The Hunger Wall is located on Petrin Hill. This 14th century stone wall was originally part of the city's southern fortifications.
It is so named as it was constructed as a public works project to feed the poor during a famine - the poor built it in return for food.
You can take a walk along the Hunger Wall and think about how fortunate you are.
This statue is located near the funicular station at the base of Petrin Hill. It remembers communism, but most certainly NOT in an affectionate way. The statue shows how communism destroys people. If you enlarge the photo you will see that the people get more and more eroded as they go back. By the time you get to the back of the statue there is almost nothing left to identify a human being. The implication being that the longer you live under communism, the more it destroys you.
The Carpathian Church of St. Michael Archangel is located towards the base of Petrin Hill, close to the Hunger Wall, and is probably one of the least touristed attractions in this part of Prague (what a bonus!).
It is a wonderful structure that was built in the 18th century in Medvedovce (then part of the First Czechoslovak Republic and is now in the Ukraine) and relocated to Prague in 1929. It is currently used as the parish church of a Romanian Orthodox community (which I imagine is a fairly small subset) and was unfortunately locked when we visited.
The church is made entirely of wood, from the roof shingles to the nails which hold it together, and the workmanship is superb. Like many orthodox churches, it is surprisingly small, and positively tiny by comparison with the hulking Baroque proportions of many of Prague's other churches. Although it isn't far from the edge of the park, the surrounding woodland is an effective shield from the outside world, and with a smidgeon of imagination, you could fancy yourself in the Carpathian forest.
The slopes of Petrin Hill are lined with several gardens that are criss-crossed by many paths from which great views of the city and the Castle Hill can be enjoyed.
This picture captures a lovely view of the Castle from the Strahov Gardens below the Strahov Monastery.
Wheelchair Users beware! Especially the lower sections of the gardens and the slopes around the mountain railway are very, very steep and (IMO) rather unsuitable. I tried it, and I nearly fell over!!! It is best to take a taxi to the top or have somebody help you going up Nerudova Street. A not so steep but very long alternative is going up through Letna Park.
Petrin Tower is inaccessible for wheelchair users (no lift).
Petrin Hill is a green oasis, on the castle side of the river. This public park is covered with forests, gardens and plenty of tourists and locals alike enjoying a stroll or a picnic. When we were there the sun was shining and it was just the perfect place to be on a spring afternoon.
To get to the park you can ride the funicular up from Ujezd or take the slow walk up the hill like we did (got to work off the beer when you can!).
At the top you will come across the Observation Tower, a mini scale model (5:1) of the Eiffel Tower which was built in 1891 for the Prague Exposition. You can climb the 299 steps to the top for great views. We chose not the climb the tower, as we found the view from the top of Petrin Hill pretty special anyway.
There is a mirror maze up on the Hill and an Observatory. When we were there a fair was on with plenty to keep the kids amused.
We also came across a small walled garden with some of the most fabulous tulips I have ever seen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a couple of days pure sightseeing I needed to find something that my daughter enjoyed. Petrin was well worth it. The tower and the castle both cost 50Kcs each for a family ticket. Everyone enjoys the mirror maze and hall of mirrors in the castle. There is a couple of places to grab a drink and snack at the top. A really pleasant walk to the Hrad area was a great way out, the route planned from the top of the tower.
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'.
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.
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).
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.
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!