Havlíčkovy sady, the second largest park in Prague, is also known by locals as Grébovka, after the famous villa standing there. In the middle of the park is a vineyard where you can taste the local vine all over the year. Are you interested to know more?
Grébovka is a vast park on a steep slope, between districts Vinohrady and Vršovice. In the middle of the park is standing Villa Gröbe (Grébovka) built in the Italian Renaissance style, so you feel like in Tuscany. Right in the vineyard stands a wooden belvedere with a panoramic view of the city. There is also a Pavilion with a café and a secret cave in the backside of the park.
Villa is the dominant of the park, and it has been taking the name of the founding father. Moritz Gröbe constructed villa in 1871 – 1888 and, at the same time, cultivated the vineyards around. Unfortunately, the villa was almost destroyed by bombs in 1945 but carefully restored. During the communist era, the whole park deteriorated over time, and the reconstruction was costly. Fortunately, Havlíčkovy sady was open to the public again in 2013, so we can enjoy this beautiful park with a stunning view again.
Next to the Villa Gröbe is a wooden Pavilion that was initially built for the public in the 1870s. Today, it’s a garden café and restaurant where you can have a refreshment with your loved ones.
Vineyards and Belvedere
This vineyard dates back to the 14th Century when King Charles IV. (the founder of Charles Bridge and Charles University) bring the French grapevine to Prague. Moritz Gröbe continued this tradition and built a whole area around the vineyard. Today, you can enjoy a wine tasting of local wine all over the year in the wooden Belvedere with a panoramic view of the capital. Every September, there is even a wine festival that is pretty popular with locals.
In the backside of the park, you can find an artificial dripstone cave with numerous paths, nooks, and views of the park. In the past, there used to be a popular restaurant with live music. Today, it is rather a place nice for rest and privacy.
How to Get to Havlíčkovy sady
Grébovka (Havlíčkovy sady) is located between two districts, Vinohrady and Vršovice. I usually take a tram from Náměstí míru to Krymská, walk around Kino Pilotů towards the entry gate to the park. You can also get off at Jana Masaryka tram stop and walk down Máchova and Rybalkova street towards the main entrance of the park.