The Residence Bella Vista is in a premium location full of Neo-Baroque villas by famous European architects and important Baroque buildings, such as the Chapel of Saint Clare, a maze, fountain, stables and Troja Chateau, thanks to which the district of Troja obtained its name.
The Baroque chateau was built in the 17th century by the Sternbergs and attracts attention, for example, through its fresco decoration showing the Habsburg victory over the Turks. The chateau is surrounded by a beautiful French-style park, suitable for walks and relaxation. The peaceful natural atmosphere is also enhanced by Prague’s zoo, whose pavilions surround the residence, and the nearby botanical garden.
Natural Parks and Reservations within Reach
In addition to plenty of cultural options, Troja also offers a number of natural parks and reservations that can be visited at the weekend with your family, to draw strength from the countryside. Take a walk along the slate rocks to Zámky nature park, through the picturesque Drahaň or Čimice valleys or enjoy a short stroll to Palírka Hill. You can have a no less beautiful walk if you take the Botanical Garden’s nature trail to Pusté vinice or the Haltýř Stream Valley and its spring.
Cycle along the Vltava
The nearby cycle path, following the bank of the Vltava, offers beautiful scenery—both the raging river, and the beautiful countryside of Drahaň Troja park. You can reach it in a couple of minutes by bike and you can go, for example, to Klecánky, which is 7 km away, or make use of one of the ferries over the river and take a trip to, for example, Roztoky or Úholičky. If you ride your bike to Troja Chateau, you could continue, for example, across Imperial Island to Stromovka Park. If you don’t want to cycle any more, you can take the trail along the Vltava only on in-line skates; lovers of extreme sports will appreciate the famous Troja slalom channel, where you can try the rapids on a kayak or raft.
To the Zoo or To See the Plants
Prague zoo is regularly ranked among the top five best zoos in the world. There are 670 species of animal—and almost 5,000 actual animals—on a 60-hectare site. The Indonesian Jungle, Monkey Island, the seal exhibit, the African House and the Savanna are wonderful opportunities for educational walks. The nearby Botanical Garden is a great sight for the eyes and will raise your mood with its diverse selection of exotic vegetation in both the summer and winter months, when you can visit, for example, the famous Fata morgana greenhouse.