Garden in Paradise in Prague 3

The Paradise Garden (Rajska zahrada) is a quiet, yet full of life, place in the city center, close to the Riegrovy sady park on the border of Vinohrady and Žižkov. Its name is not to be taken lightly as it literally translates to what you will find there - a garden in paradise. Currently, the park is one of the youngest in Prague as it was recently renovated and, therefore, it boasts a wide range of leisure activities along with modern facilities. Surrounded by beautiful and rich greenery, the complex pays tribute to nature in its purest form. The park features a lake full of brightly colored fish and turtles as well as a long water cascade resembling a waterfall.

Rajská zahrada is a sought-after oasis, ideal for all ages, as everyone will find a way to enjoy themselves - children and young kids can play on the playgrounds and sports grounds. Gourmets will be delighted with snacks, cakes and refreshing drinks in the family cafeteria. Adults can enjoy beautiful panoramic views or relax at one of the benches that are deliberately placed under the trees to provide plenty of shade on a hot, sunny days. Park administrators allow picnic activities, sunbathing or relaxing on the blanket at large green areas.

A fenced playground with climbing frames, swings, a little house, a sandpit and a slide for preschool children is located right in front of the café. Therefore, parents can easily keep watchful eyes on children and enjoy some of the  homemade goodies at the café. Children of school age will be impressed with wooden climbing structures, table tennis tables, a petanque court or a tartan floor multi-purpose field. A wide range of sports equipment for tennis, volleyball, football or basketball is available for borrowing. Showers, changing facility and the most modern outdoor playing fields (lighted for use in the evening) make the area very popular among young people and athletes. Rajska zahrada is divided into different zones which offer visitors a wide range sports and leisure activities.

The upper part of the park close to the entrance from the Riegrovy sady features gorgeous plants, tall trees and colourful flowers. If you're looking for more privacy, this is a perfect place to relax, read a book or meditate.  As the area is away from the playgrounds and sports fields, visitors can enjoy an undisturbed rest and amazing panoramic views. If you walk down from the rest zone, you will see a large gazebo with a cascading stream that flows down to the pond with fish and turtles.  Surrounded by greenery, an outdoor gym was designed for adults and children older than 10. Ping-pong tables are situated close to the outdoor gym and the paddle set with balls can be borrowed from the park administrators.

If you take the winding paths and go down, you will reach the playground where school-age children cheer with happiness and joy over a multi-level wooden set of climbing frames with a sandy bedrock. The lowest part close to the entrance from “U Rajské zahrady” street offers a popular café with a shaded terrace and toilets. The youngest children and toddlers will be thrilled with a safe play area equipped with a set, carpet and toys, which is located right next to the café. It is a perfect place for summer birthday celebrations for children. There is a fenced playground with an artificial surface, a little house,  swings, slides, sandpit and freely available first bikes.

The tartan area for ball games and the running tract adjacent the café attract small footballers and sports enthusiasts.  Does this all sound like a fairy tale to you? Yes, Rajska zahrada is a child's paradise and a parents' relief....

Marta Koucká