Prague is all about the charming architecture which can be seen at nearly every corner. Sometimes you might not even know, but behind those architectural buildings, or a short ride from the city centre, numerous parks and gardens are to be found too. Those green parks are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, or a place to take your children to if they need a break. For example, at Petřín Park or Havlíčkovy Sady, you will find children’s playgrounds too. Petřín Parks are also the largest of Prague’s parks and simply must be visited on a hot summer’s day, with a break for lunch or dinner or to take in the great views. Or after a visit to Prague Castle, do not take a tram back, but rather just stroll down via the beautifully restored Castle Gardens.
Petřín Park (Petřínské sady)
Location: Prague 1 – Malá Strana
Petřín Hill is one of the largest urban expanses of greenery, and its slopes are an oasis of calm in the centre of Prague. The area is like a park-woodland with lots of statues, gardens, orchards and winding cobblestone and asphalt paths meandering up its steep slopes. At the top you will see the Petřín lookout tower, which offers a breathtaking view of the entire city.
Riegrovy Park (Riegrovy sady)
Prague 2 – Vinohrady
This park, more than a hundred years old, has many half-hidden secluded nooks and crannies, as well as wooded glades, open meadows and uncommon vistas of Prague. Its relatively small area of 27 acres (11 hectares) is densely interwoven with narrow asphalted pathways for romantic walks and sports.
Prague 3 – Žižkov
Vítkov Hill, interlaced with promenade trails, offers a remarkable view of almost the entire city. The whole park, still imbued with a 1930s atmosphere, is dominated by a monumental bronze statue of the Hussite leader, Jan Žižka. In-line skaters will appreciate the 3 km in-line trail, part of which goes through an illuminated tunnel which traverses the hill.
Central Park (Centrální park)
Prague 5 – Stodůlky
Prague’s ‘Central Park’ at Stodůlky is an interesting alternative for active leisure. In addition to the outdoor training facilities you will also find a publicly accessible fourcross (MTB) trail. The park is also suitable for in-line skating. It has the benefit of night lighting and an excellent connection to the Prokopské Valley / Prokopské údolí.
Hvězda Game Park (Obora Hvězda)
Prague 6 – Liboc
A large park with three majestic avenues; which used to be a game reserve, pandering to the hunting frivolities of Renaissance nobility. These days, it is a popular place for walking with dogs or for relaxation, running and jogging, cycling or cross-country skiing, or spending time with your children at the playground.
Prague 7 – Holešovice
This green oasis near the city centre is a popular place for sport and relaxation at any age. There you will find an extensive network of asphalt walkways with a slight camber, and night lighting. Stromovka Park is especially popular with runners, in-line skaters and mothers with prams. In the park are two picnic places with some basic equipment and special keep-fit features for adults and seniors.
Letná Park (Letenské sady)
Prague 7 – Holešovice
An extensive park with large grassy areas, mature trees and a varied mix of tree species, and some exceptional city views. An almost 4-kilometre-long asphalt trail is great for recreational in-line skating, cycling, and running. In the hot months you can top up on something to drink in the local summer garden, a place popular with Prague residents.