Prague Castle plans to open Deer Moat this spring
Prague Castle hopes to open the upper Deer Moat (Jelení příkop), which has been closed since 2017, this April, if anti-coronavirus measures are eased. In the 17th century, deer were let out in the moat, and during the First Republic it housed bears that Czechoslovak legionaries in Russia brought for President T. G. Masaryk as a gift.
According to the Prague Castle administration, workers have repaired the walls, former bear enclosure and sewer system, but the lower Dear Moat will remain closed for some time. The entire area was closed to the public during the communist years and reopened after 1989 by then president Václav Havel.