Petrin Hill#4 in Best Things To Do in Prague
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For a breath of fresh air and a chance to exercise your legs, head to Petrín Hill, one of the largest green spaces in the city. Attractions here include the Rose Garden, or rosarium, at the top of the hill, Nebozízek Garden, the Mirror Maze (a labyrinth), and the Seminary Garden, which boasts more than 2,100 fruit trees. The area has been in use since at least since the 12th century, serving as an execution site, vineyards and farming lands through the centuries.
Over the years, the land was divided into various gardens. One of the more famous attractions in the park is the Petrín Observation Tower, which was built in 1891 and resembles a small Eiffel Tower. Head up its 299 steps to the top for amazing views overlooking the entire city, and on clear days, most of Bohemia. Recent travelers say it's best to visit on clear days if you're only interested in the views and recommend taking the funicular up, then walking back down.
There are numerous ways to get to the park. You can head to tram stop Ujezd (from trams 9, 12, 20 or 22), then take the funicular up the hill or walk up. The funicular, which runs from 9 a.m. to around 11:30 p.m. year-round, uses the same tickets as the rest of the Prague public transportation system. Expect the ride to take about 4 minutes. While it is free to enter the park, some of the attractions charge a modest fee.
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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)
Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace.
The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.
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