The High Points of Prague

Updated on August 2, 2019
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Having spent twelve days in Prague, Liz and her husband are keen to share their experience and help others planning a visit to the city.

Zizkov Television Tower, Prague.
Zizkov Television Tower, Prague. | Source

Getting Your Bearings

Whenever we visit a new city, no matter how much we have read up and researched the area, I always like to find a high point to get a good overall view. Then I can get an idea of the general geography and location of the main points of interest. Whether it's the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the London Eye, most cities have their own high points. So it was in Prague. Seeing the city laid out before you, the tourist maps start to make sense.

Bird's eye view from the Zizkov Television Tower, Prague.
Bird's eye view from the Zizkov Television Tower, Prague. | Source

Our Top 4 High Points

1. Vysehrad.

2. Observation Tower, Petrin Park.

3. Zizkov Hill.

4. Zizkov Television Tower.

1. Vysehrad

It was from Vysehrad that we got our first view of Prague. The literal translation of Vysehrad is "High Castle". The rocky outcrop, located just over 3km southeast of Prague Castle, was the sight of fortified barracks, with evidence of building on the site going back to the 10th century. Legend had it that this was the place where Slav tribes first settled in Prague, but this theory has been disproved by archaeological evidence. From here we were able to see Prague Castle and Mala Strana as well as views away from the city to the south.

Vysehrad does not feature high on most tourist itineraries, because of its slightly out of town location and time constraints. We came here for two reasons. Firstly because it was within easy walking distance of our hotel, Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre. Secondly because, having traveled in from the airport across Prague, we were looking for a quiet, relaxing location to slow down and unwind. Vysehrad turned out to be just the place.

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Vysehrad from beyond Prague Castle.Vysehrad from afar.
Vysehrad from beyond Prague Castle.
Vysehrad from beyond Prague Castle. | Source
Vysehrad from afar.
Vysehrad from afar. | Source

Views From Vysehrad

After entering the fortress area, we headed along paths through the park towards the northwestern edge. From here we could see Prague Castle in the distance. As we walked further west, we saw the River Vltava with Mala Strana and Hradcany stretching out from the opposite bank. Rounding the fortress area, heading southeast we could see the River Vltava and views south of the city.

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A first glimpse of Prague.
A first glimpse of Prague. | Source
Zooming in on Prague Castle.
Zooming in on Prague Castle. | Source
River Vltava flowing through Prague.
River Vltava flowing through Prague. | Source
Across the Vltava to Mala Strana and Hradcany.
Across the Vltava to Mala Strana and Hradcany. | Source
Closing in on Prague Castle.
Closing in on Prague Castle. | Source
Heading away from Prague.
Heading away from Prague. | Source
River Vltava south of Prague.
River Vltava south of Prague. | Source
The River Vltava south of Prague.
The River Vltava south of Prague. | Source
View from the rocky outcrop.
View from the rocky outcrop. | Source
River Vltava with part of the fortress at Vysehrad in the foreground.
River Vltava with part of the fortress at Vysehrad in the foreground. | Source

Points of Interest in Vysehrad

Leopold Gate

Described as the most beautiful Baroque Gate in Prague, the Leopold Gate was built 1653-1672. It was designed by an Italian architect, Carlo Lurago, as the castle gate. It certainly makes for an impressive entrance.

St. Martin's Rotunda

Shortly after passing through the gate, we came upon St. Martin's Rotunda, a small Romanesque church, dating from the 11th century and restored in 1878.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

This church, which dominates the skyline of Vysehrad with its twin spires, has seen many changes since it was founded in the 11th century. It was enlarged in 1129 but burned down in the mid-13th century. Its replacement was an Early Gothic church. Following many restorations and redecorations, the Neo-Gothic church we see today dates from 1885, with the twin steeples added in 1902. There is a small charge for admission. Intent on exploring the outside areas on this occasion, we did not go in.

