Friday, August 23, 2013

Letná Park

One of our favorite places in Prague to visit as a group was Letná Park at sunset, where a lot of the younger locals would hang out. The spectacular views one can witness from the park is certainly no secret, but I have found it to be devoid of the tourist raucous one would encounter at a place like Petřín Tower. Letná Park (in Czech Letenské sady) is situated on an embankment high above the Vltava River. It was on this concrete pedestal that a monumental statue to Joseph Stalin was erected in 1955 and then destroyed in 1962. In its place sits a giant functioning metronome, and during the day one can watch it go back and forth from as far away as Old Town Square. The metronome is supposed to symbolize positive progress in the Czech Republic after the fall of communism and is representative of a bright future. Now the park is a popular place for skateboarders, break-dancers, and it is even used as a concert venue.

 Last week I was lucky enough to find the metronome working at night! There was a giant tent set up not too far away in the park, so it's likely the metronome was turned on in for an event.

From the edge of the plinth you can look straight down Parizka (Paris Street) and see Old Town Square...

...not to mention Charles Bridge and Petřín Hill way in the back! The view is absolutely unparalleled.

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