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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
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+420 257 320 112
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you have already reached the Petrin hill, do not miss out the tower. It is worth checking out the opening hours of the tower and go up. The view is amazing. One of the best places to see the city of Prague from above....More

Thank Eyal A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Prague’s Eiffel Tower apparently...but if you go in with those sort of hopes you’ll be disappointed! On the plus side, it is the most organised monument I’ve climbed in that there is a stairwell up and a separate one down, so you’re not going to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

we walked to petrin tower from the castle which was a hard walk itself. We then decided to go up petrin tower. I am glad we did as we had such lovely views. It was a bit windy and the tower ever so slightly wobbles...More

1  Thank Stacey S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been to Prague a few times before but didn't know of the railway and access to the tower. It is worth finding the way here and going by the memorial to the victims of communism on route, as there isn't a better vantage point...More

Thank simon-fidler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Thursday 12th October. You can't miss Petrin Tower, it is visible from Castle Hill and down along the Vltava River. At night it is lit up and looks amazing. Not to be missed.

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the Eiffel tower, but very good views from the top. Best views for the castle district and old town

1  Thank luis m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. The view. The atmosphere. The tower is identical to the eifel tower! My friend from france told me it felt like he was in Paris. You could almost see all the way to New York. Very very nice tower.

Thank virrezes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower gives a great view over both the castle grounds and the city. There is an option to take the elevator to the top or you can walk the stairs. This is made easy by providing both an upstairs and a downstairs. At the...More

Thank Omnomnommer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great views, would 100% go again! Go to the top, try go on a clear day if you can. It's also small so expect queues in summer

Thank Triskell441
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

even in cloudy day, great view of Prague. We used the lift to get up to the top of the tower, andthe stairs to get down.on the way down, we had amazing view!!

Thank Mali S
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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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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..