That’s the kind of place a girl would love to be invited to for a romantic picnic at sunset or a perfect spot for an unexpected proposal. Velka Klajdovka is actually a nature reserve with quite a big forest surrounding it.
However, a more interesting place is an old quarry called Hady, entrance is allowed at your own risk. Unless you are planning to jump off the scarp, there is nothing dangerous in that place. It’s rather surrounded by some magical atmosphere, people come here because it’s so close to the city center and so quiet and peaceful at the same time. You can run away from the city’s turmoil and forget about your problems. This place is inspiring, I felt my creative side sitting on the edge of the scarp. Brno lies at your feet, it’s so tiny while you’re powerful and imperious.
PEOPLE WERE THERE
It seems not only I was influenced by Klajdovka, others left trails of their existence as well. Inspiring texts, piled from rocks are not the only thing you can marvel at. Enormous hearts made of painted red rocks and love confessions are among them. I’m pretty sure a lot of people decide to take their wedding photos right here. When the sun sets Brno is covered with a beautiful hue allowing the photographer to show their ability. Personally, I’d like to experience the moment that Brno rises from a deep sleep and feels morning dew on my face.
It lays right below the Hady Quarry. The Růžena quarry is a small part of the entire quarry, which is fenced on one side and enclosed between rocks on the other. The quarry is full of protected plants and animals. There is also a wooden path between the reeds and a couple of smaller lakes. The quarry is quite small, it takes just a few minutes to walk through the reed path (it measures 170 meters) but of course, you can spend there as long as you need. Our visit definitely didn’t finish after a few minutes. we even managed to get cold.
Klajdovka is located between Brno Cerna Pole and Lisen. There are several buses you can take to get there: 78, 82 and 201 and the bus stop you’re interested in is Velka Klajdovka.
START: Brno Main Train Station (Hlavni nadrazi). Take tram number 2 (direction: Stara osada) and get off at the final stop. Here you need to change to bus number 201. It will take about half an hour to reach your destination.
START: Brno Main Train Station (Hlavni nadrazi). Take tram number 8 (direction: Lisen, Mifkova) and change to bus number 78 at Jirova bus stop.
START: Brno Main Train Station (Hlavni nadrazi). Take tram number 9 (direction: Julianov) and change it to bus number 78 at Delnicky dum stop.
I recommend you check the schedule before leaving to avoid long waiting times between stops. IDOS is a good place to check it online. As I mentioned get off at the Velka Klajdovka stop. From here you need to go back a bit to a road crossing with the main street (Jedovnicka) and go up the road. As soon as you reach hotel Velka Klajdovka turn left and continue straight.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery.
STAYING A NIGHT
For a better experience stay close enough for a morning coffee at the quarry. Take your blanket and enjoy the view. The closest one is Hotel Velka Klajdovka, where actually you don’t even need to leave your room for a great view. Or a close by apartment for rent called: Byt v Brne. Of course, you may stay in the fabulous Hotel Barcelo in the heart of Brno and take a morning/evening ride to the quarry.