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…
Walking accross Charles Bridge towards the Lesser Town on the right of bridge you will see the start of a canal with beautiful homes and restaurants on the waters edge. This is a most exclusive part of Prague and well worth visiting on your way to the Lesser town and Prague Castle. If you stand by the canal you will see boats travel through and further along you will see the old water wheel. It is a popular spot for tourists and you will see men in sailors uniform selling tickets for boat rides.
These stone steps on the side of the Charles Bridge are very easy to miss. They are a few statues away from the Little Quarter Bridge Tower, and take you down to Kampa Island.
Kampa Island is quite pleasant and has a little less hustle and bustle than the main cirt of Prague. It’s well worth strolling down, and it can be a good place to eat a sandwich as you can often find a free bench to sit on down there. Being a bit quieter there may also account for why they have appeared in a few films over the years, the most notable of which was the Tom Cruise “Mission Impossible” – the first in the trilogy. For anyone really interested, there is a clear shot of Tom Cruise running up the steps and onto Charles Bridge at around 21 mins 30 secs into the film.
Kampa Island is also pleasant at night and the steps are well illuminated. My pictures show both the day and night view of these steps.
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.
If you stay long enough in Prague, so that you can take a “day off” from the sightseeing, I would suggest you to spend it at Kampa island. It is known as the Venice of Prague due to its chanals and the houses on the water.In the past used mostly for washing clothes this island is today full of the fine restaurants and small hotels. There is a nice Kampa park with the well known Lenon wall in it.
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.
This square is a very picturesque and filled with pleasant hotels, shops and restaurants/pubs with great views across the Vlata into Old Town. It is worth a stroll and there is a large park at the southern end of the island. You can also take "Devils Stream" cruises on the western side of the island.
Kampa Island is called too "the small Venice". Under the Charles Bridge there is found a branch of the Vltava River -Certovka Canal ( the Devil`s Stream). This is a very romantical and unique corner wich the Prague`s painters like immortalize often on their pictures. In XVII century there was a garden on the island. Now there are nice cafes and restaurants.
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.
As a movie fan, I think it is really neat to walk along places that I have seen in many different scenes in movies. This double staircase was also used in "Mission Impossible" and is quite a unique addition to the Na Kampa square. There is an art gallery and a souvenier shop to either side of it as well.
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.
If you are interested in design and art this is a must see for you. The museum is situated in the old Sova's Mill (sovovny mlyny) which dates back to the tenth century they say.... I knew this building from my visits in 1990s and was surprised when I saw it in 2004 again. In the 90's it was a ruin with many graffitis on it, in 2004 it's one of the most modern buildings along the Vltava, but still has it's old charme....
I really liked the architecture and had a look inside the yard, didn't visit the exibition though.... Near the museum you will find this huge chair. It's an eyecatcher I think. I really like it!
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.
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
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!
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