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Devil's Stream
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/J. A. AlcaideDevil's Stream

Time Out says

A small branch off the Vltava River that divides the busy cobblestoned streets of Malá Strana from the peaceful vibe of Kampa Island

This narrow channel, called “Čertovka” in Czech, runs past a variety of worthwhile sights. Start with an easy stroll from the Charles Bridge towards the John Lennon Wall, a living monument of Beatles-inspired graffiti that started as an act of artistic rebellion when Western music was banned under Communist rule. Then, while crossing the pedestrian bridge, take a peek upstream at the 15th-century Grand Priory Mill. You’ll need a good zoom lens or a guided riverboat tour to get a good shot of the water goblin statue hanging off its dock. Continue downstream to sprawl out on the grassy lawn of Park Kampa, (not to be confused with Kampa Park, a group of high-end restaurants nearby). 

Time Out tip: Skip the trend of hanging “love locks” on any of the pedestrian bridges (unless you don’t want your relationship to last) – the city removes them regularly to maintain structural integrity.  

Lokál U Bílé kuželky: For a perfectly poured pilsner in a rowdy beer hall
Franz Kafka Museum: For a literary tribute to the quirky Prague-born writer
U Modré kachničky: For a decadent tasting menu of duck and game

Written by
Auburn Scallon


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