Even if you're not into gambling you can have a grand day out at the racecourse - and it'll be probably work out cheaper for you than the gamblers like us! Entrance is 100CZK and that includes a 20CZK bet token. People under 18 years of age aren't allowed to bet, but they get in free of charge so it's not a bad trade-off. Sunday is the busiest day, with a packed card of races, but there are things going on most days. Who knows, if you get lucky you could end up turning a profit on your trip to Prague!
Although it is nice to see that Velka Chuchle has somehow managed to find it's way onto the internet, the facts are a bit wrong. To begin with, the racetrack is not open every day, or every weekend for that matter. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the idea of a day at races, while conjuring images of "My Fair Lady", hardly compares to such venues in other parts of Europe. One look at the state of this facility will attest to the attitude of management. This is a sad reminder of the criminals that still permeate Czech society. If you wish to enjoy a day at the races while in the Czech Republic, it is better to look further from Prague to Pardubice or Karlovy Vary. Keep in mind, however, that activities such as equestrian, golf and spas, while a big emphasis of the Czech Tourism Authority have a long way to go before they are up to speed with customer service standards of other West European countries. You may find yourself subjected to the arrogant attitudes of newly rich Czechs who cannot give a damn about your comfort or satisfaction. Be prepared for lots of second hand smoke and long lines. This is not a good place for family outing.
reviewed by Thomas Zahn from Czech Republic on Jul.21.2007