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Žofín Garden is situated at one end of the stunning Neo-renaissance Žofín Palace on Slovanský Island and has some interesting history.
The Palace is an architectural jewel built in honour of Archduchess Sophie, Mother of Emperor Franz Josef I. Interestingly; the island itself isn’t even “natural,” having come into existence after the great flood of 1784. The first people to occupy it were leather dyers and the island was named Dyers’ Island. The island changed owners and purposes several times over the years until in 1835 Václav Novotný bought the island and pledged to turn it into a public place for recreation.
Dyers’ Island was visited by Archduke Franz Karl, the father of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Novotný renamed the island Sophie Island (Žofínský ostrov) after his wife. The new name was extended to a historically significant musical institute in Prague, the Žofínská Academy. The Žofínská Academy’s first public concert was held in Žofín Hall on March 18, 1841. Concerts, weddings feasts and a variety of music and dance events were held here, making it the cultural centre of Prague in the 19th century.
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Žofín Garden, located on an island in the Vltava river is a hidden oasis of calm: smack dab in the city centre, yet shaded by trees and in the shadow of the impressive Žofín Palace.
Žofín Garden brings the outdoors in with their covered garden (heated in cool weather) restaurant and fresh, local food. Brunch is a great time to experience their range of offerings, wonderful service and–most notably–special treats for the kids. This family friendly experience includes their unlimited buffet menu, with many original items on offer, like smoked trout tapenade. Grilled specialties are available as well; Žofín’s chef will be barbequing, so don’t miss their delectable rib eye steak or catfish. Want proof Žofín really wants your kids to join the fun? The buffet includes pizza, chicken nuggets and a chocolate fountain–and that's all in addition to their special Robby Bubble welcome drink!
Kids under six are free. Plus Žofín has a proper kid’s corner filled with fun and games and watched over by expert caregivers. Fresh activities are conducted every Sunday, based around a special theme. Between the kid-friendly food, special activities and lovely outdoor environment, a super day out with the family is virtually guaranteed!
INSIDER TIP: A more active alternative for the kids is our Outdoor Adventure Day.