Petrin, Prague

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    Petrin Park

    by Xeriss Updated Jul 1, 2012

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    This park is one of the largest parks I've ever seen in Europe. You could very easily spend a whole day here. We were there early and we ended up staying there until 5pm. We did not manage to reach the very top of the hill and so we had to climb down because we were too tired. Taking the funicular up to Petrin Hill was a good idea as this saved us an enormous amount of energy, even though we had to wait in line for almost half in hour to get onto the funicular.

    If you have a 3 day metro card, you do not need to pay for the funicular. This is included in the ticket. Getting into Petrin Park is free of charge.

    Finding your way around may be daunting at first if you're not familiar with the place or if you don't have a guide book with a map of the park. However, there are signs all over the park to guide you. There's lots to see and do in the park:

    (1) The Mirror Maze (this was closed when we visited)
    (2) Church of St. Lawrence (closed to the public)
    (3) Stefanik Observatory (from 6pm to 8pm) and costs about 55czk,
    (4) Hunger wall
    (5) Church of St. Michael Archangel
    (6) Petrin Tower (you can access the tower for approximately 100czk)
    (7) Rose Garden

    When you're done viewing the park, you can either take the funicular back down, or you can take one of the interesting trails that lead to the Prague Castle or the Strahov Monastery.

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    Petrin hill

    by german_eagle Written Aug 13, 2011
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    Petrin is a forested hill on the left bank of the river which is a popular area for both locals and tourists to quickly get away from the busy city and polluted air. The easiest way to get up is the funicular (see transportation tip) but walking is probably nicer (if you have the time).

    There are some attractions on top of Petrin. One which is visible from almost everywhere in the city is the tower, a smaller copy of the Eiffel tower. It was built 1891 on occasion of a State Exhibit and is five times smaller than the original. From the top of the 60 m tall tower you probably have a fantastic view - but the lines were too long and I didn't have the time to wait.

    Close to the tower is a hall of mirrors - great fun for kids and (some) adults, LOL. I thought the entrance fee was a rip-off but other might think differently. Once you have passed the mirrors you get to a panoramic painting (on 85 sqm) created by Czech artists on the same occasion as the tower. It's titled "Prague students battling with the Swedish on Charles Bridge in 1648" - quite patriotic and, well, not a must see IMO.

    Right vis-a-vis is the Baroque St. Laurentius church that shares a wall with the city wall called "Hunger wall". This part of the former city wall was erected in 1360, reputedly to provide the starving people with jobs and food. The church was built 1735 - 70 and is definitely in need of restoration. Only the door to one of the towers was open but after climbing up one flight and peeking inside the church's interior I decided not to go up farther - too dirty/shabby and not really safe to go on.

    There is also a way of the cross nearby, a copy of a holy sepulchre, and yet another chapel. All of them okay for a quick look but nothing to write home about.

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    Mirror labyrinth building

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    Building of Mirror Labyrinth was constructed in 1891 for former Prague Exhibition Grounds. Building looks like a fairy tale house or small castle. It is just nearby Petrin (“Eifel”) tower.

    There are mirrors inside that distort view, so place, I believe, could be interesting for children. 30 year’s War is depicted just before going to mirror room. The scene shows Czechs’ struggle against Swedish in 1648 on Charles Bridge.

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    Ukrainian St. Michael Church

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    St. Michael Ukrainian Church located in Petrin hill. This object maybe is not so popular among other Prague sights but for me it was must see. Firstly, I have accidently found it in VirtualTourist and decided it could be some exotic to see in Prague.

    Church was moved here in 1929 from Ukraine, Medvedovce village. It is wooden, folk art, baroque style.

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    Kinsky summer palace and gardens

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    Kinsky summer palace was built in 1827 – 1831, neo-classicism style. Palace houses historical folklore artifacts.

