Divoká Šárka (Wild Šárka) is a nature reserve on the northwestern oustskirts of Prague, and I am lucky to have it so close to my home. It is named after a warrior Šárka, who, according to mythology, threw herself to death from the cliffs. It is not certain whether this legend is actually true but it was meant to have taken place in either the 6th or 7th Century. Prague as it is known today, did not exist then, and what is the city center now was unsettled at that time. The largest of the newly Slavic settlements is believed to have been located in what is now known the Divoká Šárka valley. Of course you can find different version of the story.
In the middle of this enormous park there is a natural lake called “Džbán” (The Jug), where you can also go for a swim if you don’t mind the cold water. There is also a small swimming pool that you may stumble upon in the middle of the forest called Koupalište Divoká Šárka. You can stroll along the paths through the forest, as well as climb your way up to the rocks and enjoy a wonderful view of the nature around. You will forget you are actually in the city.
The activities you can do there are endless. You can discover the place while rollerblading, hiking, cycling, jogging, sunbathing, or just taking your dog for a walk. My dog absolutely loves it there. If golf is your thing, go check out the driving range near the lake. Along one of the paths you can find a terrace where you can sit and have some Czech beer and grilled sausage, but that is not the only place with refreshments.
Divoká Šárka is easily accessible by taking tram 20 or 26 to the end of the line. So if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city you don’t need to go far at all.