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In current life situations, when a person is surrounded by endless stress and thoughts about problems, sometimes there is not enough time and energy to just take care of your health and mental state to restore balance. This does not always require expensive procedures or voyages. Sometimes it is enough to spend a day in nature alone or with loved ones, to walk a new path, to take a deep breath of fresh air – as the forces begin to fill the body and new thoughts, impressions and ideas appear.

Even living in the capital for many years, and thinking that you are familiar with it inside and out, you can constantly discover a new Prague for yourself. Surely you have not yet had time to visit all the natural corners of the city, which allow you to enjoy the beauties of untouched unspoiled nature without leaving it. Therefore, we will tell you about the natural parks of Prague – special recreational areas of the city.

What exactly is a nature park?

As a rule, it is a protected area with a lower degree of protection than a national park or a landscape protected area. Such parks are used for tourism, recreation, environmental protection, educational and other purposes.

In various countries, an analogue of a nature park has a greater or lesser degree of protection from a legal point of view. In the Czech Republic, the issue of natural parks is regulated by law no. 114/1992 Coll. “For the protection of nature and the environment”.

There are currently 12 nature parks in Prague:

1. kaanka Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Říčanka)

The nature park stretches along the ńriceński stream between Uhržinevs and Bechovice. In addition, this park has retained the character of a rural landscape, where fields, meadows and ponds alternate with smaller and smaller forest plantations. Part of the park is a specially protected area of ​​the nature reserve in the Ugrzhinevs – a floodplain forest complex with lush shrub and grass.

Area: 407.7 ha

City sections: Prague 22, Prague – Dubeč

2. Sarka Natural Park – Lysolaje (Czech park Přírodní Šárka – Lysolaje)

The Sharetsky Stream is the axis of the nature park. A number of specially protected natural areas stretch along its banks, starting at the Wild Sharka and ending with the rocks of Podbaba. In general, this nature park is probably the most preserved natural area in Prague (not disturbed even by large quarries), which allows you to walk through natural complexes that are actually just a few minutes walk from the center of Prague.

Area: 1,005 hectares

City areas: Prague 6, Prague – Nebusice, Prague – Lysolae

3. Drahan Natural Park – Troja (Czech park Přírodní Drahan – Troja)

The nature park is located on the right slope of the Vltava Valley, including the adjacent plateau to the west of Cimice and Bognice. It stretches along the Vltava River from Yablonka to the Dragansky Gorge below Dolni Khabry. The most valuable is the area of ​​the Trojan Basin with its botanical and zoological gardens and the nearby specially protected areas – for example, the Slopes, the Castles and the Bognice Valley.

Area: 578.8 ha

City sections: Prague 8, Prague-Troja

4. Rokytka Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Rokytka)

The axis of this natural park is the Rokitka Stream, which is the largest and largest watercourse in Prague, apart from the Vltava and Berunka. The length of the stream is 36.2 km, of which 31.5 km are in Prague. Part of the nature park is the castle and nature reserve building at Kolodey, as well as the Myto Specially Protected Area with significant geomorphological features (for example, the Rokytky Lateral Erosion).

Area: 1005 ha

City areas: Prague 22, Prague – Kralovice, Prague – Nedvezi

5. Košíře – Motol Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Košíře – Motol)

The dominant feature of this natural park is the table mountain Vidoul. The surrounding forest area also includes the forest complex around the Motol crematorium and other specially protected areas.

Area: 354.4 ha

City sections: Prague 5, Prague 13

6. Klánovice – Cigadla Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Klánovice – Čihadla)

This park is a large complex of Klanowice forests with many specially protected areas, along with Lake Počernice, which is also a small protected area. It is therefore a natural history complex and, at the same time, an important recreation area.

Area: 2222.8 ha

City areas: Prague 14, Prague 20, Prague 21, Prague – Bechovice, Prague – Dolni Pochernice, Prague – Klanovice

7. Smetanka Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Smetanka)

The territory of the nature park extends around Rokitka and the fields of its valley. To the southwest, it borders Lake Kiysky, which is not part of the nature park. In the center lies the wooded ridge Smetanka (242 m. Above sea level), the slope At the Glubetinsky vineard and the slope Pod Gay above the settlement Alois. The nature park is connected to the east by the Klanovice-Czygadla Nature Park and together they form the main area of ​​the “green wedge” that extends from the eastern outskirts of Prague to the center – Vitkov Hill (270 meters above sea level). . ) to Zizkov.

Area: 150.1 ha

City sections: Prague 9, Prague 14

8. Botič – Milichov Natural Park (Czech park Přírodní Botič – Milíčov)

The nature park in the southeastern suburbs of Prague extends from the valley of the Pitkovice stream from Lipan to its confluence with the Botič, along which it continues to the edge of the Hostivar Reservoir to the Hostivar – Zabeglice Nature Park. It also includes the Botich Valley from the road bridge to the junction with the Pitkovitsky, including the Milicovska Grove and adjacent lakes.

Area: 824 ha

City areas: Prague 11, Prague 22, Prefecture of Prague-Pruχnice, Prague-Petrovic, Prague-Krzyslice, Prague-Benice

9. Hostivař – Zabeglice Natural Park

Next is the Botić-Miličov Natural Park. Its core is a specially protected area of ​​the Botich stream with its coastal plantings. Part of the natural park is the Hostivar Dam, which was built in 1959-1963 and soon became one of the most important recreation areas in the capital.

Area: 423.1 ha

City areas: Prague 10, Prague 11, Prague 15, Prague-Petrovic

10. Modřanská rokle Natural Park – Cholupice

The territory of the nature park is located in the areas of Modřany, Komoržany, Pisnica, Cholupice and Točna. The core of this natural park is the huge natural monument Modřany Gorge, which is a remarkably geomorphologically formed and at the same time an excellent and very popular recreation area. The area is filled with soils around Cholupice, which have retained their natural character and in fact there is nothing to indicate that they are within walking distance of the city.

Area: 1707.5 ha

City areas: Prague 12, Prague – Libus, Prague – Kunratice, Prague – Zbraslav

11. Prokop Natural Park and Daley Valleys (Czech park Přírodní Prokopské a Dalejské ídolí)

The medium-sized park is located southwest of Prague, covering the entire territory of the Prokop and Daley valleys from Řeporie and Nowe Butovice to Zlichov, near the mouth of the Daley Stream, which flows into Vltava. It is a remarkable complex of scientifically valuable limestone ecosystems. There are a number of specially protected areas, some of which (for example, the Pozari National Natural Monument) contain valuable geological sections with rich fossil finds of world importance.

Area: 652.5 ha

City areas: Prague 5, Prague 13, Prague – oryeporye, Prague – Slivenets

12. Radotinsko Nature Park – Khukhelskaya Grove (Czech park Přírodní Radotínsko – Chuchelský háj)

The nature park reproduces the protected area of ​​the Czech karst and covers one of the most scientifically valuable areas of the city of Prague. The vast territory includes the slopes of the Vltava and Berunka valleys from the Barrandov rocks to the north to the Radotin valley, which forms its southwestern border and passes smoothly into the Czech karst protected zone. It extends to the edge of the Radotin and covers the valley of the left tributaries of the Radotin stream from the Zadni Kopanina, Lokhkov and Slavichi valleys.

Area: 894.4 hectares

City areas: Prague 16, Prague – Lochkov, Prague – oryeporye, Prague – Slivenec, Prague – Velka Chuchle

You can find out more about metropolitan nature and ecology at the official Prague environment portal

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