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Jelení příkop (Stag Moat) where the stream Brusnice flows has always been natural defence of the Prague Castle. In the 17th century deer were let out in here and during the 1st Republic period even bears were kept here. Today, there is a pleasant romantic footpath lined by sights and statues here.
Jelení příkop was used for defensive purposes of the Prague Castle as soon as it was founded. Its slopes were kept bare and later only grapevine was allowed to be planted here. At the beginning of the 17th century deer were let in the moat. There is a curiosity – during his visit, the Habsburg Emperor Charles VI was shooting deer directly from the windows of Španělský sál (Spanish Hall). Prašný most (Powder Bridge) was built in 1771 and devided the moat into upper and lower part. The upper part was in the 1st Republic period used for breeding the bears. President Masaryk got them as a present from the legionaries from Siberia and Carpathian Ruthenia. Their breeding was over at the beginning of 1960s. In 2002 a passage through the Theresian wall was constructed and the upper and lower parts are transit these days again.
Ways to pass Jelení příkop (Stag Moat)
There are many entrance ways. We recommend the entrance into to the upper part of Nový svět (New World) to you. Be careful, the path http://www.phpaide.com/?langue=fr will take you onto a wooden footbridge and it can be demanding for older people. Down in the moat there is a broad path lined on its both sides by a wooded slope. After several tens of meters from the main track there is a left turning that will take you uphill to Masarykova vyhlídka (Masaryk´s view point, President Masaryk Terrace). This view point was built between 1922 – 1924 based on the project of the architect Josip Plečnik. It offers a great view of the Prague Castle. When you return to the moat you will come to the Theresian wall (Prašný most) where you can view the former house of the bear keeper. You will pass through the wall through a new passage and find yourself in the lower part. Here you can again view decoratives sculptures or admire defensive elements of the Prague Castle. You might be surprised by the sudden damming of the track by iron gate and the busy Chotkova street behind it. Here you need to decide which way to go. On the left there are two footpaths that lead uphill. The first of them ends in Na opyši street and will safely take you to the Prague Castle or to Malostranská metro station. The later lower footpath will take you to Chotkova street and further to Klárov and Malostranská metro station. If you follow the footpath uphill to the left you will come out in Královská zahrada (Royal Garden) at Letohrádek královny Anny (Queen Anne´s Summer Palace).
We hope you will enjoy the walk through the moat and that you will have another pleasant experience from your visit of the Prague Castle.
ATTENTION – the moat is closed in winter season. (1.11. -31.3)
1.4. -30.4. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
1.5. – 31.5. 10:00 am -7:00 pm
1.6.-31.7. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
1.8.-31.8. 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
1.9.-30.9. 10:00 am -7:00 pm
1.10-31.10. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
from U brusnice street
entrance from Prašný most
from Na opyši street
from Klárov – Chotkova street
From Královská zahrada (Royal Garden) from Letohrádek královny Anny (Queen Anne´s Summer Palace) downward along Fíkovna (Fig Garden)
Tram: 18, 20, 22 , 57, 91 – Pražský hrad station
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