Walking Tours in Prague 6
1. From Vítězné Square to St. Matthias and Baba
2. Discovering the Past and Present of Břevnov
3. From Bílá Hora to Petřiny and Veleslavín
4. From Písek Gate via Old Bubeneč to Podbaba
5. Roaming through Hanspaulka and Old Dejvice
6. Discovering the Historic Sites and Architecture of Střešovice and Ořechovka
7. From Liboc through the Valley of Šárka to Podbaba
The present-day district of Prague 6 was established in 1960 as a result of a merger of two former Prague districts Nos. 5 and 6, XVIII and XIX respectively. Today, it comprises the cadastral districts of Dejvice, Bubeneč, Břevnov, Střešovice, Vokovice, Veleslavín, and Ruzyně. As regards the execution of state administration, the municipalities of Suchdol, Lysolaje, Nebušice and Přední Kopanina governed by their own municipal assemblies are affiliated to Prague 6.
The territory of Prague 6 may boast several historical settlements that are richly documented by major archaeological sites and architectural monuments. The district experienced a rapid construction boom in the period between the two world wars and the urbanism of that time is best evidenced by Dejvice, Bubeneč and Břevnov. The area of the district is distinguished by a large share of greenery and parks situated in a broken terrain with numerous protected areas, often with unique fauna and flora. Heavy industry has never developed in the district and the economic life largely depended on the extraction and processing of natural resources, agriculture, and particularly viniculture. Many vineyards could be found almost in all the parts of present-day Prague 6. In the period between the world wars and in the 1960s, the district witnessed rapid development of tertiary education and many significant scientific and research institutions were located on its territory. Several central state bodies are headquartered in Prague 6, along with the embassies or consulates of numerous countries and various church organizations.
With its cinemas, theatres, galleries, and museums, various sports facilities and a variegated selection of hospitability and catering facilities, Prague 6 offers many opportunities enriching the sports, cultural and social life.
In order to familiarize you with at least some parts of Prague 6, we have prepared seven walking tours, which cover notable localities, historic sites, and points of interest. The routes largely lead through areas with little or no traffic. Each route description contains information on accessibility by public transport, and the routes may be interconnected or combined. They are thus suitable for families with children or for schools, as well as for cyclists who may also take advantage of the appended list of three cycle paths and a description of their routes on the territory of Prague 6.
The legs of the routes are described very briefly and more detailed information is provided with more significant landmarks or natural localities.
Vítězné Square, University Complex, Archbishop's Seminary, Vlasta Burian's villa, old homesteads, Church and cemetery of St. Matthias, Baba villa colony, and Baba ruins
Vítězné Square – One of the larger Prague squares is the centre of Prague 6. It was built in the 1930s as the fundamental component of the development project designed by architect Engel. It was the first Prague square with roundabout traffic. Trams lines used to run through the square. It is a major city intersection. A number of important institutions may be found in the square and in its surroundings, such as the Army General Staff, the Ministry of Defence, the Office of the Municipal District of Prague 6, banks, medical facilities, etc.
Walk through the park behind the Metro station into Technická Street. You will reach the University Complex, which is also a part of the Dejvice development project designed by Engel. To the left from Technická Street, you may find lower buildings built between the wars (chemical faculty, etc.), post-war buildings (engineering and electrotechnical faculty) to the right, and more contemporary structures at the street front (faculties of constructional engineering and architecture). The famous St. Matthias Carnival had been held in the vast open space in front of the post-war buildings until the 1960s.
At the end of Technická Street turn left. You will reach the Archbishop's Seminary with the Church of St. Adalbert and the adjacent extensive Masaryk Dormitory. Before 1990, all these buildings had served other purposes (e.g. the church was closed down). Since the 1990s, the seminary and the dormitory have been once again serving the purpose for which they were built during the development of Dejvice.
Turn right behind the seminary, walk down Kadeřávkovská Street, turn right at its end, and continue along the road lined with bushes. You will reach Kotlářka, one of the many former homesteads with vineyards in Dejvice. Along the way, you will pass Vlasta Burian's villa with a memorial plaque, a modern building of the former French school built between the wars a little further to the right, and a sports complex on the site of the former brickworks.
At the end of the road lined with bushes, turn left to the steeply climbing Zengerova Street and walk to the grassy hill offering a view of the Prague panorama and the former Špitálka homestead.You will also see a football field where the Hanspaulka League is played.
