Stromovka is the largest park in Prague and the ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon. Be Czech with the Czechs and come here on a Sunday to stroll or cycle along leafy paths. No need to bring any food because charming beer gardens in the park are the best place to drink tasty Czech beer. Next to the entrance of Stromovka Park you will find the exhibition hall Vystaviště, a fairground with a fun fair and trade fair, the planetarium, Sea World and the Tesla Arena with concerts and hockey games, the Czech national sport.
Stromovka Park: Walking, biking and age-old trees
Stromovka park known for its many trees and grassy fields is located to the north of the Holesovice neighborhood in Prague. Once the hunting grounds of the castle residents, now a haven for joggers, walkers and cyclists. The park is popular with young mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers who come with the kids to feed the ducks in the pond.
Walk to Troja Castle and the Zoo
Troja castle and the Zoo are a walkable distance away on the other side of the Vltava River. Follow the marked footpath, go under the railway bridge to Cisarsky Ostrov, the Imperial Island, a rather messy island with an equestrian centre and some businesses. The path leads on to Prague Zoo and Troja Castle. This is a truly surprising country walk and you would not think you are in the middle of Prague.
Stromovka Park and Playground for children
On the south side of Stromovka park near the planetarium you will find Kaštánek, Czech for chestnut tree, a playground with climbing frames, swings and balance beams. The big attraction in this playground is the two-carriage tram with musical instruments. Children can climb onto and into this play train and play conductor or they can wriggle through a tunnel to move to another carriage and check out the view through a telescope or communicate through pipes. For the tiny tots lots of sand to build castles.
Playground for Mothers
Mothers can socialize in the Vozovna restaurant with outside tables in summer. This is the perfect place to try some Czech delicacies; sweet dumplings filled with strawberries and cottage cheese. If you’re not such a sweet tooth, go for Prague sausages with a dollop of mustard and served with bread. And for the fathers, there is of course refreshing Czech beer. The restaurant offers special meals for kids.
Next to Výstaviště exhibition grounds
tram 6, 14 or 17 Výstaviště Palac stop
Photos: Marianne Crone