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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial Exhibition...

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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this is great to see, was told they call it the mini eiffel tower, when at the top the views are absolutely amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this is great to see, was told they call it the mini eiffel tower, when at the top the views are absolutely amazing.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What made the Petrin Tower worth seeing was what you cannot see in the pic! The tower was encircled by a multitude of flowers, each one perfect, as though a gardener tended to them every day. Do not go here merely to see the tower. This is a lovely, peaceful park and it was fun getting up there via their... More 

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Bloomingdale, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided on a whim to find out what the "space needle" (as we named it) was. This was a hidden gem - you take a funicular up to the base, and it's actually part of an enormous park with beautiful gardens. You can then pay to go to the top, where the views are seriously incredible and make for... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice hike up to it but well worth the effort .The views from the observation platform are fantastic ..tip take the lift up and stairs down ...

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Gavray, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An impressive building copied from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It's a prominent building in the area. Access to the top is by lift which is an experience in itself or you can brave the stairs, which is exhausting :-) the view from the top is absolutely stunning, have your camera ready. Be sure to take the funicular railway up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Following a trip to the Petřín Lookout Tower and viewing the Eiffel Tower, Prague officials decided Prague should have a similar tower in Prague. The Prague tower was build as part of the Jubilee exhibition in 1891. The size of the Prague Tower is the same as the Eiffel Tower; that is, it is 208 feet high. It only took... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another landmark that you see nearly everywhere you go in prague, it just can't be missed, it looks awfully like the little brother of the tower in Paris, though is set on the top of a rather large hill, and has it's own beauty, so is kind of not like the Eiffel tower because of its situation and size. Prague... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The panoramic view at the tower was amasing. I was happy the weather was fantastic otherwise cud have been bad. It you are up for some 300 steps then go for it. The top bit of the tower has glass window which initially thought it was open. There were areas where the window was open to take photos without the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

...just kidding! The Czech's must get sooo annoyed with people calling it that! For 120czk you can walk all 299 steps to the top - only a small amount of persistence required. The 360 degree views are breathtaking! The hike up the hill is a bit of a killer though!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We climbed to the top of the tower to view the city on a lovely sunny day. You are also able to take a lift. The view is wonderful. The tower is located at the top of Petrin Hill Park so is a bit of a climb to get to but a beautiful walk. The monastery is quite close by... More 

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