Spreading over a lush 22 hectares in Prague's magnificent park area just where Smíchov meets Lesser Town, near Petřín Hill, you will find the splendid Kinský Gardens. Begun in 1825 by the patriotic Count Rudolf Kinský, these gardens were created to form a purely natural landscape without romantic excess, in celebration of the Czech National Revival, a nationalistic cultural revival movement that led into the First Republic period, celebrating all that is uniquely Czech. Located on the south-eastern slope of Petřín Hill, the well-planned Kinský Gardens are separated from the Petřín garden areas by the Hunger Wall, a public works project from Charles IV to create work and generate income for poor - and hungry - citizens of Prague. In addition to being able to see this Gothic wall, you can also see a traditional Ukrainian wooden church, The Carpathian Church of the Archangel Michael, also called simply St. Michael's Church, moved to Prague in 1929 from modern-day Ukraine, as well as ponds and any number of walking paths connecting seamlessly with the Petřín Hill garden paths. The crown of the Kinský Gardens is considered by many to be the Kinský Folly, now called the Kinský Summerhouse, which houses the National Museum’s Musaion Ethnographic Exhibition. The Kinský Gardens are a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon, wandering around the walking paths and soaking up the magnificent history of Prague and the Czech Republic both at the museum and quaint St. Michael's Church.
Address: Kinskeho zahrada, Prague 5 - Smichov
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