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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

Address: Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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Ranked #56 of 1,209 things to do in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial...
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Type: Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We had a day taking in a lot of the sights. We walked over the Charles Bridge, then did the castle before walking up to the monastery and then the Petrin Tower. It is a nice walk and gives you some space away from the crowds. The views from the top of the tower are good and great for orientation.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We took the furnicular up because we really didn't have the legs for this hill. (Remember to validate your ticket before getting on board - it is sign-posted in English as well as other languages). We enjoyed the furnicular ride and the short stroll to the tower. The tower is lovely - I hadn't expected it to be so attractive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is a copy of the Eiffel Tower, but apparently it is taller. It is at the top of the park and I would recommend using the funicular to get to the top. It is same price as the trams which work out at about 60p for 30mins of £1 for 90mins and will save you a lot of walking.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Its a copy of Eiffel Tower but smaller.You can get there by foot or you can take some kind of cable car. For the cable car you need a regular public transpott ticket. For the Eiffel Tower you must buy ticket, and Pay extra if you want go by elevator. We choose stairs and it was a good choice because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Very nice views of Prague at the top of Petrin Tower. We paid a little extra to take the lift to the top. The viewing area is very small, but luckily it wasn't very busy when we went at around 10:30. We took the funicular to the top of Petrin Hill, which we were able to use our public transport... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We opted to walk up, although for a little extra you can get an elevator to the top. It's a significant height, but glass surrounds the top viewing gallery in case heights aren't your thing. In saying this, there are a couple of windows open to ensure good photos. Great view, recommend it, especially before/after a walk through the park.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The trip up the tower was well worth the money! It was so cheap to do, unlike other city tourists attraction in other cities & it was absolutely more than worth the money! The views were wonderful & luckily it had been snowing that morning so it was icing on the cake for us!! (but very cold!)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Petrin Tower is one of the attraction that you must see during your visitation in Prague. It is very worthwhile to take a walk to reach this place. But there're also a horse-drawn which will take you from the Petrin Hill to the location where Petrin Tower is located. There are very crowded and busy on the ground floor of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Petrin tower and its surroundings are great in every way. We went up on the funicular, went to the mirror maze (great fun and highly recommended), and of course went up the Petrie tower (great views). The only bad thing about doing these is the fact that you have to pay for all of them and quite a high price... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

You can take the funicular up Petrin hill and to the tower, but the walk is so much better. If you take the time, you won't even be tempted by the extra fee required to ascend the tower. Be aware that there is a 5CZK charge to use the loo at the tower base.

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