If during your stay in dynamic Prague you yearn for an oasis of calm, simply turn off from the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) end of the Charles Bridge and you will immediately find yourself in the magical world of Prague’s answer to Venice. On Prague’s biggest island you can picnic with friends, walk its romantic lanes, visit an outstanding museum of modern art, or pay tribute to one of the greatest singers of all time. Kampa is simply a place that you cannot miss!
The earliest written records of Kampa date back to the 12th century. This artificially constructed island is separated from the Lesser Town by a millstream known as Čertovka, which for centuries drove the local mills. Charming houses by the water and the island’s location earned it the nickname “the Venice of Prague”. For the most beautiful views of the island, you can rent a rowboat or take a romantic steamboat cruise on the Vltava River.
Life slows down on Kampa
The heart of Kampa Island is a small square in the shadow of the Charles Bridge. Sit in one of the local cafés or restaurants and let the smell of freshly brewed coffee transport you back in time. Are you in need of a little rest? On Kampa that isn’t a problem. Just a few steps away is a public park which for many years has served as an ideal place for summer picnics or lounging on the manicured lawn – all with a beautiful view of the silhouette created by Old Town’s towers across the river.
Have yourself photographed with a penguin!
After some pleasant lounging why not indulge in a bit of culture? During your wanderings on romantic Kampa you definitely should not miss the Kampa Museum in the elegant buildings of Sova Mills. Awaiting you is a large collection of Central European modern art, including one of the largest collections of works by the founder of abstract art, František Kupka. A giant chair, babies without faces and a glowing colony of penguins? What does it all mean? These are just some of the museum’s outdoor exhibits. So if you are looking for an original photo from your day on Kampa, this is just the place.
What do you want to tell the world?
Make love, not war. Who does not know these now legendary words of John Lennon? His legacy is still alive in Prague. Head to Velkopřevorské náměstí (Grand Priory Square), where you will find the famous Lennon Wall. People from all over the world write on it every day – Beatles lyrics, messages, love wishes and pleas for a better world. You, too, can write something here!