Lennon and Love Locks on Prague’s Kampa Island

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Czech - Prague, Destinations, Featured | 25 comments

I fell in love with Prague long before I arrived. My research quickly revealed that I probably would never tire of the history, the architecture, the neighborhoods, or the food and beer. I was intrigued by everything I read; from blog posts to guidebooks. I was eager to walk the cobblestone streets, gawk at the amazing architecture, climb a few towers, and stroll over the historic Charles Bridge, with its iconic views.  I especially wanted to spend some time exploring Kampa Island, located directly off the Charles Bridge in historic Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter). In addition to discovering all that Kampa has to offer, I wanted to experience the true ambience of the island, so I decided to stay on the Island for a couple of days. Using the Venere hotel booking site I was able to quickly book a room that met all my needs at a reasonable price.

View from Kampa Island

View from Kampa Island

After getting settled into my room, I was off  to view the colorful, graffiti laden  John Lennon Wall, which attracts artists and tourists from all over the world. I spent quite a bit of time here simply reading the messages, watching visitors add their graffiti to the wall, and taking photographs.

Adding a message to the wall.

Adding a message to the wall.

 

The stream of people never stopped, and I was surprised at how young some of them were. At first I wondered if these young ones even understood the significance of the wall.  When Lennon was murdered in 1980 the graffiti covered wall was started by Czech youth as a monument to free speech and non-violent rebellion against the regime. No amount of white washing could make the wall disappear. Many say that that the wall inspired the non-violent Velvet Revolution, which led to the fall of Communism in the Czech Republic in 1989.

Imagine

Imagine

John Lennon would have approved.

John Lennon would have approved.

I left the wall with the feeling that John would have approved of these young people carrying on his legacy of peace. That  famous song hummed in my head for days. 

Graffiti in the name of peace.

Graffiti in the name of peace.

Just steps from the wall is a bridge with it’s rails covered with love locks. I’m sure Lennon would have approved! 

Lovers declare their everlasting love on Kampa Island.

Lovers declare their everlasting love on Kampa Island.

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. I’m sure each has its own unique story attached. 

Steps from Lennon's wall on Kampa Island

Steps from Lennon’s wall on Kampa Island

 

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

The perfect ending…

Celebrating the love lock, Kampa Island.

Celebrating the love lock, Kampa Island.

 

I totally enjoyed the two days I spent on Kampa Island, and it’s on my “to return to list” one day. Have you been? What were your impressions?

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

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25 Comments

  1. I like love locks… beautiful photos 🙂

    • There are so many shapes, colors and sizes. It’s easy to get mesmerized by them.

  2. This is one of the cities on my must-see list. Like you, I have read a lot about it and fallen in love. Great pictures!

    • Hi Susan! I so hope you get there one of these days. It’s an amazing city, and I hope that I get to return one day!

  3. So I guess there was an enterprising Lock Seller nearby? It looks like a great area to explore. I will get there one day 🙂

    • Hi Jan! Very strange, I replied to you yesterday. It seems to have disappeared! No lock sellers in sight. Maybe I should be enterprising and open one. I’d love to live in Prague!

  4. I’ve never been to Kampa Island, but it looks intriguing! I like the idea of a “return to” list as well. Hawaii had been on my “return to” list for a long time and I finally got back there last month. Still as lovely as I’d remembered …

    • I have a long list of “must return to”! Hawaii is one of them. I was there in 1980, so long over due!

  5. Great post! I’m adding Prague to my Bucket List! Beautiful photos!

    • Hi Marilyn! Prague is amazing. You won’t regret it!

  6. Seems like love locks have become a worldwide phenomenon. I also saw them in Budapest. Your photos of them are great!

    • Hi Irene, They do seem to be around a lot these days. I haven’t seen them in Korea yet, but I’m sure they’ll make it here.

  7. Oh, we just have to get ourselves to Prague! As for love locks, we saw about 40,000 different padlocks adorning the iron railings of the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne. A romantic custom…

    • You will never regret visiting Prague; fascinating city!

  8. I love Prague and although I didn’t put a love lock there, I certainly will next time I return! Your photos of them are great!

    • Hi Michele, I didn’t add a love lock either, but I enjoyed photographing them!

  9. I was in Prague in late September of 2001. I had booked the trip long before the horrible events of September 11th of that year and I flew there the first day international flights resumed. It felt very odd to be away from the US – almost unpatriotic somehow. But I was so moved by the many people, flowers, monuments and kind words from the people of Prague conveying their heartbreak at what had happened to the U.S. I still have a picture of the candles and flowers in Wenceslas Square and I know I’ll always think of Prague in this context of sadness and kindness.

    • Hi Kay…That was a sad time around the world. I’m glad that you have those memories of Prague.

  10. I’ve been wanting to get to Prague for about 5 years now, but for one reason or another other places have won out. The photos are great… I think I’ll put more effort into getting over to this very interesting part of Europe.

    • Hi Patti, Prague is one of those places that I could go back to again and again. I’d also like to explore some of the other Eastern European countries.

  11. I’ve not been to Prague, but have heard wonderful things about it. I didn’t know about the John Lennon wall. I liked that.

    • Hi Donna. The wall is worth visiting, and it’s amazing that it continues to be popular for both young and old.

  12. Hi Nancie,
    Yes, I believe John Lennon would have approved, too. Graffiti is indeed a powerful tool.
    Your well-written account was a joy to read! Thanks for peeling back the layers for us.
    Wishing you safe and happy travels,
    Josie

  13. Prague looks amazing! I definitely have another name to add to my travel bucket list and I have a week to fill in Europe this summer. Great post!

  14. Prague is awesome – have you been to Vyzhegrad?

    Btw just followed you on Twitter. Like your site! Looking forward to connect!

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