Prague - Petrin Hill and Old Town Square

Type: Walking route Distance: 10.6 km Difficulty: Medium Vertical 144 m Rating: 100/5

Prague (Praha), Czech Republic

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Prague - Petrin Hill and Old Town Square

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The new building of Central Station is the starting point of this beautiful trip through the historical center of Prague on Petrin Hill and back. From the station building, turn left and go along Washington Street to the National Museum. You will get to the corner of Wenceslas square (Václavské náměsti or just Václavák) in front of the statue of St. Vaclav and Metro station of lines B and C Museum. Continue down the Wenceslas Square. Around the middle of the square, behind the entrance to the metro station A and B Můstek you will cross tram tracks. From this point watch for the entrance to passage in palace U Stýblů on left side of the square. There is big blue sign "PALAC U STYBLU" above the entrance. Go through the palace passage to the Franciscan garden. Go transversely through garden to the back gate which leads to Jungmannovo Square. If, for some reason, the palace or gardens are closed walk through the Wenceslas square to the end. Turn left and go along the 28. října street to Jungmannovo Square.

From the monument go straight ahead cross the road and along the building of bank CSOB to Perlova street. Follow the road to triangular square Uhelný Trh. Here turn left to Martinská street. Go along the church. At the crossroad turn right into the street Na Perštýně. Go straight and at second intersection turn left to Betlémské square. If you have any problems just look for tourist signs "Betlémská kaple". Walk the square along the chapel and at the end turn right into Liliová street. The street ends at the intersection with Karlova Street. Here, turn left and go along the Karlova street to the Charles Bridge (Karlův most).

At the start of the Charles Bridge (Karlův most)  you can visit bridge tower, which offers an interesting exhibitions, a short documentary film in many languages and magnificent views of the city from the roof of the tower. Continue across the Charles Bridge (Karlův most) . Near the end of the bridge keep an eye on the stairs down on left side. Walk down the stairs and continue straight past the Liechtenstein Palace and Werichs house to the park. Go straight through park to the Kampa Museum. After the visit of the museum leave the building using the yellow gate near the gift shop. If you don't want to visit the museum just go along the museum wall the yellow gate. From the gate go straight through park and across nearby small bridge. Go cross the large parking lot and exit through the gate at the end leading to Všehrdova street. Right in front of the gate is a restaurant Tlusta mys. Turn right and go along the street to busy intersection. Use nearby pedestrian crossing and go into the archway of the house on the other side of the intersection. Here is a station of Petrin Cableway, which is part of the Prague public transport. Here you can either use the cableway or get to the top on foot.

If you decide to go to Petrin on foot, continue straight up the hill and after a few meters turn right over the overpass over the cableway to the playground with low fence. From the playground keep left and go straight on the road up the hill along the statue of Jan Neruda. At the crossroads go straight up. Go through the tunnel under the cableway and continue past the statue of Vitezslav Novak to the crossroad with a memorial of Karel Hynek Macha. Here turn right. At next crossroads take keep right and go by the most steep path to the second station of cableway Nebozizek. Turn right and walk under the cableway. Continue straigh along the path past the restaurant Petrinske Terasy. When you reach a crossroads near low walls turn right. Go by the steep path with stairs along the wall to the peak of Petrin.

Here you can enjoy beautiful views of the whole city. Especially those from the tower is worth it. Near the observation tower is a small park with refreshments, toilet and mirror maze. If you go pasth the mirror maze you will get to the cableway station and to the observatory. If you want to use the cableway during whole trip you can use it also to go down the hill and return by the same path to the Charles Bridge and join our trip again there. Return back to the observatory tower and go back down by the same road along the low walls and continue on this road all way down. Then turn right and go past building of Graphic School to the street Hellichova.

At the crossing with busy main street go straight still on Hellichova street. When you reach Nosticova theatre go the parking lot and over small bridge back to Kampa and back to Charles Bridge (Karlův most) . From the stairs go right and back to Karlova street. Follow the Karlova street the Staroměstské square (Old Town Square) with the Astronomical Clock. From the Astronomical Clock go straight into small street between buildings called Melantrichova. After a while at the crossroads the street changes to Na Můstku. Go still straight till you reach Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) . Go back to the building of museum at the far end of the square and turn left to Washingtonova street, which leads back to the Central railway station. 

  • Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station

    The most important railway station in Prague was opend in 1871. Originaly named by the emperor František Josef. In the build of the station you can find station of metro C line Hlavní nádraží, shops, restaurants, chemyst's, ATMs and WC. There is also a direct bus line to the Airport. 

