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Petřínské sady (Petřín Park or Petřín Gardens)
Petřínské sady (Petřín Park or Petřín Gardens) Review
For a superb view of the city—from a slightly more solitary perch—the park on top of Petřín Hill includes a charming playground for children and adults alike, with a miniature (but still pretty big) Eiffel Tower. You'll also find a mirror maze (bludiště), as well as a working observatory and the seemingly abandoned Svatý Vavřinec (St. Lawrence) church. To get here from Malá Strana, simply hike up Petřín Hill (from Karmelitská ulice or Újezd) or ride the funicular railway (which departs near the Újezd tram stop). Regular public-transportation tickets are valid on the funicular.
From the Castle district, you can also stroll over from Strahov klášter (Strahov Monastery), following a wide path that crosses above some fruit orchards and offers some breathtaking views out over the city below.
Štefánik Observatory. As you exit the funicular at the top of Petřín Hill, the rounded dome to your left is Štefánik Observatory, a working astronomical facility with some fine displays (though not many in English). Both day and night telescope viewings are available. Petřín Hill, Petřín 205. 257–320–540. www.observatory.cz. 65 Kč. Line A: Malostranská plus tram 12, 20, 22 to Újezd plus funicular.
Petřínská rozhledna. A large children's play area in Petřínské sady (Petřín park) is dominated by the nearly 200-foot Petřínská rozhledna (Petřín Observation Tower), a smaller replica of the Eiffel Tower with a marvelous view of the city from the top. This is not an attraction for the timid; the best way to appreciate the view from the top is to climb the circular stairway that wraps around the outside of the tower, a safe but dizzying ascent. The hardy who make the climb will be rewarded with a dazzlingly view. Petřín Hill. 224–816–772. www.petrinska-rozhledna.cz. 105 Kč. Apr.–Sept., daily 10–10; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–6. Line A: Malostranská plus tram 12, 20, 22 to Újezd plus funicular.
Bludiště na Petříně. A stone's throw from the Petřín Observation Tower, the Bludiště na Petříně is an old-school carnival attraction with, as the name in Czech suggests, a variety of amusingly distorted mirrors. It's great fun for the kids. Petřín. 724–911–497. www.petrinska-rozhledna.cz. Line A: Malostranská plus tram 12, 20, 22 to Újezd (plus funicular).
- Address: Petřín Hill, Malá Strana, Prague, Bohemia 118 00 | Map It
- Cost: Observatory 65 Kč, Tower 105 Kč, Maze 75 Kč
- Hours: Observatory: Mon.–Fri. 2–7, 9 pm–11 pm; weekends 10–noon, 2–7, 9 pm–11 pm. Tower and Maze: Apr.–Sept., daily 10–10; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–6
- Website: www.petrinska-rozhledna.cz
- Metro Line A: Malostranská plus tram 12, 20 or 22 to stop Újezd (plus funicular).
- Location: Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter)
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