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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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It's a climb, but the view was worth it.

I am not a fan of heights, but this was worth the walk. The view from the top was wonderful. We took the funicular up Petrin Hill and enjoyed the garden there. Lovely way to... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not a fan of heights, but this was worth the walk. The view from the top was wonderful. We took the funicular up Petrin Hill and enjoyed the garden there. Lovely way to spend the afternoon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The weather was really bad when we visited. I didn't feel save up there. The tower was moving a little bit. Great view and a nice entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There aren2 level on this tower l, you can either be brace and walk the stairs or take the easy route the lift. The views from both platforms are fantastic , you can see the whole of Prague & it's fantastic buildings Would recommend !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I just loved this tower. The view is incredible. Do not go to Prague without going to the top! Lots of pretty sights to see in the surrounding area, as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pick the right weather and you'll be treated to a wonderful chance to view a spectacular vista of this beautiful city. Access via steps or lift......your choice and additional 60Kz for lifts might sway your decision. Very (very) busy and congested at viewing platform but the views are stunning and well worth it. You will find this tourist spot will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have a look in the area around and enjoy nature! We went with a segway guided tour and made the tour really funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After day at Prague castle, we took tram 22 to urged & then the funicular to Petrin hill. 360 degree amazing panorama & lift to get unto the top for 40 K.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to see the city of Prague. The views of the city are absolutely amazing, especially during dusk. Although this is a little bit away from the main squares, it's definitely worth it. Also, the park around the tower has some lovely views and is great for a nice picnic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you have made your way through the park below you cannot miss this tower situated at the top of the hill, it was designed and based on the Eifel Tower although looks nothing like it. You have the option to either take the lift to the top or to walk up the 290 steps, the tower does not open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The 299 steps up nearly killed me but it was soooo worth it! Amazing view, totally worth doing. Take the Funicular Railway up the hill & save your legs for the tower climb!

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