Everything About Prague – Part 1

Prague, one of the most romantic cities in Europe, capital of Czech Republic. The post series Everything About Prague will take you through its famous sights.

Petrin Hill & Observation Tower

Petrin Hill with its 327m above sea level is situated in the center of the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. It is a popular recreation area with a lot of parks. The hill is linked with Mala strana district by the Petrin funicular opened in 1891. Petrin Observation Tower is often referred to as a small version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, because the tower in Paris was the inspiration to build a similar tower in Prague. It is 60m high and it was opened in 1891.
Working hours (tower): every day, hours depend on the month, more information is available on the website

Admission: adults CZK 100 (around $5), children (6-18 years old) and students CZK 50 ($2.70)

Website: http://www.petrinska-rozhledna.cz/

Labyrinth

The Mirror Labyrinth on Petrin Hill is situated next to the Petrin Observation Tower. It was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exposition as a replica of the Gothic gateway Spicka at Vysehrad. Inside the building there is a mirror maze and halls with distorting and bulging mirrors. The castle also has a dioramic painting of the battle against the Swedes on the Charles Bridge in 1648. The painting is 80 square meters large and the authors are Adolf and Karel Liebschers.
Address: Petrinske sady Praha 1

Working hours: depend on the month, more information available at the website

Admission: adults CZK 50 ($2.70); students, seniors and children over 10 years old CZK 40 ($2.15)

Website: http://www.pis.cz/en/prague/monuments/the_maze/

Prague Castle

Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century, but the last major rebuilding of the castle was done in the second half of the 18th century by Queen Maria Theresa. Prague Castle is one of the biggest castles in the world, its length is around 570m and it is 130m wide. It features many architectural styles, such as Romanesque, Gothic, Bohemian baroque, etc. The castle serves as the office of the president of the Czech Republic.
Address: 119 08 Praha 1

Working hours: every day, April to October 5am – 12am, November to March 6am – 11pm

Admission: some parts of the castle complex require tickets, more information available on the website

Website: http://www.hrad.cz/en/index.shtml

Palatial Gardens

Palatial Gardens situated below Prague Castle offer nice view of Prague and its panorama. There are five gardens which are connected with each other and occupy an area of around 7,700 square meters. Some of the gardens date back to the 16th century. After the Swedish conquest in the 17th century, the gardens were restored with many new elements. Palatial Gardens are a popular place for many events, such as concerts, weddings, fashion shows, receptions, etc.
Address: Valdštejnské nám. 3

Working hours: hours depend on the month, more information available on the website

Admission: free

Website: http://www.palacovezahrady.cz/

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock in Prague, also known as Prague Orloj was built in 1410 by Mikulas of Kadan and Jan Sindel. The clock is situated on the wall of Old Town City Hall. It has three parts: The Walk of the Apostles – clockwork which shows sculptures of the Apostles and other sculptures every hour; calendar dial where months are represented by medallions and astronomical dial which represents the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and also displays some other astronomical details. The clock was renovated in 1948 after the damage it suffered during World War II.

Address: Staroměstské náměstí 3

Stay tuned for part 2.

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