36 Hours in Prague: If you’re a dog owner

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For those who travel with canine family members, it can be difficult to figure out what to do with dogs while abroad. Prague brims with dogs and their owners—you may see more dogs than babies while you walk around the city. Policies accommodate dogs, with paper bag dispensers placed throughout Prague’s parks. The city lets dogs into most places (the metro, trams, buses, restaurants, workplaces and stores) as long as you have a leash. Scattered around Prague are some of the best parks for dogs to visit, and many restaurants by the parks welcome pet owners, where their dogs sit at their feet during meals.

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Letná Park


After an uphill climb, you’ll see the Prague Metronome, with a 75-foot needle that swings back and forth. The Metronome offers one of the few views you can get of the city center, the river and its bridges in one glance. Bring dogs to the vast stretches of intersecting pathways, lawns and light foliage that make up the park. Letná Park allows dogs off the leash if they are well-trained, and other dogs and park-goers are friendly, which makes it one of the best places to go at any time of the day.

Website: www.prahazelena.cz/letenske-sady.html

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Královská Park

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Kralovska Park

Located north of Letná Park is Královská Park, one of Prague’s biggest and greenest parks. What Královská lacks in views or monuments, it makes up for in its dense greenery and outdoor activities. Even on a weekday, you’ll find people walking, jogging and roller-skating through the paved walkways, with or without leashed or unleashed dogs (and both are allowed in Královská). The trees tower 40 feet or more above the ground, which makes the park well-shaded. Given the size and beauty of Královská Park, it isn’t difficult for first-time visitors to let the hours fly by here.

Website: www.prahazelena.cz/kralovska-obora-stromovka.html

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Restaurance Vozovna Stromovka

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Restaurace Vosova Stromovka and its neighboring playground

Located in the middle of Královská Park is Vozovna Stromovka Restaurant,
a small restaurant that from the back side anyone can mistake for an upscale public bathroom. But don’t let that fool you — this petit restaurant is perfect for all park-goers, human or canine. It has comfortable outdoor and indoor seating and a modern aesthetic juxtaposed against green surroundings. The restaurant is located next to a large, popular playground, and parents can eat while their children play. The menu includes Czech dishes under 200 CZK, or $10.

Address: Královská obora 2, 170 00 Praha 7 – Bubeneč
Website: www.vozovna-stromovka.cz

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Czech Svatopluka Park (Sady Svatopluka Čecha)

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Svatopluka Park

A block west of the Jihiřo z Poděbrad stop on the metro’s green line is Svatopluka Park, one of the few parks in Prague that explicitly allows dogs to be in the park without a leash. Svatopluka may be smaller than other parks in Prague, but it is worth visiting. Look for purple trees, white flowers, orange flowers, a 20-foot statue, a fountain and a playground for children.

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Riegrovy Park

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Riegrovy Park

Two blocks north of Svatopluka Park is the larger Riegrovy Park with fewer trees. Like other parks in Prague, Riegrovy is on a hill but not as high as Petrín or Letná parks. This makes it ideal for dog owners who want to enjoy green space in the busy city and take their dog for a walk, as Riegrovy allows dogs off the leash. There are ample stretches of lawn, shady trees and well-paved walkways, as well as a gymnasium in the middle of the park for owners who want to exercise.

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Riegrovy Park Restaurant Park Café

Located in the middle of Riegrovy Park is Restaurant Park Café and its beer garden. The cafe’s lunch menu and regular menu offer a variety of courses, most which the café prices under 200CZK, or $10.

Address: Riegrovy sady 28, 120 00 Praha 2
Website: www.restauraceriegrovysady.cz

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Petrín Hill

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Fields on Petrín Hill

Go to the Hellichova tram stop and see Petrín Hill stretch above buildings in front of it. Turn onto Hellichova to access one of the large park’s many entry points, which will take you up a narrow cobblestone path that winds through fields of tall grass, flowers and sparse trees that overlook the city from the west. Bring a blanket to enjoy a view of the city on a sunny day, and allow your dog to explore the grass and flowers, as Petrín Hill allows dogs off the leash.

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Kampa Island on the Vltava River

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Kampa Island

Located on the Vltava River under the Legíi Bridge, Kampa Island is an oasis of relaxation amid the comings and goings of the bustling city surrounding it. Although the island only allows dogs on a leash, the relaxed park-goers make Kampa Island a great place to nap. The island gives ample space for children to run around and features a small ropes playground.

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Střelecký Ostrov

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Střelecký Ostrov on the river

Střelecký Ostrov is a high-end restaurant on Kampa Island that overlooks the east side of town and the Vtlava River. With an outdoor terrace, dogs and owners alike can enjoy the high-class aesthetic of the restaurant. Most courses, which include goulash, roasted duck and pork fillet, cost about $10. Střelecký Ostrov also has an extensive list of wine.

Address: Střelecký ostrov 336, 110 00 Praha 1 – Staré město
Website: www.streleckyostrov.cz