Prague Parks and Gardens

Charming Prague Hotels | 22. 6. 2015

tired of the city? Travelling with kids? What about relaxation in green areas than...we have choosen some places, which might come handy for you:

Gardens of Prague Castle
The Prague Castle is surrounded by gardens in perfect shape and you can admire the work of handy gardeners.
One of the most historically valuable gardens is Royal garden – you can easy get there from tram stop Kralovsky Letohradek (tram no. 22 going from city centre). The Garden on the Terrace of the Riding School and the Garden on the Bastion (in the style of Italian and Japanese gardens) are best accessible from the tram stop Pohorelec (tram no. 22 going from city centre). At the south part of Prague Castle Area you can find the Paradise Garden, the Garden on the Ramparts or the Hartig Garden. The south gardens are accessible via Old Castle stairs from the Lesser Town and offer really nice views of Prague.
How to get there: 

  • tram stop Malostranska – tram no. 12, 18, 20, 22
  • metro stop Malostranska – green line A
  • tram stop Kralovsky Letohradek – tram no. 1, 8, 15, 18, 20, 22
  • tram stop Pohorelec – tram no. 15, 22

Parks and gardens in the Lesser Town
Vrtba garden
Situated in Karmelitska street in Lesser Town. The unique Italian-style terraced Baroque garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Prague. The best time for visiting the garden is spring and summer when you can admire blossoming flowers. There are some statues in the park.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Hellichova – tram no. 12, 20, 22

Find more information about Vrtba Garden (Vrtbovská Zahrada)

Wallenstein garden
Wallenstein garden (Valdstejnska zahrada in Czech) is one of the most significant compositions of early baroque. It is a beautiful place where you can get a rest for your body and soul. There are fountains, pond with fishes, artificial stalactites wall, copies of original sculptures from the Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries, aviary with exotic birds and you can meet here peacocks and wild ducks too. There are concerts and other cultural events during the summer.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Malostranska – tram no. 12, 18, 20, 22
  • metro stop Malostranska – green line A

Find more information about Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská Zahrada)

Prague Kampa Park is placed on the left bank of the Vltava River, close to the Lesser Town. It is a nice rather small quiet place which offers many attractions and some galleries to regenerate both the body and soul. There are two main roads, one leads alongside the Vltava and the second one follows Certovka (river canal). Both roads are lined with full-grown broadleaved trees, which offer a nice shadow during a hot summer days. Restaurants on the bank of Vltava river offer unique views worth of your visit. It is one of most romantic part of Prague.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Hellichova – tram no. 12, 20, 22

Petrin is an amazing green area on a hill very close to the city centre; you can get there by funicular (part of public transport). Spring and autumn are the right seasons to visit Prague Petrin, because in this time truly sparkles in it\'s full splendour. It is favorite place for couples in love to go for a stroll here. Visit the Petrin lookout tower, the mirror maze (hall with distorting mirrors), spend time in unique rose garden or just walk along the beautiful park. There is Astronomical Observatory open for public (find more here: Štefánik Observatory). You can walk to the Prague Castle from here or enjoy nice views on the way down through an orchard.

The Petrin area is connected with the Kinsky garden, where you can admire wide array of local as well as exotic tree species. There are ornamental lakes and the waterfall too.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Ujezd – tram no. 12, 20, 22

Parks on the Vltava River
Detsky ostrov (Kids Island)
It is by the left bank of the Vltava River (Old and New Town side), just next to Janackovo nabrezi. You can get there either from the left bank, or you can use a river boat going from the right bank (the river boat is a part of the Public transport). Your children will love the playground with many and many swings, climbing frames, roundabouts or sandpits.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Arbesovo namesti – tram no. 6, 9, 12, 20
  • river boat going from Smetanovo nabrezi (public transport)

Strelecky ostrov (Shooter Island)
Nice green area in the middle of the Vltava River. You can have a rest on some of many benches and admire beautiful view of Prague skyline. There is a restaurant, popular for its views of National Museum, Zofin Island and Legion Bridge. The Island is children friendly - you can find here a nice playground build in the shape of boat.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Narodni divadlo – tram no. 6, 9, 18, 22

Zofin – Slovansky Ostrov (Slavic Island)
This is beautiful place, where you can sit and watch the Vltava river near to the National Theatre. There are many benches where you can relax, for kids is prepare playground which offers a lot of fun. The palace on the island called Zofin is a place, where you can go for a dinner or for a dance. You can also hire a little boat here and enjoy the magic of rowing on your own in the middle of historical center, which can be very romantic.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Narodni divadlo (National Theatre) – tram no. 6, 9, 18, 22

Parks and gardens in the Old Town
Frantiskanska zahrada (Franciscan garden)
Little garden situated right in the heart of Prague center, close to Wenceslas Square – on the edge of the Old Town and New Town. In summer you can have a rest on some of the many benches sheltered by arches that are covered with beautiful roses. There is a playground with swings and climbing frames, separated from the rest of the garden by wall. A delicious patisserie with ice-cream is situated in near to the passage leading from Vodickova street.
How to get there:

