No one knows local life like our guides. That’s why we’ve asked them take us around their favourite ‘hoods and offer their insider tips on seeing the city like a true local. If Petrin Hill sounds like your kind of place, local Prague guide Kača and her team can show you around the area on their Parks and Views Tour.
I’ve been hanging out in Petrin Hill since I was a child, and while there are many neighbourhoods in Prague that I love, Petrin (spelled Petřín in Czech) always remains my favourite. It is an open-space park with beautiful old trees, and entertainment all year long — a little oasis in the busy city that Praha is. I discovered Petřín practically right after I learned to walk and I’ve loved it ever since.
Why you should visit Petřín
Petřín is a place for romantic rendezvous or solo walks when you want to calm your mind and escape the tourist crowds of downtown. I love the cherry orchards here, especially when they bloom — I adore their scent! And of course, the panoramic views from this hill are possibly the loveliest in all of our golden city. Locals also like to come here with their kids to fly kites in the fall.
My top 5 things to do in Petřín
1. Go to the top of the Petřín Lookout Tower
The tower was built as part of the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 as a small copy of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. There are 299 steps leading to its peak, which is actually at a few metres higher than the real Eiffel Tower. The view from up there is amazing, but do come early as it tends to get busy during the summer weekends. The entrance fee is CZK 150 and the last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time. Hours of operation are:
- November: February 10am to 6pm
- March and October 10am to 8pm
- April to September 10am to 10pm
2. Get lost in the Mirror Maze
It’s a short walk from the ‘Eiffel Tower’ and is great fun for families with children. You can even buy a combo ticket for both the Lookout Tower and the Mirror Maze. Entrance fee is CZK 90 and opening hours are the same as the Petřín Lookout Tower.
3. Relax in the rose gardens
There several gardens in the Petřín grounds and they are all amazing places to sit on a bench and just enjoy the view and the smell as you relax away from the crowds of downtown Prague.
4. Visit the Czech Ethnographic Museum
Located in an 1820s building in a romantic garden right below Petrin Hill, this museum documents traditional folk culture of the Czech lands. The musum has been here since 1901, so a visit here is like stepping into a rich bit of Czech heritage.
The musesum open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and the admission fee is CZK 70. It’s closed on Mondays.
5. Explore the books and beers of Strahov monastery
This incredible monastery is from the 1140s and hosts one of the most (if not the most) beautiful baroque libraries in the world.
But there’s more than just books here! Strahov Brewery is also known for serving high-quality Czech cuisine and amazing seasonal beers. Just be sure to pick the right dining hall. There are three restaurants, and trust me, you want to eat at the one called Klášterní Pivovar Strahov (monastic brewery). It has the most reasonable prices and most delicious food.
The monastery is open daily (except on December 24 and 25 and Easter Sunday), from 9am to 5pm, with a lunch break from 12pm to 1pm. Admission is CZK 120
How to get to Petřín
The best way to get to Petrin Hill is either by tram 9, 12, 15 or 22 (take it to the stop ÚJEZD), and then walk up the hill through the beautiful park.
Or you can hop on the funicular (it dates back to 1891!), which will take you up. Just remember to get off only at the very top (and not at the interstop called NEBOZÍZEK — unless you’re hungry as there’s a nice restaurant of the same name there, with amazing views). But just like the Lookout Tower, the funicular is super popular for Czech families with kids, so on weekends or in the summer months, be sure to come early — otherwise you’ll have to wait for half an hour or longer. Tickets are the same as for our public transport system, so just the regular CZK 24/32 tickets will do (or any longer transport pass you might have).
I was born and raised in Praha. I’ve lived here all my life and am a very proud patriot of this town and our country. I’ve been a tour guide for Prague Urban Adventures for three years now. I found this career by way of a little private tragedy, after I had lost my beloved job as horticulturist and gardener due to an injury. I didn’t know what new adventure was coming my way, and as I was taking a few courses and deciding what to do next, I met my now-colleague Tereza, which was the start of my journey at this amazing company.
Soon I was in love with my new job as a tour guide and showing people something I love: my city of Praha. I run the historical Prague Discovery tour and also our Bohemian Tastes and Neighbourhoods tour, which actually runs in the neighbourhood where I live. And last but not least, I also run our Parks and Views Tour, where I can share my beloved parks and my passion for nature and plants.