Kampa, Prague

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    With Sylvain at Kampa Park
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  • Another view of Kampa Island's Devil's Stream
    Another view of Kampa Island's Devil's...
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  • Small bridge across the Devil's Stream
    Small bridge across the Devil's Stream
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    KAMPA MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Sep 16, 2013

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    I actually came across the Kampa Museum when trying to find a toilet. The Museum had toilets, but only for Museum patrons.
    The Museum displays modern art, which isn't a favorite of mine, I chose not to go in. Instead I looked at the few statues in the courtyard and on the outside of the building.

    I found three huge babies which seemed very popular! Adults and children were climbing all over them and having their photo's taken. I had to wait quite awhile for nobody to be there!
    These were unique, hadn't seen anything like that before, not surprising though, as they were created by David Cerny, a talented but unconventional Artist.
    Inside the courtyard, was an upside down Cow? Not my taste, perhaps yours?
    There is David Cerny sculpture walk if you like his art.
    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/aug/10/david-cerny-sculpture-walk-prague-city-break

    ADMISSION TO THE WHOLE MUSEUM
    Adults 240 CZK Students (upon presentation of a student card), seniors 120 CZK
    Children under 6 years free of charge
    Family ticket (2 adults + up to 3 children under 15) 380Kè

    Judith Kampa / Klimt, Mucha, Kupka
    Adults ..180 CZK Students, seniors ... 90 CZK

    Gerald Scarfe Adults ..120 CZK Students, seniors ... 60 CZK

    OPEN DAILY 10 - 6PM

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    Charming island in Prague

    by Jefie Updated Mar 31, 2013

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    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!

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    Bicycle tour of Prague, part 3

    by Nemorino Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    1. Bronze Babies by David Čern��
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    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.

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    Museum Kampa

    by Gili_S Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the interesting site of the Museum Kampa. This beautiful art museum and restaurant is in the city center just by the Vltava riverbank. I added here the museum official site and you can also take virtual tour on the 2nd link which is the new Google art service. Beautiful.

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    Kampa Island.

    by Maurizioago Updated Dec 29, 2010

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    Na Kampe.
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    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.

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    Beautiful for walk

    by ruki Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    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.

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    Kampa island

    by Raimix Updated Jan 27, 2010

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    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.

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    Romantic Kampa

    by Veroali Updated Jan 4, 2010

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    Kampa

    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.

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    The Island

    by irisha Written Jun 24, 2009

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    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.

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    Kampa Park

    by mbsimjam Written Oct 9, 2007

    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.

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    Early walks in Kampa

    by S_Deisler Written Jul 31, 2007
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    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, ...

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    Kampa Island

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007

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    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'

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    Museum Kampa – Jan & Meda Mladek Foundation (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    Museum Kampa, from the river

    Museum Kampa, housed in very unique historical Sovas Mills complex, was open in 2003. It owes its existence to Czech-American Mrs. Meda Mladek whose idea was to renew this previously neglected and ruined buildings, and to use them as the space where artworks she and her late husband Jan had collected would be exhibited.

    There are two permanent exhibitions in Museum Kampa: one presents works of two famous Czech artists – painter Frantisek Kupka and sculptor Otto Gutfreund; the other is Collection of Central European Modern Art which includes works of Czech Jiri Kolar, Magdalena Abakanowicz from Poland, Serbian Mica Popovic…

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    Kampa

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    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.

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    Romantic Kampa

    by Lejla06 Written Feb 11, 2007

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    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

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