The beauty of Prague’s greenery is that those spaces are rather centrally located, which makes them easily accessible, even on foot (depending on where you are residing, of course).
Letna Park (Letenske Sady) is located across the river, on the opposite side from the Old Town Square. In other words two bridges away from Charles Bridge, in Prague’s 7th district called Holesovice. Letna Park is a sizeable park, on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the city. The best view can be found in the Hanavsky Pavilion, which is a tall iron building with its own restaurant. Locals and visitors use Letna Park for sports, relaxation, and picnicking occasions. You can also visit and grab a bite at the Letna Chateau restaurant, which has a beautiful summer garden. Letna Park is a great place for families and kids, due to its playground facilities.
During the summertime, there is a unique program called “Summer Letna,” taking place from the 15th August until September, which includes open-air performances, clown shows, live music and concerts, exhibitions and outdoor film screening. How awesome is being in an outdoor cinema under the stars, surrounded by nature and fresh air, while watching a film!
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Havlicek Gardens are in Prague’s 2nd district, called Vinohrady (vineyard). If you have some extra time, do take the chance to explore the neighborhood of Vinohrady and its charms. Havlicek Gardens is a beautifully romantic park, inspired by the Renaissance style. It includes water fountains, lakes, a small cave, and of course a magnificent view of the city. Head over to Grebovka Pavilion garden café, and enjoy a lovely local refreshment or a cup of coffee. If you find yourself in the park at the end of September (20-21), note that there is a wine festival with 80 different stalls of wine as well as handcrafted products. The admission is free of charge and allows you to taste some of the award-winning Czech wines.
The park contains its very own vineyard, which went through a harsh history of destruction, and due to the damage had to be redone in 1993. Since then the vineyard has been brought back to life, and a vintage celebration has been organized yearly to celebrate its abundant wine production. The annual production of the wine from the vineyard extends to about 4,000 liters and includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Traminer and Silvaner.
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