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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
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+420 257 320 112

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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well worth a visit, might be even better in Summer :)

You can get the trolley bus up towards this so its not as hard to get to as the Castle. The views are excellent and even in winter it was good, so in summer with the gardens... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can get the trolley bus up towards this so its not as hard to get to as the Castle. The views are excellent and even in winter it was good, so in summer with the gardens full of flowers etc, it will be even better :) I am planing my return trip already lol

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to enjoy one of the best views in Prague. A bit dificult to get to, since you have to go up the Petrin Hill and then climb 300 steps to reach the top of it. Overall a very good experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a great walk around the area. I did not pay to go up the Tower but walking around it was a different experience. It is totally free to go there and would recommend there jus for the sights!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view! worth going up only up to the middle since the upper level has blurry windows which are difficult to see through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Petrin Tower is a small Tour Eiffel. From its top you can have a wonderful view of the castle and of the city. Two platforms: one at the middle, one (smaller) at the top. By stairs or by lift.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard that this was the highest view point in Prague so didn't want to miss out. I am really not keen on heights, but after double checking, found out there was a lift taking us up and back down (more expensive) so was pleased I would be able to go up. The steps are on the outside of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to have a fantastic view of Prague, Petrin Tower provides that. But the tower is not geared to welcome all the tourists, or at least a certain maximum number of visitors should be allowed to enter the tower at a time. It was almost impossible to walk in the top of the tower because of far too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will get fantastic views up here. Not for the faint hearted and unfit if you are going to ascend by the stairs.There is an elevator which costs extra. Not expensive experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely views over the city and a well organised tower - different staircases for going up and down so zero problems with traffic on the stairs

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After travelling on the funicular, we went to see the view from the top of the tower, thankfully there is a small lift for those of us that are not so nimble as there are a lot of steps to climb so beware if you cannot climb, but the views are well worth a visit.

Thank Linda J

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