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Prague the greenest city in the world
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What makes Prague the greenest city in the world?

Nearly 56 percent of Prague consists of forests, nature reserves, parks, agricultural land, orchards and vineyards, golf courses or public gardens, making it the greenest city in the world. Online travel specialist TravelBird analyzed 50 cities on the basis of green areas. The Green Cities Index 2018 shows that the Czech capital is the 'greenest' of all.
two people sitting on a bench in a park in Prague
Forests and nature parks

Almost half of Prague consists of 'green'. Especially forests, farmland and nature parks are well represented. According to TravelBird, more than 22 percent of Prague's land consists of agricultural land and 12.6 percent of forests. TravelBird also looked at the number of square meters of green per person. Prague drops to sixth place in this list and Reykjavik spans the throne with 410.84 m2 of green. Prague has a total of 220.54 m2 of green area in the city.
 
Prague is a beautiful city with a center full of historic buildings and impressive architecture. Visitors can enjoy the rich culture and liveliness. Just enough of the crowds? In Prague there are several parks and public gardens where visitors can escape the hectic pace of the city.
  
The fact that Prague has many parks is known to most people, but that the city has so much farmland and forests is a surprise to many. The study by TravelBird shows that Prague has the highest percentage of agricultural land (22.28%) and also the most square meters of agricultural land per person (86.61 m²). The city also scores high in terms of public gardens. The Czech capital is in the first place with the most square meters of public gardens per person (22.53m²).
boat on river in front of a bridge Prague

The five green places of Prague

1. In the Troja district is the 17 th century Troja castle with beautiful baroque castle gardens around it. The gardens are decorated with sculptures, pergolas, mazes and fountains. Close to these gardens is the Prague Zoo and the city's botanical garden. There is also a vineyard in Troja. Stroll along the vineyards and try the exclusive wine in the luxurious restaurant Vinařství Salabka. But where do you have to go to enjoy 'green' in Prague? CzechTourism Benelux lists five parks and gardens where nature lovers can escape the busy center.
Troja baroque building
2. Stromovka Park. This park, located in the district of Holašovice, is a favorite place with the inhabitants of Prague. The park was created in the 13 th century as a game reserve. There is a three kilometer trail, along with a dozen other small trails. Cyclists and inline skaters can extend the route by crossing the island (Císařský ostrov) to nearby Troja. It is a great place for slacklinen and you can have a nice picnic. In Stromovka park there is also the planetarium and there are several playgrounds for children.

3. The gardens of Kinsky are the most beautiful gardens in Prague. They lie on the southern and southeastern slope of Petřín and are separated with the other Petřín gardens by the hunger wall,
making it often quieter. Families like to have a picnic here. The Kinsky summer palace and the wooden Greek-Catholic church of St. Michael are located in park. Do not forget to walk along the statue of the Gaston seal. The seal escaped from the Prague Zoo because it flooded in 2002. Gaston swam 300 km to Dresden where he was captured. Unfortunately, he died from exhaustion and stress.

4. The Rieger gardens or Riegrovy Sady are located in the center of Prague close to the train station. From here you have one of the best views of the city. This park is more than a century old and is a green oasis with wooded areas, lawns, a garden restaurant and large chestnut trees. In the park you will find several pubs, restaurants and beer gardens. This is the place for a beautiful sunset!
2 people walking in a park with buildings at the background Prague
5. Grébovka park in Vinohrady is a bit further from the center, but is a wonderful place to relax and drink a glass of wine. The park is inspired by the Italian Renaissance and has fountains and waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, statues and a cave, as well as a unique view of the city. The charming vineyard pavilion is surrounded by large vineyards and the garden café Grébovka Pavilion.
buildings green Prague
By: Elsemieke de Boer

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