The Most Beautiful Green Spaces and Parks in Prague

Vrtbovska zahrada
Vrtbovska zahrada | © Profimedia.CZ a.s. / Alamy Stock Photo

Prague is one of the world’s greenest urban areas, with nearly 200 parks and recreational spaces scattered across the capital of the Czech Republic. From Havlíčkovy Sady, the second-largest park in Prague known for the villa Grébovka in its grounds, to the Vyšehrad fort on the eastern bank of the Vltava River and the slopes of Petřín Hill, there are plenty of great places from which to admire the city.

1. Watch the sun set from Riegrovy Sady

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Riegrovy Sady offers incredible views of Prague
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Riegrovy Sady is known for its slanted field and great views of Prague — a visit will make your fully appreciate why it’s known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The colourful sunsets in particular seen from this park are spectacular. There’s a beer garden where visitors can purchase snacks and sample local beers while watching films or a football match on the park’s massive screen.

2. Explore a 19th-century villa in Havlíčkovy Sady

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Vila Grébovka features lush vineyards and a pavilion
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Havlíčkovy Sady is the second-largest park in Prague and a 19th-century villa known as Grébovka (pictured above) is its main attraction. It features lush vineyards and a pavilion where you can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Another attraction is an old grotto with a great view of the park. Havlíčkovy Sady is an ideal place in Prague to set up a picnic under the shade of a tree in summer.

3. Enjoy a cold brew in Letná

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Tourists at the viewpoint at the Hanavsky Pavilion in Letna Park with a view of the Old Town of Prague
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Up the slopes of Letná Hill is a massive park where kids from all around the city can skateboard and play frisbee or football. While its stunning views of the Old Town draw both plenty of visitors, this park is most famous for its beer garden. During the hotter months, crowds will perch on the park benches and soak up the sun or play volleyball in the sand pit.

4. Picnic under a tree in Stromovka Park

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Stromovka Park
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This 95-hectare park is the largest green space in Prague and was opened in the 13th century as a game reserve for the summer houses nearby. Locals come here to enjoy a peaceful jog or walk their dog. You can have a cold beer under one of its trees or a picnic with friends and family. The park is also well known as a romantic place — from time to time, you may come across a couple exchanging vows under the canopy of trees.

5. Visit the historic Vyšehrad

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Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, viewed from the Vysehrad fort on a sunny day.
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Vyšehrad is a fort located on the eastern bank of the Vltava River. Though getting there requires a short climb, the views of the city make it worth your time. There are many architectural gems to explore in the grounds of the fort, such as the romanesque Rotunda of St Martin and the Neo-Gothic Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Kids can play in one of the park’s many playgrounds while adults can enjoy a cold drink in a beer garden.

6. Discover a fairytale garden at Vrtbovská Zahrada

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View of the Vrtba Garden (Vrtbovska zahrada) and St. Nicholas Church and other old buildings at the Mala Strana District (Lesser Town) in Prague.
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On the slope of Petřín Hill, Vrtbovská Zahrada is a beautiful high baroque garden. It’s one of the smallest gardens in the city but its architectural design and historical value make it one of the most precious. Built in 1720, the park is partially hidden on a busy street and passing through the entrance is like being transported back to a different century. It’s the ideal location for a romantic stroll — or even a marriage proposal.

7. Enter a tropical wonderland in Botanická Zahrada

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Botanická Zahrada in Prague features plants from around the world
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Botanická Zahrada (Botanic Garden) is home to rare tree species, a tropical forest, a Japanese garden and a vineyard. It is also a beautiful green space that can be explored even on rainy days and is an easy bus ride away from the city centre. Its most popular attraction is the Fata Morgana greenhouse, which is filled with flowers and plants from regions around the world.

8. Explore a national cultural monument, Letohrádek Hvězda

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Letohrádek Hvězda is located within a game reserve in Prague
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This Renaissance summer palace is a national cultural monument in a game reserve founded by King Ferdinand I in 1530. A journey to this beautiful park requires a trip on the tram but this star-shaped villa is worth the journey. You can learn about its architectural development or the Battle of White Mountain, which took place nearby, hike rugged trails or have a casual stroll, with the villa’s varied grounds providing plenty of room to roam in peace.

9. Hike the trails in Divoká Šárka

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Divoká Šárka is named after a mythical female warrior
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On the northwestern outskirts of Prague lies Divoká Šárka, a nature reserve named after a mythical female warrior who according to legend, threw herself off one of the cliffs here. You can walk around and take in the incredible scenery and the pool offers a place to cool off with a swim during the summer. When the colder months come, the frozen water reservoir becomes a skating area. There’s also plenty of room to play sports such as tennis and volleyball.

10. Celebrate with the locals on Střelecký Ostrov

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Woamn in red sitting on a bench, Strelecky ostrov, Praha, Prague
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Střelecký Ostrov (Střelecký Island) is in the middle of the River Vltava in the centre of Prague. Almost every day, the small island hosts a cultural event or celebration, including movie viewings at the open-air cinema. From the north bank of the river you can rent a paddle boat and make your way across to the island, enjoy a walk in the park before ending the day with a hearty meal and a cold beer at a restaurant on the south bank.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Diana Bocco.

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