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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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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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The walk up the tower killed my legs but honestly it was totally worth it. Managed to time it well and get there for the sunset and the view was stunning and didn't want to leave... read more

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The walk up the tower killed my legs but honestly it was totally worth it. Managed to time it well and get there for the sunset and the view was stunning and didn't want to leave. Recommend this to those who are travelling to Prague

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over prised tower, 180 kr for tower by elevator. Okay ; views are great, but almost same views are from the hill if you are going to the monastery by walking. Try for example terrace restaurant in monastery!

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Amazing views across Prague. There is a good system for climbing up and down the tower (separate staircases), however, due to limited space at the top, you do have to queue to reach the highest level. There are two levels; Level One is reached quite quickly and the views while you wait are very good. It took us a further... More 

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There was a lovely band playing outside which we enjoyed. The views from the top are fantastic and the availability of a lift means anyone can get up there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Petrin Tower, built based on Eiffel's tower example, gives you a great opportunity for a good start of your Prague tour. Just buy a tciket and walk up 300 steps and enjoy the panorama of this beautiful city. I would recommend to spend more time on a pit-stop benches than just at the top - this will give a better... More 

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The walk up the hill to the funicular railway will break a sweat on a hot day, but the path through Mala Strana and the park is pleasant once you clear the Charles Bridge. I recommend you catch the funicular railway all the way to the top (2 stops), but you will have to queue 15 min for a ticket... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have a choice on how you want to get to the top. You can use the stairs or for a very small price you can use the lift.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth the 120 CZK to go up, the views are amazing. The upper platform can get pretty crowded so it is definitely worth taking pictures at the intermediate platform where there are no windows and it is less populated.

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The for the uphill tram was too long so walked up. It doesn't take too long and there's a stop halfway up for drinks or to get on the tram. The tower itself gives stunning views of Prague once you've reached the top. There's also an elevator available.

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It could have been fun but not in this price range and with this service. The crowd is awful either the cashier. I would not recommend anybody, cause you have no time and place to enjoy the view.

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