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Kampa Island


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Kampa Island

Translated by Lottie Davies — one year ago

Original text by Maika Cano Martínez

Kampa Island is located in the Czech capital, specifically in the Malá Strana area, underneath the Charles Bridge.

I discovered this place with my Erasmus friends by chance, as I didn't actually have it written down on my list of places to visit in Prague, and it came as a very pleasant surprise. We walked through this area going from Vtlava Beach to the Malá Strana Tower. We found ourselves at a railing full of locks that passed over a water channel, which turned out to be the Čertovka that comes from the Vtlava River, and is known as the "Devil's Channel". To one side of the channel, we saw a wooden mill.

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

We also saw several restaurants in this area that overlooked the river and seemed like they were something out of a movie, particularly for the terraces and the views that they had. Next time I go to Prague, I will go to some of these restaurants, but only when the weather is nice; if not, it's difficult to truly enjoy these terraces.

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

On this island, you will find the Museum Kampa, a modern art gallery showing central European work. We didn't go inside, but the building is very beautiful from the outside and contrasts with the rest of the city because it is white and it has a very modern touch about it. The museum houses one of the most important modern and contemporary art collections in Prague. For more information, you can visit their website here.

Finally, in the Velkoprevorské Namestí, we visited the John Lennon Wall. This wall is famous because it acted as a protest against the communist regime expressed through paintings and phrases. The name of the wall comes from the fact that many of the paintings were inspired by Beatles songs, as well as those by its lead singer. In all honesty, the John Lennon Wall really disappointed us, as it was ruined by graffiti and there were few good images that stood out on it; it was absolutely nothing like the Berlin Wall.

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