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