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The Brno Dam is a hydraulic structure on the Svratka River. These days, the body of water around it is a favourite getaway spot for sport, relaxation, and recreation.

This area is also known by the nickname Prýgl. The dam was built between 1936 and 1940, and the body of water covers an area of 250 hectares. In the past, it served as a water reserve as well as a source of electric power. Lined by vast woods along both sides, it is suitable for swimming and watersports as well as for hiking and cycling. In winter, the frozen lake makes an ideal location for skiers and skaters alike.

Veveří Castle, towering on a rock above the water, is a popular destination, and the Brno Zoo is another nearby attraction.

The Brno Public Transport Authority operates several boats that travel between the wharf in Bystrc and Veverská Bítýška.

The area around the water has numerous summer houses, guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and cosy pubs, and the water itself is lined with beaches featuring children’s playgrounds, sports areas, and boat rentals.

One of Brno’s largest annual events, the Ignis Brunensis fireworks competition, takes place here in May and June, with fireworks launched from a floating dock on the water.

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