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“baby eiffel” 5 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.
Cairns, Australia
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“baby eiffel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Great views. Cheap. No idea it existed!!!
its literally a mini eiffel tower built on top of a hill so from sea level top both towers veiw is from the same heigt very cool not busy when we went (FEB early)

Visited February 2014
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“Enjoyable stroll and walk up the tower”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Had a beautiful winter morning to climb up to Petrin Hill and then on to the Tower. Views were beautiful outwards to Prague and backwards to that behemoth of a footbal stadia.
Easy climb up the stairs the tower wobbled ever so slightly which added to the fun.
The Rozhledna is in a park so there are swings and spinners for the kids to let off even more steam. The walk back down to Charles Bridge is a dawdle.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great views of historic prague”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is well worth a visit if just for the opportunity of panoramic views of the castle, cathedral and the city centre. Bring a camera and take some fantastic shots. Petrin Tower beats the TV tower hands down.

Visited January 2014
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“Great panoramic views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

Went on a clear day which was good as had a great views across Prague. It missed an excellent review due to the prices. 120kc for one person to walk up the tower, 60kc extra per person to use the lift. 190kc is a combination offer for the tower and the mirror maze.
Also you have to pay to use the toilets at the bottom of the tower at 5kc per person. Bit of a cheek when you have already paid for a ticket!
It does get a bit hairy at the top of the tower when its windy as it rocks a bit!
A good experience all in all.

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“Great views ;many steps”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

You can take the funicular to get up to the hill where the tower is located. Just be aware that you need change in coins for the ticket machines to buy tickets before you get in the funicular line. You can also walk up the steep hill; we walked down. Then you climb about 300 steps to get to amazing views of the city.You can take an elevator if you pay more.

Visited September 2013
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