The 25m high and 7 ton heavy metronome in Letná Park in Prague has been “in tact” since its establishment in 1991 and allows a magnificent view of the city. But even from the old town you can see the metronome and if you lose your beat, it will find your rhythm again. It is located in a historic place and stands for the beginning of Czech republic.
Originally, a Stalin memorial stood on the site of today’s metronome, whose sad story came to a sudden end in 1962. The massive granite statue had been extremely unpopular since its construction, people started sending threatening letters to the artist, who then committed suicide even before the actual opening of the monument.
In the course of de-Stalinization, the government eventually blew up the monument, leaving the square empty for a long time. The base of the monument, however, remained and is still the foundation for the metronome. Until the building of the metronome, however, the area was used for military parades and communist events. However, in November 1989 people were gathered here for the Velvet Revolution. Finally, the artist Novák was commissioned with the installation of the artwork.
The Letná Park
Not only the metronome is worth the ascent up to the Letná height. There is also the Letná Park, which extends to the gardens of the Prague Castle. The area around the metronome is now used by young skaters, and whoever wants to go for a walk, will come to some beautiful viewpoints. Among other things, there is the historic Hanaský Pavilion, the restaurant Praha and views to the other side of Prague with the Vltava.
There are also many different ways to move in the park: Whether by foot, by bike or even on the Segway – the park is a local recreation area and therefore easy to reach by any means.