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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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Ranked #37 of 318 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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... more » 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. « less
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We were originally planning on getting the furnicular railway up to this but it was shut for 2 weeks so we had to walk it. It was a bit slippy in places as it had rained overnight but actually didn't take too long, probably about half an hour. The view at the top of the tower was beautiful, especially with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We cycled to the tower and climbed the 299 steps to the top. Really good views of the whole of Prague and not too busy up at the top either. Quite a quick activity but would recommend to anyone wanting to see Prague centre.

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Halmstad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Take the cabin, which is included in the ticket that you bought for the tram. At the top stands a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A fantastic view and nice Photo View of Prague. Also the opportunity to eat there.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There aren't as many crowds out by this attraction. More locals hanging around in the park, children playing, lovely garden and the observation tower gives another 'bird's eye view' of Prague. You can climb the stairs (299 to be exact) or take the lift. There are two levels, very smart crowd control as there is one stairway up and one... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Visiting Petrin Tower was better than I thought given the wonderful views of Prague you get from the top. Visitor numbers were low when we visited (17:00 approx.) so we were able to enjoy it fully but I can imagine it wouldn't be so good if overcrowded. So if you can, pick your time to visit. Tip - The 24... More

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Cricklade, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

After the crush that is old Prague it was great to get out to the Petrin hill - get the railway up to the tower (we didn't climb the tower itself) and had a coffee under the tower - then walked down to the old town. Prague is a superb city - this is yet another aspect of its loveliness

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

You can get tickets for either walking up the stairs or taking the elevator. We walked and it wasn't a tough climb at all. There're 2 levels so I recommend to go up to the top first and then walk down to take a break in the mid level. The view is AMAZING, you can see the amazing vegetation in... More

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Silsden, West Yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We reached the tower by walking from the old town and then winding through the park up to the tower. On the way we saw red squirrels and jays. The view from the top is fantastic looking down over the woods, the city and across to the castle complex. Once we came down we had a reasonably priced panini in... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A great view of Prague from the top of the tower. If you don't fancy walking all the way up, you can use the lift for a small fee. Nice toilets in the basement!

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

WARNING: Not for those with a fear of heights! Beautiful views, although it was a bit crowded on the top. I am not very good with heights, so didn't enjoy the climb to the top as most of the way you can clearly see out the side of the stairs. Even given all of that the view was amazing &... More

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