May 232017

The hill with castle and cathedral is Hradčany, or actually that’s the name of the quarter connecting on its western side. From Petřín Lookout Tower I took the way down towards north-west to Strahov Monastery.

This image at 24mm (48mm effectively) has a very natural perspective, this is what it looks like to be up there. Nice.

May 212017

And here’s the reason why you should climb Petřín Lookout Tower (or take the elevator): you have an impressive view over the city. Don’t forget your long lenses and (in case you use Lightroom) don’t forget to play with gradient filters, dehaze and painted masks. That’s exactly what these tools were created for.

May 202017

This is Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna), a smaller cousin of Paris’ Eiffel tower, built only two years later. There’s a restaurant at the base and a long spiral stairway along the spine. It does not look like it, but the spine even contains an elevator.

I could have managed the stairway up, but I was curious and took the elevator instead. I was lucky, but you might have to wait in a row. Down I took the stairs and I suggest you do so as well, at least in one direction.

May 192017

There’s a hill on the western side of Prag. You can either take a cog railway up or just walk. I decided to walk. Multiple ways first meander through meadows with a progessively more impressive view across the city, often connected by stairs. The last part crosses a forest, and there I found a big block of mossy sandstone with all sorts of tags carved into it. Generations seem to have left their tags. This is one of them.

May 182017

These are the last three images of Vrtba Garden.

It’s not exactly accessible for disabled or just elderly people, but that’s something I always wonder about – even today:

So many private homes are constructed without consideration for a future, when one might not be able to climb stairs any more.

But of course: stairs can be beautiful, and these certainly are.

May 152017

Vtraba Garden is built into the steep side of a hill. Terraces are connected by stairs, and the whole ensemble is a microcosm of baroque taste.

There are few baroque gardens that I like. Most of them favor size and control of nature over actual beauty. Think of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. This one’s the exception.

When you enter the garden, it is extremely steep and it looks very small. It’s a work of Art though. Each view is carefully designed, everything is controlled, but in a very playful way. When being in Prague, this is truely a place that must not be missed.