After a long day of walking and exploring, unwind in Prague’s parks and period gardens. The Czech capital is one of the world’s greenest urban spaces, with nearly 200 parks and recreational spaces scattered around the city. For a romantic spot, a hiking adventure or a peaceful place to read Franz Kafka’s works, you can always find a park here that’s perfect for you.
Riegrovy Sady is known for its slanted field and its views of the Czech capital. From here, you will fully understand why Prague is nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires. The views are absolutely stunning, and on certain days, when the skies are clear, you will even be treated to a colourful sunset over Prague. The park also has a beer garden. Here, visitors can munch on all sorts of snacks and sample the local beers the city is famous for while watching a good movie or a football game on the park’s massive screen.
Havlíčkovy Sady is the second-largest park in Prague. A 19th-century villa known as Grébovka is its main attraction. The beautiful villa features lush vineyards and a pavilion where you can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Another of the park’s interesting attractions is an old grotto that offers an incredible panoramic view of Havlíčkovy Sady. With lush foliage all around the park, this is the ideal place in Prague to set up a picnic under the shade of a tree.
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 tourists and locals, 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.
The 95-hectare park is the largest green place in Prague. Stromovka was opened in the 13th century as a game reserve for the summer houses nearby. Locals come here to enjoy a peaceful jog or to walk their dog. You can have a cold beer under some of its trees or have 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 ancient trees.
Vyšehrad is a historic fort located on the banks of the Vltava River. Although getting there requires a short climb, the views of the city will make it worth your time; there are many hidden architectural gems to explore near the park, 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.
Located on the slope of Petřín Hill, Vrtbovská 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 gardens in Europe. Built in 1720, Vrtbovská Zahrada is partially hidden on a busy street; 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) – which is home to rare tree species, a tropical forest, a Japanese garden and even a vineyard – is an enchanting paradise. It is also a beautiful green place that can be explored even on rainy days. Escaping the buzz of city life to this sanctuary 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 various regions around the world.
This Renaissance summer palace is a national cultural monument located within a game reserve founded by King Ferdinand I in 1530. A journey to this beautiful park requires a trip on the tram, but rest assured that this star-shape villa is worth the journey. Visitors here 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 around in peace.
On the northwestern outskirts of the Czech capital lies Divoká Šárka, a nature reserve named after a mythical female warrior who, according to legend, threw herself off one of the cliffs in this beautiful green space. Those who love the great outdoors will have plenty to explore in Divoká Šárka. Aside from walking around and taking in the incredible scenery, the pool is the perfect place to cool off with a swim during the summer. But when the colder months come, the frozen water reservoir becomes a lively skating area. There’s also plenty of room to play sports such as tennis and volleyball.
Střelecký Ostrov (Střelecký Island) is located at the heart of Prague. Almost every day, the small island hosts a cultural event or some sort of celebration, including movie viewings at the open-air cinema. Rent a paddle boat and make your way across the river, then enjoy some peace and quiet by the riverbank before ending the day with a hearty meal and a cold beer at a restaurant on the south bank.