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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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This Eiffel Tower knockoff (some Czechs visited Paris and said "let's build our own!") is shorter in size but stuck on top of a hill, so you're actually a little higher above sea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We visited the tower after a long day of adventuring Prague city centre. The views were 5 star, but the (top) viewing platform is fairly small and understandably packed with visitors. Not a problem as such but with some people pushing their way round, and others standing still holding iPads out in front of themselves for selfies its very cramped!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This Eiffel Tower knockoff (some Czechs visited Paris and said "let's build our own!") is shorter in size but stuck on top of a hill, so you're actually a little higher above sea level here than in Paris. It's also much cheaper to visit at 120 crowns or so. The tower has twin staircases (one up, one down) that spiral... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is a neat place. High up on a hill where you can take the tram (fun but packed) or walk (hot but not packed), you reach the top and you have the challenge of climbing more stairs or taking the easy way up in a packed elevator after a long wait. We did the stairs - its easy. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

To be honest the history of it is far more interesting than climbing its 300 stairs to the top. Modeled after the Eiffel tower in Paris, was left unused and even closed for a few years during the communist era. Then it was reopened in 1991 and used as a tv antenna for a few months the. it was reopened... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Looks like a mini Eiffel Tower, a nice gentle walk up to the first oberving platform. Then the hike to the top takes you on an exposed spiral staircase all the way up, so if yo udon't like heights or have small children, then perhaps think again. If you do make it up to the top, then the views are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a phenomenal view of Prague - the best in town I'd say. Also, there is a nice little rose garden at the bottom to enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can climb the stairs or take the lift to the top of the tower. The views are great. Definitely a must see in Prague.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Petrin tower is a must see in Prague. You get a fantastic view over the city. I can recommend using Tick Tack taxi for getting up to the tower. The tram can be very crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The park is on a hill on the other side of the river from the main square and the mini Eiffel Tower is at the top. However, you can take the funicular railway to the top and the price is included in a travel card so good value (or you can purchase a ticket from the machine). Should you decide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

When walking up use the pathways at crisis cross the slopes, stopping now and then to admire some of the best views in Prague. At the top you can, for a small fee go to the top of the tower. There is a lift but on each occasion I have been it is always broken, but the steps are ok.... More 

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Address: Address: Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Praha 1

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