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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
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+420 257 320 112

The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial Exhibition in...

The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial Exhibition in 1891 by the initiative of the founders of Czech Tourist Club: Dr. Vilem Kurz and architect Vratislav Pasovsky.

Having been inspired by the Paris lookout tower designed by engineer Eiffel, Petrin Hill which is 318 m high was chosen for the structure. The construction began on March 16, 1891, according to the initial design of architect Vratislav Pasovsky further elaborated by engineers Frantisek Prasil and Julius Soucek from Czech and Moravia Machine Works (Ceskomoravska strojirna).

The opening ceremony took place on August 20 of the same year. The foundations were laid 11 meters underground to hold the 63.5-metre tall steel construction that weighed 175 tons. An octagonal tube is the core of the structure with the lift surrounded by two spiral staircases with 299 stairs - one for each direction. The entire structure includes bracing elements in the shape of Saint Andrew's crosses. The tower has two lookout landings; the upper one is 55 metres high. The ground floor and basement are situated in a neo-Renaissance building.

At the beginning of July 1938, the top of the tower was damaged by fire, probably caused by a short circuit in the lift cage. The observation tower was a TV transmission tower between 1953 and 1992. Today, it is only used as a lookout tower.

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Breathtaking views!

Beautiful views of Prague!! It's not a tough stair climb (they also have a lift), and so worth it. We went at night, and it was amazing to see the city and river all light up!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful views of Prague!! It's not a tough stair climb (they also have a lift), and so worth it. We went at night, and it was amazing to see the city and river all light up!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Petrin Tower overlooks the city of Prague & it's a great viewing point. There are two options for getting to the top - climb the steps which are basically outside the main structure so it's quite unnerving, especially on a windy day, & the other option is to take the lift, which only holds a few people at a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely an attraction to visit for any tourist, of any age! We really enjoyed climbing the 299 steps to the top of tower and it was definitely worth the views once up there! It was great to see it all and then be able to go back down and visit it all on ground level! There was a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can climb this tower by foot or by elevator and it gives you the best view at the Hradschin, Charles bridge and the old city. Prices are regular and since it has an elevator, it is also recommended for old or disabled people!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You take the funicular from Ujezd station up the hill and then walk to the tower. You can either take the small elevator(it holds 6 people) for an extra 60 CZK or walk up the tower.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It definitely is the best place to look at the city, you can see it all from up there. You have to pay to go up there, but it's worthed!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Tower offers 360 views of the surrounding areas, notably the best views are of the Palace and St Vitus. I took the funicular railway from Mala Strana, walked to here and visited the Hall of Mirrors next door, then walked down to the Monastery and then into the Palace area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can get some great views of the city from the top of this tower however you need to climb alot of stairs. If your not good on your feet there is a lift but you have to pay extra.

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Inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower that offers 360 degrees unobstructed view of the city of Prague. A breathtaking panoramic view of the with Its abundance of spires, chimneys and spectacular facades of the Baroque palaces. You can take the funicular to the top of Petrin Hill, or you can walk but it does gets very steep. There's an admission... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can walk through the gardens to the top of the park where the tower is or there is a small funicular rail car. If you walk, like we did, it is very steep in places, but if you use the rail car you need coins to obtain a ticket from the machine located in the entrance. When you get... More 

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