Vysehrad Cemetery

This is the most prestigious graveyard in Prague, the final resting place of famous artists and intellectuals since its founding in 1869. To the Czech people, there are many familiar names on the well-kept and ornate gravestones. The two most notable ones we noticed were for the Czech composers, Smetana and Dvorak. The first was in the main area and the second is under one of the arcades lining two sides of this very small cemetery.

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Leopold Gate.
Leopold Gate. | Source
St. Martin's rotunda.
St. Martin's rotunda. | Source
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Vysehrad
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Vysehrad | Source
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul with the cemetery in the foreground.
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul with the cemetery in the foreground. | Source
Grave of Bedrich Smetana.
Grave of Bedrich Smetana. | Source
The Antonin Dvorak memorial.
The Antonin Dvorak memorial. | Source
Elaborate Dvorak memorial.
Elaborate Dvorak memorial. | Source

If your eyes are drawn repeatedly to a high point on the skyline from miles around, the chances are that there will be great views from the top.

2. Observation Tower, Petrin Park

Some high points become a spectacle in themselves and can be easily spotted on the skyline from miles around. The Observation Tower, or mini version of the Eiffel Tower, in Petrin Park, falls into this category. Since its construction in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition, the Observation Tower has offered visitors a fascinating view over Prague. Although only a quarter of the height of the Eiffel Tower, at 60 meters (200 feet), what it lacks in height, it makes up for with its setting. Petrin Hill is 318 meters (960 feet) high, overlooking the city below.

An admission charge is payable, even if you are prepared to walk up the 299 steps to the top of the tower. A higher rate is charged for those who, like us, prefer to take the lift. Don't miss the exhibition showing how Petrin Hill has changed over the centuries.

Tip: Arrive early to avoid queues. Mid-morning we queued for 30 minutes to take the lift.

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Observation Tower, Petrin Park.
Observation Tower, Petrin Park. | Source
Observation Tower.
Observation Tower. | Source
A familiar silhouette.
A familiar silhouette. | Source
Observation Tower on Petrin Hill, seen from across the River Vltava.
Observation Tower on Petrin Hill, seen from across the River Vltava. | Source
Observation Tower overlooking Mala Strana.
Observation Tower overlooking Mala Strana. | Source
Observation Tower's hilltop setting.
Observation Tower's hilltop setting. | Source
Observation Tower stands out on the skyline.
Observation Tower stands out on the skyline. | Source

Location

The Observation Tower is located in Mala Strana to the west of Prague. It is around 1.3 kilometers southwest of Prague Castle.

Access

We crossed the River Vltava by tram and alighted at the public transport stop on Ujezd. The base of Petrin Park runs parallel to the west of Ujezd. You can either follow the path north to the funicular railway and take the easy way up, as we did, or you can walk up the hill for the more strenuous route. We opted to walk back down from Petrin Park, taking a path to Strahov Monastery

Tip: Public transport tickets are valid on the funicular.

Petrin Park

Petrin Park is the largest area of green space in Prague. If you are looking for somewhere to get away from the crowds with pleasant woodland walks this might be the place for you. The Observation Tower is undoubtedly the main attraction, but you can also find parts of the Hunger Wall (Prague's southern boundary dating from the 14th century), Stefanik's Observatory (containing a small astronomical exhibition), a mini neo-Gothic castle containing a mirror maze and historical diorama, the Church of St. Lawrence and a rose garden.

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Petrin Park.The rose garden.
Petrin Park.
Petrin Park. | Source
The rose garden.
The rose garden. | Source

The Views

On a clear day, it is said that you can see not only the whole of Prague from here but also most of Bohemia. The 360-degree viewing gallery at the top of the Observation Tower is fully enclosed. It's not the largest of spaces, but we were able to admire the view and take photos without feeling rushed. Our focus was on the city to the north and east of us. We were able to spot the different areas laid out below us, with views of Mala Strana, Hradcany and Prague Castle to the north, Prague's Old Town and New Town to the east as well as plotting the course of the River Vltava. In spite of the grey day, we got a good aerial view over Prague.

