You can reach the top of the hill using the funicular railway, and if you pass by the most popular locations like the Hall of Mirrors and look-out tower, you are bound to find a romantic spot here. Following the paths here, you will find all sorts of corners with statues and memorials. One of the most popular is the memorial to St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, but also of travellers, beekeepers, young people and the plague of all things. There is also a memorial to the famous Czech 19th-century poet Karel Hynek Macha.
Along the ridge of Pertin is a Gothic castle "hunger wall" dating back to the times of Charles IV. This divides the park into two parts. Walking through the gate in the wall, we find ourselves in the Kinsky Gardens sloping down in the direction of the Prague quarter of Smichov. Here it is far less frequented and you will find streams and ponds hidden away here. You will also find the wooden Orthodox Church of St. Michael, which was brought to Prague in 1929 from Medvedovce, which was then part of the First Czechoslovak Republic and is now in the Ukraine. The Kinsky Empire-style villa in the lower part of the gardens was used for exhibitions already 100 years ago.
Petrin Hill is a favourite place to walk amongst the inhabitants of Prague and tourists alike. There was a church here as early as the Middle Ages.
The Funicular that runs alongside the hill was constructed for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. The service for passengers runs several times a day.
There is a small basic cafe both inside the tower and also outside.
The mirror labyrinth is situated in a building originally constructed by the Czech Tourist Board. It has a lovely entrance in the style of a Medieval Gate with a drawbridge. The labyrinth is a fascination for young and old. Be prepared for a laugh.
There was also an exhibition of children?s drawings when we were there.
It is next to The Petrin Tower
The top of Petrin Hill can be reached on foot or by funicular from Ujezb road ( a sunken lane). On the hill are the Petrin Tower, St Lawrence Church, the People's Observatory, the Mirror Maze and Hunger Wall.
The tower is 200ft high made of iron, and was built in 1891 and has served as a TV tower. From the upper gallery which is a climb of 299 steps,there are far ranging scenic views of Prague and central Bohemia. Open daily 09.30 - 18.00 April, May Oct. 09.30 -20.00 June - Sept and Sat.Sun only Nov- March
Ok guess this is a tips for the kids amongst us. Near the top of Petrin Hill is a mock gothic castle which houses a mirror maze. Its a relic from the 1891 Exhibition. Its not open to the public until 1st April so we had to give this a miss.
The Observatory Tower on Petrin Hill - the ROZHLEDNA - is another relic from the old Jubilee exhibition of 1891. Its a quater of the height of the real Effel tower in Paris and has 299 steps up a spiral staircase for the amazing views - thats when its open . It undergoing renovation work at the moment. Besides which there had been a snowfall in the night and as we were looking at it chunks of ice kept falling off it as it was thawing out. No way I was going to climb it in that state!
Petrin Park is the largest park in Prague and a walk up here affords great views over the city as well as a chance to take a breather from all the architecture overload in the town. The wall around it is known as Hunger wall as the workers were not paid in money to build it but food instead.
At the base of Petrin Hill is this very clever, thought provoking and very moving sculpture - a memorial to the victims of Communism. It was created by the Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek in May 2002 and features a series of seven life-sized human figures, descending a flight of concrete steps. The bronze figures -are in various states of destruction -the worst ones on the farthest steps - symbolising political prisoners from the Communist era.
If you are walking through Petrin Park there is no way to tell when you leave Petrin Park and enter into the Kinsky Garden. You will see the spires of the Church of St. Michael through the trees. This is an 18th century Russian Orthodox church that was transported log by log from the Ukraine and reassembled piece by piece.
If you keep the Hunger Wall to your left keep following the path to the right. They are reconstructing some of the paths so watch out for mud in wet conditions. There are no clear signs indicating the church or its function but it is interesting to see.
The Petrin Tower is up on the hills of Mala Strana and hard to miss. Actually the area is referred to as Petrin Hill and is rises over 1000 feet above the city. There are a bunch of quiet parks up there with great views over the red rooftops and spires of Prague.
The tower itself is a smaller copy of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1891 Prague Exposition.
This wall around Petrin-park was built and financed by King Charles IV from 1360-62, in order to give work and food for the population in these bad times of hunger.
About 1200 meters of the wall are still to be seen of the wall that once was built between the river Moldau / Vltava and the monastery Strahov
Pertrin Hill - rediscover your inner child and run around stealing pears, the Mirror Maze, climb the mini Eiffel Tower and feed the birds.
Petrin Hill is dead cool :) You've got a lovely panoramic view of Prague city and you can walk across the nature paths to Prague Castle as well.
Petrin look-out Tower
Midget version (60 m high) of the famous big metal tower in Paris. This knock-off was built in 1891 for the Prague Jubilee Exhibition.
When I was last in Prague the tower was showing its age, and was closed. After some intense restoration, the tower reopened to the public in March 2002. Those with strong legs may want to walk the 299 steps to the top platform.
March - August 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
September - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March Saturdays + Sundays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
I don't know that many people get over to see the Hunger Wall, located in Mala Strana on the Petrin hill. According to the legend Charles started the wall for humanitarian reasons, to employ and feed people during the famine of 1360-61, when the harvests were very poor. It's a very beautiful part of Prague.
Either walk up, or take the Funicular railway to the top, where there is a nice parkland area with good walks, and views. There is a scaled model of the Eiffel Tower (at the minute this is closed for renovation). Also there is a restaurant, and cafe.