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    Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station Checkroom Prague Main Railway Station Prague Main Railway Station Station of metro C line Hlavní nádraží Prague Main Railway Station Entrence to the new bulding of the station Direction of the route
  • National Museum and metro C station National Museum and metro C station

    National Museum in Prague was built in 1891. Currently overall reconstruction of the building is undergoing and should be finished in 2018. For this reason visiting the museum is possible only through New building which is located on the left side (in direction to Main Railway Station). 

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    National Museum and metro C station National Museum and metro C station Metro C line station Muzeum
  • Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

    The main Prague square with length of 682m. Dominant of the square is a riding statue of St. Václav by Josef Vaclav Myslbek from year 1912. 

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    st. Václav Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) Metro station Můstek Café Tramvaj Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
  • U Stýblů Palace U Stýblů Palace

    Also known as the Palace Alfa. Protected cultural monument, a seven-storey functionalist building by architects Kysla and Jarlím. Builded in the end of the First Republic(1928-1929). It is one of the largest palaces on the Wenceslas Square. 

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    Entrance to the passage. The passage. Entrance to the Františkánské gardens.
  • Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens

    The garden was created by Carmelite monastery with the Church of Our Lady of the Snow. Since 1602 was the church owned by Franciscans and the gardens were rebuilt several times. The garden has been open for the public since 1950 and it went through complet reconstruction in 1989-1992. You can also find here small restaurant, playground for children and public toilets. 

    Open: 15.4. to 14.9. : 7:00 - 22:00
    15.9. to 14.10.: 7:00 - 20:00
    15.10. to 14.4.: 8:00 - 19:00
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    Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens Franciscan Gardens
  • Jungmanovo Square Jungmanovo Square

    The square existed since the Middle Ages on the outside of the walls of the Old City. The Square was named after Josef Jungmann in 1878, when there was also placed an Josef Jungmann's memorial by Ludvík Šimek. 

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    Josef Jungmann's memorial (autor: Ludvík Šimek) Perlová Street
  • Uhelný trh Uhelný trh

    The name (Charcoal Market) comes from the 14th century, when charcoal sellers moved here from nearby Kozí plácek (small square). Since 1951 there is also a Wimmerova Fountain which was later replaced by a replika due to damage. You can also find here variety of shops and restaurant and public toilets. 

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    Uhelný trh Uhelný trh Uhelný trh
  • St. Martin in the Wall Church St. Martin in the Wall Church

    Gothic (originally Romanesque) church built between 1178-1187. South wall of the church fits tightly to the town walls, hence the name "in the wall". Church is associated with the legend of the petrified boy. 

    Open: Mon – Sun: 15:00 – 17:00 Admission:
    St. Martin in the Wall Church St. Martin in the Wall Church St. Martin in the Wall Church
  • Betlémské Square Betlémské Square

    The dominant building of the square is Bethlehem chapel dedicated to the memory of the infants of Bethlehem. Original chapel was founded in 1391 and was intended for preaching in Czech language. The most important preacher was master Jan Hus. Another interesting building is the Náprstkovo Museum of Asian, African and American cultures. 

    Open: summer - 10:00 - 17:30
    winter - 10:00 - 18:30
    Admission: Adults - 60 Kč
    Students - 30 Kč
    Pensioners - 30 Kč (60 and older)
    Betlémské Square Betlémské Square Betlémské Square
  • Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

    The oldest stone bridge over the Vltava River in Prague. It was completed in 1402 and connects the Old Town with Mala Strana. The bridge is completed by three towers with tour option. By the late 17th century, the bridge was expanded by about 30 mostly baroque statues. Acquired its present name around 1870, at the initiative of Karel Havlicek Borovsky. Bridge's towers are ideal for taking pictures of Prague city center. 

    Open: Towers of the bridge
    Oct, Mar: Mon-Sun 10-20
    Nov-Feb: Mon-Sun 10-18
    Apr-Sept: Mon-Sun 10-22
    Admission: Towers of the bridge
    Adults 90 Kč
    Children, Students 6-26, pensioners 65 Kč
    Children 3-6 years old 25 Kč
    Family (2+4) 250 Kč
    Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Charles Bridge (Karlův most) Stairs leading to Kampa at the end of the bridge
  • Kampa Island Kampa Island

    Kampa Island has been nameless for a long time. The island got its name in the second half of the 18th century though the origin of the name is not entirely certain. Because of the the small channels between houses separating the island from Malá strana is this place also called the Venice of Prague. 

