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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 #31 of 277 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Owner description: The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This thing has nothing to do with eiffel tower. Its almost the same view with the castle with the difference that petrin tower will cost you 10 €. Do not waste your time there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Great view of the City. The best part of Prague are the discounts for students. It is literally half the price with a student card. The view from the Tower and the hill are really amazing. Halfway to the top you can go out, take a break and for 70 crowns create a postcard with your picture on it. Cool... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We walked to the funicular railway from Wenceslas Square and took the railway to the top. We could have walked through the park but would have taken a lot longer than a couple of minutes! When you buy your ticket at the machine there are various options, the cheapest being 24kc for 30 minutes. That means you have 30 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Took the lift lazily up the Petrin tower to be greeted by a fantastic view. Well worthwhile amazing sights and view of the whole of prague a must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

easy to walk to from castle and far better value. Really good views from top and very unique experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

we did when we got to Prague was to hike up the hill to Petrin Tower. Take the elevator to the top or take the stairs where you have the most magnificent view of the city of Prague. You can see Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town, Built as a mini version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is must see place in Prague. The view from the top of the tower is indiscernible! You can see all the old city from there and all the mean buildings. Don't miss it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

fantastic view of the city and the castle. The climb is not too taxing (though there is a lift for the less energetic at an extra fee). The tower does sway in the winds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Great place, perhaps best to see Prague from above. Binding in "must visit" list. The view from the tower is worth, and the surrounding gardens are nice for morning coffee and have a relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We walked to the tower on a cold day then hiked up. It was a beautiful walk and I have to say the views from the tower were great! It was a little foggy but you could still see a fair distance and Prague from above might be as great as ground level. You won't be sorry, go for the... More 

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