When? Daily from 6 am to 11 pm
Where? The Slavonic Island – Prague 1
How much? Free admission
The Slavonic Island (“Slovanský ostrov” in Czech, also called “Žofín” by locals) is one of the most beautiful islands in the very heart of Prague. The island began to form in the 17th and 18th century from the sediment in the Vltava River and become a real island after the great flood in 1784 when it was secured with wall and planted with trees. During the first half of the 19th century, there was built a Neo-Renaissance palace named after Princess Sophie (“Žofie” in Czech), mother of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. The palace was used as a concert hall and for cultural events. Recently it has hosted important international social, cultural, political and business events.
The Slavonic Island is an ideal place to visit with kids, as there is a nice playground and from April till October children train leaves the station for 10 CZK per ride. The train called Czech lion is a miniature copy of the first steam locomotive Czech lion produced in the Czech lands. The popular activity in the Slavonic Island is renting a boat. The approximate prices are 250 CZK/10 EUR per hour for a paddle boat and 200 CZK/8 EUR for a rowing boat. The renting places are open daily from 11 am till dusk depending on weather and it is necessary to have an ID with you (passport, driving licence, ISIC, etc.). You can enjoy refreshing atmosphere, beautiful scenery and the hospitality of local restaurants while visiting the island.
How to get there from Almandine Apartments? The Slavonic Island is located for about 15 minutes from your accommodation as you can see in folowing link https://goo.gl/maps/3BZ52z3wchS2. The entrance is via a little bridge behind the National Theatre.
TIP: When going down the “Národní” Street to get to the Slavonic Island, do not miss the oldest Prague café Slavia (opposite to the National Theater) which was founded in 1884. Artists and important cultural personalities (namely composer Bedřich Smetana, writer Karel Čapek, Czech President Václav Havel and may others) met in Slavia and their photos hang on the walls in the interior. Moreover, there is live performance of a professional pianist daily from 5 pm to 11 pm.