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The smallest and friendliest of the three climbing walls in Prague. Located a stone's throw from the Tyn Church, it's also the most accessible. Three sides of a small gymnasium (not much bigger than a basketball court) are filled with overhangs which look imposing, but many of the holds when tried are enormous. That said, it's not really a place for beginners; only one wall is not inclined beyond the vertical. Walls hit the ceiling at fifteen meters and it is possible to climb with ropes or solo. Bolts with 'In Situ' extenders abound as do half-metre-thick crash mats. When five parties are climbing with ropes, little room is left for anything but soloing.
This illustrious library was founded in 1891 and it works hard to provide easy access to literature, cultural aids and other services. The library has overcome many serious obstacles, including the Nazi occupation and extensive flooding in 2002. It's a public access library and it also holds many educational activities for adults and children. Check the website for more details.
In the heart of the Old Town, around 100 meters from Old Town Square, stands the Havel's Street Market. Here, traders sell art, fruit, vegetables, jewelry, toys and anything else small enough to pack on to their open-air wooden stands. On either side of the street are shops that sell virtually everything else, including a herbal store that sells herbs and teas.
After sampling the thick gravies that Czech cuisine is famous for, it may be a good idea to head over to the centrally located YMCA fitness center. This well known organization offers many of the same services one can expect from any other YMCA around the world, including a weightlifting facility, swimming pool, sauna, massage and hair salon. For those who workout during regular business hours, child care is available. Normally, the facilities aren't crowded but it is best to avoid exercising in the evening. To cater to those who do not speak Czech, there usually is one English speaking staff member on duty.
Next to the National Theatre on Slovanky Island, boats can be rented here for navigating the Moldau River. You have a choice of either a paddle boat or a row boat for half an hour or more. Since the river is dammed for various reasons, the current around the island is not strong and is therefore easy to navigate. The rental rates are reasonable. This is an easy way to escape from rushing around the city for a while.
The race starts at 9:00am in Old Town Square (Staroměstské nám), and ends in the same spot. For details on race course, sponsors and prizes check the website or call ahead.
This is a new playground for children aged up to around 8 years. It is situated in Petrin Park, where Stefanikova meets Holeckove. The play equipment is new and imaginative and the area itself is spacious. There are also plenty of benches dotted around for parents.
Placed in the middle of Prague's beautiful Vltava River is Štvanice Island. The island is home to many tennis and volleyball courts, and even houses a hockey ring. The facilities will undergo a massive 40 million USD renovation in the near future which will bring new volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a nohejbal (soccer tennis) court.
The Mirror Maze is in Petrin Park, near the Petrin Observation Tower. It resembles a medieval castle and has a hall of mirrors inside, to the confusion and delight of children and parents alike. The building also houses a large, realistic painting of the Czechs and Swedes battling for control of Charles Bridge in the mid 1600s.
Riegrovy Sady Park is a quick 10 minute walk (or 2 tram stops on the number 11) up the hill (toward the television tower) from Vaclavske Namesti, the National Museum and the main train station. It is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind Prague Castle with a bottle of wine and good company. The park is big enough that you won't hear the sounds of the city once you make your way into its depths. Aside from the spectacular view of the center, this dog-friendly park sports a café, restaurant and a beer garden for all your refreshment needs. - Christophor Rick
The kayak and canoe slalom course is situated just north of Stromovka Park in the Troja neighborhood of Prague. It was built in the early 1990s and consists of variable obstacles made of tires filled with concrete, concrete panels, and wooden balks. Troja Slalom course is a very popular place where many tournaments at international level are held.
A fitness cum recreational landmark for Prague, this space looks and feels like one of the few places about town which has not changed much over the past decade but manages to offer good facilities for keeping fit. The large complex was built in a mid-century functionalist style and features large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, attracting an all-ages crowd all year round. The outdoor pool is flanked by a good weights room, with a space for sunbeds and massage, fitness shops and a huge lawn for taking in the rays during the warmer months. Swimming competitions are held in the space during the warmer months. The inside space includes large changing rooms, an Olympic size pool and a restaurant. Prices are determined by the amount of time spent at the facility and are competitive with other fitness centers around town.