Just five tram stops from Prague Castle is a triangle of three areas that are definitely worth visiting.
Ladronka is a former homestead that has undergone the same development as many similar homesteads. They were founded sometime in the Middle Ages, they had periods of prosperity and decay, and at the end of socialism, they were half-broken and destroyed buildings with poor apartments. After the Velvet Revolution, their devastation continued, including periods when they were either home to drug addicts or forcibly occupied by squatters and representatives of alternative cultures.
And then either a private investor appeared, who gave the object a new sense of existence or the city district did it if the object belonged to it. And that is exactly the story of Ladronka.
Ladronka underwent a major reconstruction at the beginning of the 20th century – the building and the adjacent park. Today there is a large recreation area with 5 kilometers of asphalt paths for skaters, runners, and cyclists.
This spring, the sculpture Steel Runner by sculptor Michal Gabriel was installed in Ladronka – people from the town hall hope that the statue will become a landmark for visitors. And that “We’ll meet at the runner” here will be just as obvious as people meeting “under the tail” in the city center.
If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent inline skates here. There is also an outdoor sports area or playground for children. Here you can jump on the big trampolines or play bowling.
And when you’re pleasantly tired, you can have something small to eat at the stall, or maybe a roasted duck leg with red cabbage and a variation of dumplings in the restaurant, and you can wash it down with a beer brewed at Ladronka.
The Cone Lookout Tower and the Cone Café – are art objects by sculptor Čestmír Suška.
Oh – and by the way, if you want to know the origin of the name Ladronka, there are two variants. According to the first one, the name derives from the name of the owner who bought Ladronka in 1688. He was an Italian count and his name was Filip Ferdinand de la Crone, simply Lacrone, popularly Ladrone. The second possibility is that the name is derived from the Italian “ladrone”, i.e. thief.