  • metro stop Mustek (Green line A or Yellow line B) – exit Jungmanovo square
  • tram stop Vodickova – tram no. 3, 9, 14, 24

Parks and gardens in the New Town
Karlovo namesti (Charles Square)
Large green park area with two water fountains and many grown up trees around that offer a enjoyable shadow especially in hot summer days. Even though the park is situated close to main traffic roads, it is a nice place, where you can sit and relax on some of many benches located throughout the park. You can admire the statutes of Czech famous people such as Karolina Svetla, Eliska Krasnohorska or J. E. Purkyne or the beauty of surrounding buildings – the New Town Hall, the Faust House or the Jesuit College.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Karlovo namesti – tram no. 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 16, 18, 22, 24
  • Metro stop Karlovo namesti (Yellow line - B)

Parks and gardens close to the city center
Stromovka is one of the largest parks in Prague. There are small lakes and mature trees that allow you to have a nice rest in shade; it is an ideal place for picnics. Stromovka offers many attractions such as Planetarium, Exhibition Grounds, nice playground that has recently been renovated and many more. One of the paths will lead to you to the river where a small bridge is. The path takes you across the bridge to the Prague ZOO, Troja castle or to the Botanic garden.

How to get there:

  • tram stop Vystaviste – tram no. 5, 12, 14, 15, 17

Riegrovy sady (Rieger gardens)
Rieger gardens are beautiful green area, close to the city centre (to New Town). If you enter the gardens from Polska street and continue along, the path will lead you to a “crossroad”. On your right side, there is a very sophisticated playground with many catchy attractions as well as place where you can sit and have a drink. If you choose the left side, it will get you to more quiet green areas, where you can enjoy many breathtaking lookouts of Prague, such as Petrin hill or Hradcany with Prague Castle.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Vinohradska trznice – tram no. 11

Letna (Letna Hill)
The dominant of Letna Hill is the metronome on the top, clearly visible from Dvorakovo nabrezi (opposite river bank in the Old Town). The surrounding park offers nice place to sit and relax as well as many activities. There are at least two playgrounds for children. The park, especially during the summer weekends, could be little bit overcrowded by rollerbladers, skateboarders and cyclists (but it is still worth of visit). There are nice views of Prague historical center and the Vltava river. The shadow might be very pleasant in summer and it is romantic place in summer evenings. It is possible to walk from the Prague Castle through this park to the Old Town (and across the bridge).
How to get there:

  • tram stop Cechuv most – tram no. 8, 12, 17            

Other interesting parks and gardens in Prague
Prague ZOO
The ZOO is situated in location Troja (North of Prague by the river), where you can get by Prague Public Transport or by crossing the bridge from Stromovka park. Prague ZOO is highly advanced garden, showing animals in conditions that most closely approaching their natural environment. In 2007 Prague ZOO was marked as the 7th best ZOO in the world by prestigious magazine Forbes Travels. There are many attractions, besides animals, such a lookout tower, funicular or kids area including small ZOO where they can touch some animals like a goats or sheep, swings and climbing frames or small train. It is an ideal place to spend a day here with children. It is good idea to combine visit with nearby Botanical Garden. Find more here:Prague ZOO official website

How to get there:

  • tram stop Vystaviste – tram no. 5, 12, 14, 15, 17 (walk thru the Stromovka park,  cross the bridge)
  • bus stop Zoologicka zahrada – bus no. 112 (going from Nadrazi Holesovice)

Botanical garden in Troja
The garden is in Troja, placed above the Prague ZOO. It is a beautiful place to spend a day here. The garden with it\'s more than 15 000 higher plant species is the second largest in Europe. The open air exhibitions, Japanese Garden and historical vineyard St. Claire are open for public same as the tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana (exhibitions of live exotic butterflies are very popular here).
Find more here: Botanical Garden

How to get there:

  • bus stop Botanicka zahrada Troja – bus no. 112 (going from Nadrazi Holesovice)

Hvezda Game Preserve (Letohradek Hvezda)
The area is situated at Prague 6 (western part of Prague – direction to Prague Airport), which is probably the greenest district in Prague. It is a large green area, so if you need to have a rest from rush city, this is a perfect place. There is a Summer Pavilion (dedicated to historicaly important medieval battle) with unusual ground plan in the shape of a hexagram; the building and the game preserved are named after it.
How to get there:

  • tram stop Vypich or Obora Hvezda – tram no. 15, 22

Vitkov hill area
The park is on the Vitkov hill. The location will provide you with beautiful view of Prague skyline. There is a National Memorial Museum and a big Statue of Hussite leader Jan Zizka from Trocnov (visible from a big distance). The Vitkov hill is a quiet nice place where you can have a picnic, enjoy the walk or let you kids play on the playground.
The memorial is accessible only for groups by prior arrangements or during special actions organises by the National Museum. Booking at 222 781 676, 608 883 464 or
The building doesn’t have a barrier-free access.
How to get there: 

  • bus stop Tachovske namesti – bus no. 133, 175 going from Florenc

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