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The Royal Garden

The Royal Garden (Czech: Královská zahrada) is an Italian Renaissance garden, situated in Prague Castle, and created around 1540 based on the project by Emperor Ferdinand I of Habsburg. Its site was originally a vineyard that Emperor Ferdinand I purchased to create a garden for the royal court.

 

Letná Park

Letná Park (in Czech Letenské sady) is a large park on Letná hill, built on a plateau above steep embankments along the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. Letná's elevation and location afford commanding views of the Prague Old Town (Staré Město).

In 1955, a large monument to Joseph Stalin was erected at the edge of Letná Park. This statue was destroyed in 1962 and the Prague Metronome now occupies the site.

During the Velvet Revolution, a plain next to the Letná Park (Letenská pláň) was the site of some important demonstrations against the Communist government. On the 25th and 26 if November 1989 approximately 750,000 people protested in here. These protests were followed by a general nationwide strike on 27 November 1989.

Pop Superstar Michael Jackson kicked off his HIStory World Tour at the park on September 7, 1996, approximately 127,000 people attended the concert.

  • Hanavský Pavilion is a cast-iron structure built in 1891 in Neo-Baroque style for the Jubilee World Fair (General Land Centennial Exhibition). Coordinates: 50°05′37.45″N 14°24′45.12″E
  • The oldest functioning carousel in Europe is located in the Letná Park. The carousel was constructed in 1892 and was originally located in another part of town. It was moved to the park in 1894. Coordinates: 50°05′47.75″N 14°25′30.00″E
  • A large marble pedestal with Metronome which used to be the base of a large statue of Stalin, and is still referred to as Stalin's Monument. Coordinates: 50°05′41.38″N 14°24′57.97″E
  • The northern part of the park is delimited by Sparta's stadium and Molochov's functionalist facade.

 

Stromovka Park (Royal Game Reserve)

Stromovka (Royal Game Reserve) is a large park with a duck pond in Prague Bubeneč district in a floodplain of Vltava. At present it spreads on the area of 95 ha. It was established in 13th century as game reserve for nearby summerhouse. At the beginning of 19th century it was converted into park, later in 19th and 20th century reduced by construction of railways, building of Academy of Fine Arts and Planetarium, ship canal and last but not least by construction of exhibition ground. The park is maintained as 11/5000 it is maintained as English landscape garden. It is protected as natural monument as well as cultural monument.

 

Star Game Reserve (Obora Hvězda)

Obora Hvězda (Star Game Reserve) is a 84 hectares (210 acres) forest park (formerly a royal game reserve) in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic which is now protected as natural monument. It is located about 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) west of city center, surrounded by the neighbourhoods of Liboc (N), Břevnov (E), Bílá Hora (SW) and Ruzyně (W).

First mention of the forest, originally called Malejov dates from 993, when duke Boleslaus II donated it to newly established Břevnov Monastery. It was transformed into a walled game reserve during rule of Ferdinand I in mid-16th century. The current name (hvězda being Czech for "star") derives from the Star Summer Palace, a 16th-century building, which stands in middle of the forest. Battle of White Mountain took place on fields in W/SW vicinity of the game reserve in 1620.

Letohrádek Hvězda (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɛtoˌɦraːdɛk ˈɦvjɛzda], translating into English as "Star Villa" or "Star Summer Palace") is a Renaissance villa situated in a game reserve of the same name (Obora Hvězda) in Liboc, Prague 6, 7 kilometers west of Prague city center.

The surrounding game reserve was founded in 1530 King Ferdinand I. 25 years later, he commissioned his younger son Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, to build the villa. The foundations were laid on June 27, 1555 by the Archduke alone, and construction of the villa was completed three years later. The villa is in the shape of a six-pointed star, from where it and the game reserve gained their shared name.

In 1962 the villa was listed as a national cultural monument, which it remains today. An exhibition on the Battle of White Mountain, which took place nearby, is now on display inside the villa which is open to the public.

Nowadays part of the site is designated as a Natura 2000 protected site due to the presence of the narrow-mouthed whorl snail (Vertigo angustior).

The site is home to several bird species including the Middle Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Kampa Park

Kampa Park, or Park Kampa, is a park on Kampa Island, in the Vltava, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Réva (Wine), or Dívka s hrozny (Girl with grapes), is an outdoor statue, installed in 1960 at Kampa Park in Prague, Czech Republic. The statue is a typical work of Karla Vobišová-Žáková, the first Czech professional female sculptor, aimed to figural and portrait sculptures. The almost life-size statue was created from Carrara marble, the piedestal from sandstone. The statue is separately registered and protected as a cutural monument since 1964. The last restoration was made in 1997.

 

Parukářka Park

Parukářka Park is a park in Žižkov, Prague, Czech Republic. People swarm to this beautiful view of Prague.

Tram No. 5, 9, 26 and can you take just to the hill when you get off on "Olsanske namesti" station. You can also take the bus No. 133, 136, 207. The hill on which the pub is placed is situated among streets: Olsanska, Lupacova, Jeseniova.

The pub is situated on Zizkov on the St. Cross hill which is connected with the Parukarka Complex. The Zizkov habitants calls this place "Na Krizku" (On the Cross). According to the legend, it was the location of executions, but several experts of history negate this legend. At this time a specific pub with a extraordinary view of Prague. That is why the children and dogs run arough it on nice days. Parents are drinking good beer while their pets are playing. In the surrounding we can see a nice grassy ground, children playground, and benches.

 

Park of National Awakening

The Park of National Awakening (Czech: Park Národního probuzení) is a park located in Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic. One of its features is Kranner's Fountain.

