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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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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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Amazing views!

Well worth a visit, not too many steps to the top and the views from the platforms are well worth the exercise! Nice cafe at the bottom too should you need to refuel after the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit, not too many steps to the top and the views from the platforms are well worth the exercise! Nice cafe at the bottom too should you need to refuel after the climb. When we visited the cable cars that take you to the tower were being repaired and were therefore closed but the walk through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

go there and go all the way to the top it is breathtaking view. you can by a beer or a coffee ang go to the top an enjoy it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On the west side of the river is Petrin Tower. The tower overlooks Prague at it's highest point. Great views. Well worth the walk up through the park to get here. You can get a lift to the top or use the stairs! You really get a true birds eye view of Prague from this place. Well worth getting here.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking views, the walk could be a bit long , the funicular tram was out of service so it took us an hour to get there by foot and the road up the hills is very steep but it's absolutely worth it as the views are unbelievable, so gorgeous

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first stop on our three day trip to Prague. The walk from our hotel was nice and we felt it was good to get our bearings. We took the funicular train up the hill which was good and then paid to walk up to the top. It was a good way to get to grips with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quite a walk from the nearest tram. More accessible via the funicular but that is closed in the winter. 300+ steps to the top (lift available at extra cost). Great views of Prague. Nice cafe with excellent cakes. Small exhibition in basement.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A green area near the center of Prague. Pretty steep hike to the top of the hill, which can also be done with funicular (when functioning, can be accessed via tram ticket). Once on top of the hill, there is picnic area, a mirror castle, a small church and chapel and, of course, the Petrin (Eiffel-alike) tower. For about 4... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it is a bit of a hike to get to this location, a challenge for some, but it is well worth it. There are 2 ways to get to the top of the viewing tower, walk 296 steps or take the lift, but be warned the lift is a cosy fit. Once you get to the top you get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is small eiffel tower. Petri hill area is free. The tower was 120cz each, this is if you climb the 296 ! Stairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Petri hill area is free. The tower was 120cz each, this is if you climb the 296 ! Stairs. You pay a little extra for the lift. Vanicular railway not in service till March 2016 as being repaired. Great views of the snow covered city on a clear day

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