Walking Tour: Lovely Letná Gardens
- Start Chotkovy sady tram stop
- End Expo '58 Restaurant
- Length 2km; one hour
Catch tram 2, 12, 18 or 20 to the Chotkovy sady stop, find a green footbridge and cross it towards the west (in the direction of Prague Castle); here you'll find a stone grotto dedicated to the novelist Josef Zeyer. There's a park bench nearby, with the first of several photo-op spots, offering superb views out over Malá Strana and up to Prague Castle.
Cross the footbridge again, this time heading east towards Letná Gardens. From here, follow the main path, which bears right from the park entrance, then detour further right to visit the Hanavský pavilón, where you can enjoy another eye-opening panorama and, perhaps, a little lunch.
The path continues along the top of a bluff above the Vltava, with great views over the river and the eastern and southern parts of the city, before arriving at a monumental stepped terrace topped by a giant, creaking metronome that sits on a spot once occupied by a giant statue of Stalin.
Continue east along the path, zigging and zagging but basically hugging the ridge, to arrive at one of the city's most popular summertime watering holes, the Letná Beer Garden. Line up at the beer kiosk to buy a Gambrinus in a plastic cup (45Kč) and take a seat at one of the picnic tables. If you're hungry, there's a small terrace here serving pizza and a fancier, tablecloth place, Letenský zámeček, nearby.
Letná Gardens extends another 300m eastward, before sloping into Holešovice proper. About 100m from the beer garden stands an architectural curiosity, the retro-futuristic Expo '58 Restaurant. Built for the Brussels World Exposition of 1958, the restaurant was later re-erected here and eventually renovated. It's no longer a restaurant, but instead houses an advertising agency. From here you can head back to the beer garden or walk down the hill to Holešovice.