When in Prague be sure to stroll through Letna Park and afterwards sit in the shade of ancient chestnut trees with refreshing beer, take in the view of the Vltava River and its bridges. Letna hill is located between the districts of Holesovice and Hradcany and lies in the curve of the River Vltava. In summer this leafy park is home to walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters. Swirling leaves and thick snowflakes make Letna park also attractive in autumn and winter. Come in spring when the daffodils and tulips are blooming.
Letna is best reached from the Jewish Quarter, simply follow Pařížská Avenue cross Svatopluk Čech Bridge and climb the stairs. Letna is a large plateau where, until 1989, the military parades and Moscow-style May Day parades were held. Thousands of Czechs marched along the Sparta Stadium on the side of the Milady Horakova Street to honour their communist leaders.
Highlights of Letna Park
The 22m tall creaking metronome which occupies the spot where once a giant statue of Stalin stood blown up in 1962.
The ornate Hanavsky Pavilion built for the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891, now a restaurant with Czech specialities.
Letna Beer Garden
Popular beer garden where you drink Czech beer while you are sitting on wooden benches under shady trees overlooking the Vltava River.
Letna Castle Restaurant
Dine in style in Letensky Zamak, Letna Castle, open from 4 PM and a favourite for Sunday lunch from 12 PM.
Expo 58 Pavilion
Expo 58 Pavilion was the eye catcher at the 1958 World Fair in Brussels and still amazing to see. Built of steel and glass, the Czechoslovak contribution to the fair was and still is an architectural work of art. After the exhibition the building was moved to Prague and used as a restaurant for some years. Today it houses fortunate office workers.
Tip of the editor: late autumn, winter and early spring are the best seasons for photographers when leafy trees do not obstruct the river view. The best spot to see a series of bridges is in front of the Hanavsky Pavilion.
tram 6,8, 17 or 26 Nabrezi Kpt Jarose stop.