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Prague’s Whimsical Petřín Hill

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The only place for 360 degree views

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Prague’s Petřín Hill is whimsical throughout the year. The spring boasts the fragrances of rose bushes in the air. Summer time is relaxing with the lush green grass everywhere. It is, therefore, a perfect time to bring a picnic and your favorite book. Otherwise, you can eat at one of the many cafes. In the Fall you can enjoy the beauty of the leaves changing colors to vibrant yellows and oranges. December is mystical with the light white blanket of snow covering the city and its rooftops. Be sure to enjoy the indoors as well as the outdoors. All of the attractions are close together, so it will not matter what order you see them in.

The hill is recognizable by the miniature Eiffel Tower. It is set in landscaped gardens on top of the hill, which makes visiting the grounds enjoyable all year. As a result, Petřín Outlook Tower is the only tower on the hill that offers a 360° view of the city. The grounds contain the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, The Rose Garden, and the Mirror Maze. Additionally, Petřín hill is home to The Hunger Wall, The Observatory, and the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha.

 

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Petrín Outlook Tower

Petřín Outlook Tower served as a TV tower and outlook tower when it was built in 1891. It is only 63m tall, but when you add the height of the peak of Petřín Hill, you are approximately 378m high. Climb the tower’s 299 steps for impeccable views of the city from the observation tower.
On a clear day, you can see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km away.


The Cathedral of Saint Lawrence

The Cathedral of Saint Lawrence (Katedrála svatého Vavrince in Czech), is located at the top of Petřín hill in the Lesser Town, next to Petřín Outlook Tower and the Hunger Wall. The sacristy’s ceiling is decorated with a painting illustrating a legend.  According to this legend, Princess Libuše, made prophecies about future grandeur and fame of Prague. It is also believed that this Old Catholic Cathedral in Prague is situated on a location of significance for ancient pagan Slavs.

 

 


The Rose Garden

Prague’s Rose Garden is one of the most visited places of Petřín. When you visit this unique garden, know it encompasses twelve thousand roses of all species, shapes, and colors. You have a lot of space to enjoy as the Rose Garden comprises an area of around six hectares and reaches 320 – 328 meters above sea level. Bring a blanket and a picnic and relax in its beauty.


The Mirror Maze

Prague’s Mirror Maze (Bludište) is a fun diversion for both adults and children alike thanks to the hall with distorting mirrors. The maze has many mirrors that reflect how you would look if you were short with a big head, tall with a skinny face, or if you were wide and narrow in different places of the body at the same time. It is always fun and will make everyone laugh.

 


 


The Hunger Wall

Going up to or heading back down the hill, be sure to stop at the medieval Hunger Wall. Prague’s Hunger Wall was commissioned by King Charles IV in the 14th century. It received this name because it was built by the poor who suffered from hunger and bad crops, to ensure work for them to make a living. You will be amazed at the size of the wall. It is about 8 meters high and 1178 meters long.


The Štefánik’s Observatory

Štefánik’s Observatory was built by the Czech Astronomical Society and was opened on June 24th, 1928. Prague’s observatory has one observation lounge and three domes – Western, Main, and Eastern. You can reach the observatory in 38 seconds using one of two elevators. However, each dome offers a unique and different perspective of Prague.

 

 


Karel Hynek Mácha Statue

The Karel Hynek Mácha Statue is a bronze monument of the famous romantic writer who was born in a house called U Bílého orel (At the White Eagle) in Újezd. Created in 1910 – 1912, in Petřín Gardens in the park on Nebozízek. The statue is a symbol of eternal youth and love which his most famous love poem Máj (May) is based on.


Getting There

Getting there is simple. You can walk up the hill which will take you about thirty minutes. It is a steep walk in some parts, but worth it. Another option, if walking is not an option for you, take the funicular. To ride the funicular that goes to the top of Petřín Hill, you will need to get on at Újezd street (take tram 6, 9, 12, 20 or 22 and get off at Újezd). It operates daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (April – October) or 9 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. (November – March) and runs about every 10 minutes. You need to purchase a ticket and get off at the second stop which is the very top. You can also walk up passing Prague Castle and take the funicular down.

 

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Kid-friendly restaurants

After spending the day outdoors, you and the kids will be hungry. A good restaurant right on Petrin Hill is Nebozizek. You will enjoy fantastic views of the city from here. You could also go to Restaurante Carmelita Pizzeria for lunch or dinner. It is not on Petrin Hill, so you can go there either before or after you spend time on the hill. Another option that the kids will love is the Výtopna Railway Restaurant. Furthermore, here the kids will love their drinks being delivered via a train.


More Prague Itineraries

Prague for Romantics … cobblestone streets and sunset from the castle.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Prague Christmas markets … The oldest market dates to 1232
Perfect Day in Pilsen … toast one of the Czech Republic’s capitals of beer and culture.
Prague Castle: a short tour … over 1000 years of history.
Prague for Families … fun for the entire family.

 

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