After hitting the “big ones” in Prague, we woke up the next day to a beautiful day. So we decided to keep walking around the city while enjoying the sun.
Petrin Hill is a lovely green space west of Charles Bridge, near Prague Castle in the Mala Strana area. The day we went was so nice that the hill was full of both locals and tourists enjoying the beautiful day. From the foot to the top, Petrin is almost entirely a park. Benches, flowerbeds, grass, and a tower at the top from which to see the entire city: what could be better?
To get to Petrin Hill, one can either hike up or take a funicular, or do a combination of both. There are three stops: Ujezd at the bottom, Nebozizek in the middle, and Petrin at the top.
At the top of the hill, you can simply enjoy the space and walk through the area for free, or check out the rose garden. You could also climb the Petrin Lookout Tower, a small tower that looks very much like the Eiffel Tower (admission: 120 CZK). It’s got 299 steps (I counted!) and the elevator is only for the elderly or disabled, so be prepared to climb if you want to get to the observation platform. The view of Prague is worth the climb!
A few steps away from the tower is a small building that houses the Mirror Maze (admission: 70 CZK). It’s very small and silly, but it was inexpensive. Some might find it corny, or too small, or potentially too crowded. We enjoyed acting like children for a little bit, so I still recommend it.
I didn’t even realize at first that this was considered an island.
After leaving Petrin, we headed in the direction of the river in search of the Lennon Wall. On our way, we crossed over a little channel by means of a small foot bridge. There was a water wheel nearby, and a grate that featured love locks, similar to the kind that is popular in Paris, Rome and Venice.
Apparently crossing that bridge led us onto Kampa Island. A few feet away from the bridge is the Lennon Wall. It dates to the late nineties when student “revolutionaries,” critical of the government, would air their grievances by writing or painting on the wall. Graffiti continues to be featured here today.
We headed to the riverside to cross the next bridge over and back to our hotel, and found Kampa Park. This is a big green space, and that day there was some sort of local festival just starting up. Food trucks, street markets, local festivals… Nothing like eating food on the street. We particularly enjoyed a delicious pastry called trdelnik, basically a roll of dough wrapped around a metal bar, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and then roasted.
Wenceslas Square, named for Bohemia’s famous saint, lies at a major intersection in the New Town area of Prague. At the top of it, behind the statue of St. Wenceslas, is the Czech National Museum. Around the square are restaurants, bars, shopping and various other businesses.
We were charmed and delighted by our two days in Prague. There’s a little something for everyone here: a little history, some architecture, amazing food and nature harnessed by man. And it’s affordable! This lovely city should be on everyone’s Europe list and once we complete our scouting missions, we are sure to return and get to know it a little better.