Kampa Island - Park, Gallery and Cafes

Kampa Island is an island and a park in Lesser Town Prague. Kampa is surrounded by Devil's Stream, an artificial channel dug to power watermills. Kampa is famous for its park and a gallery of modern art. It is a go-to spot for Prague locals, the place where nature, culture, and fun meet.

Things to do in Prague Kampa Island

  • Relax in a beautiful Kampa park, where many locals come for picnics, dog walks, and bike rides.
  • Say hi to Vodnik, a Czech folklore character, who lives on the watermill next to John Lennon Wall. 
  • Visit Kampa Art Gallery, where Czech Modern Art, such as paintings by F. Kupka, is exhibited.
  • Speaking of art, stop by statues of babies created by a Czech sculptor David Cerny. 
  • Grab a coffee in one of Kampa's restaurants and cafes.
  • Find famous Prague Yellow Penguins, that warn us against climate change and the danger of plastic consumption.
  • Go to the riverbank next to Charles Bridge and take an amazing photo.
  • Hang out on one of the bridges over the Devils Stream. Devil Stream gets its name from the fact that during floods it would damage nearby houses, which was the work of evil, thus the name Devil Stream.

Fun fact about Kampa park

  • Every year on the last day of April, Carodejnice or the "Burning of the Witch" takes place on Kampa Island. It is a holiday that has its origin in pagan times, as the witch doll embodies winter, cold, and darkness. People meet to "burn the witch" and welcome summer. Do not worry, this event is always supervised by a fire brigade!

Our Local Guide Tips

  • The statues of babies by David Cerny crawled out of the Kampa park all the way up to Prague TV Tower! You can see them on the facade of the Zizkov Tower if you travel 15 min outside of the city center to the metro stop Jiriho z Podebrad.
  • During your visit to Kampa Island take a break at Cafe Mlynska. Cafe Mlynska is the favorite hang out spot for Mala Strana locals. The bar of this cafe was designed by David Cerny, the same artist who created the statues of Babies in the park.

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Author: Valeriia Zahradnikova and Vaclav Zahradnik, Prague guides certified by Prague City Tourism agency. Valeriia and Vaclav have worked in tourism for over 6 years and have guided thousands of Prague visitors.

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