Continue along the street lined with villas and a pine alley to a small square.
You will reach Fišerka with a homestead bearing the same name and traditional inns. The site along with the Kodymka homestead and the well-known Hendlův dvůr (Hendl's Court) is also known under the name Horní Šárka (Upper Šárka). Connection to bus No. 131.
The Church of St. Matthias with the adjoining cemetery had once been the destination of pilgrimages. The church is a dominant and a symbol of Dejvice. The Baroque church was built on the site of a medieval church in 1771. The vast cemetery offers a view of the valley of Šárka and it is the resting place of many famous personages, e.g. post WWI politician Dr. Rašín or actor Josef Kemr. A popular gingerbread crèche is displayed at the church throughout the Christmas season.
From the church or the parsonage, you may follow any street leading through the BABA villa colony.The colony is an illustrative example of pre and post-war architecture. The original Functionalist built-up area is adjoined by a small picturesque villa housing estate from the last decades of the 20th century. The older built-up area conceals a number of outstanding Functionalist villas. You may walk through the older and the younger part of the colony all the way to the cliffs above Podbaba and to the Baba ruins on the site of a prehistoric settlement. The "artificial" ruins offer a unique panoramic view of Dejvice, Bubeneč, Troja and the ZOO, Císařský Island with a waste water treatment plant, a century old lock chamber on the Vltava River, or the building of the Water Management Research Institute. The panorama of Hradčany is rather extraordinary, as it seems "inside out".
From the ruins, you may follow the marked forest path, which will take you along the elevation and back to the Church, Fišerka homestead and to the stop of Bus No. 131.
The entire route is approximately 5 km long. At Fišerka, it intersects with the "Roaming through Hanspaulka and Old Dejvice" route.
Vypich, Ladronka homestead, U Kaštanu Inn, Břevnov Monastery, Brusnice Stream, Břevnov manors and homesteads, the Pyramida Hotel and the Strahov tunnel, Brahe and Kepler statues, military cemetery
Břevnov belongs to the oldest Prague settlements. Its origin and development are closely linked to the ancient road that had led from Prague to the west and the foundation of the Benedictine monastery. Břevnov became a town in 1907, it was affiliated to Prague in 1923 and to Prague 6 in 1960.
Take tram No. 8 or 22 to the Vypich stop on an elevated intersection at the edge of Břevnov. Turn right in the opposite direction of your arrival route and walk along the park path that leads through the grass plains to the Ladronka homestead built in the late 17th century. The complex of buildings with a courtyard in the middle and a tall hipped roof housed coaching inns and a horse changing station. The complex is not in use at present. A way of the cross led nearby and a chapel may be found in the vicinity. Follow the path that leads through a grass plot towards a residential area, continue up Kozlová Street, turn right to Hošťálkova Street, then left to Vodňanská Street and walk down to Bělohorská Street with a built-up area on both sides. Continue to the end of the block of houses. You will reach the inn known as U Kaštanu (At the Chestnut). The building is protected as a historical monument. The once frequented inn had originally stood by the old westward road from Prague. It later became a popular garden restaurant for excursionists and the venue of meetings and gatherings. The social democratic party was founded at the inn in 1878. The building underwent extensive reconstruction and it currently serves as a cultural centre.
Walk to the pedestrian crossing on Patočkova Street and continue to the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Adalbert and St. Margaret in a small dell. This exceptionally valuable historical and cultural monument was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1997 on the occasion of the millennial anniversary of the death of martyr Saint Adalbert.
The monastery acquired its present-day appearance during a reconstruction carried out by Kryštov and Kilián Dienzenhofer in the 18th century. Behind the monastery, there is a vast garden with the Vojtěška pavilion built over the spring of the Brusnice Stream.
Walk along the park path leading below the eastern side of the monasterial grounds and around a pond to Markétská Street to the edge of a terraced housing estate. Continue walking up Radimova Street that mouths into Patočkova Street. Along the way, pay attention
to an interwar social housing complex and the residential development of various styles on the right slopes above Patočkova Street. On the left slope, you may see a newer housing estate incorporated into older tenement blocks and family houses.
