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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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Description: 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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A must do for all travellers. Take your camera and enjoy the most stunning views across all of Prague. Ensure you go on a clear and sunny day for the best views over towards the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A must do for all travellers. Take your camera and enjoy the most stunning views across all of Prague. Ensure you go on a clear and sunny day for the best views over towards the mountains. Not expensive either and the monorail journey up there was fun too!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

If the weather is nice, make sure you walk up through the park to get here. It is a little steep but not that far and if you take your time, nothing at all. If walking really isn't your thing they have a tram but don't be a baby. Cool little garden and stuff at the bottom but really you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

For the best view of Prague overall is from the Petrin Hill and in particular the 'Mini Eiffel' Petrin Tower. Many stairs (299 in total) but all safe and enclosed for the younger explorers. Lift for the elderly & disabled. General Admission currently Adult Cost 120 Czk, and Children 65 Czk. To get to the Top of the Hill, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We took the Funiculaire up Petrin hill and payed the small fee to climb the steps up the tower. The views of Prague from here are absolutely stunning! You can see the castle and Charles bridge very well. On a clear day you can apparently see all the way to the mountains that form the border between Czech Republic and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Having missed the funicular railway and walked to the top of Petrin hill (mountain) it was good to find that we did not have to use the stairs to reach the top of the tower. For a small extra fee the tower has a lift. Once at the top you are greeted with splendid views of the city you must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We climbed the Petrin Hill to get to the tower, and it turned out to be a mini-workout. When we made it to the top, we headed for the Tower and proceeded to climb the stairs to get to the observation decks (there are two of them). It's a little scary on the upper observation deck because the tower does... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went to the top and the views are awesome !!! You can climb the stairs but we paid a little extra to use the lift. Would fully recommend visiting this are because you have the Hunger Wall to see and also they have outstanding gardens to look round. The price of the ticket to go up the tower was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I'd recommend this tower over the TV tower. Both have great views, but the windows at the TV tower are not cleaned regularly and I had to look (and shoot pictures) through pretty dirty glass. The walk up in fun as well. They have a staircase for up and a second one for down so you don't have to struggle... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

You can either climb the tower, which is not really all that difficult, but for a small extra fee you can also take the lift to the top. There is one set of spiral staircase to go up and one to go down so you dont bump into people going the opposite direction which is nice. Once you get to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We took the famous cable car. Very peaceful walk and train trip to the Petrin tower. It looks like the Eiffel Tower with a reduced size. Very nice climb to the top of the Tower, amazing view on Prague, the Castle and the City. We would recommend to have this walk, this is really pleasant.

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