Petřín in Praha

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Petřín (327 m) is a hill in the center of Prague, Czech Republic. It rises some 130 m above the left bank of the Vltava River. The hill, almost entirely covered with parks, is a favorite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. The hill (in German known as Laurenziberg) is featured prominently in Franz Kafka's early short story "Description of a Struggle" and briefly in Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

The summit of the hill is linked to Prague's Malá Strana district by the Petřín funicular, a funicular railway that first operated in 1891.

Main sights

  • Hunger Wall
  • Strahov Monastery
  • Petřín funicular
  • Petřín lookout tower
  • Štefánik´s Observatory
  • Strahov Stadium
  • Rose Garden
  • St Lawrence Church
  • St Michael Church (wooden, transferred from Subcarpathian Ruthenia in 1920s)
  • Memorial to the victims of Communism