Prague’s endless church spires and old town straight out of the pages of a storybook has turned Prague a romantic destination rivaling the likes of Paris. With its interwar intelligentsia, Bohemian atmosphere, and the inescapable romance of medieval Gothic and Baroque architecture, it’s little wonder that so many couples make Prague their lover’s getaway.
Built as a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. The Petrin Observation Tower is set in landscaped gardens, which make for a pleasant stroll all year round. In the grounds there is also a hall of mirrors, an observatory with a telescope open to the public, a church and a rose garden (small entrance fees apply for the tower, mirror maze and observatory – there is no need to pre-book).
Much of the stone used to build the major sights in Prague was quarried out of Petrin. But this is well hidden beneath the grass and the trees that cover the hillside.
Kampa Island near Charles Bridge is one of the most beautiful places in Prague, with picturesque houses and a nice park. It is definitely the right place to spend an evening walking by the river Vltava and enjoying the special atmosphere of the place.
Kampa Island is separated from Prague Lesser Town by the river arm Devil´s Stream. It is probably named after the house “At the Seven Devils” nearby. There is a particularly attractive part of Kampa with houses standing right by the river – it is called The Venice of Prague.
Situated in the middle of the Vltava River immediately south of Charles Bridge, Shooter’s Island is connected to land via the Legion Bridge, and features postcard-perfect central views of Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. As with pretty much any place in Prague, Shooter’s Island has its own quirky history. First mentioned in the 12th century, it became a medieval bow and arrow shooting range in the 1300s for the army.
The rebellious punk younger sister to Petrin Park, Letna Park is located to the north of Prague’s city center right by the banks of the Vltava River. Its steep slopes offer unobstructed views of the city, with stone steps leading up to the top, where bizarrely enough, a gigantic metronome awaits you. From the enormous concrete pedestal at the center of the park—now occupied by a giant working metronome, which some say is marking time since the 1989 Velvet Revolution—the world’s largest statue of Stalin once beckoned to citizens on the Old Town Square below. The statue was ripped down in 1962, just seven years after it was completed. On sunny Sundays expats often meet up here to play ultimate Frisbee. In nice weather, there’s a large and popular beer garden at the park’s eastern end. Walk east along Milady Horákové Street after exiting the metro or take the tram.