From biking and bobsleigh to planetariums, parks and spas, recreation in Prague is a mixed bag of high-energy activities and leisurely outings offering everything from exercise to exploration. The biggest deal in the world of recreation in Prague is the city’s parks. In 2006 alone, the city spent $40 million (CZK) to reconstruct the many parks located both inside and outside the city center. Prague parks offer plenty of opportunities for both relaxation and exercise. And the bonus is – the park is one of the best places to meet and mingle with the locals.
Some of the top Prague Parks include: Franciscan Garden, Petrin Hill, and Vrtba Garden all located within the city center, and Havlickovy Sady, Letna Hill, and Riegrovy Sady – just outside the center. If you just want to relax and enjoy the scenery, Franciscan Garden is a good bet. With colorful flowerbeds, and places to rest your tired feet, Franciscan Garden is popular with locals so you’ll put in a lot of time people watching here.
After walking up a hill, for around 300 steps, you’ll find yourself at the Observation Tower atop Petrin Hill. The tower is surrounded by gardens and lush greenery and offers magnificent views of Prague. Petrin Hill and Observation Tower is located at Petrin, Mala Strana, Prague 5, Czech Republic and the telephone number is 00420 257 320 112. Closing hours vary by time of year, but the Tower is typically open at 10 a.m. From statues and ornamental banisters to flower beds this Baroque garden offers some of the best views of St. Nicholas Cathedral and plenty of relaxation. Tucked away behind an unmarked “gate,” this Lesser Town garden may be difficult to find, but it’s well worth the search. Vrtba Garden is open to the public from April to October and it is located at Karmelitská 25, Prague 1.
Prague’s second largest park, Havlickovy Sady, is located just outside the city center roughly seven blocks south of the Metro Line A (Náměstí Míru). The park is perfect for walking since it has numerous paths, and it is also offers impressive views of Prague. The most attractive aspect of Havlickovy Sady is the Neo-Renaissance villa -- Villa Gröbe (Grébovka). Built as a luxury summer home for industrialist Moritz Gröbe in 1871 - 1888, the house has a gazebo, terraced garden, and a vineyard where you can enjoy a glass of wine. Havlickovy Sady is located at Vinohrady, Prague 2.
If you want to bike or watch the locals enjoying a warm, sunny day head to Letna Hill (Letná, Prague 7) where you’ll find paths filled with bikers and rollerbladers, and areas filled with skateboarders. If you’re up to it, climb Letna Hill where you can enjoy excellent views Prague and the Vltava River and bridges. And finally, for those looking for beer gardens, sports and interesting statues Riegrovy Sady is it. A popular park for locals during the warm summer months, the park also offers excellent views of the city and lively summer concerts.
Whether you’re tired from hiking up hills or rolling around on a segway tour, you can unwind at Karlovy Vary spa – the largest spa in the Czech Republic. With 12 mineral healing springs, this popular Czech spring offers appointments as well as tours.
Other popular recreational activities such as museums and galleries can be enjoyed any time of the year and just about anytime of the day as there is always a museum or gallery event on the horizon. To find out about Prague museums and galleries, visit my Czech Republic.
Prague Recreation Web Guide
For more information about Prague recreational activities, check out the sites below:
Prague.TV is an online city guide offering information about everything from cinema and relocating to Prague to a visitors guides and directories. You’ll find lists, summaries and contact information in the areas of sports and recreation, shopping, dining, restaurants, art and culture and more. Find out about canoeing tours, bike rentals, go-karting, golf, horseback riding, laser tag, paintball, parachuting, motorbike rental, pool halls, skate parks, skiing and snowboarding, sports arenas, swimming, tennis, bowling, and yachting.
City of Prague Tourism
The City of Prague website features a section for tourists called “Prague Information Service.” Here, you can find out about everything Prague has to offer including nightlife, restaurants, accommodations, shopping, transportation, museums and monuments, and much more! You can also find out about ways to save on admission prices across the city, and view photos of various sites and attractions.
The Prague Post is Prague’s news and entertainment source featuring reviews, hotel guides, dining guides, nightlife information, tourist information, shopping information, and more. You can find the Prague Post just about anywhere in the city.
This is a great website offering tons of information about attractions, restaurants, nightlife, art and culture, recreation, shopping, casino, news, and just about everything else that’s happening in and around Prague. You can also check out weather reports, maps, and transportation, as well as book hotel reservations, flights, hire a car, and more.
Find out about the best places to dine, sleep, party, shop, and explore. This online travel guide also features information about opera in Prague, sightseeing trips, deals on hotels and apartments, and a section dedicated to stag weekends.
Excellent place to find out about events and sightseeing tours around Prague as well as information on dining, shopping, hotels, recreation, attractions, and nightlife.
Fodors.com features summaries of places to see, eat, drink, and sleep in and around Prague. If you want a quick list of the top spots in Prague, you’ll find it here.
Frommers.com features summaries of places to see, eat, drink, and sleep in and around Prague. If you want a quick list of the top spots in Prague, you’ll find it here.
Lonely Planet features background information and fast facts about Prague, as well as places to see, drink, and eat. The site also features an image gallery, and shopping and travel tips.
Read reviews from people just like you that have been to the places you want to go. Expect to find raw reviews (and opinions) on just about everything from restaurants and nightlife to hotels, shopping, and sightseeing.
This is an excellent resource for international travel information. You can find the best deals on Prague hotels, airfare, car rentals, and more. You can also find information about Prague weather, currency, passport information, exchange rates, and more.