Prague’s parks and green spaces have much to offer – from places to lounge and catch some rays, to great cafes, historical sights and opportunities to purchase cold beer. You’ll be able to view some wonderful flowers, birds, and even swim outdoors in our selection of the most beautiful below.
Gardens of Petřín Hill
Petřín Hill gardens – the largest green space in Prague – sits on the slopes of this famous hill. Petřín is actually home to several gardens, including the Rose Orchard (or rosarium) and the Seminar Garden, which contains over 150 shrubs (many flowering ones) and over 100 fruit trees. The area around the lookout tower has also been transformed into a garden, where you’ll find plenty of shaded spots to sit down, great viewpoints over the city and a number of sculptures.
Letná Park might be most famous for its large beer garden, but the park has much to offer visitors, including some of the best views over the Vltava river, Old Town and Prague’s most beautiful bridges. Letna is home to the oldest still functioning carousel in Europe, as well as the Hanavský Pavilion, a neo-baroque structure originally built for the 1891 Jubilee World Fair.
Originally a 13th-century game reserve, Stromovka is now one of the largest parks in Prague. Green meadows, a number of ponds and plenty of trails for strolls make this a favorite destination for both couples and single travelers. In addition to great spots for picnics, there is also a cafe and paths to skate away the calories after you’ve eaten.
These 17th-century formal gardens are designed in a traditional baroque style around a palace. Although small, the gardens are very private and in the summer become the perfect location for live concerts. The garden is best known for its beautiful large fountains, bronze statues and wall of artificial stalactites – as well as for its ornate flower arches and abundant greenery.
Divoka Šarka is a unique park because it doesn’t look like an urban space – instead, it is a natural preserve with the look and feel of a hiking park, full of trails, a gorge and beautiful treacherous cliffs. Home to the rare black woodpecker, Divoka Šarka also contains a lake and a public swimming pool.