This huge metronome is located on a hillside on the side of the Valtava River and can be seen from far away. The metronome was built in the 1990s and is 95 feet tall. It doesn't work most of the time. It only opens on certain occasions, such as festivals or music festivals. Then people all over the city will dance and revel with it.
This is a very iconic place for many Czechs. The site of today's Metronome was occupied by a huge statue of Stalin in the 1950s. The maker of the statue committed suicide just before its unveiling and the whole thing (50 feet high and 72 feet long) was blown up after Stalin's death. After the Velvet revolution a metronome was erected there that's symbolically measuring the time of Czech freedom (ironically it often stops). It's a popular skating and fire show place. It's in the Letná park, the whole park is full of people enjoying their free time and doing cool stuff. There's also a really nice view of the center from there. It often houses various open space festivals so make sure to check what's going on in Letná when you're in Prague.
It's a mind-bogglingly giant metronome with an equally giant counterweight. It works. How many other pieces of public art can be said to work? Also, once you've walked through the old town, you can appreciate the great view of it from here.What's more, the Communist-era plaza surrounding the metronome, which used to support a Stalin monument instead, has now been completely taken over by skateboarders. There's something symbolic and entertaining about that transformation.
An eerie, somewhat hair-raising symbol of oppression - the Czech people erected this in the spot where a giant statue of Stalin formerly stood. The ticker now sweeps silently back and forth over the town, reminding onlookers of the time wasted by Communist reign.
Of course, why wouldn't there be a giant metronome on a hill across the river from the center of Prague.
look back to the castle
Possibly my favorite monument ever, as it is so random (Prague is home to random statues, so this is an accomplishment), so weird (a metronome...really?), and (best of all) so uniquely a product of bizarre history (from what I understand, the site was once a monument to Communism, once that fell, something was needed to take it's place...and metronome was chosen?).
It's a bit of a hike to get there, but if you walk through the park on a nice day it is definitely worth it! It's has great views and a great story!
An extension of Letna park. A nice place for picnicking with awesome views.