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In this article we will describe some of the parks where it is possible to exercise outdoors. Prague has important natural areas located in different districts; we refer 5 ancient gardens of historical and cultural value in which you can freely access.

Stromovka Park is one of the largest and most central parks in the city and is located in the Bubeneč district on a plain of the Vltava River. It currently extends over the area of 95 hectares. Its history tells that it was established in the thirteenth century as a hunting reserve; at the beginning of the 19th century it became a park; later in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it was reduced by giving up its territory to the construction of railways, the construction of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Planetarium. The park is maintained as an English landscape garden and is protected as a natural and cultural monument. Currently there are various sports practiced.

Letná Park is a large park on the hill of the same name: Letná, built on a plateau on steep embankments along the Vltava river in Prague. Letná’s elevation and location offer stunning views of the old city. Originally called Leten, which mean “place for sunbathing,” it gained its importance in the Middle Ages, when the first military camps were located there due to its strategic location. The areas were mainly vineyards and gardens. It was not until the late nineteenth century that it became a place of gathering, entertainment and attracts many athletes who love sports of any kind.
An important part of his history tells that in 1955, a large monument to Joseph Stalin was erected on the edge of Letná Park. This statue was destroyed in 1962 and the Prague metronome now occupies the site.

Vojanovy Park is considered the oldest garden in Prague. His melancholy seems to have survived since the Middle Ages, when it was founded as a garden of the Carmelite Monastery. Vojanovy Park is a public park in the Small Town of Prague 1, south of Klarov, near a small lake in the shade of trees. There you can also visit the chapel of San Elijah with mural paintings and sundials of the seventeenth century. The name by which it is known today was given after 1954 in honor of actor Eduard Vojan, who was born near here on Meissen Street. Here you can find peace away from the bustle of the city

Havlíčkovy Park is inspired by the Italian Renaissance, has fountains and waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, statues and a charming grotto, as well as a unique view of the city. The garden has a wooden pavilion known as Grébovka (replica of the original from the 1870s), surrounded by large vineyards. At the end of the 19th century, Prague landowner Moritz Gröbe bought the extensive site; he built his summer residence, Villa Gröbe. The villa is still standing today and is a dominant feature of the park. It was opened as a park to the public at the beginning of the 20th century, under the name “Havlíčkovy sady”.
This park is an English landscape park on the edge of the districts of Vinohrady, Vršovice and Nusle. The space enjoys great popularity both among residents and tourists and there is a large influx of runners.

The Hvězda Park This is a large forest park of 84 hectares, with three majestic tree-lined avenues that served as entertainment and hunting for the Renaissance aristocracy, today it is a place to walk, jog, bike, ski or play.
His original name was Malejov and dates from 993, when Duke Boleslaus II donated it to the newly established Břevnov Monastery. It was transformed into a walled hunting reserve during the government of Fernando I in the mid-16th century.
This is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Liboc, Břevnov, Bílá Hora and Ruzyně. Today it is protected as a natural monument.
The area has maintained its atmosphere, thanks in part to the summer palace with its six-pointed star shape (in Czech language hvězda), from which both the park and the palace get their names.