Prague is one of the pearls of Central Europe, the historical capital of Bohemia plays host to a surplus of architecture, art, and history. The city is a go-to destination in the Czech Republic and enjoys international acclaim for being one of the best preserved cities in the world.
Prague’s pomp extends not only to its cultural heritage and friendly people, but also to its vast green spaces and nature trails. Our local guides suggest a repose from all the touristic attractions the capital has to offer in lieu of a relaxing immersion into the arms of Mother Nature. Here are four of our favorite nature attractions perfect for a day out.
Found in the northwest of Prague is a park spanning several hectares of rolling greens, steep rocks and ravines, plateaus, and more to explore. Surprisingly close to the city center, Divoka Sarka is the perfect escape from city touring and shopping. This is a lovely place to visit for a half day trip if you are pressed for time, but even a full day in this valley would prove beguiling.
The Sarecky brook naturally sculpted many of the landscapes in Divoka Sarka, and much of its land has been left to its own devices, making for a natural trail. Walking and cycling along the various routes in Divoka Sarka is a great way to take in the countryside views. Swimming in the summer months is also quite a popular activity. Because of the leafy greens all around the park, Divoka Sarka is a great place to cool down if you are visiting Prague in August. The park is like a forest right in the city, and is a lovely place to do some outdoor activities while on holiday. If you find yourself in the Czech Republic in September, try and make time to visit this park as the open air amphitheater presents live opera performances to enjoy.
Three hours from Prague is a day trip worth a hundred returns. This beautiful UNESCO Geopark has been visited and loved by many writers, painters, and artists. Not only is the landscape easy on the eyes, but it is a wonderful place to do some trekking or rock climbing as well. A trip to the Bohemian Paradise could easily take three days, but if you only have a day to spare, then prioritizing certain attractions will still result in a wonderful experience. For tips on day trips and itinerary planning, consult with one of our professional guides and book a customized private tour for your holiday.
One of the more famous attractions in the geopark is the Prachov Rock Formations (Prachovské skály). The area was once a plateau that slowly eroded into what it is today - a sandstone marvel. If we go back further in history to the Mesozoic era, the whole area was actually sunken at the bottom of the ocean, giving it its distinctive features. Because of its unique look, various films have been shot at this location, including Hellboy, Little Mermaid, and Van Helsing.
Plan to visit the area? Make sure you buy tickets in advance, as entrance and parking are both paid. The park is usually open from 8 am to 6 pm, and is accessible from April to October. Traverse this off-the-beaten-track heaven for an unforgettable and nature-filled vacation.
Having opened in 1931, Prague Zoo has become one of the main centers of zoology and conservation in the country, educating people about their environment and the animals that live among them. This is a great nature stop if you are traveling with kids. The zoo has various different attractions that will keep you and your little ones excited and interested throughout the day. Be amazed by the over 33 critically endangered Chinese giant salamanders in the Great Salamander House, the largest sanctuary of its kind in Europe. Trot over to Elephant Valley and watch as these land giants roam their territory. Of course, if you are traveling with children a visit to the Children’s Zoo is a must. This area is perfect for teaching them about the different breeds of animals and their young.
For a more hands-on experience, why not sign up to be “Keeper of the Day” and join the crew in taking care of the different animals in the zoo? You will need to pay extra for these experiences, but in general, a standard adult pass would set you back 250 Czech Koruna (around $10 USD), while kids (3-15 years old) admission would cost CZK200 ($8.50 USD). The zoo is open everyday from 9 am, but changes closing times depending on the season. Make sure to check their official website for more information.
If you’re aiming not to travel too far and just stay around Prague’s city center, then Vysehrad Park is your best bet for some nature and relaxation. This green oasis is historically significant. Back in 1070, the very first Czech king Vratislav II decided to move royal residence from Prague Castle to Vysehrad. As the years went by, the area was improved by adding different buildings, including churches. By 1911 however, the complex was forgotten, and the royalty moved back to Prague Castle.
Today, touring through the castle complex is like taking a trip back in time. Visit St. Peter and Paul Church and admire their tall spires which are visible throughout the city center. Next to the church is its cemetery, holding some famous Czechian names such as writer Karel Čapek, painter Alphonse Mucha, and composer Bedřich Smetana. Walk through the complex and appreciate the few historical monuments scattered around the area. To top it all off, Vysehrad Park is also a great place to view the Vltava River and Prague Castle. There are indeed many advantages to visiting a park close to the city.
Prague is a city rich in culture, history, and architecture, and it evokes a magical atmosphere unequaled in Central Europe. For a stress-free holiday, get in touch with GoWithGuide’s local guides to gain insider information about the ins and outs of the city. To make your trip 100% hassle free, customize a private tour with us and let us do the work for you. Prague is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, and we hope to be able to provide an unforgettable experience.