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Prague Kampa is the second most beautiful city island in the world

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The most romantic part of Prague – Kampa Island – was announced the second most beautiful city island in the world. First place went to St Ludwig Island in Paris and third place was assigned to Ada Ciganlija Island in Belgrade. The chart was created by the prestigious travelling server VirtualTourist.

“This region of the city is so astonishing that it looks almost unreal” states VirtualTourist. You can see many Prague monuments from the banks of Kampa Island (map). From one side, there is a view of Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge. The other side offers views of the National Theatre. 

Kampa is a false island on the Vltava River in Malá Strana (the Lesser Town), from which it is separated by an artificial mill race named Čertovka (Devil’s Stream). It is separated from the Prague quarter of Smíchov by Říční Street. Originally, there was a small low sandy island with gardens, vineyards and a mill. Kampa got its current area and shape in 1541 when rubble from the fire of Malá Strana and Hradčany was taken there. For more information about the history of the island, click here.

The most sought-after attraction on Kampa is the so-called Lennon Wall, where people from all over the world honour John Lennon, the murdered member of the Beatles. You will also find the shortest Prague street there – X9 Jiřího Červeného Street X9 (map), which is only 27 metres long.

The romantic atmosphere of Kampa has always attracted many significant Czech personalities: the Czech playwright, novelist and actor Jan Werich had his house there, as well as the composer Bohuslav Martinů, artist Jiří Trnka, poet Vladimír Holan or the philologist Josef Dobrovský. Today, there is an important museum of modern art, the Museum Kampa – the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation.

Author: Andrea Kábelová
Added: 13.01.2011

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