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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

Address: Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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Ranked #32 of 288 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & 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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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

You should really visit this attraction! The best time is 15 minutes before sunset. This way you will see the panorama in the daylight and after the sunset. The view is really breathtaking. You don't want to climb the stairs take the elevator but at least on the eay down take the stairs :)

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Compared to the Eiffel Tower, which this claims to resemble, the Petrin Tower is hideous. While it does provide good views of the city, there are plenty of vistas throughout Prague that offer even better panoramics for free, unlike this attraction that charges for the elevator and the stairs; previous reviews stated you can walk up the stairs for free,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I climb the tower by stairs and that's not expensive at all. The view is good for sunset so not a bad choice. The most important thing is, I have found the best lovely souvenirs here with Prague speciality. The shop here is selling lots of goods that you cannot find in town, which all of them selling the same... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It looks like a small Eiffel tower, but the problem is that there is no elevator, so you have to climb up and go down by foot. So do not go there after all day walking or if you are tried. There are narrow stairs made of wood and you could see how high you are when you are going... More 

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Dartmouth, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We could see this tower from Prague Castle and, being big fans of towers, decided to check it out. That meant a bit of a downhill trek, followed by a beautiful, but hearty, trek through the woods. (If you're not a fan of hills, you're probably better off coming at this from the other direction and taking the funicular.) The... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

its worth going there once for the view. but dont go in the winter or when its foggy because you wont enjoy it so much. the view over Prague is beatiful

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Interesting experience if you haven't go Eiffel Tower yet. It was on Petrin Hill which was highest point at Prague. You have to use funicular system reach there other option is walk but I don't suggest it if you aren't sportive. Get on the funicular it was little bit difficult because noone respect to queue. If you have little kid... More 

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Draper, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

after a healthy hike up the hill which was enjoyable and worth it, you can pay to go to the top of the tower. The views are amazing but you get similar views from the castle for free

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Prague, Czech Republic
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Prague Eiffel tower or Parstin tower is on the top of Perstin hill. Get there from Ujezd with funicular railway, stay there and came back within two hours. For just 172Kc (120Kc entrance fee and 52Kc funicular fee) you will get the best and unforgettable wiev of Prague. It is not so popular and not crowded with tourists, but you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Great view of Prague, especially with the teleferique, we went in the lift and we took the stairs to go down, which was the craziest part. The wind was freezing on our way down, but of course it's an unforgettable experience.

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