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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

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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If you want to see Prague in another angle, Petrin Tower is a good choice. I accidentally went there after visiting Prague Castle and climbed up 298 stairs where brought you a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want to see Prague in another angle, Petrin Tower is a good choice. I accidentally went there after visiting Prague Castle and climbed up 298 stairs where brought you a great view of Prague.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Defiantly worth going up the tower, excellent views of the city, although you can still get those photo opportunities from the ground as your already very high up. I preferred the walk through the forest and along the trails to get to the tower, which all added to the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I just grew up with this place. Of course the view is amazing, but The whole walk, nature, flowers, its just such nice place, Especially in the spring!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

super views , but a big uphill walk right now as the funicular is under repair(hint...pack beer or water in your backpack)...after petrin you can walk to the castle along beautiful paths, with the best views of prague

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fabulous views from up here but there is a long climb to get here.. Based on the Paris Eiffel Tower it is worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the tower after having walked all day! It is very interesting as is the story behind the tower. We walked to the tower after having been the castle and the monastery, so I was pooped and chose not to go to the top. That said, I was happy to see the monument. There are quite a few... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a long way up the hill to get there. The answer is the funicular which can be used for the standard price of a tram or bus ticket - 24 Koruna (less than £1). From Petrin it is possible to walk around the hill and descend into Mala Strana avoiding the uphill trek to the Loreta. We went on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The views at the top are awesome and to be fair it doesn't cost too much either so is worth it. One thing that would be nice is if they monitored the amount of people they let up a bit better. It was very crowded and squished and this ruined the experience of it a little, otherwise I'm happy I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the stair climbing is worth it for the magnificent views! You can take an elevator to the first look out point, but the stairs weren't that bad.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and I went together on a cold and windy day, and conditions were not ideal, but the shaky climb to the top was worth everything. If you're in Prague, save an afternoon and go climb Petrin Tower for breathtaking views of the beautiful city!

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