Just below the Prague Castle there is a so called “Deer-ditch”, a beautiful green spot. This name derives from the deer hunts that used to take place there in the 16th century. Later, the ditch was split into two by a rock dam. However, in 2002 a very stylish tunnel designed by Josef Pleskot once again brought those parts together. From the 20’s until the 50’s, the ditch served as place for bear-keeping. Later, it was turned into military area, closed to the public.
Not sooner than in the 90’s it was once again made accessible. And that is definitely remarkable, since the place is unique and worth visiting. Although a ditch, there are also places such as a viewpoint favored already by president Masaryk.
A small creek “Brusnice” runs through the ditch along with several streams you can even drink from. I very much recommend visiting this place on a warm evening, it feels very relaxing. However, beware, the place closes at 18:00 and then becomes a military-secured area. From a personal experience I can’t recommend climbing over the fences…
Keep in mind – Jelení příkop is entirely closed for visits during the winter!
Jelení příkop | Relaxing | Free
Apr & Oct: 10:00 – 18:00, May & Sep 10:00 – 19:00, Jun – Jul 10:00 – 21:00, Aug 10:00 – 20:00