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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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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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Petřín tower - Prague's Eifel tower

Although nowhere close to being as majestic as the Eifel tower, this is a smaller replica built 1891 in 40 odd days. Here one gets to see one of the best view, in not the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Although nowhere close to being as majestic as the Eifel tower, this is a smaller replica built 1891 in 40 odd days. Here one gets to see one of the best view, in not the best view from up above. Absolutely beautiful. Way up the hill by funicular or by foot for the more active. One of the sites not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

After having a relaxing time at the Petrin Hill gardens, i walked & climbed up the steep Petrin hill for about 30 minutes taking in the past pleasant gardens.I see now a Paris`s mini Eiffel Tower with strong steel framework.I climbed up the 300 odd steps to the top.The strenuous effort was worth it as i was rewarded with some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Not only a beautful view onto Prague, but a great walk for dog owners. A 15minute walk from the Lindner Hotel, up a quiet road, into the park. Go in the morning, as 0f 11o#clock it gets packed!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

we stayed opposite and went on our first morning the view is magnificent to say the least as we had a very sunny clear day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth the stair climb and hike up the hill. The most magnificent view of Prague, and perhaps my favourite scenic point in all of Europe. Bring your student card for a discount and your walking shoes! Take pictures along the way up, as the top observation floor is swamping with tourists and closed in by windows - we found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We walked from Charles Bridge along the embankment to the Most Legii bridge onto Vitezna you will see the park in front of you, cross the road climb steps turn right and within 300 m you will come to the funicular. We decided to walk up the path, half way up is a pleasant restaurant(10 Kc for use of toilet).t... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The tower is not tall, but it's already located on the top of the hill, so the view is spectacular. One of the must-go's in Prague. You can take the elevator with extra charge, but the stairway is not tough either.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We took the little cable shuttle express up the hill to the lovely tower area. The area of the tower is lovely and there's a lot to see around there besides the tower! We also purchased tickets to go on top of the tower. Oh my goodness, those stairs. They were really neat and in good shape, but I personally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I'm unsure why people could ever complain about the view from the top of this lookout tower. It is nothing less than spectacular and well worth the money. The walk down the tower offers even more views and each one is as beautiful as the next. If you don't want to climb the 299 steps there is a lift. Yes,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

we took the fenucular up very cheaply and use the same ticket as the tram if you have one. Basic gardens at the top to walk around. The tower has an incredibly small lift or a lot of stairs. At the top the viewing space is very small but the views are pretty good. The top is a bit wobbly... More 

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