Continue walking along Radimova Street. You will reach the high-rise dormitory building. It is adjoined by a large garden with a pond and Kajetánka with a manor. Walk past a solitaire house to the old Kajetan chapel resembling a Romanesque rotunda and continue to the Petynka homestead and the nearby Malovanka homestead behind the neighbouring park with the Vincentinum Pond.Walk along Patočkova Street to a footbridge. While crossing the footbridge, you may admire a panoramic view of the valley and the slopes of Břevnov all the way to the Pyramida Hotel and the mouth of the traffic tunnel from Smíchov.
From the footbridge, walk to the end of Parléřova Street. On the left side, you will see a building of the grammar school,the courtyard of which conceals the foundations of the house where Danish astronomer and mathematician Tycho Brahe had lived between the years 1599 and 1601. The statues of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler by sculptor Josef Vajce are erected in front of the school.
Turn left to Keplerova Street and after a few metres, turn left again to Hládkov Street. On the right side of the street, walk down the park path, which leads along a massive wall of the Baroque fortification of the castle from the late 17th century. A military cemetery was founded here in the 18th century. The cemetery was later closed down, however, some of the tombstones were inset into the fortification walls.
Walk through the tranquil park, which is completely isolated from the surrounding traffic. At its end enter Patočkova Street in the vicinity of the Střešovice tram depot. From there, you may take a tram to the Hradčanská Metro station or to Vítězné Square.
The entire route is physically undemanding and it is approximately 3 km long.
Church of Our Lady of Victory, Battle of White Mountain Memorial, Cemetery of Tolerance, Hvězda Summer Palace and Game Preserve, old and new Petřiny, windmill, Veleslavín chateau and Daniel Adam monument
Take tram No. 8 or 22 to the terminal stop at Bílá Hora.
Bílá Hora (White Mountain) – It is one of the highest hills in Prague (approx. 380 metres above sea level). Its named is derived from the mining of white arenaceous marl. In the vicinity of the tram loop, you may find the Church of Our Lady of Victory. After the Battle of White Mountain in 1620, a small chapel was built on the site. A pilgrimage church was erected in 1704 and later complemented with a dome and corner chapels (architect Santini, interior frescoes by V. V. Reiner). On the opposite side of the square, you may find the unfinished building of the Servit Monastery, which was converted to an inn in the 17th century. The inn remains in operation to this day.
Walk along Chýňská and Holubická Streets lined with family houses to a grassy elevation. Continue walking up a field path to the mound with several trees. The Memorial of the Battle of White Mountain was built by the district organization of Sokol in 1920 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the battle. The vista point offers distant views.
Continue in the same direction along the descending field path to Pod mohylou Street. Walk another 200 metres down the street to the right, continue along Zahradní Street and then turn to Huberova Street on the left side.You will reach the Cemetery of Tolerance, which was founded in 1781 as a burial ground for non-Catholics. In 1848, students gathered here to pay homage to those fighting in the Battle of White Mountain. The piety of the site has been restored and a detailed description may be found at its entrance. The location offers a view of Liboc, Ruzyň and of the large prison, ill famed during the Nazi occupation and after 1948.
Continue along Huberova Street and to the end of Duchcovská Street, turn left to the descending field path and walk all the way to the side entrance of the Hvězda Game Preserve. The site is known as Světlička and it is said that the Moravian Brethren refused to surrender here during the Battle of White Mountain. Walk through the entrance into the game preserve, turn right behind the wall and cross a small bridge. From there, follow any of the ascending paths to the summer palace.
Hvězda Summer Palace and Game Preserve – The game preserve was founded around the year 1535 in a forest belonging to the Břevnov Monastery. The game preserve with the battlefield and barrow have been declared a National Cultural Monument and a protected landscape area extending over 84 hectares. The summer palace was built in the 1550s. The game preserve is criss-crossed by paths with benches. A wide lane leads from the corner of the open space in front of the summer palace to the main gate where a statue of Jan Roháč of Dubá is erected by the entrance. Walk to the right past a hotel and after 100 metres, turn left to U Hvězdy Street and to the edge of the Petřiny Housing Estate – the first housing estate in Prague. You may find the large building of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Heyrovského Square at the edge of the housing estate. The terminal stop of trams Nos. 1 and 18 is here. The housing estate was built between the years 1958 and 1965, and it is currently complemented with modern architecture.
