Lesser Town, Prague 1
Petřín hill (formerly one of King Charles' vineyards) offers
beautiful views of Prague and several attractions for adults
and children alike. The hill is easily recognizable by
the TV tower that is a miniature of the Eiffel Tower in
Paris. You can climb the tower for views and enjoy some
other activities while up at Petřín.
To get to the top of
the hill, you can either walk to get some exercise (it's
a bit of a steep hike along a wooded path), or take the
funicular. If you walk, you can stop by the statue of Karel
Hynek Mácha, the great Czech romantic poet and author
of the love poem Máj (May). The statue is now
a meeting place of lovers on May 1st, the unofficial "day
of love" in the Czech Republic.
funicular that goes to the top of Petřín starts on Újezd
street (you can get there
by tram 6, 9, 12, 20 or 22 and get off at Újezd)
and can be an exciting activity for your children. The
funicular operates daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (April
- October) or 9 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. (November - March)
and runs every 10 to 15 minutes. You will need a public
transportation ticket, which you can buy right there
if needed. Get off at the very top (it's the second stop
- the first
halfway up the hill).
can climg the Petřín tower for beautiful views of Prague.
Don't be mislead by its perceived height - it only takes
minutes to climb the stairs to the observation point.
mirror maze is a fun diversion for children and adults alike thanks
to the hall with distorting
Pony and horseback rides are available to children on weekend afternoons from the end of February to November and daily during the summer months. The price is around 50 CZK per ride and you will find the horses near the entrance to the funicular. No helmets are provided.
The observatory can be of interest to older kids and, of
forget to stroll through the beautiful, fragrant rose garden - a real treat!
done visiting the Petřín area, you
can take the funicular back, but
is nicer and more interesting
to follow one of the trails that lead to the Prague Castle
or the Strahov Monastery (flat or downhill).