Mandatory Prague

Letenské sady (Letná Park)

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Strolling through Letná Park, you’d never guess this park was once home to a massive 22-meter-long granite monument to Joseph Stalin. After the statue was destroyed (read: blown to bits) in 1962, Czechs replaced it with the Metronome, an indicator of time passing and a reminder of the past the Czech people have overcome.

They also used the space to build one of the best beer gardens in Prague. Pick up some cheap beer or a bottle of wine from the garden (or just bring your own—no one will notice) and snag a picnic table overlooking the hill’s unparalleled views of Old Town. Once you’ve had your fill, walk off the alcohol with a hike around the park’s 250,000 square meters of grassy hills and tree-lined paths.

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