You may walk approximately 1 kilometre along the main avenue with numerous shops to a bigger intersection with Ankarská Street. About 200 metres to the right, you may see the remnants of a windmill (the mill tower with a residential building). You may then return to the intersection and continue to a rather steep slope with a stairway and paths down which you will descend to Veleslavín.
Veleslavín – The large estate was in the possession of Štěpán Adam of Veleslavín in the 16th century. You may find a monument dedicated to his son, Daniel Adam, who was a well-known Prague book printer. The local chateau was built in 1730. It had served as a mental asylum from 1903 and later as a pulmonary sanatorium. The chateau was probably designed by Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer. The water house built in 1555 as a part of the former chateau water supply system is a historical monument. You may find them in the lower and older part of Veleslavín near the railway.
A stop of trams Nos. 20 and 26 is located behind the railway crossing on Evropská Avenue. Another part of Prague 6, Vokovice, starts right behind Evropská Avenue. The originally small agricultural village with vineyards and small-scale industry experienced a boom before and namely after World War II.
The route to the edge of Petřiny is approximately 3.5 km long and to Veleslavín approximately 5.5 km long.
Písek Gate, Bílek's villa, Na Valech Park, Bruska, classic residential areas of Bubeneč with tenement houses and villas, Church of St. Gotthard, Stromovka Park, Imperial Mill, old waste water treatment plant, the CROWNE PLAZA Hotel, Dejvice Theatre
From the Hradčanská public transport station walk 250 metres along K Brusce Street to Písecká brána (Písek Gate). The gate was built in 1721 as a part of the fortification system of the city. Named after the no longer existing Prague suburb of Písek, the gate is wedged in between the bastions of St. George and St. Ludmila, after which streets are named today.
Continue walking about 200 metres along Mickiewiczova Street (the bust of the wife of President Masaryk, Charlotte, is installed on house No. 13) to Bílek's villa. It was built in 1911 according to the design of sculptor and architect František Bílek (1872 – 1941) in Art Nouveau style. It originally served for residential purposes and as a sculptor's studio. It is now managed by the National Gallery. Walk through Na Valech Park (surrounded by Neo-Classicist tenement houses) and down the pedestrian subway to the Hradčanská Metro station. From there, continue to the locality known as Bruska. Bruska – Its name is of historical origin and it is derived from the nearby station (present-day Dejvice Railway Station), from which a horse-drawn railway line to Kladno was operated between the years 1830 and 1863. From this area, the construction of tenement houses began spreading to Dejvice and Bubeneč at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A part of the development is still visible at the mouth of Dejvická and Bubenečská Streets. Continue along Muchova and Slavíčkova Street, turn left to Suchardova Street and left again to Na Zátorce Street until you reach a big intersection where you may find a monument dedicated to music composer Karel Bendl. On your way, pay notice to the distinct built-up area comprising of tenement houses and villas from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. From the intersection, continue down Pelléova Street and then along V Sadech Street and past Lann's villa (built in 1871, rich interior and exterior decorations) to the locality known as Starý Bubeneč (Old Bubeneč) with the remains of the original settlement of Přední Ovenec (its name is derived from sheep breeding).
The Church of St. Gotthard – The originally Romanesque church with a small chapel of St. John of Nepomuk was rebuilt in Late Baroque style in 1801. The adjoining cemetery was closed down in 1888. Worth noting is the historical inn known as Na slamníku (On the Straw Bed) which remains in operation to this day. A tailors fair used to be held in the open space around the inn.
Continue down the steeply descending, charming Gotthardská Street to the Stromovka Park entrance. Stromovka – The park was originally founded as a royal game park by Ottokar II of Bohemia in 1268. Walk past the gamekeeper's lodge, turn left and continue along a wide path for pedestrians and cyclists, walk under the railway viaduct, then turn left again below the Pecka Hill and walk all the way to the gate.
Císařský mlýn (Imperial Mill) – It is a major cultural, historical and industrial monument from the times of Emperor Rudolph II. The reconstruction has been interrupted and you may thus see the vast complex only from the preserved entrance gate. You have to walk around the complex along a path used by pedestrians and cyclists to Papírenská Street, which leads to Podbaba with several industrial monuments and views of the Troja and Baba hills. At its edge, you may find a complex of a former paper mill, which had belonged to the Imperial Mill, and a building of the once well-known Mauthner's weaving mill from the early 20th century (Tetra company).
