This relatively small square in the shadow of the Karluv Most (Cgarles Bridge), called Velkoprevorske namesti (Grand Priory Square), is the heart of Kampa Island. Kampa or Na Kampe, is an island in the central part of Prague, on the side of Mala Strana. The Charles Bridge crosses its northern side and is actually connected to the island. Kampa is separated from Mala Strana by a narrow artificial channel called Čertovka (Devil's Stream).
Kampa is an oasis of calm, romantic and charm, a place where locals picnic with friends or walking with their sweethearts. It earned the nickname among locals who call it The Venice of Prague. Kampa and its main square is a perfect place for spending quiet and enjoyable evening in one of bars around.
In 2011, the members of VirtualTourist picked Kampa Island as the world's second most beautiful urban island (the first being l'île Saint-Louis in Paris). Located in the already charming Little Quarter, Kampa Island is indeed one of the most romantic spots in the city. A stairway near the Lesser Town side of Charles Bridge gives access to Kampa. It is home to a lovely park overlooking the Vlatva River, and the island's quiet streets feature a beautiful collection of 17th century houses. A channel called the Devil's Stream runs through the island and used to power the island's mills. The island is prone to flooding, which has earned it the nickname of Venice of Prague. It is also home to the Kampa Museum of Modern Czech Art. It truly is the ideal place to go if you feel like taking a short break from the city!
At two of our stops on the left bank of the river, in the district known as Malá Strana, Franscesco showed us more contemporary art works by the Czech sculptor David Černý (born 1967 in Prague), who also made the sculpture of the hanging man that we saw earlier in our tour.
The first of these stops was on Kampa Island, where we looked at the Bronze Babies or Bar Code Babies on the lawn of the Modern Art Museum (Kampa Museum).
Second photo: A while later we also stopped at Cihelná, in front of the Franz Kafka Museum, to look at Černý's two peeing statues. According to the artist's website, the two figures "move realistically" while they are peeing. "An electric mechanism driven by a couple of microprocessors swivels the upper part of the body, while the *** goes up and down. The stream of water writes quotes from famous Prague residents." Theoretically visitors can interrupt them by sending a text message from a mobile phone to a number displayed next to the sculptures. "The living statue then ‘writes’ the text of the message, before carrying on as before." This feature was not working, however, when we were there.
On this island (or better, it is a peninsula) there is a nice park and a beautiful and large square; Na Kampe. There are also several restaurants, cafes, shops and the famous Lennon Wall.
Kampa Island is one of the quietest area in Prague.
Kampa is called “the Venice of Prague”. Actually it is Island washed by water of Vltava river on the side and on the other one by the Devils Stream. It is good opportunity to escape from the crowd of tourists in Prague. There you will found gardens and parks designed in the English style.
Kampa is an artificial island at Mala Strana suburb – one side of island is bordered by Vltava River, other one – by artificial channel named Devil’s Stream (Certovka). The name of channel is based on story that here once lived sharp-tongued woman. The channel was used (nowadays survived as well) to power water mills.
Campa is actually “field”, it was named by Spanish soldiers at 17th century. They located camp here during Battle of White Mountain.
Actually place here is quite romantic, with green scenery, panorama to other side of Vltava (old town), here funny sculpture of babies is located.
Kampa is a part of Prague on the left bank of Vltava river. Houses are built along the tiny rivers and streems like in Venice, that is why this part is called also Prague Venice . The oldest mention of Kampa comes from 1169 and its first houses were water mills. One water mill with big wooden mill-wheel is seen in the photo bellow. Čertovka is one of the artificial stream of the river, most famous.
Kampa is located next to Charles bridge , borders one side with Lennon's wall and other with Vltava river.
Kampa is a small island just off the Charles Bridge (on the side of Lesser Town). There are nice little cafes there as well as what seemed like private hotels/motels that looked rather comfortable. It's a nice way to stretch your legs after crossing the bridge and before diving into Lesser Town.
Kampa is the area on the Mala Strana side of Charles Bridge that is located under the bridge and upstream from there. There are some very beautiful and historic buildings there, all of which were under water during the floods of 2002. Next to the small square, which has been almost totally restored and has a few touristy restaurants, and boat trip hawkers, is Kampa park.
The house at the entrance provides a good indicator as to how high the water was during the flood with a watermark still showing on the outside wall of the building about 2-3 metres above the ground. And if you are brave enough to peek inside, you will witness the destruction that the flood created to some of the most historical buildings in the city, including this one that was the residence of one of Czech Republic's many famous composers.
The park itself has restored itself to its previous splendour and newly restored (and very expensive) restaurants have enjoyed new-found success in the aftermath.
However, if you aren't looking for a fine dining experience, Kampa is still a great place to relax and get away from the madness of tourists just 50 - 100 m away.
Prague can get really crowded, so the bets thing to do is heading to the city centre very early in the morning.
Kampa is an area of the city located just by the Charles Bridge, and what they say about it having a village atmosphere is true. go there and take a walk early in the morning, before it gets crowded with all the tourists. Watch locals do their everyday life: walking their dogs in the park by the Vltava river, walking to the tram stop, ...
Kampa Island is a really nice place to escape the crowds from the main town, there is a nice garden/parkland here as well as some awesome views across the Vltava. The stream behind the island (Certovka) gives this area the nickname of 'little Venice'
Kampa is an island formed by an arm of the Vltava called Certovka. For centuries the course of water has been used for making to turn the mills; from the island you can see the three wheels remains. After the mill of the Great Teacher, the arm disappears under a small bridge among the pylons of the Charles bridge. The zone has called the Venice of Prague. Very beautiful is the Namesti Kampe.
Kampa is the place on the left bank of Vltava river just under Charles bridge. Its beautiful place with no cars, parks, small streets, cosy restaurants and out of city noise. Its actually island which is made of Vltava river and small river Certovka.
The oldest mention about Kampa is from 1169. There was only gardens primarly but later on started to rise the mills and the mill gardens.
The some of those mills are preserved untill now.
On Kampa you can find Kampa museum...http://www.museumkampa.cz/new/cz/index.php and famous F. Kafka museum...http://www.kafkamuseum.cz/ShowPage.aspx?tabId=-1
Under the last arch of the Charles Bridge, on Mala Strana side, flows the Certovka (Devil's Brook), an arm of the Vltava that creates the lovely island of Kampa with its park where you cantake nice walk, with its baroque buildings and the water mills.
Just few metres away the big crowd that walks on the Charles Bridge, enjoy this little corner of peace
“When the snow comes down, Prague at once becomes a little old-world town … old-fashioned, all quaintly Baroque.”
— Karel Capek, (1890–1938), Czech novelist and dramatist
The simple, low-storied buildings, the Christmas tree, and the pedestrians strolling about in snowy Kampa Square made for a Prague version of a Currier and Ives print. I ache with longing to return to this very scene, time and again, for its peaceful white beauty.
This square is on Kampa Island, which is in the River Vltava on the Lesser Town side. The word kampa is based on the Latin word for field, campus. Before the 1600s the island had been an open field where washerwomen dried the laundry and bleached the linens.
In the early 17th century three families of the nobility built their palaces on the island. During a rush of egalitarianism in the late 19th century the gardens of their estates were combined to form the present-day park, which occupies most of the island.