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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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The Petrin Tower is a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, but still well worth seeing. The easiest way to get to it is by the furnicular railway. The train costs less than £1 and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Petrin Tower is a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, but still well worth seeing. The easiest way to get to it is by the furnicular railway. The train costs less than £1 and is free if you have a three day transport ticket. The grounds are nice to walk around and there are some brilliant views over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Worthwhile going up this tower for the views an, if you can face it, walk down rather than go in the lift for a good changing view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We started the trip at the bottom of the Petrin hill by taking the furnicular which was fun especially for the kids. To get to the top of the tower was tough but definitely worth it, there´s probably not any other place like that, a place from where you could see the whole city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited the petrin tower. Unfortunately the railway was closed on the day we went to visit, so we had to walk all the way to the top. The views from the top are spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We walked here from the castle (the walk took much longer than expected and we got lost and ended up going via Charles bridge and all of the embassies somehow). The view from the top is amazing however it cost extra to take the elevator so we walked to the top. Which was higher than expected. The view is fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Me and my boyfriend walked to the top of Petrin Hill as it was such a nice day, but it is possible to get a cable car up. We chose to go up the tower and we walked up all of the steps despite there being an elevator if people wish to go to the top that way. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Lookout tower and hill is very famous in Prague especially 1st May - Czech Valentine day. You have to kiss your partner under bloomed cherry tree or some bloomed tree.. there is very nice view from the top of the tower - you can see almost whole Prague. I was there with stroller so if you don't use cable car... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

On the day we chose to go here the funicular was not working, it appears its undergoing maintenance at the moment... Sods law! Instead we walked to the top of petrin hill, it was such a lovely day it didn't really matter! 4€ roughly to go up mini eiffel tower replica using stairs, and it really was worth it for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The railway didn't work for a week when we were there and a lot of disappointed tourists had to climb all the way up and when we got there, there was no way we won't pay extra for the claustrophobic elevator. The view was very nice, and it wasn't too crowded up there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Watched other intrepid travellers climb up the tower whilst enjoying a drink in the cafe below! Lovely gardens and open spaces around here but not easy to access if lacking in mobility.

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