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Playground Under Charles Bridge, Prague 1

Playgrounds on 13 April 2009 by Karen (5 comments)

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NEWLY RECONSTRUCTED FOR SUMMER!

As its name implies, the Charles Bridge Playground is located directly under the bridge on the left bank of the Vltava river (Mala Strana side). It is ideal for parents and children who might wish to play and unwind or just take a break from sightseeing, right in the heart of one of the most historically important parts of town. We started going to this gem of a playground even before we moved to Prague. The views it offers of the city are just amazing.

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The upgrade includes thick rubber matting under all the equipment and they have replanted the lawn so it is lush underfoot rather than patchy. The park still contains several swings, slides, climbing frames, rocking animals and even a sandpit. There is plenty of space for just running and fooling around and both my 3 as well as 7-year-old always find lots of things to do here, whenever we visit.

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An iron fence encloses the entire play area, so there is no danger of anyone running away or jumping into the river. As there are quite a number of benches around, grown-ups can also take a rest, while watching the boats on the Vltava float by. Tickets for scenic boat rides on the river, are available at numerous stands under the bridge on this side of the river. One example being Prague Venice

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The up-market Kampa Park Restaurant  is located right next to the playground, and theoretically, if sitting at the right table, one could keep an eye on their kids in the playground and dine at the same time. This arrangement would only work for older children, who would be able to make their own way back to the restaurant (30 seconds of walking). There is no direct access from the playground to the restaurant itself.

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An additional eatery at a more modest price that we reviewed in the nearby vicinity is Bio Cafe Klarov which has a small indoor play area right near metro stop Malostranska (NB: Unfortunately the Bio Cafe group of restaurants are no longer due to the economic recession) and a short (but crowded) walk across the bridge is the recently reviewed Lehka Hlava.

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New photos courtesy of Larissa.

OPEN: April 1st - October 31st: 08:00 - 19:00,  November 1st - March 31st: 08:00 - 17:00

ADDRESS: Playground is underneath Charles Bridge (Mala Strana side), Prague 1

DIRECTIONS: Take tram 12, 20, or 22 to Malostranske Namesti and walk towards Charles Bridge. Turn left at the entrance to the Bridge and walk downwards, as if alongside the bridge. Walk for about 150m, veering to the left. With the Metro, get off at Malostranska (Line A - green). Walk towards Charles Bridge, veer left and follow the edge of the bridge (on your right), until you reach the playground, which will be on your left. Paid parking (CZK 50 per hour), is available at Malostranske Namesti.