Prague full of greenery
The backbone of Prague’s landscape is the river Vltava and its basin, which gives Prague a hilly foundation with a number of woods and natural parks. The biggest one is Šárka, which with its more than 1000 hectares represents a great variety of specific vegetation, its neighbouring area Drahaň-Troja has became the home to Prague Zoological and Botanical Gardens. There are many other parks on the western bank of the river: Košíře–Motol, Radotín-Chuchle Grove and most of all Prokopské and Dalejské Valley, renowned for its geological localities. Also the eastern part of Prague is great for trips, sports or relaxation, e.g. in Klánovický Wood, Modřanská Gulch, Hostivař, Botič or Průhonice Park.
All the above mentioned places are easily accessible by public transport and there are numerous cycle-paths and picnic areas as well.
Walks with experts
The sophisticated system of Prague’s public transport can take tourists up to fifty kilometres outside the city in any direction where they have new opportunities for exploration and relaxation.
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History and walks
The dominant feature to the north of Prague and the symbol of the Czech statehood is the hill Říp, Křivoklátsko is a picturesque protected landscape area around the river Berounka to the west of Prague listed as a UNESCO biosphere reservation.
The most-sought touristic place is a protected landscape area Český Kras with Karlštej Castle, a quarry complex Big and Small America and Koněprusy Caves. The area along the river Berounka from Beroun to Pomořany as a frequent destination for one-day trips, as it is easily accessible by public transport. It has also been a traditional tramp settlement location ever since the times of the First Republic. This is where history and natural way of life meet.
The most famous localities to the South of Prague are at the confluence of the Vltava and the Sázava at Davle. If we travel from the area originally settled by Celtic settlers (Zbraslav) further to the south along the river, we get to the astonishing water works Vrané, Štěchovice and Slapy, which again are very easily accessible and perfectly equipped for touristic and recreational purposes.
The area to the east of Prague has also its magic; however, due to the motorways to Brno and Hradec Králové and the through road to Kolín and Kutná Hora, the area is mostly residential, with a recent residential development boom. Still the landscape between Nymburk and Sázava is also very pretty and is worth exploring.