The hunger wall was named that because the builders were promised food in exchange for work to build it. The wall was built under the rule of Charles IV and it was completed in 1362. It will break at times throughout the park but it is one of the features. The park has many paths to follow through the park and a funicular tram which runs up to the top.
Ascending the Petrin Hill by the funicular (can be used as part of the integrated transport system), means you can visit various things on the top of the hill, including the Petrin tower (or mini Eiffel tower - see seperate tip).
In the same area you will find an astronomical observatory, three churches (one of them wooden) and a relic of the 1891 fair - a maze built of mirrors and the hunger wall : built by the peasants of the city in the 14th century in return for food.
To find the funicular train´s Mala Strana terminal, follow the signs along Ujezd Street.
The walk through the park on the way down is very refreshing, with especially good views of the castle and bits of art here and there. It's also just about wheelchair accessible if you have strong arms and good breaks !
Also see tips on Mini-Eifflel tower in 'must do' and pony & Trap ride tip in 'Tourist traps'.
With it's stunning views across the city Petrin Hill is a great place to wander at any time of the year but in the snow it is just beautiful.
This picture makes it look like a great place to go sledging. If you could avoid the trees!
We went up on a Friday in mid-December - not a good time!! Bloody freezing and everywhere shut! Apparently the tower, observatory etc are only open Saturdays and Sundays (don't know if this is true in summer). Nobody seemed to pay to get on the funicular railway (except us - doh!) and nobody was checking for tickets. I guess the views would be excellent, but it was foggy when we were there....
Petrin Hill or Petrinske Sady is a beautiful green area that links together eight different parks. It is 318 meters high and perfect for nice long walks and gorgeous views of the city (if you make it to the top, of course-hehee). If you don't think that you can climb up on your own, you can take a funicular (going up from Ujezd).
petrin hill is such a great spot (especially in the spring/summer) to take photos of the city, and also to feel like you're in town, but your not in town. and WALK IT UP! so many people take the tram to the top, but you miss so much even if you do walk down. it's best to walk up one way, and down another. (or so i think!) and it's a great place to have a picnic. ...and there's always a quiet spot to be found.
Take the funicular to the little Eiffel Tower on Petrin Hill. There's the tower and a funny mirror hall in there and you get great views of the city from here!
I have heard from a tourguide once that it is the same height as the real Eiffel Tower in Paris - if you count the hill underneath and the tower itself.
The views from Petrin Park are fantastic, if you are feeling energetic climb the tower at the top of the hill for even better views (not for the vertigo sufferer)! The is a Furnicular Railway if you fancy an easy ride, there is a very nice bar/restaurant half way up the hill with a nice patio.
Above Újezd Street: Malá Strana area. (Follow the footpath to the right of the funicular railway - or cheat by jumping on - to find the pub's beer garden 50m north of the railway's midway shop). Even the most inspiring vista of Prague would seem incomplete without the spires of Prague Castle shooting up from the skyline. For that reason, the view from the castle itself has to take a backseat to that from the hill just upstream of it, known as PetÞín. It's a safe place, conducive to contemplation, and necklaced with cherry and pear orchards that were once the property of the king. The night view is even more appealing. A few park benches and a hillside pub are handily placed and be prepared to snog if you're with anyone remotely romantic.
When i was there second time, it was under construction.
Petrin Tower (Petrinska vez )is smaller Eifell Tower, 63,5m high.
St. Vavrinec Church build in year 992.
Hladova zed (Hungry wall)build in 1360-1362 by emperor Karel IV. The wall is 1178m long, 170cm thick and 8m high.
This is a nice place to relax after walking around the town. We were there in the beginning of May, so it was very nice with all the trees full of flowers. We walked around a bit and then just sat on the grass, like the rest of the people, enjoying in the green views and the songs of birds.
Petrin hill gives fantastic views of Prague. There is a funicular that goes to the top where there is an observation tower modelled on the Eiffel tower.
There is also a chapel on Petrin Hill.It was unfortunately closed when were there.We could only see it from outside .
Strolling through the park at Petrin hill you come across a small gap in the trees where you have an excellent view on the Hradschin and cathedral complex.
This park at Petrin Hill near the Strahov Monastery is a great place for relaxing. It towers high above the city centre and you can view down to explore the city from a birds eye view.