Old waste water treatment plant – The technical and architectonic monument of world significance houses an eco-technical museum and still functional machinery and equipment. An extensive complex of the new waste water treatment plant is situated near its predecessor on an island behind the arm of the Vltava River. Various small businesses are located in the area around Papírenská Street, such as Ergon, which previously manufactured contact lenses and currently specialises in orthopaedic aids.The villa of factory owner Mauthner stands on the left side of the street. At the end of Papírenská Street, you will find a lane with Mauthner's houses for workers. The factory owner had provided housing for his employees long before Baťa. The lane with its picturesque atmosphere served as the filming location of scenes from the television series Hříšní lidé města pražského (The Sinful People of the City of Prague) or the feature film Šakalí léta (The Jackal Years). From the edge of the street, you may see the building of the Water Management Research Institute and the century old lock chamber further upstream.
Walk through the underpass below the railway tracks to the locality of Podbaba, which continues as a part of Dejvice along the stream of the Vltava. This area is dominated by the CROWNE PLAZA Hotel, which was built in the 1950s in the style of Social Realism. The originally military accommodation facility was later converted to the popular Hotel Internacionál. In the surroundings, you may see the buildings of the former malting plant with typical chimneys, the Juliska sports complex, and large-scale bus garages from the period between the world wars. Follow the tram tracks along Třída jugoslávských partyzánů Avenue and after about 200 metres, turn right to Zelená Street. You will see the Dejvice Theatre on the left side. It is the first theatre founded in Prague after 1989 and its significance exceeds the borders of Prague 6.
The entire route is approximately 5 km long. You may end in Starý Bubeneč and take bus No. 131 from the nearby Sibiřské Square. In Stromovka, you may turn behind the viaduct and explore the charming coves of Malá říčka (Small River).
Bořislavka, Pernikářka, Zlatnice, Horní Šárka, Zavadilka, Hanspaulka Manor, Hotel Praha, Hadovka, Old Dejvice, Chapel of St. Wenceslas
Hanspaulka is a vast elevated area with unique structures from the 18th and 19th century. Today, the prevailing development comprises villas and family houses from the period between the world wars. The names of many streets are a reminiscence of the once plentiful vineyards.
Travel four stops by tram from Vítězné Square to Bořislavka (it is also the terminal stop of Bus No. 131 from Hradčanská). Here many of the streets of the residential areas of Hanspaulka and Ořechovka intersect with the arterial Evropská Avenue.
From Bořislavka, walk up the ascending Na Pískách Street for about 100 metres, turn left and continue up a stairway lane to the Pernikářka homestead from the 16th century. The homestead was reconstructed into a summer residence in the 19th century. Its sloping garden with a chapel is enclosed by an original arenaceous marl wall.
Continue up Na Pernikářce Street and the adjoining path that winds among the houses and leads up to the edge of Na Pahoubce Street in the locality known as Zlatnice. Turn left and walk about 150 metres up a forest path that will take you along the hillside up to a rocky ridge with a view of Nebušice and Jenerálka. It is a protected landscape area with a heath and forest steppe. Walk back to Na Pahoubce Street. Along the way, you may see the remnants of the former Zlatnice homestead and the inn known as Šipkapas, which is frequently mentioned as a gathering place of German students in literature. From Na Pahoubce Street, follow the red-marked tourist path. The path is comfortable and leads through a forest with a residential area on the right and the slopes of the valley of Šárka on the left. In front of a children's playground, you may take a 100-metre detour to a vista point with benches overlooking the valley of Šárka.
Horní Šárka (Upper Šárka) – The locality with a church and homesteads is accessible more easily when taking the walking route from Vítězné Square to the Church of St. Matthias. Walk along Na Kodymce Street with a pine alley, turn right to Šárecká Street and continue to the left towards Zavadilka – former cultural centre and pub,currently the Zlatá Praha Hotel.
At the end of the street turn right to Šárecká Street and continue left to Hanspaulka Manor. Named after its founder, Hans Paul Hipmann, the manor belonged among the largest settlements in Dejvice. It was built in 1733 and was surrounded by vast vineyards. The manor that used to house the archaeological museum of A. Jíra offers a panoramic view of Prague 6.
