Petřín Hill Prague

View from Tower

Petřín Hill is a large densely wooded park near the Vltava River in the middle of Prague. Much of the stone used to build Prague’s major sites was quarried from Petřín Hill. Now, it’s a favorite recreational area in Malá Strana covered with grass, gardens, and trees.

Observation Tower
Observation Tower
Franz Kafka

Petřín Hill is “featured prominently in Franz Kafka‘s early short story Description of a Struggle and briefly in Milan Kundera‘s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. It’s a beautiful place with a calm, peaceful atmosphere.

Strahov Monastery from Tower
Views and Mini Eiffel Tower

Attractions on the hill include Petřín Lookout Tower, a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower. It was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. I hiked up the hill and climbed the tower’s 299 steps to enjoy spectacular views!

On Petřín Hill
On Petřín Hill

It was slightly overcast, but on a clear day you can see Mount Sněžka, the highest peak in Central Europe’s Sudety Mountains. Sněžka is about 100 miles from Prague near the Polish border.

Prague Castle and Cathedral from Petřín Hill – Jetsetting Fools

Half way up the hill there’s a café set back in the trees with panoramic views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle. You can sit at tables in the garden and enjoy the captivating scenery and excellent espresso or coffee – very pleasant. Czech families were relaxing in the crisp morning air admiring the view.

School Restaurant Prague
School Restaurant Prague

The Petřín Outlook Tower is surrounded by landscaped grounds, including a beautiful rose garden in full bloom. The walk through the woods isn’t difficult, but if you don’t like climbing hills, you can catch the funicular in Malá Strana and ride it through greenery to the summit.

US Embassy Malá Strana
US Embassy Prague
Malá Strana

After climbing the tower, I walked down the other side of Petřín Hill and wandered around Malá Strana’s winding maze of streets. I passed by the US Embassy where three armed guards were watching it carefully. It was nice to see the US flag flying.

Musicians Charles Bridge
Musicians Charles Bridge
Musicians Charles Bridge – Bigstock

I walked across Charles Bridge (automobiles aren’t allowed) to the right bank of the Vltava and stopped at School Restaurant for a yummy spinach salad. The entertaining waiters at School are friendly and the food is delicious. As usual, it was interesting exploring Prague’s wonderful sites and observing the eclectic, happy Saturday crowd streaming by the banks of the Vltava.

Strahov Monastery

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