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Following the course of the River Vltava.
Following the course of the River Vltava. | Source
Mala Strana, Hradcany and Prague Castle.
Mala Strana, Hradcany and Prague Castle. | Source
Prague Castle.
Prague Castle. | Source
Towards Prague Old Town.
Towards Prague Old Town. | Source
Towards Prague New Town.
Towards Prague New Town. | Source

3. Zizkov Hill

Zizkov Hill is located around 2.4 km east of Old Town Square, Prague. The thin wedge of greenery separates the area of Zizkov from the neighboring area of Karlin, to the north. Formerly known as Vitkov Hill, it was renamed Zizkov in 1877 after the one-eyed Hussite general, Jan Zizka, who had led a small force of Hussites here in a victory against several thousand well-armed crusaders in 1420. Around the time of the renaming, a plan was made for a monument, but work did not start until 1928. The planned inauguration ceremony in 1938 was postponed due to the Munich Agreement and the outbreak of World War II. It was the 1950s before the bronze equestrian statue of Zizka was complete. Standing around 9 meters (30 feet) high, it is one of the largest equestrian statues in the world.

The National Memorial was also built on this site 1928-38. The Nazis used it as an arsenal and it later became a Communist mausoleum. After the Velvet Revolution, the Communists were quietly cremated and reinterred in Olsany cemetery. There is now an interesting museum on the country's 20th-century history, as well as a Communist monument to those who died in World War II and a cafe on the top. There is also a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the site.

Four reasons prompted our visit. We had read of the monument in guides to Prague, we had noticed the statue from afar, the museum sounded interesting and, after a week in Prague, we were looking at sites further out from the center.

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The National Memorial, Zizkov Hill.Zizkov Hill seen from afar.
The National Memorial, Zizkov Hill.
The National Memorial, Zizkov Hill. | Source
Zizkov Hill seen from afar.
Zizkov Hill seen from afar. | Source

Our Experience

Despite its prominent position on Prague's skyline, we did not find it easy getting to the National Memorial. The nearest metro at Florenc is 1.3km from the memorial. Signage was not great, but we eventually made it via the meandering paths which wind their way up the hill. Views of the surrounding area and across to the nearby Zizkov TV mast were good, but views to the west over central Prague were hindered by the trees.

We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and I was surprised to find so few people up there. We found the reason why when we went to enter the museum. It was closed, which was a great disappointment. We only had ourselves to blame, as we later found the opening times in a guidebook.

Tip: When planning your tour itinerary check the days and times of opening for the places you plan to visit.

I think our assumption was based on the fact that this was a national memorial. We, therefore, assumed that the museum up here would be open most of the time. It was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. On our list for a future visit to Prague is a visit to the museum and its rooftop cafe for the view.

Fixing our gaze on the Zizkov Television Mast, we decided to cut our losses and, having checked it was open, we went off in search of another view.

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A glimpse of Prague in the distance.
A glimpse of Prague in the distance. | Source
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. | Source
National Memorial, Prague.
National Memorial, Prague. | Source
National Memorial, Prague.
National Memorial, Prague. | Source
Czech Republic flag.
Czech Republic flag. | Source
View of Zizkov Television Mast.
View of Zizkov Television Mast. | Source

4. Zizkov Television Tower

From day one in Prague, we had noticed the unusual shape of the Zizkov Television Tower on the skyline and our eyes had been drawn to it. Located around 2.7 kilometers to the east and slightly south of Prague Old Town Square, the tower was a little distance from the main tourist areas of the city. For this reason, our visit took place during the second week of our stay in Prague, after we had covered the main central sites.

Viewing the Zizkov Television Tower at what appeared like a short distance away from Zizkov Hill and sharing the same area name, it made sense to combine the two. Views and distances can be deceptive. Although our route was downhill, it was around 1.6 kilometers between these two high points. It should have taken around 22 minutes to walk, but surprisingly, with a tower of this size to aim for, we took a few wrong turnings along the way, as it was not obvious how best to approach it.

The effort was well worth it though, as we found the spectacle of the tower, viewed from below just as interesting as the views from above. At 216 meters (709 feet) Zizkov Television Tower is the tallest building in Prague. The eye-catching giant sculptures of babies crawling on the tower were created by David Cerny, a leading Czech artist. They certainly make for an eye-catching spectacle silhouetted against the sky.

