This past weekend my husband and I visited Petřín Hill, which can be found in Malá Strana,
Along the way up to the top of Petřín you will encounter some portions of the Hungry Wall. The wall was built from 1360 to 1362 by Charles IV. It was to help protect the city of
Another unique find is the funicular! What is a funicular, you ask? I asked the same thing when someone first mentioned it to me! A funicular is similar to a cable car (on rails), and is used on steep inclines. There are two funiculars that counterbalance one another on the ways up and down. The funicular on Petřín Hill links Malá Strana with the top of the hill. The funicular was opened in 1891. My husband and I didn’t ride the funicular, but it was fun to see it…this is the first one I’ve ever seen!
Further along the trail to the top, you come into areas that are planted with apple and pear trees. These orchards are beautiful, and it is even possible to pick the fruit from these trees for free! On our trip we saw many paths leading under many of the apple trees. My husband told me these paths were made in the grass on May Day—when everyone was kissing their sweet heart under the blooming apple trees!
There are some interesting places to visit when you reach the top of Petřín. There is the House of Mirrors, the Starokatolická Církev (the Old Catholic Church of St. Lawrence--amongst some other smaller churches and chapels),
Needless to say, there is much to see and do on Petřín Hill. It easily can take up an entire afternoon, as it did for my husband and I. It offers something for everyone, and is a wonderful break from the regular sightseeing to be found in
That’s all for now…you all have a great day!
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