During the communist regime in the Czech Republic, the authorities kept a strict censorship on popular culture including music and songs. The works of artists such as John Lennon were banned because their songs promoted peace, equality and freedom for all. Freedom did not exist in the totalitarian era and so the government tried its best to minimalise the influence that western pop songs may have on the youth in their country.
After Lennon’s murder in 1980, he became a hero and a father figure for the youths of Prague. The youths decided to have a symbolic place where they could pay tribute to the man that inspired them and so the first initial piece of art on the wall was his picture painted on the wall.
Even though the youths faced jail time for painting on the wall, the secret police failed to keep the wall clean even after many attempts to whitewash it.
Today none of the original anti communist messages remains on the wall and instead it is filled with lyrics from Lennon’s songs and graffiti from tourists who visit the city. If you are travelling to Prague then the John Lennon wall is a great piece of artistic impression to visit.
How to get there:
Walk across the Charles Bridge from the old town side and go down the stairs at the end, this should bring you out next to the wall
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The Petřín Tower was constructed in 1891 during the Jubilee celebrations. The structure was built as a mini Eiffel tower at a ratio of 1:5. The inspiration from the Eiffel Tower is evident but the final constructed piece is a unique structure in its own right.
The tower is situated at the summit of Petrin Hill, the hill is 318 metres and the tower is 60 metres tall. The combined height of the hill and tower is 378 metres that means once standing on the top of the Petřín Tower you are more than 50 metres higher than if you were standing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
There are 299 steps to the top of the tower that you climb up using winding staircases. One staircase is used for going to the top of the tower and the other one is used for going down, an elevator is also available for anyone who does not wish to take the stairs. Several viewing platforms are available on the way up so you can take some photos and absorb the views as you make your way higher.
Once you have reached the top, panoramic views of Prague and the surrounding areas are easily visible. Landmarks including the St Vitus Cathedral towers above surrounding buildings and the Charles Bridge can also be seen in the distance.
So if you want to get the best views of Prague I strongly advise that you add the Petřín Lookout Tower to your list of places to explore during your time in the city.
November – February: 10.00am – 18.00pm
March: 10.00am – 20.00pm
April – September: 10.00am – 22.00pm
October: 10.00am – 20.00pm
Adult 120 CZK (€4.50)
Child/Student 65 CZK (€2.40)
Family 300 CZK (€11.10)
How to get there:
The majority of people take the Funicular railway from Ujezd Street in Malá Strana that is located near the Ujezd tram stop.
Choosing to walk up Petrin hill is a great idea during the summer time and the walk takes less than 30 minutes. There paths all the way up and in parts it can be steep but overall it is enjoyable.
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