Prague is a vibrant city, though sometimes one needs to break out of the city's hustle and bustle. Sometimes the best you can do is to escape to the nature, to enjoy a peaceful time away from crowded attractions and only hear the sound of the wind in the trees... Let's explore the green side of Prague and see how easy it can be to combine a city with nature. Parks and valleys are open 24/7 – get outside and enjoy Prague's abundant green spaces!
Divoká Šárka (Wild Šárka)
Divoká Šárka is a huge nature reserve on the northwestern outskirts of Prague which offers peace, silence and various activities to keep you busy all day long - hiking or biking on paths, climbing some of the hills to get an amazing view of the valley or a swimming pool.
I had no intention to include Prague's gardens in this blogpost, however this is a hidden gem right in the city centre that only few tourists know about. It finds itself tucked between Jungmannovo Square and Wenceslas Square, in the heart of the New Town. The garden is designed mainly for relaxation - an oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling city center.
Please note: the garden is closed overnight.
Grébovka (Havlíčkovy Gardens)
One of the most beautiful parks in Prague, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, with fountains and water cascades, lakes, vineyards and a charming grotto, as well as a unique view of the city. Convenient for long walks or picnics.
TIP: Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the grape harvest festival in fall.
This park is frequently visited all year long. Not only because of the astonishing view of Prague and the Vltava River with its bridges. The park itself is large and there's plenty to do (from BBQ through picnic to simply lay on the grass). It's also very popular with bikers, inline skaters and runners (who usually don't give way to pedestrians). Be sure to check out the Hanavský Pavilion (built in Art Nouveau style) or the Metronome (former site of Stalin's Monument).
TIP: A very popular place for slacklining
Petřín hill has more to offer than the lookout tower, the mirror maze or the observatory. The additional benefit is its location close to the Prague Castle, it's easily accessible which makes it convenient and accessible to travelers or Prague residents.
Prokopské and Dalejské Valley
Dalejské and Prokopské Valleys were declared a nature reserve thanks to the occurrence of protected plants and deposit of fossils - this is where the remains of woolly rhinoceros and mammoths were found.
The Průhonice park not only appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List but it is also valuable from the dendrological point of view with its collection of local and exotic plants. The Neo-Renaissance castle is only partially open to the public but it is still possible to admire its beauty from the outside.
TIP: Come here at the end of May to see the beautiful collection of rhododendrons, consisting of around 8 000 units!
A small park in Vinohrady district is very popular among locals, expats and sunset lovers. This park offers a magical view of the sunset over the Prague Castle. Grab a blanket and settle down to people watch until its magic hour. If you don't want to leave this place after the sunset, go to the nearby beer garden and fetch some drink.
Vitkov Hill, with its famous memorial nine meters tall equestrian statue of the Hussite leader and commander Jan Žižka, offers a stunning view of Prague from a different perspective. This spot is popular by locals for jogging, skating or just taking a pleasant walk.
TIP: Visit the Military Museum and the nuclear bunker hidden under the hill.
The Vyšehrad area itself is large and only a walk there will reward you with beautiful scenery of the Czech capital. The park area holds hidden architectural treasures including the Prague's oldest surviving building (the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century), the neo-Gothic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul or the national cemetery Slavín.
Tip: When leaving, make sure to take a beer in the local beer garden!
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