Viewed from Afar

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Zizkov Television TowerPrague Old Town in the foreground.The view from across the river.
Zizkov Television Tower
Zizkov Television Tower | Source
Prague Old Town in the foreground.
Prague Old Town in the foreground. | Source
The view from across the river.
The view from across the river. | Source

The Details

It has been said that the idea for the Zizkov Television Tower was conceived in the 1970s to jam West German television signals. Its construction began in1985 and was finished in 1992. The tower courted controversy from the outset, as it was built on the location of an old Jewish cemetery. Burials stopped here in 1890 and it became Mahler's park in 1960. Officially the cemetery was moved years before construction.

The tower has not been universally appreciated. Local inhabitants resented its stark design in their neighborhood. Its futuristic design can appear harsh and intimidating when viewed close up.

The tower's basis is triangular, with three concrete-filled steel tubes rising from each corner. One of the tubes rises high above the other two. Nine pods and three decks are supported by the tubes. Three pods are used for equipment, but the other six are accessible to the public. There's an observatory at 93 meters, a one-room hotel at 70 meters and a restaurant at 66 meters.

The Babies

We assumed that the giant baby sculptures on the tower had always been there. In fact, they were a temporary addition out of fiberglass by David Cerny, attached to the pillars in 2000. Admired by many, the babies were returned as a permanent fixture in 2001. In March 2019 duplicates were installed after the originals were removed for cleaning and structural inspection.

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Zizkov Television Tower.
Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
Zizkov 'baby'.
Zizkov 'baby'. | Source
Zizkov Television Tower.
Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
Zizkov 'babies'.
Zizkov 'babies'. | Source
The view from the ground.
The view from the ground. | Source
Zizkov 'babies'.
Zizkov 'babies'. | Source
Zizkov Television Tower.
Zizkov Television Tower. | Source

Our Experience

As we left the streets behind us and approached the base of the tower, we were overawed by the large structure above us. The 'babies. silhouetted from a distance were even more striking when viewed close up. We were surprised to find the area remarkably quiet on a Tuesday afternoon and encountered only a handful of other tourists during our visit. For a reasonable fee, we purchased tickets to the observatory and headed up there in the lift.

The floor to ceiling windows in each of the three pods offered 360-degree views over the city below. Each pod had its own topic. One was about the World Federation of Towers, of which the Zizkov Television Tower is a proud member, another had bubble chairs for visitors to sit in and another hosted temporary exhibitions.

This is the highest viewing platform in the Czech Republic and the views over the immediate area below were stunning. It was a little grey on the day we visited, so we did not get the 100-kilometer view that the tower is said to have on a clear day. We could pick out some of the historic sites in central Prague in the distance. With so few people around, we appreciated the opportunity to view Prague from above without jostling with others for the best views. It made for a calm and relaxing experience.

Our Thoughts

If time is short, you are probably best to focus on the main tourist sites in central Prague. But, if you have time to spare, I would recommend a visit to the Zizkov Television Tower.

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Prague stretches out below.
Prague stretches out below. | Source
Prague Castle with the Old Town in the foreground.
Prague Castle with the Old Town in the foreground. | Source
View from Zizkov Television Tower.
View from Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
View from Zizkov Television Tower.
View from Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
Bird's eye view.
Bird's eye view. | Source
View from Zizkov Television Tower.
View from Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
Prague from above.
Prague from above. | Source
The city from above.
The city from above. | Source
As far as the eye can see.
As far as the eye can see. | Source
Zizkov Hill.
Zizkov Hill. | Source
Towards the edge of Prague
Towards the edge of Prague | Source
Model of Zizkov Television Tower.
Model of Zizkov Television Tower. | Source
Bubble chairs.
Bubble chairs. | Source
View from Zizkov Television Tower.
View from Zizkov Television Tower. | Source

The High Points of Prague

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1. Vysehrad, Prague.:
Vyšehrad, V Pevnosti 159/5b, 128 00 Praha 2-Vyšehrad, Czechia

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2. Observation Tower, Petrin Park.:
Petřínské sady 633, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

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3. Zizkov Hill, Prague.:
U Památníku 1900, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia

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4. Zizkov Television Tower.:
Mahlerovy sady 1, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia

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Final Thoughts

We were very fortunate to have the time to visit these four high points in Prague, spanning a thousand years, from the 10th-century settlement at Vysehrad to the 20th-century structures in Zizkov. Each of them was remarkable in itself and each offered a different perspective on the Czech capital.