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    Kampa Island Kampa Island Kampa Island
  • Liechtenstein Palace and Werich's villa Liechtenstein Palace and Werich's villa

    The Baroque palace built in the years 1697-1698. Among its owners were Kolovrat, the Liechtenstein family and Odkolkové. At the present time the building is owned by government and is used to host important state visits and cultural events.

    Werich's villa is one of the oldest buildings on Kampa Island. The house was owned in the history by many Czech personalities like Josef Dobrovský, Jan Werich, Jiří Voskovec and Vladimír Holan. Currently the villa is still under reconstruction, the ground floor should open to the public in the future. 

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    Liechtenstein Palace Werich's villa Memorial of Josef Dobrovský Liechtenstein Palace and Werich's villa Liechtenstein Palace and Werich's villa Liechtenstein Palace and Werich's villa
  • Kampa Museum Kampa Museum

    The museum is housed in the former Sova's mills. There are collections of modern Central European Art of Jan and Meda Mládek, collection of the pioneer of abstract art František Kupka, Czech Cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund and other works by important artists from Central Bohemia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia. 

    Open: 10:00 - 18:00 Admission:
    Kampa Museum Kampa Museum Kampa Museum Kampa Museum Kampa Museum Kampa Museum
  • Cable Railway Station Újezd Cable Railway Station Újezd

    The cable railway takes you up to the Petrin Tower, using Prague public transport tickets and a trip to the top takes four minutes. In March and October are the regular maintenances and the cable railway is not working. If you have enough strength in your legs you can go up to the tower on foot through a lovely park instead of using the cable railway. 

    Open: 9.00 - 23.20 every 10-15 minutes Admission:
    Lanovka Park K.H. Mácha
  • Petřínské terasy/sady Petřínské terasy/sady

    Restaurant Petřínské Terraces where you can relax in the middle of your walk up to the Petrin Hill. The restaurant also includes a small playground. 

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    Restaurant Restaurant
  • Petřín Hill Petřín Hill

    327 meters high hill in the centre of Prague with 63,5 meters (210 feet) high Petřín Tower, mirror maze, the church of St. Vavřinec, park and restaurants. Entry to the tower is charged with an additional charge for use of the lift (lift is free for disabled people). 

    Open: Oct, Mar: Mon-Sun 10-20
    Nov–Feb: Mon-Sun 10-18
    Apr–Sept: Mon-Sun 10-22
    Admission: Fotos
    Petrin View Tower Entrance Opening hours Petřín Hill Petřín Hill Petřín Hill Toilets Opening hours for the toilets St. Vavřinec Church Mirror maze Mirror maze opening hours Petřín Hill
  • Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station

    The observatory was built by Czech Astronomical Society in 1928. It's open all week except Monday. From October to March in the evenings, from April to September in the afternoon. Apart from observing objects of the night sky and the Sun, observatory offers various exhibitions and lectures. 

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    Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station Štefánikova Observatory and Petřín Station
  • Old Town Square Old Town Square

    The dominant feature of the Old Town Square is the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock from the early 15th century. The parade of the Twelve Apostles occurs every time the clock strikes the hours. The square itself is full of galleries, restaurants and interesting sights. 

    Open: Halls Mon 11 - 18, Tue - Sun 9 - 18
    Tower Mon 11 - 22, Tue - Sun 9 - 22
    Admission: Halls 100 Kč
    Tower 130 Kč
    Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Old Town Square Melantrichova Street leading to Václavské Square

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  • Zličín car park Zličín car park

    From the car park walk to the nearby bus station. Take metro B line to the Můstek station. Můstek metro station has lots of exits, be careful to take the one leading to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). From here walk up the square to the riding statue and building of National Museum where you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum") 

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    Nearby bus station with a metro station Entrance to the metro station Zličín car park
  • Černý most Černý most

    There are two large guarded parking lots. After parking your vehicle go towards building of nearby bus station, where you can find metro B line station Černý most. Take metro B line to the Můstek station. Můstek metro station has lots of exits, be careful to take the one leading to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). From here walk up the square to the riding statue and building of National Museum where you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum"). If you don't mind changing trains you can also go to Florence station and then transfer to metro C line (in direction to Háje) and ride to the Muzeum station, which is located directly at our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum") 

    Open: Admission: 20Kc
    Černý most Černý most Černý most
  • Letňany Letňany

    From the car park walk down to the nearby metro station Letňany. Here take metro C line (in direction to Háje) to the Muzeum station. Here you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum")

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    Letňany Letňany Letňany
  • Chodov

    Metro Station C Chodov is located in the Chodov Shopping centre. Take metro C line (in direction to Letňany) to the Muzeum station. Here you can join our route. (itinerary/POI "National Museum")  

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