Located in the Vinohrady district, Prague 2, Riegrovy Sady is one of the most popular hang out spots with locals, expats and students. No wonder, its abundance of many wooded plants is staggering, it offers many breathtaking vistas of Prague, such as Hradčany and Petřín Hill with its tower or some utterly unique views in Italská Street direction. This extensive park stretches between the Italská, Chopinova, Polská, and Vozová streets on the northern edge of Vinohrady, at the border with Žižkov.
The 100 year old park was founded on land originally belonging to estates, many of which were planted with vineyards. The garden originally spread out between Polská and Vinohradská streets and some smaller buildings were moved from that area to Rieger Gardens. The classicist lookout tower with terrace called Mlékárna (Dairy Shop) is currently located in the central part of the area. The park is named after 19th-century Czech politician František Ladislav Rieger whose statue, situated at the entrance from the Italská Street, is the work by Josef Václav Myslbek (the author of St. Wenceslas group sculpture in Wenceslas Square) from 1913. At the entrance from Chopin Street there is a playground offering many attractions for kids. Just a few meters further there is a café and a restaurant.
Probably the biggest attraction of the garden is one of the biggest beer gardens (popular outdoor “pubs”) in Prague, which with it large screens is a great spot for sport broadcasts during warm summer evenings. This is a great place to get loose, socialize with friends, meet new ones, have a grilled sausage.
With a mixed crowd, including tourists, expats, locals, this beer garden is popular with everyone. Beware, the tables, although there are many, fill up quickly and the lines for beer might be long. The winding paths of the park also make it a great place for afternoon strolls or jogging. For an authentic experience in Prague, Riegrovy Sady is clearly a top choice!