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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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Take stairs to the top!

Its quite cheap (120 czk / person) when you take stairs - it was good way to skip elevator queues and get a nice stair-excercise :)

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

Its quite cheap (120 czk / person) when you take stairs - it was good way to skip elevator queues and get a nice stair-excercise :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The park is a wonderful location to spend a day, whether you take the funicular or just walk through the hill. I'd recommend taking the ride up and then walk down the hill to fully appreciate the location. The tower itself is not so big - but from a distance, it looks like the 'top' of a big tower like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

While there are a lot of steps, 299 up to the top, the views are worth it. This mini version of the Eiffel Tower on top of a hill overlooking Prague. You can walk up the hill, or for 32kc take the Funicular. Spend the 32kc, as this is a unique way to travel. The tower is impressive and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This Tower was built as replica smaller version of the Eiffel tower and stands on top of Petrin Hill overlooking the city of Prague.Its a fair walk up to it through a lovely park,but not recommended for elderly etc.For you,there is a hillside tram that takes you to the top for 32Ck return.When you get to the tower there is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were on the Petrin Hill walk and used the Funicular Railway to go up to the Tower. Great views of Prague and lots of photo opportunities Take the time to also visit St Lawrence's Church nearby

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Used the railway to get up to the top, cost about 32 cc. Nice nice area to walk around. Climbed to the top and you get amazing views. The top is very crowded, but take your time and you will get some amazing pictures. I would recommend then walking to Prague castle, about a couple of miles, nice walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

the place is amazing. it's very beautiful! you can go up by lift or by taking the stairs, it's up to you, but it costs more for the lift ( of course ), when you reach the top, it's a bit shaky, probably because of the wind. but the view is nice! it's worth it. anyways, here are some pictures.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Petrin observatory resembles a mini version of the Eiffel Tower, but is much more picturesque. It is quite a climb to get t the tower but is worth it in the end. The structure is intricate and elaborate. Do go inside and make your way to the top for another spectacular panoramic view of Prague!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

For unrivalled views over Prague you cannot beat the views from the top of the Petrin tower. The stairs are narrow and the viewing platforms are cramped and busy bit uts all worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Unmatched view of Prague from this tower, which is 299 steps up. Remember to get reduced tickets if you qualify - last time I came I paid around 150 to go up the tower; as I wasn't aware there was a student rate for a third of this price! Also, go early in the day as the tower gets busy... More 

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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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