Prague is one of the greenest cities in the World. According to the HUGSI Index, an AI-powered satellite solution that quantifies the greenness of cities around the world, Prague is ranked 13th globally and 9th in Europe in terms of availability of public green spaces. In fact, they represent 56% of the city’s urban area.
The city has a lot to offer to its inhabitants, with 179.8 square meters of green space per person divided in numerous parks, all designed with proper running paths and all welcoming dogs as well (even though sometimes only on a leash).
So, which are the most famous parks in Prague?
Letná park was established in 1860 in Prague 7, one bridge away from the city center. It is actually located on the site of a former vineyard and is one of the biggest parks in Prague. Today it’s a prime stop for relaxation and entertainment with its beer gardens and its stunning view over the city.
Between 1955 and 1962 it was the home of the world’s largest monument to Josef Stalin. The monument measured 15.5 meters (51ft) in height and was 22 meters (72ft) long. It was taken down with 800 kilograms of explosive. Letna Park’s signature monument, the ticking metronome, now sits on the remains of the Stalin one. The area around the ticking metronome is also a popular spot for skateboarding and rollerblading.
The park is also the home of the oldest preserved carousel in Europe, currently under renovation and, every August, of the Letni Letna circus festival.
Known as Prague’s Central Park, Stromovka is also its biggest park at almost 250 acres. Also located in Prague 7, it was founded in 1268 by King Přemysl Otakar II as a royal hunting ground for his summerhouse.
Today it is a popular place for runners, bikers, and bladers: it is the perfect place to be active or to just relax, away from the hustle of the city.
One of its main attractions is the Dubový pahorek, a raised island where several oak trees grow.
Located in Prague 2 on the site of a former wine-yard, Riegovy Sady offers a striking view of Prague Castle. At sunset, it is the perfect place to have a nice date or enjoy a drink from its beer garden!
As it is located on a steep hill, it’s also the perfect place for runners looking to get an intense workout or for families wanting to have a delightful picnic.
Havlíček Park (Grebovka)
As it faces away from the city center, Grebovka can offer a unique outlook on the city. It is located in the Vršovice neighborhood, on the site of a vineyard which is still fully operational to this day, being open every Friday evening. This vineyard is all that remains of the one originally founded by Charles IV in the 14th century.
This park is quite unique as it was inspired by the Italian Renaissance. It thus features several pavilions, fountains and statues. We would also advise you to visit the artificial cave present in the park.
Divoká Šárka is located at the outskirts of the city, in Prague 6. More than a park, it is actually a huge natural reserve that offers a variety of sights and activities to its visitors and is the perfect place for a hike during the weekend.
Its history starts in the 9th century, with the first fortified township of Prague, of which the remains can still be admired in the park.
In the middle of the reserve one can find a swimming pool and a small bistro, where it is possible to stop for a small lunch, beer or ice cream. During hot days, one can also put their legs into the steam running through the park to enjoy the refreshing water.
As many other parks in Prague, Petřín Hill is also located on the site of a former wine yard. It is also the park with the greatest elevation in the city of Prague: in fact, it is located 320 meters above sea level!
As it is the home of the famous Petřín Lookout Tower, it offers one of the most stunning views of the city. Visiting the park, however, can be quite a hike. If you would like to avoid the long walk, you can also take the Funicular to Petrin, which can be ridden using regular public transport tickets. However, please be aware that long lines can be expected during the touristy season.
When visiting Petrin Hill during Spring and Summer, we also recommend a stop in the nearby “Angelato” for a refreshing artisanal gelato.