Hostivice Ponds

Praha západ  >  Czech Republic

A group of ponds close to Prague with rich birdwatching opportunities, mainly in spring.

Added* by Ondřej Kulhánek
Most recent update 7 December 2022


Hostivice Ponds is a beautifull area with large ponds and woods in Prague's vicinity with a number of interesting species. Can be quite easily reached by car or public transport and offers both a quick birdwatching stop at one pond (that has a birdwatching tower) or a nice short tour around all of them.

Its is one of a few breeding places of Black-necked Grebe in the Czech republic and features also other waterfowl like Northern Shoveler, Garganey or Northern Pintail to name a few which are more rare. The local reedbeds also offer opportunities to see number of warblers, Reed Bunting or even Bearded Tit. The surrounding woods are home woodpeckers, treecreepers, flycatchers and of course tits and thrushes. Herons and gulls also naturaly stop by, also swifts, finches and sparrows from the towns and villages around. On the fields, various birds of prey, buntings or larks can be observed.



You can easily get there by car or by public transport (bus) from Prague (with a short walk). Parking is possible right next to the Litovický pond. Click on the P in the map for directions. The circular route indicated in the map is about 3 km long.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Grassland , Lake , City/village , Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Autumn migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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