Today the highlight was taking the funicular to Petrin Hill, which sits 300 meters above sea level, and is covered with green forests, orchards, and a rose garden. Although it started out as a vineyard in the 15th-century, it has been a public park since 1825. It’s a great place to escape the crowds of Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge, and to get a beautiful, peaceful view of the city. It also has an observation tower that very much resembles the Tour Eiffel in Paris, except that it’s only one-fourth the size of the one in Paris.
We also made it to Nerudova street in the Mala Strana (on the way to the castle), which has the highest concentration of house signs in Prague. Before houses were given street numbers in the 18th-century, they were identified by emblematic symbols such as The Golden Key, The Three Hearts, or The Three Fiddles.