    Around is possible to see natural Kinsky gardens, having some rare plants, in 1930’s it is remodeled into English style. Gardens are separated from other Petrin’s gardens by Gothic Hunger Wall. There were vineyards in middle ages.

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    Petřín Hill

    by travelfrosch Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    A very romantic place to go in Prague is to the top of Petřín, the hill just southwest of the Little Quarter. At the top, there is a lovely garden, commanding views in all directions, and even a replica of the Eiffel tower to climb and get even better views if you wish. How romantic is it, you ask? Well, any Prague husband who wants to remain married will take his wife here every May 1st.

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    the funicular

    by doug48 Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    just down karmlitska street from the communism statue is ujezd square and the funicular station. the funicular was originally built in 1891 to take people to the 1891 jubilee exhibition. it was closed between 1965 and 1985 due to a partial collapse of petrin hill. today the funicular has modern cars and station. you can also walk up petrin hill and it's beautiful park but it is quite a hike.

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    observatory

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    built in 1930 the observatory is located near the observation tower. at night you can use their telescopes for views of the moon and far away galaxies. during the day there is an exhibition of old astronomical instuments on display at the observatory.

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    nebozizek

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    the funicular makes two stops on it's way up petrin hill. the first stop is at nebozizek about half way up the hill and the second stop is at the observation tower on the top of the hill. the nebozizek stop offers a great view of downtown prague and has a hotel and restaurant. see my restaurant tips for more info.

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    hunger wall

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    next to the communism statues is a section of the "hunger wall". between 1360 and 1362 charles IV built a massive defensive wall from prague castle to petrin hill. the wall was built as a project to give employment to the starving people of prague during a famine.

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    communism statues

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    now our virtual tour moves on the petrin hill and park. from the national theatre cross the vltava river on most legii (legion bridge). after crossing the bridge walk three blocks to karmelitska street at the base of petrin park. at this spot you will see the communism statue. this monument has a number of bent over people depicting the negative effects of people under communism. a very unusual statue.

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    petrin hill

    by doug48 Written Jun 14, 2008

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    petrin observation tower

    petrin hill is a great place to get a panoramic view of the city. to get to petrin hill you can take a funicular from the little quarter. at the top of the hill is an observation tower. the whole side of the hill is a beautiful garden and many people hike up the hill.

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    Petrin hill

    by coccinella169 Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Petrin hill is located in Mala Strana. You need not to walk up the hill - for a small fee a funicular takes you up there. It is covered with a nice park to go for walks from Mala Strana to Strahov monastery and to enjoy some great views over the Old Town. On top of the hill, there is a viewing tower which strongly reminds of the Tour d`Eiffel in Paris :), a mirror labyrinth and a rose garden. You`ll also see the "Hunger Wall" which was built in the 14th century under Charles IV.

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    Uphill

    by Manara Written Nov 13, 2007

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    So many people have already posted tips about Petrin that I felt uncertain if adding another one. I have decided to do it because I hope that my humble contribution may help putting Petrin among the most advisable things to do in Prague.
    One of the reasons to go to the top of this hill is the wonderful view of the city. The other is that a walk among trees and gardens can be very refreshing if you have spent some time in the crowd of tourists in the Old Town.
    When I went there the funicular was not working, but I decided to go to the top of the hill anyway, because I had spent the two previous days sitting in a meeting room, so the walk was a welcome change. Moreover, I found that the way is not too long, nor too steep.

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    Got kids with you? Playground under the Castle

    by mbsimjam Written Oct 9, 2007

    At the bottom of Petrin Hill, just above the funicular transport building, there is a large playground for kids surrounded by a large pasture, trees, and many relaxing spots on the edge of the hill to relax. If you want to run the juice out of your kids, give them some time to enjoy what they know and like, or even if you want them to learn Czech from other children...this is a great spot for it.

    While they play, you can enjoy the views of the Castle, the hill, and the rest of the city below you. Plus, there is a nice little ice cream cafe just on the street below for a treat afterwards!

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