Walking Tour: Strolling Through Stately Vinohrady
- Start Peace Square
- End Riegrovy sady
- Length 4km; two to three hours
Leafy Peace Square (náměstí Míru), a busy metro and tram hub, is the lively heart of Vinohrady. Leave the square via Americká, a quiet residential street leading south.
At the end of the street, the rocky hillside park Havlíčkovy sady marks the border between Vinohrady and Vršovice, and given the many hideaways behind big rocks and trees, it is popular with lovers. There’s no prescribed walk for exploring the park – just choose the most inviting path leading downhill. Look for signs to the Viniční Altán wine garden.
Open-air wine gardens are a rarity in Prague and none is as attractive as Viniční Altán, with its wooden gazebo overlooking a terraced hillside lined with grapevines. After the second glass of wine, your walk might very well end right here.
If you're still keen on continuing, retrace your steps through the park, back to the street U Havlíčkových Sadů. Follow this to the right, then make a left onto Rybalkova. At Máchova turn right, crossing Francouzská onto Šumavská, and then make a right at Lužická. Cut through the park and onto the street Hradešínská.
This street has some of the most beautiful villas in the city. The most famous is at Hradešínská 6, built by early-modern architect Jan Kotěra in 1908. Turn left at Chorvatská and left again onto Dykova, then right onto Řípská, with a view of Žižkov’s TV Tower.
Řípská takes you to Vinohradská and the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad. Find the street Slavíkova that runs past the church’s front entrance and follow it to Polská.
Walk left onto Polská for another row of handsome townhouses. Take a right onto Chopinova and walk slightly uphill to Na Švíhance. The entrance to Riegrovy sady is opposite Na Švíhance. The Riegrovy sady beer garden is 30m from the entrance. You'll have no problem finding it. Simply follow the crowds.