Czech Republic is blessed with many beautiful hiking trails. One need not always go deep inside the countryside for an exciting hike. There are some amazing trails within the city limits as well.
Recently I had the opportunity of going on an evening hike in Prague. It was very special. Why? Well, because it was organised on the 21st June- the day of the ‘Summer Solstice‘. It is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere i.e maximum hours of daylight.
The hike was organised by “Discovering Prague”. It’s an initiative by Mr. Filip Novak; a Czech citizen residing in Prague . He is well acquainted with the Czech terrain and keeps organising some amazing events all round the year. Varied activities are organised throughout Czech Republic. The organization is flawless and all the activities are fun.
Discovering Prague is very popular amongst the Czech crowd as well as the expats living in Czech Republic (specially Prague). May tourists also attend the events . For unique experience while exploring Czech Republic, Discovering Prague is highly recommended. Here are the links to get in touch:
Ok !!!! So now coming to the hike… we started at 7 O’ clock in the evening and concluded the hike at about 9:15 pm. The hike was about 7 kilometers long. We went through some steep ascents and descents to witness some amazing views of the city.
Here is the Map for the hike route :
We started hiking from Na Knížecí, Prague- Smichov. We took a small detour and visited the statue of Milada Horáková in Smichov. Milada Horáková was a famous czech politician. She was the member of Czechoslovak National Socialist Party, which was anti Nazi. Post World War II, when the communist took over Czechoslovakia, she resigned and was later executed for treason.
After gaining some historical insights on Milada Horáková we, passed through the beautiful Mrázovka and Santoška park. These parks are very picturesque. Hiking through these parks is a real pleasure. Then we took a small detour to see a Jewish cemetery near Pajerova. The cemetery is open for tourists only after prior reservation.
Then we walked to Dívčí hrady (Girl’s Castles in english). The place has come amazing city views to offer. It is marked with hiking trails. It is also stationed with a water tower, which provides water mostly to Prague 13. Dívčí hrady forms the southern part of the Devin Hill on the border of Hlubočepy. The whole area forms a part of the Prokop Valley Natural reserve.
We concluded the hike at Hlubočepy. Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Restaurace U Škopů. After an amazing dinner we took a bus back to Na Knížecí
Even though the distance was not much, the hike was a little hectic because of the uphill terrain. The views were simply breathtaking. Dívčí hrady was very serene. The whole area was an unexplored territory for me. I am glad then I could hike through the area.
I could not have imagined spending the longest day of the year in any better way.