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Kampa Island in Prague – Czech Republic

• Kampa is an island on the Vltava River in central Prague along the side of Mala Strana.
• Charles Bridge crosses its northern tip.
• The path Ulice na Kampe connects the region.
• Kampa Island is separated from Mala Strana by an artificial channel which is narrow and situated to the west side.
• It is referred to as the Devil’s Stream.
• This is the waterway dug to power water mills.
• It’s supposedly being named after having a sharp-tongued woman.
• She lived within a local home referred to as Seven Devils.
• The area was given its name by Spanish soldiers.
• The name was given in 17th century.
• They camped here when the Battle of White Mountain took place.

Museum Kampa

• Kampa hosts Museum Kampa.
• It is a modern gallery.
• It exhibits central European work.
• The exhibited pieces are from Meda Mladek’s private collection who was wife of Jan V. Mladek.
• The museum opened in 2003.
• It is housed in Sova’s Mills on the eastern bank of the island.
• The neo-Gothic building Sova’s Mills with the river Vltava is definitely an exhibition space of Museum Kampa.
• There exists a large assortment of Central European Modern Art there.
• The first of the residential houses were constructed in 16th century within the Kampa Island.
• Magdalena Jetelova’s huge chair sculpture can be found away from museum, above the river.
• This is a prominent landmark visible from over the Vltava.
• Kampa Island can be found near Charles Bridge.
• It truly is the most spectacular places in Prague.
• It’s got picturesque houses along with a nice park.
• It’s definitely a good option to see at night time.
• Walking through the river Vltava and enjoying the special atmosphere is great.

The Venice of Prague

• Kampa Island is separated from Prague Lesser Town because of the river arm Devil´s Stream.
• It is probably named following the house “In the Seven Devils” nearby.
• Particularly attractive portion of Kampa with houses standing right through the river can be seen.
• It is referred to as the Venice of Prague.
• Until 16th century, on Kampa Island, only gardens and mills existed.
• It had been often threatened by floods.
• Four mills continued to be preserved there.
• The greatest mill-wheel of Kampa Island is around 8 m large in diameter.

Lichtenstein Palace

• This is where British Queen stayed.
• Several noble families built their residences around later.
• The actual park for the Kampa Island is made of former palace gardens.
• The Lichtenstein Palace is usually called Kaiserstein Palace.
• This palace was made through the river Vltava.
• It was built-in the 17 th century.
• Some prominent personalities stayed there during their visit in Prague.
• Some of them include the British Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in 1996.
• While walking within the Kampa Island, you can go past several interesting buildings.
• Some important personalities of Czech culture employed to live here.
• Home No. 7 was the home of a popular actor Jan Werich until the second world war.
• The famous composer Bohuslav Martinu also lived within the Kampa Island, in home “At the Golden Rose”.
• You can see the house “For the Picture of Virgin Mary” nearby the Charles Bridge.

Water Mill and Kampa Park

• The area is among the most peaceful areas down the middle of Prague.
• It’s easily reached from the Charles Bridge using a staircase.
• Throughout the middle Ages, Kampa Island was one large garden.
• The locals used to bleach sheets here.
• There was frequent flooding in the island.
• Until the 16th century the houses were built at the north part of the island.
• The gorgeous houses at Na Kampe Namesti date from 17th century.
• At the southern end with the island, there is small and quiet Kampa Park.
• It had been created during the 1940s by joining several palace gardens.
• The riverside park offers beautiful views in the Old Town throughout the Vltava.

Best time to visit / climate

• The town of Prague has borderline oceanic climate.
• The winters are relatively cold with almost no sunshine.
• Snow cover is common between mid-November to late March.
• Summers are high being around 25 degrees.
• Nights can be quite cool even in summer, though.
• Precipitation in Prague is very low.
• This is because of the shadow on the Ore Mountains along with the Czech Central Highlands.
• The driest season is usually winter.
• The summers may bring quite heavy rain in type of violent storms and showers.
• Temperature inversions are relatively common between mid-October and mid-March.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

By plane
• Vaclav Havel Airport
• +420 220 111 111, +420 296 661 111
• Located 20 km (12 mi) northwest on the central city
• It generally takes about 30 min to realize town centre by car.
Edinburgh airport is served by way of a variety of airlines:
• Czech Airlines could be the national carrier operating too many European and international destinations.
• Wizz Air is an affordable airline.
• It has its base in Prague.
It operates to European destinations which include:
– London
– Barcelona
– Milan
– Others
• Easy Jet operates low cost services to European destinations.
• BMI baby low priced services in the UK only.
• low priced services from Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford & Edinburgh
• Smart Wings to Europe & Turkey.
• Swiss International flies to Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
• Aer Lingus through the Irish cities of Dublin & Cork.
• Norwegian from Scandinavia.
• Delta Air Lines from Nyc.
• Aegean Airlines from Greece
• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has 5 direct flights on a daily basis from Amsterdam.
• British Airways has 4 direct flights from London Heathrow daily.
• Brussels Airlines offers 3 flights per day to Brussels.
• Lufthansa offers 6 flights per day from Frankfurt and 4 from Munich.
• TAP offers daily direct flights from Lisbon and Oporto.
• Iberia offers 3 flights daily from Madrid.
• German wings offer daily flights from Cologne/Bonn.
• Air One from Milan-Malpensa

By Bus
Airport Express (bus operated by Czech Railways):
• These buses leave Edinburgh airport every half an hour
• The first bus is at 05:46 while the last bus is at 21:16.
• The cost come to about 60 CZK per person.
• Tickets can be obtained from the driver.
• They shall take the buyer to the railway and subway station.
• The final stop will be Prague’s main place.

By Train
• Prague is well connected to European EC train network.
• Berlin: 4½hours and EC trains every two hours
• Munich: 6 hours and four regional expresses daily.
• Vienna: 4¾hours and EC train roughly every two hours
• Linz: 5hours and two REX trains per day
• Bratislava: 4hours and EC train every a couple of hours and also one night train Metropol
• Budapest: 7 hours and five EC trains a day with one night train Metropol
• Warsaw: 8 hours and EC Praha with one night train Sirava
Direct night trains connect Prague with:
– Cologne
– Frankfurt
– Amsterdam
– Copenhagen
– Zurich
– Basel
– Krakow
– Moscow
– Kiev
– Saint Petersburg
– Odessa

Some Travel Books about Czech Republic

Rick Steves’ Prague and the Czech Republic Fodor’s Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Czech and Slovak Republics

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