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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
+420 257 320 112
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Ranked #32 of 270 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
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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 November 26, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth to see. There are few ways to go to Petrin Hill - via maaaany stairs by Vlaska street (not recommended for those who aren't fit), via Strahovska street (by car, too) which is very easy to walk there-n-back, or via cable car from Lesser Town (Ujezd station), payable, too. The Tower itself is surrounded by beautiful parks. Inside... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth going up but it isn't the easiest of walks, especially if you've been enjoying the amazing czech beer the night before! It was misty when I went but on a clear day I bet the views are fantastic

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is the most amazing view I've had with Prague's beautiful red roofs - definitely worth the ascend up despite the crowd in summer. It will be a perfect location to visit on a sunny day and don't take the transport back down to the lesser district - why not stroll down and enjoy the beautiful park!

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Murmansk, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

beautiful view of Prague. Lift the tower did not work. 299 steps to climb. Payment 120 CZK - For the toilet neer the tower you have to pay

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A favourite for many visitors of Prague, this 1:5 copy of the Eiffel tower built in 1891 provides fine views of the city center and the castle. The place is very popular among locals, so it gets crowded on weekends, the crowds are most felt at the upper viewing terrace which is rather tiny. If at all possible, go after... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were unfortunate enough to go on a very foggy day, so we didn't bother going to the top. The lfits were out of service so you have to be willing to walk up a lot of steps. I'm sure it's brilliant on a clear day, but for us, it wasn't worth the entrance fee.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Eiffel tower's little sister. It turns out that when it comes to towers, size is directly proportional to fun. The elevator was broken the day we visited so it was a case of climbing stairs. The top provides a very nice view of Prague. If you are around Petrin Hill then it's worth a visit but if you are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Looking suspiciously like a mini-Eiffel Tower, Petrin Tower sits atop a hill overlooking Prague. Take the funicular up the hill and save your steps for the stairs at the tower. (There's an elevator, but it costs more...) The view is pretty good and you are far removed from the crowds of Old Town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

There is an amazing view from the top of the tower, where you can go for 120 krowns. There is a panoramic view of all Prague, but if you don´t want to spend that much money, you can go to the Metronome, where there are a similar views and for free. You can get the top of the park by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

360 degrees view, great on on sunny days. It´s in a greenery, park around, rose garden, mirror maze and astronomical observatory nearby - do not miss those! From my experience, using the cabin lift for the way up can be tricky, because of long queues. So we usually go to see the Prague Castle first, than walk through Loretanské square... More

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