Nature is our best friend when we need it. Searching for new ways to spend more time in my surroundings, I explored the natural monument Bíla skála (White Rock) above Vltava river. I thought for a long time that it was a wild garden belonging to a large hospital complex – Na Bulovce. It is, surprisingly, an accessible forest park with unusual views over the city.
The rock promontory Bíla skála, where the forest park is situated, calls to you for a different kind of adventure. The truth is, walking around there is not about deeply relaxing, because it gets traffic noise. But taking unique photos from high-point and seeing the districts Karlín, Holešovice and the docks in Libeň will make you happy. You can stay and admire the simple details and curiosities like the paddle boarders on Vltava in the late autumn, trains disappearing in the tunnel or how the docks were changed into a wealthy residential zone. The whole scenery is completed by Žiškov, Staré Mesto, Malá Strana, Dejvice or also Strahov in the background.
The easiest way to go to Bíla skála is by bus No 201 from Nádraží Holešovice (Metro C station) and getting off at bus station Kuchyňka. The unmarked natural footpath to the forest park at Na Truhlářce Street is located in a gap between terraced houses. It might look as if you’re entering someone’s garden. The place is mainly visited by a few locals and dog walkers.