Kranner's Fountain, or Kranner Fountain, is a fountain and neo-gothic monument to Francis I Emperor, installed in Prague, Czech Republic. It features allegorical sculptures created by Josef Max.

 

Seminary Garden (Seminářská zahrada)

Originally a Carmelite monastery garden that belonged to the archbishop of the seminary in the 18th century, hence its name. Over 2000 mature fruit trees and 800 almond trees hide an early classical chapel, refectory and a monument to the writer Jan Neruda, who was born nearby. The Seminary Garden is part of Petřín park, where it affords superb views of Prague.

The Seminary Garden (originally called Gryspek Garden) became a monastery garden of the Carmelites at Virgin Mary of Victory in the 1st half of the 17th century. The Carmelites carved out little caves in the sandstone rocks in the uppermost part. When the monastery was abolished in 1784, the place was turned into a garden of the archiepiscopal seminar (then in Clementinum). In the years 1912 - 1914, a lot of fruit trees were planted here; the plan for the reconstruction being carried out by Svatopluk Mocker. In 1927, the garden was purchased by the Prague municipality, the enclosure walls were demolished, and it was opened for public on the 1st May 1930.

There are approximately 2,100 fruit trees and 150 shrubs in the Seminary Garden, plus 800 almond trees were also planted in the garden. One of the pear trees supposedly dates back to the time of Jan Neruda, who was born nearby in the abolished Újezd barracks. Thus his bronze monument in the lower part of the garden by the cableway from 1970, made by Jan Simota. There is a bronze fountain with sculptures of little boys nearby.

There is also an early-Classicist chapel in the garden, and a clerical refectory. The Seminary Garden is an Eastern part of the Petřín Park.

 

Divoká Šárka

Divoká Šárka (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɟɪvokaː ˈʃaːrka]; Wild Šárka) is a nature reserve on the northwestern outskirts of Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It is the closest site to the city where the black woodpecker lives.

It contains a gorge. It is named after the female warrior Šárka, who, according to mythology, threw herself to her death from its cliffs after betraying her lover Ctirad during the Maidens' War.

There is a lake Džbán (The Pitcher) on the border of the Divoká Šárka reserve area and a public swimming pool located in the middle of the reserver. The water of the pool is supplied by clean and fresh water from the Šárka spring creek that passes through the park and the lake.

 

Kunratický Les

Kunratický les is a forested area of three square kilometers in Prague. It is located in Kunratice district. The forest is separated from other forested areas by urban settlements. Kunratický les is visited by 678,000 people per year who use the forest for recreation, sports activities (running, cycling, etc.) or tourism.

 

Hidden Gardens Everywhere!

There are magical gardens and orchards hidden in the courtyards of every block in Prague! If you can find the door, and it's open, and they allow the public to access: you can walk around with the peacocks, or chill on a bench at amazing gardens in Prague full of ancient sculptures and artwork.

 

Vinohrady Vineyards & Parks

There are several parks in Vinohrady (Royal Vineyards). Havlíčkovy sady (Havlíček's Orchards) is Prague's second-largest park. Villa Gröbe served as summerhouse of the nobility, it is inspired by Italian Renaissance suburban villas and is surrounded by vineyards still in production, founded by Charles IV in the second half of the 14th century. The vineyards and the house detoriated towards the end of the 20th century, but were renewed. The vineyards now have an area of 1.7 ha and annually produce 4000 liters of wine. There are grown varieties of Müller Thurgau, Rhine Riesling, Dornfelder, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and since 1997 there are annual "Vinohrady vintage celebrations", usually in September.

In the north-west part of Vinohrady, near Italská street, are the Riegrovy sady (Rieger's Orchards) with a great view over Prague, Vinohrady Sokol House and a large beer garden. Folimanka Park is situated at the Vinohrady side of Nusle Valley under the large Nusle Bridge. Smaller parks are situated in central Vinohrady: sady Svatopluka Čecha (Svatopluk Čech's Orchards) near Vinohradská street, Bezručovy sady (Petr Bezruč's Orchards) between Slezská and Francouzská street and parks at all main Vinohrady squares.

 

Lunapark

Amusement park in Prague (mostly known under the traditional name Lunapark, which is a common name of amusement parks in Czech), is situated in the territory of the Prague Fairground Výstaviště Praha in Prague-Bubeneč, nearby Holešovice. It is one of the few grounds in the Czech Republic that permanently host amusement attractions like roller coaster, Ferris wheel etc. Park also host funfairs in spring and autumn seasons.

St. Matthew's Fair (Matějská pouť) is usually held from end of February to April and Wenceslas Autumn Fair (Václavská podzimní pouť) from September to October. The Matthew's fair is the most popular and biggest funfair in Czech Republic and host attractions like the Hammer Booster which is 60 meters high and is the highest in Europe and other around 130 attractions. Amusement park is closed from the beginning of November to the end of February.

St. Matthew's Fair (Matějská pouť) has very old tradition, which dates back to 1595, originally as the parish fair of Saint Matthew Church on hills nearby Dejvice (history of the church extends to 10th century). The baroque route started from the Bruska Gate of Prague and the fairs extended also to the lower places of the way. For several decades of early 20th century, the amusement park was stabilized at the Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square) in Prague-Dejvice. However, the development of Dejvice forced this action from this place in 1960s. Past several places in early 1960's (Letná, Modřany, Břevnov) the park become moved to Prague Fairground (Výstaviště Praha) in Bubeneč (nearby Dejvice and Holešovice). Secularization of Czech society caused the religious origins of the fairs to be largely forgotten. The fairground is now run by the Incheba company, the fair by Kočka company, both owned by Kočka family.

 

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