Many visitors to Prague have stricter time constraints and need to focus on the main, central sites of the city to make the most of their time. Within the central areas, there are still great viewpoints to be found at slightly lower levels from the towers that dot the horizon and especially from Prague Castle, as it looms over the city on its hill.

If you only have time for one high point from this article, I would recommend the Observation Tower, Petrin Park, as it offers great views over the city, is relatively easy to get to and is reasonably near other tourist sites. But get there early to avoid the queues.

Prague is a remarkable city. Relatively unspoiled from wars and the communist era, it has emerged as a delightfully well-preserved, colorful and scenic city. It was highly recommended to us and it exceeded expectations.

Glimpsing Prague from afar.
Glimpsing Prague from afar. | Source

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      • Eurofile profile imageAUTHOR

        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Devika. We enjoyed our visit to Prague. There was much more there to see than we expected. It was a very interesting city break.

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        Devika Primić 

        7 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Prague sounds amazing and you have shared some of the beautiful of Europe.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Richard. We took a boat trip on the river, but did not eat on it. There are plenty of good restaurants that serve goulash in the city. I suggest you read my other articles on Prague. Some of them refer to restaurants that we used when we were in Prague. I hope you enjoy your trip. Prague is a great place to visit.

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        Richard 

        8 weeks ago

        Thank. I stayed at home all summer and am now going to fly to Prague on vacation. I heard a lot about this city, I want to see it myself. Now I am looking for apartments in the old part of the city. Tell me, didn’t anyone eat at this Restaurant boat trips in Prague https://prahatrip.cz/en/restaurant-boat ? I really want to try old Czech cuisine. especially goulash.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Jeannie. Prague was highly recommended to us, but it exceeded expectations.

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        Jeannie Marie 

        2 months ago from Baltimore, MD

        Prague looks really interesting. What beautiful views and buildings. The cemetery looks amazing. I will keep all of this in mind if I get to visit Prague one day.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Layne. I sometimes think I get things in the wrong order. I travel, take photos, get home and write. There are times when I wish I could go back and take some more photos to fit with the articles, but I have to make do with what I have.

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        Layne Holmes 

        2 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        I really enjoy your photos in addition to the detailed text. It gives readers a great idea of what to expect during a visit. The "Glimpsing Prague from afar" photo is perhaps one of my favorites.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, RTalloni. The silhouette of the babies on the tower can be seen from a distance. We were intrigued to see the tower close up. They give it a new level of interest.

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        RTalloni 

        2 months ago

        Talk about great perspective, you've hit it with these high points of Prague. I enjoyed this trip through your eyes. Am still smiling at the babies crawling on the Zizkov Television Tower. Adding whimsey to such an object is delightful. Good for those who called for them to be permanent. Thanks for a neat read. A visit to Prague would be amazing.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Ronald. I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere in Prague. I had heard that it had become popular as a destination for stag parties due in part to the availability of beer there. But I didn't notice any rowdy English groups while we were there. Some popular tourist spots like the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge became crowded with visitors of many different nationalities in the middle of the day, but overall we found the atmosphere quite relaxed.

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        Ronald Piper 

        2 months ago

        Interesting article and it makes me want to visit and take it all it for myself. I love older cities and gothic architecture. What was the atmosphere like when you were walking around the city?

