Although Prague isn’t your typical beach destination, there are plenty of beach spots here for locals and visitors to enjoy. The neighbouring rivers and reservoirs here provide the perfect places to unwind, where travellers can enjoy a picnic and cool down on a warm summer’s day, all while overlooking beautiful scenery.
Hostivarska Prehrada is tucked away in the middle of the beautiful Hostivař Forest Park, alongside a large reservoir, only a few minutes from the centre of Prague. This quiet area is made up of two sandy beaches, each with its own individual charm.
On the left bank, you will find the main beach of Hostivarska Prehrada, with a wide range of leisure and sports facilities including beach volleyball courts, alongside another court used for football, tennis or street ball. There is also a children’s playground with waterslides, a climbing wall and trampolines; providing great fun for the little ones.
Pedal boats, kayaks, wheel boats and canoes are available for hire and there are refreshment stalls and a central restaurant with a roofed large garden. The attractive, wooden pier is an ideal place to sunbathe or to jump off, into the cooling water below. Although whole families gather here to relax, play and enjoy the wonderful facilities on offer, this beach still manages to provide a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Fully separated from the main beach by a forest, is one of the oldest nudist beaches in the Czech Republic.
Koupaliste Seberak is a beautiful sandy and grassy area at the side of a natural pond, fed by a brook in Kunratice (on the southern edge of Prague). This picturesque beach has an outdoor fireplace for cooking on, as well as wooden benches and tables for you to use for a tasty picnic.
If you like sports, there is a volleyball and football pitch on site, or you can hire a boat or catamaran and take to the water. There is also an exciting separate children’s playground, with plenty of fun things for the little ones to do; giving you the chance to sit back and relax in the sunshine. Outdoor showers, changing rooms and toilets are also available here, and there are many food tents and restaurants for you to choose from when you get hungry. Also, at the eastern part of the pond, you will find a nudist beach – one of the oldest of its kind, dating back to the 1980s.
Lhota Lake Beach is just a forty-minute drive from Prague centre, and is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Once a mining pit, Lhota is now a 25-hectare pool surrounded by abundant pine forests. To complete the restoration, an attractive man-made beach (comprised of soft white sand) was also added. Today, this beach – with its beautiful clear waters and spacious surroundings, makes it a popular choice with locals and visitors alike.
Along the main beach, you can find food stalls serving a variety of drinks, delicious meals and local dishes, including langos with fried cheese and at the entrance to the beach, there are two bars serving a range of locally brewed beers along with spirits and soft drinks, too.
There’s also a small shop where you can purchase beach equipment, towels, sunglasses, sunscreen and fun swimming floats for the children. Not forgetting, deckchairs and parasols are available for hire and seating is provided in the shade of the pine trees; making this an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery. The sand, the pool, the picnic areas and children’s playgrounds make this a perfect place for families to spend the day away.
Smichov beach is an artificial beach located along the banks of the Vltava River – close to many of Prague’s historic buildings and beautiful architecture. The beach was constructed with 700 tonnes of imported naturally soft, fine white sands and is big enough to hold up to 500 visitors.
There are deck chairs on the beach for relaxing and sunbathing, or if you are feeling energetic, you can play various sports such as, volleyball, basketball, petanque and badminton. There is a swimming pool, too, and for the younger members of the family, there is an exciting children’s playground. The on-site restaurant and bar serve delicious food and a wide variety of drinks, and there are many other tasty cafes and lively bars nearby.
Being one of the thriving beaches in Prague, Smichov beach comes alive in the evenings when people flock to the live music concerts, dance shows and themed parties, including the Fire and Cocktail show or Tropical Nights, to name a few.
As Prague is a land-locked city, instead of sandy sea beaches it offers river beaches, artificial beaches and lakes. The Zlute Lazne is a large recreational area along the banks of the Vltava River. It has a man-made beach area, which is half grass (the area closest to the river) and half, light, soft sand. On the sand, there are sun loungers, deck chairs and pretty little straw huts, where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine.
The grassy riverside area is a popular picnicking spot with families. Alternatively, there is a host of cafes, bars and restaurants, all offering a great selection of food and drinks.
The activities available include tennis, football, beach volleyball, table tennis, futnet (football tennis), petanque, outdoor giant chess, scooters and skateboarding. You can hire any equipment needed and there are also pedalos, rowing boats and paddleboards for rent. The children’s area has a playground, a swimming pool and a paddling pool, so there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
During the summer months, Zlute Lazne offers free movie nights; bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic if you like, but the bars and restaurants do stay open late into the night.