10. 8. 2020

Prague in Motion

There are so many different ways to enjoy Prague. Some people like to run around seeing the sights, others like to run around shopping - and some just like to run…or ride a bike, in-line skate, or move in some other way. Whatever your preference is, Prague loves sports enthusiasts. You could even say that it was created for them! After all, thousands of visitors come here every year precisely because of sports, whether they are fans heading to a sports match or world-class athletes who stand at the starting line of the Prague International Marathon.

Walking

You would be hard-pressed to find another major city that offers as many opportunities for hiking, Nordic walking, or just relaxing walks in nature. There are quite a few beautiful parks located in the center. If you love views of historical Prague, head for example to Petřín Hill, to the Rieger Gardens (Riegrovy sady), up to Vítkov, or to Letná. A short distance from the center you’ll find the very popular Stromovka Park in Prague 7’s Holešovice district and the Havlíček Gardens (also known as Grebovka) on the border of Vinohrady and Vršovice. 

If you prefer beautiful natural scenery, take public transport to the outskirts of Prague to Prokop Valley (Prokopské údolí), Chuchle Grove (Chuchelský háj), Divoká Šárka, or the Modřany Ravine (Modřanské rokle). These places are worth the extra bit of travel.

Running 

Prague is a city of runners. The undemanding terrain makes it an ideal place for this type of activity. There are ideal running routes pretty much everywhere, both in the center and outside it. If you are a city runner, take your morning run on the Prague embankments along the river, at Vyšehrad, or at Letna or the Rieger Gardens (Riegrovy sady). You can do some hill-training on Petřín Hill. And as a bonus, you can take a running selfie with Prague Castle in the background.

Some great locations for quiet, relaxing runs include Stromovka Park, Hvězda Game Park, or nearby Ladronka on the outskirts of Prague. Here you will find a number of great cross-country trails and places to relax after a workout. 

You can also explore Prague’s sights on the run. Book an unconventional running tour of the city with an experienced instructor, who will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Prague.

In-line skating 

If you prefer roller skates to running shoes, head for popular Ladronka, where you’ll find the longest illuminated in-line track in Prague – 4.2 km. Another track can be found on the Letna Plain near Letna Park. A nice trail, which is also used by cyclists and runners, leads along the Vltava River from Braník to Modřany and Zbraslav and measures just over 7 km.

Cycling 

Prague is no Amsterdam, but you’ll come across cyclists here at almost every step. Bikes have become a popular mode of transport around the city in recent years, but many people regularly cycle outside the city center as one of their favorite sports activities. There are plenty of marked and maintained cycle paths in the city and the immediate suburbs to choose from. You can take a trail, for example, through Prokop Valley or Divoká Šárka, or even cross from one end of Prague to the other on a path leading along the river from Bohnice to Zbraslav. 

You can also use bicycles to explore the center of Prague and its sights. Choose one of the guided bike tours and step on the pedals! 

Water sports

There are many ways to have fun in and on the water in Prague in every season. In the city and nearby there are several large water parks that offer all-day fun for the whole family. You can even stay overnight at Aquapalace Prague. Hone your swimming style at one of a number of indoor and outdoor pools, such as the most famous pool in Prague, the Podolí swimming stadium. During the summer months, you can go for a refreshing dip in an outdoor swimming pool, such as the Hostivař Reservoir, Divoká Šárka, or Biotop Radotín.

Make your stay in Prague more pleasant by relaxing by the Vltava River, which also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy summer. Rowboat and pedal boat rentals, especially those on Slavonic Island, are widely used by tourists and locals alike. You can also rent a boat at nearby Smetana Embankment. Need more adrenaline? Then try kayaking or rafting or rent a paddleboard at Žluté lázně. 

Get to know Prague from a different perspective during a sightseeing cruise – they don’t take much physical effort, but it’s an ideal way to relax and see the sights during the warm summer months. Evening cruises in particular have a special charm. Prague’s ferries, which are part of the public transport system, cross the river in several places in the city center and outside it at regular intervals and are an inexpensive way to get out on the water.

Using the benefits is currently not possible due to the new coronavirus restrictions. For more information about Covid-19 in Czechia please refer to this website.