Are you just waking up to a faceful of glorious summer sunshine? Not sure what to do this perfect day in Prague? We hope that this list of 12 fun-filled outdoor activities will inspire you to make the most of your day in the city.
1. Take to the water
Enjoy unrivaled views of the city from the calm waters of the Vltava River. It’s possible to hire rowing boats, pedalos and even paddle boards for very reasonable prices. One of the best places to rent your pedal boat from is Slovansky Ostrov, where they offer very reasonable rates for hourly hire.
2. Go for a bike ride
Prague boasts absolutely fantastic cycle trails, which will take you out of the city centre, through quieter suburbs, neighbouring towns and absolutely stunning countryside. If you don’t have a bike, it’s cheap and easy to simply hire one for a day or even longer. There a several beautiful trails which are mostly follow flat, well maintained cycle-paths, avoiding busy main roads. Two routes that we recommend are Prague-Karlstejn Castle and Prague-Nelahozeves Chateau.
3. Go for a picnic
Prague is an incredibly green city and it is home to countless beautiful parks. Once you’re surrounded by lush green grass, towering leafy trees and vibrant flower beds, it will be easy to forget that you’re actually in a city at all. Some great parks to try are Stromovka, Riegrovy Sady, Letna and Havlickovy Sady. Read more about the best parks in Prague.
4. Try some adrenaline fuelled fun at Prague’s very own bobsleigh track
Hidden away on a hill-top in Prague 9, you will find an impressive track for bobsleighing. The track is 1km in length and is full of twists, turns, dips and loops. If you really want to get the heart pumping, it’s possible to get up to some truly eye-watering speeds but you can also slow down and enjoy the scenery if you wish. Because of the hilltop location, it goes without saying that the views from the course are truly stunning. For more information about the course, prices and how to get here, have a look at their website.
5. Go for a swim
Nothing says summer like a refreshing dip into the water. There are several fantastic spots for outdoor swimming and bathing in Prague. We recommend:
6. Play a game of mini-golf
Mini-golf is fantastic competitive fun for players of all ages and there is a great fun-filled outdoor 18-hole course based at the foot of the Zizkov TV Tower. For more information, check out their website.
7. Try Frisbee golf
Have you ever tried Frisbee golf? This fun and exhilarating game is scored similarly to golf but rather than hitting a ball into a hole, you will be trying to throw your Frisbee at various targets. It’s a great way to combine exercise, a nice walk through nature and a bit of competitive spirit. There are 3 courses in Prague, all of which are accredited by the Czech Association for Disk Golf (CADG). We recommend: Discgolf Park Chodov, Discgolf Park Krejcarek and Discgolf Park Ladronka.
8. Visit a farmers market
Prague is home to several great farmers markets, where you can find fantastic local produce, including fruit and vegetables, cakes and pastries, wine and beer, cheese, fish and meat and toys and crafts. We strongly recommend the Naplavka farmers market, which takes place every Saturday from 8am-2pm. It boasts a superb riverside location, a bustling atmosphere and there is usually live music and other entertainment. The daily market on Jiriho z Podebrad square is also worth a mention, as although it isn’t as big as the Naplavka market, it is open everyday during the summer and offers an good range of produce.
9. Try the free David Cerny walking tour
This walking route will guide you through some of the most scenic parts of the city. It also includes 9 intriguing sculptures and installations by the internationally renowned Czech Sculptor, David Cerny. You will find full details and directions here.
10. Hire a beach volleyball court
Being completely devoid of coastline, Prague doesn’t seem like the most likely venue for beach volleyball. However, the Czechs are a resilient bunch and they haven’t let something as inconsequential as a lack of real beach hold them back. Several sandy courts have been set up in parks and gardens throughout the city and beach volleyball has become a highly popular summer pastime. Zlute Lazne is just one of the beautiful riverside locations where it’s possible to hire courts.
11. Spend a lazy afternoon in one of Prague’s best beer gardens
Czech beer is world famous for its quality and general deliciousness. There are few things more Czech than spending a relaxed afternoon with good friends and a few delicious glasses of cold beer. Some great beer gardens are Letna Beer Garden, Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden, Stalin Plaza, Pristav 18600 and Pivovar Narodni.
12. Go to the zoo
Prague ZOO has been voted the 4th best in world. It covers an astonishing area of 0.5 square kilometers and contains over 650 animal species. Must see attractions include the Penguin Pavilion, Elephant Valley, The Pavillion of Giant Tortoises, The Indonesian Jungle and The Hippo House. There’s also a somewhat terrifying stair-lift for those of you who aren’t afraid of heights. For more information about the zoo, prices and how to get there, check out their website.