Prague As a Local: Obora Hvězda

An excellent trip for a pleasant walk in Prague is to go to Obora Hvězda (Hvězda Game Reserve) and Letohrádek Hvězda (The Hvězda Summer Palace,) in Prague 6.

The area has maintained its atmosphere, mainly because of the summer palace with its atypical six-pointed star (hvězda) shape – from which both the park and the palace get their names.

Even though it is located in the city of Prague, it guarantees a quiet and peaceful atmosphere surrounded by nature. The Hvězda Game Preserve is an ideal place for a stroll and a visit to the Hvězda Summer Palace, that holds exhibitions, concerts, and other cultural and social events throughout the year. An exhibition regarding the Battle of White Mountain, which took place nearby in 1620, is on permanent display inside the publicly accessible villa.

It was built according to the plans of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria, in the shape of a six-pointed star, symbolizing the principles of harmony, proportions, symmetry and numeric. Both, the summer house and the Hvězda game preserve were registered in the list of National Cultural Monuments in 1962.

You can get there by bus, tram or car. We would recommend taking the tram to stop “Sidliste Petriny” or “Vypich”.

The park, enclosed by a huge wall, has three main gates (Libocká, Pražská and Bělohorská,) plus several smaller ones.

With three majestic tree-lined avenues that served as entertainment and hunting for Renaissance aristocracy, now is a place where you can go for a walk, a run or a bicycle ride. The main road crosses the whole park and leads us to the summer house. From the main road, we can also take other variant routes.

The game preserve is accessible for the public throughout the year, and the palace is opened from April to October, every day except Monday, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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