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“Mini Eiffel Tower” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
Petrin Hill Park | Prague 1 - Lesser Town, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
+420 257 320 112
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Private Tour: Prague City Segway Tour
Ranked #51 of 1,345 things to do in Prague
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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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“Mini Eiffel Tower”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

A great view of the city from up the top, as you get a wonderful panoramic from the Castle in the north to Vyšehrad and beyond in the south.

As a bonus the tower itself looks impressive from below too.

Visited June 2012
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“Whole Prague from one place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This place is great if you wanna see Prague as it is on your palm. You can see Prague castle, Charles bridge, Old Town ... wonderful

Visited September 2012
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“Better with Lift?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Not really. When I went there the lift was out but this is a very nice place to see the whole Prague.

Visited December 2012
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“Great view on a clear day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This has a great view of Prague, it was a little overcast when we were there but we could still appreciate it. If going in winter, take warm clothes and be prepared to climb 299 steps to the top! There is a viewing platform halfway up if you need a rest, and a little cafe at the bottom to warm you up afterwards. Recommend taking the fernicuar up to the tower. The mirror maze is right next door but nothing special.

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“go on a clear day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

great veiw!! go when it is a clear day...and be prepared to climb stairs,,you can pay extra to go on the elevator but miss the whole experience!!!

Visited December 2012
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