjoy some outdoor bathing, check out Pardubice. The Cihelna bathing site is a sure bet. The modern facility features a range of swimming pools and water attractions, including a classic swimming pool, a 3.7 m deep diving pool, a relaxation pool and a water playground. You can try out two parallel winding water slides with timers and two parallel simple slides, a waterfall or a wild river. Or you can relax in two whirlpools.
Tickets to Pardubice
If you are really keen on bathing in nature, Olomouc is the region to go. It is dense-ly dispersed with former stone or sand quarries turned into lakes, such as the popular Výkleky Lake east of Olomouc. Similar fi ne lakes in former sand and gravel pits can be found in Poděbrady, Mohelnický Bagr, Náklo (where you can try wakeboarding or paddleboarding), Majetín or Moravičany.
Tickets to Olomouc
Even if you prefer to stay on our train all the way to Ostrava, make sure you take your bathing suit with you. Remarkably, this part of the country offers countless opportunities for bathing in nature. But we will take you to the north-west, just outside the limits of the regional metropolis, to the Hlučín gravel pit, arguably the most attractive bathing site in the north of Moravia. You can also bathe in Ostrava itself – in the neighbourhood of Poruba. The Vřesina Lido is a record breaker – it boasts the largest swimming pool in Central Europe.
Tickets to Ostrava
The next tip is the picturesque art-deco lido in Mšeno, Central Bohemia. Located in the charming Kokořín area, the site is still run as the municipal bathing facility. You can enjoy not only its interwar atmosphere, but also a 50-m swimming pool and tower fountains. The location is also popular among film-makers and advertisement designers. It appeared, for instance, in Saša Gedeon’s The Indian Summer.
Text: Petr Manuel Ulrych
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