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Linda. Before visiting Prague I had no idea that it had so much to offer. It was impossible to do the Czech capital justice in a single article, hence the series.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Robert. Looking for the high points in cities has become a habit of ours over the years. I look back through photos and see many interesting city views from above. I assumed the 'babies' had always been there. They have probably softened the otherwise austere design of the Television Tower.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I would love to visit Prague. I can tell from your interesting articles about the city that it's a fascinating place to visit. Thank you for sharing all of the information and the lovely photos.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        2 months ago

        Yes, going to the high points is a very good way to get an awe inspiring view of a city. Those climbing babies is an interesting addition.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Peggy. We certainly saw Prague from a different perspective from these high points. We were just disappointed that the museum and rooftop cafe were closed on Zizkov Hill.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        What an excellent travel article you have written! I enjoyed your photos and learning about these high points in Prague. Should we ever travel there, we will take your advice and seek these places in which to view the city. Those babies on that television tower are amazing.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Kedan. I would highly recommend a trip to Prague. I hope you are able to visit the Czech capital soon.

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        Kedan Pentia 

        2 months ago from London

        Prague has always been on my travel wishlist and this impressive article has reminded me why I want go. Well written and vivid photos brought it to life.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your encouraging comment, Pamela. We are much more careful now to check opening times after our experience. Having said that I recently visited an old property with a relative late in the day because of extended summer opening hours. Unfortunately no one thought to tell us that the house was set to close within a short time of our entry. Had we known we would have gone their first. We were disappointed to miss out on all the inside areas on our visit. I chased this lack of communication up with the management. Happily they refunded the entry cost and also sent vouchers through for free entry and cream teas. All was well in the end.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Visiting the high points certainly allowed you to take multiple, beautiful pictures. Prague is such an interesting city. I certainly agree about planning your itinerary and checking carefully concerning the times the various places are open. I really enjoyed this excellent article.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you very much for your comment, Lorna. Sometimes the quest for high points does not work out as expected. I remember once walking up a hill behind our resort on the Costa del Sol to find that much of the coastal path view was either concealed by trees or inaccessible because of the villas and their grounds up there. It's a shame the museum and cafe on Zizkov Hill were closed. The view from the top would have been interesting.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        Looking out for the high points is certainly a great way to get your bearings and beats using a map all of the time. Great article full of interesting tips and beautiful photos.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        That sounds like a good plan. We also like to get free from the car if possible. On foot you see so much more than if you are driving around a city. I still recall driving past Buckingham Palace many years ago in the days before sat navs. The kids were looking at the view, but my husband missed it all as he concentrated on driving through London hindered by my not too great map reading skills.

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        Chuck Nugent 

        2 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

        You're welcome. My wife and I like to take pictures and either stay in town or, if driving find a place to leave the car and take off on foot for a few hours. As far as we are concerned walking is the best way to see a city.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Chuck. The great thing about Prague is that the main attractions near the centre are relatively walkable. The hardest thing is prioritising which sites to visit and which to omit.

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        Chuck Nugent 

        2 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

        Great Hub. I have always heard that Prague is a beautiful city but the detailed descriptions and pictures from your visit make it clear how beautiful it is. One of these days my wife will visit and take a long walking tour of the city.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks very much for your comment, Linda. I assumed that the 'babies' had always been on the TV tower. It was only when I was reading about it that I realised they were a later addition.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, FlourishAnyway. The TV tower is a throwback to the communist era, when the idea was conceived and the project began. Many have been less than complimentary about it in the past, but I guess Prague citizens now accept it and have got used to it.

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        Linda Chechar 

        2 months ago from Arizona

        Wow! I didn't realize there would be so many vistas in Prague. The babies climbing the TV tower is such a comical artistic creation. Love all the photos!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        What striking photos and detailed descriptions! I like your plan to seek out the high points and it seems you were richly rewarded for it. I chuckled at the generous way you described the hideous tv tower.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Bill. The maps in the guidebooks become more relatable after I have looked out on the city from a high point. It also helps with planning our itinerary.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        That's such a cool idea, Liz, looking for a high point to look out over the city and orientate yourself. I never thought of that but it makes perfect sense. My God, I taught Geography and History, and I never thought of that. LOL Now I'm feeling a bit dumb.

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