With a high proportion of green spaces, the Czech capital of Prague provides the perfect balance between bustling city break and relaxing getaway. Why not step away from the crowds of the Old Town and discover the natural side to this picturesque city?
Parts of this vast park were once vineyards in the days of Charles IV, but now the rolling hills are ideal for romantic summer walks. From here you can look out across the City Of A Hundred Spires, spotting the churches among the many terracotta roofs. The views get even better if you venture to the top of the hill and there you will also find Petrin Tower, a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Alight the tower for incredible 360° vistas – just be sure to take layers if it’s cold as the higher you go, the colder it gets.
A stroll along the iconic Vltava River will introduce you to this beautiful park. Because of its slightly elevated position, from this vantage point, the views of the Old Town are splendid. The park is home to a playground to keep the little ones entertained and there is a beer garden to rest and relax when the sun is shining.
Originally named the ‘people’s garden’, this was one of the first public green spaces to be created in Prague. Not far from Prague Castle, this humble park is definitely worth a visit after you’ve marvelled at the sight of the world’s largest castle complex. Despite its close proximity to the 9th-century icon, the park escapes the usual tourist thrum, so you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty in peace.
Its name is a homage to 19th-century politician František Ladislav Rieger and it’s argued that this park boasts the best views in the whole of Prgaue. And if the panoramic vistas aren’t enough to entertain you, the park is also home to a giant TV screen where sporting events are streamed.
The ideal location for a leisurely afternoon wander. As well a luscious green grass, the park has ponds, manicured gardens and scenic foot bridges, making it picture-perfect. For the active among us, rollerblading is a popular pastime here and you’ll spot quite a few joggers too.