Climb above the manor and continue left along Fetrovská and then Sušická Streets, walk past the building of the basic school to Hotel Praha. One of the major hotels in Prague 6 may boast an impressive architecture and extensive gardens. Walk down Sušická Street and the transverse U Hadovky Street along the chapel to the Hadovka homestead. The originally quite extensive homestead with a vineyard built in the English Neo-Gothic style is currently the residence of the Canadian Embassy. The name is derived from the Czech equivalent of the name of the owner of the property in the late 17th century, F. Serpente.
Cross Evropská Avenue, walk past a high-rise building and then descend to the locality known as Staré Dejvice (Old Dejvice). The settlement is already mentioned in 1088 as an estate in the possession of the Vyšehrad Chapter, which later shared it with the provost of Saint Vitus. Hence the origin of the name Proboštská Street – translated as Provost Street. Nowadays, only the former provost estate with a brewery from the early 19th century and namely the Chapel of St. Wenceslas from the 18th century remind us of the past.
The entire undemanding route leading through tranquil lanes and gardens is approximately 4.5 km long. You may return from Old Dejvice to the centre of Dejvice by tram from the nearby Hadovka stop or you may easily walk to Vítězné Square along Velvarská Street. On the way, you will walk past the elegant building of the former Beneš Grammar School, a telephone exchange building and another of the large hotels in Prague 6, the Diplomat.
Central Military Hospital, Střešovice churches, Old Střešovice, Muller's villa, Ořechovka – Machar Square and notable villas, Public Transport Museum
Střešovice is first mentioned in 993. Once there were plentiful vineyards, several brick kilns and houses built of arenaceous marl in the area. It was affiliated to Prague in 1922 and it experienced a massive boom of villa development in the 1920s and 1930s.
Travel by tram from Hradčanská (tram Nos. 1 or 18) or from Vítězné Square (tram No. 2) to the Vojenská nemocnice (Military Hospital) stop.The Central Military Hospital was opened in 1938 and extensive construction continued after World War II. Walk up U šesté baterie Street towards the main entrance and turn right. If you walk along U šesté baterie Street (named after batteries that were bombarding Prague during the Prussian siege in 1757) in the direction of the centre, you may enjoy distant views and explore the Střešovické skály (Střešovice Rocks) Nature Monument. Continue walking down the street to Před bateriemi Square with a park.In the square, you may find the Chapel of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren built in Functionalist style between the years 1937 and 1939 by architect Kozák.
Continue in the same direction down Sibeliova Street to the Church of St. Norbert, which has been a dominant of Střešovice since 1891.
Walk down Norbertov Street to the locality of Staré Střešovice (Old Střešovice) with picturesque lanes and village houses, a renovated belfry, historical inns and modern pubs.
Continue up Nad hradním vodojemem Street to Muller's villa, which was built by Viennese architect Loos on a promontory above the tram tracks in 1930. The villa is considered a masterpiece of Constructivist non-decorative architecture. Its interiors are currently renovated to restore their original appearance.
Walk to the main Střešovice Street, continue through a park to the west until you reach Machar Square, which is the centre of the residential district of Ořechovka. The square was built by leading Czech architects. Many prominent Czech artists lived here (e.g. painters Filla, Beneš, Špála). The construction was largely effected between the two world wars.
Walk up Na Ořechovce Street all the way to its end where you may find the Public Transport Museum with a unique collection of all kinds of historical vehicles displayed in a former depot. The museum is open on weekends and holidays from spring to autumn.
The entire route is physically undemanding and it is approximately 3 km long. You may take a tram from the museum or walk along Pevnostní Street to Evropská Avenue not far from Vítězné Square.
Liboc, Džbán water reservoir and coomb, Maiden Jump, Devil's Mill, Želivka, Vizerka, Jenerálka, former Dubský Mill, homesteads and mills in Tichá Šárka
Šárka is a woody and rocky valley, which extends approximately 12 kilometres along the Šárecký Stream. It is abundant in unique fauna and flora, various natural formations, as well as archaeological findings. The valley is divided into Divoká Šárka (Wild Šárka) and Tichá Šárka (Quiet Šárka) from the settlement of Jenerálka. The entire territory is protected as a natural park with numerous nature reserves, nature monuments, and nature trails.
