Prague is known for its many parks and gardens throughout the city.
No matter where you are, there’s a park hidden away not far from where you are, allowing you to keep a sense of nature close to the city center.
Although the list is long, we’re going to introduce you to some of these parks and gardens, each different from the next and with their own history and identity.
What are the best parks and gardens in Prague?
Looking for a breath of fresh air as the temperatures start to rise, and the sun begins to shine? Discover our selection of the best parks and gardens in Prague.
This is your chance to discover the Czech capital from another angle, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, during your visit!
1. Petřínské sady
Petřínské sady is a must-see park on the banks of the Vltava River. Recognized by its famous little Eiffel Tower at the top of the hill, Petřín Park is so green and peaceful that you feel you’re in the middle of nature.
The more adventurous will appreciate the nearly half-hour climb up the hill, taking time to discover the park’s ramparts as they ascend.
For those wishing to go straight to the top for a breathtaking view of the capital and its famous monuments, the famous funicular is a good option.
We recommend you try this mode of transport at least once, as it will take you through the Hunger Wall, which dates back to the mid-14th century. Petřín, one of Malá Strana’s must-see attractions!
2. Vyšehradské sady
Vyšehradské sady lies to the south of the city center, from where you can see the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul. This park, built on high ground, resembles a fortress, with brick walls that must be breached to pass through the main entrance.
Once in Vyšehrad, just let yourself be guided along the many paths that will take you to the impressive 11th-century Rotunda of St. Martin, the underground passages leading to the huge Gorlice Chamber, where you’ll find statutes from the famous Charles Bridge.
Once back in the open air, you’ll see the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, next to the Vyšehrad cemetery, where many famous people have been buried, including Antonin Dvorak and Alfons Mucha. The advantage of this park is undoubtedly its many views over Prague and its surroundings, as well as its pleasant green spaces.
3. Františkánská zahrada
Františkánská zahrada is a small, well-hidden park right in the center of town, not far from Václavské náměstí Avenue. We recommend venturing there and relaxing after a good walk in the city.
This little island of tranquility is very colorful and soothing when the rose bushes are in bloom as soon as spring rolls around. During your time in this park and garden, you’ll feel far away from the noise and crowds, yet still within easy reach.
4. Riegrovy sady
Riegrovy sady is one of the capital’s most popular parks for expatriates. Situated between the Hlavní nádraží railway station and the famous Vinohrady residential district, this park is locally renowned for having one of the best beergardens in the city.
You’ll come across many groups of students and young professionals of all nationalities relaxing with friends at the end of the day. It’s also a popular spot for sports broadcasts (World Cup and European Cup, for example), so you’re sure to have a great time.
The view of Prague Castle is magnificent! In fact, it’s one of the best parks and gardens in Prague… Discover it on your own or in a group. Either way, it’s a must on your visit list!
5. Letenská pláň
Letenská pláň is a park located along the Vltava River at the entrance to the Holešovice district and close to the Sparta Prague soccer stadium. Letna is famous for its metronome and large beergarden.
Many expatriates have also fallen under the spell of this park, with its impressive view of the city center and its castle. The setting is exceptional for photo enthusiasts, with most bridges in perspective. Events take place here in summer, such as the famous gay pride parade held every year in August.
Stromovka is one of Prague’s largest parks. Located to the north of the city, it’s a favorite with locals who come here for a jog, thanks to its long tree-lined avenues.
It’s a real nature spot that’s also ideal for a family walk, with several watering holes in the center. There are several small beergardens, but nothing like those in Letna or Riegrovy sady parks.
The entrance to the park is opposite the 19th-century exhibition center and is easy to reach. Stramovka is a park for relaxation, not for festive events. Stromovka could not be included in the list of Prague’s best parks.
7. Botanická zahrada
Botanická zahrada is a botanical garden located in the north of the city, right next to Prague Zoo. It’s the perfect place to escape into nature for a few hours with friends or family. Over no less than 52 hectares, you’ll discover a wide variety of gardens from around the world, including the Japanese garden, the American prairie and the tropical forest.
You’ll also find the Sainte-Claire vineyard, founded in the 13th century, from which you can see a sumptuous castle called Troja. Although it’s a long way from the city center, you’ll be able to see Prague Castle from the top of this garden, giving you a great vantage point for souvenir photos.
8. Grébovka (Havlíčkovy sady)
Grébovka (Havlíčkovy sady) is a Vinohrady park known for its south-facing vineyard, where you can enjoy this popular local wine in the famous Grébovka pavilion in the center of the park.
It’s a peaceful, friendly place where you’ll find many locals enjoying good wine. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people in a bucolic setting, and to discover 4 different grape varieties that are little-known in France, but that will surprise you.
A small oasis in the middle of the city, Grébovka Park has some pretty hidden corners, such as the Grotta with its famous Neptune fountain, where you’ll often come across couples, making it a particularly romantic spot. As such, Havlíčkovy sady deserves a place on our list of the best gardens in Prague.
9. Vojanovy sady
Vojanovy sady is just a few steps from the Frantz Kafka Museum and a ten-minute walk from Prague Castle. This garden isn’t easy to find because of its small gate at the entrance on U Lužického semináře street in Prague 1, yet it’s well worth a visit for the unusual encounters you can have with dozens of free-roaming peacocks.
You’ll have the chance to unwind in this peaceful, pleasant setting in the company of these animals, who’ll know how to parade in front of the camera. It’s the perfect place to spend some unusual moments in the heart of the city.
10. Valdštejnská zahrada
Valdštejnská zahrada (Wallenstein Gardens) is the park of the Prague Senate, from which you can easily see the Castle on the nearby hill. We recommend a stroll through the gardens to admire the setting in which they were designed.
It’s a little haven of peace where you can escape for a walk and enjoy the company of the peacocks, ducks and fish you’ll discover along the way. The peacocks are accustomed to the presence of tourists, so you’ll be able to take some great photo memories with them.
Those lucky enough to visit the Wallenstein Gardens in the late afternoon of summer may be treated to a classical concert. From time to time, some are organized there.