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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
+420 257 320 112
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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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| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Praha 1
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely view from both halfway and top viewing platforms. Too busy but what is to be expected from a busy tourist spot. I found 150CZK too be a little bit overpriced for what we got in the end. The train car up the hill is...More

Thank CRAIG J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Walk to the top of the hill. The park is really pretty, and the views on the way up are great. If you planned on taking the funicular, you can literally wait for hours. The tower itself offers great views, but I wouldn't go up...More

Thank NickPaddy16
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all you will have to find the funicular. Once you reach it, it depends on the hour, you will have to wait a while. Sometimes it goes fast, sometimes like me more than 30 minutes. I recommend to walk to the top and...More

Thank Spena R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did the long walk up the hills instead of getting the cable cart which made me appreciate the view even more, when I was half way up the tower I thought it was the top and once I got to the top there were...More

Thank James Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travel up to the tower by the Funicular, Walk up the tower or take the lift, if it is working, and admire the view. Walk back down through the park and capture various views of the city skyline as you descend. If you time it...More

Thank Robert N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice atraction above Prague. There is possible to come also with special public transportation. Very interesting specially for tourists.

Thank Zoran18
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to see the whole of Prague. 300 hundred steps to the top but well worth the climb as you are rewarded with the best views of this wonderful city.

Thank Angus1995
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is quite a hike up the hill but in the fall it was absolutely worth it. Gorgeous views, beautiful landscaping and natural. A refreshing break from the busy downtown tourist areas.

Thank GinabambinaGananoque
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always liked to climb towers, so for me it was “a must” go. And it was well worth it. The view is spectacular and the climb was easy. If you can, take the staircase and enjoy the ascent bit by bit. The elevator can...More

Thank Traveller87987687
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great place to see the whole city you do have to queue to pay but the walk up is worth it. the only thing that lets this city down is the graffit spraying

Thank jac g
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lmy89
December 16, 2016|
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Response from sugar_98 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not sure if it's open on dec 24, just check online site of Petrin tower..i guess it will be cold coz it was windy even in summer..20- 30mins will be maximum for you to spend up the tower to see everything you want to... More
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Att92
April 21, 2016|
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Response from louis phillippe d | Reviewed this property |
No need to pre book,may be except summer months when it get crowded all over Prague..
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