From the terminal tram stop (trams Nos. 20 and 26) in Liboc, walk down the road or stairway to the Džbán water reservoir covering an area of 15 hectares, with a 9 metre high and 72 metre long dam. The reservoir has been a popular recreational area offering a variety of sports and leisure activities since the 1960s.
Below the dam, you may admire the Džbán rocky coomb cut into the flinty shale by the brook. You may see Šestákova skála (Šesták's Rock) on the left side and Kozákova skála (Kozák's Rock) on the right side. Traces of prehistoric and Slavic settlements have been uncovered on the plains at the top of the rocky formations.
Walk through the coomb and follow the winding brook. You will reach Dívčí skok (Maiden Jump) – a rocky cliff rising above a swimming pool with spring water, which is named after the legend of Bohemian chieftain Ctirad and treacherous maiden Šárka. You may visit the traditional garden inn below the swimming pool.
Continue along the brook to Čertův mlýn (Devil's Mill) – a former homestead with an inn from the mid 18th century. The "sea of rock" is located behind the mill. A natural amphitheatre entertained up to 10,000 spectators between 1913 and 1922 on a grass plain (currently overgrown with a forest stand) on the right side of the valley above the rocks.
On the left side of the brook, you will see Želivka, a former farmstead and inn with a picture depicting maiden Šárka's guile above the entrance.
Follow the brook to Vizerka, a smaller homestead with forest steppe above it. Continue along the path that leads through a valley floodplain with original willow and alder stands.
Walk left around a rocky flinty shale knob with steppe plant communities and a small cave to the locality of Jenerálka – a small settlement nestled along a busy road to Kralupy with a chateau from the late 18th century. The chateau served as the headquarters of a part of the general staff of the Austrian army (the name of the settlement is derived from the word "general"), as a home for war veterans between the world wars, later as the seat of various research institutions, and today as the seat of a Baptist seminary. You may also visit the Church of St. John of Nepomuk, which was built on the site of a small chapel and a plague cemetery in 1719. There are several archaeological sites, former brick kilns, and vineyards in the area. Jenerálka is serviced by a bus line running to the centre of Dejvice. If you want to explore Divoká Šárka, you may follow the red-marked tourist path from the water reservoir up to Kozákova skála (Kozák's Rock) and along other rocky formations to Vokovice, or from Dívčí skok (Maiden Jump) to Nebušice past the Pohádka gamekeeper's lodge.
Behind the shopping centre in Jenerálka, walk down to the Nebušický Brook and follow the yellow-marked forest path leading along gardens and "Dubák" pond, which is fed by the Šárecký Stream. A mill bearing the same name and belonging to music composer Mysliveček had once stood below the pond. Turn right behind the pond and walk towards a quiet road. Turn left and continue along the road through Tichá Šárka (Quiet Šárka).
Along the way, you will see Kalinův mlýn (Kalina's Mill, also known as "Na posledním penízi" – "At the Last Penny") on the left side, a small manor hidden among trees behind the right and left bend of the road to your right. Further from the road to your right, you may see another former mill with the fitting name Mlýnek (Small Mill), which once housed a workshop producing various brass items, a popular inn, and it supplied water to Horní Šárka (Upper Šárka). To the left, you will see Heřmanův dvůr (Heřman's Farmstead) with an entrance gate from the 17th century, a sundial, and another former garden inn known as "Podháj".
Continue to Šatovka,the name of which is derived from the name of its original owner in the 17th century, tailor de Chateau. You may also visit the adjoining swimming pool with spring water and the Zuzanka homestead by the bend of the road before Šatovka.
Keep walking along the road to the Žežulka or Pulkrábka homesteadsand then to the
Břetislavka junction with the road to Lysolaje (the 2 km long romantic sandstone gorge known as Housle is nearby). At Břetislavka, you may visit the local inn with a historical belfry.
Tichá Šárka ends here and it borders with the old quarter of Podbaba, which is a part of Dejvice. You may continue along the brook surrounded by houses and villas to the railway viaduct. Behind the viaduct, you will find a bus stop with regular bus lines running to the centre of Dejvice.
The route through the valley of Šárka is approximately 12 km long and it may be divided into individual legs, with one ending in Jenerálka. In Tichá Šárka, you may turn right from the road and walk to Hanspaulka. A bus line runs through Tichá Šárka.