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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
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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 Petrin Tower and the surrounding area is simply amazing. Quite different from the other side of the river, the hill is an enormous green space which provides a relaxing... read more

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The Petrin Tower and the surrounding area is simply amazing. Quite different from the other side of the river, the hill is an enormous green space which provides a relaxing backdrop and awesome views over the city.The access to the tower is paid and if you want to take the elevator with will be at an extra charge. Couldn't recommend... More 

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Very worth while, even if you chuff up the hill from the dancing house on a stupidly hot day. Stop in the passing places before the top for a breeze before you go up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Actually the Petrin hill was a very nice place to go, you need to take a cabin to get to the tower or you should climb the hill on foot. When you get to the tower you notice that it is not a very interesting thing, you can get the tickets and go to the top of the hill to... More 

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This is a mini version of the Eiffel Tower...I've climbed both of these. Petrin tower is smaller and less steps but the views over Prague are wonderful and are worth the climb to the top. You can climb up the steps or get the lift for a small charge. We started at uzjed and took the funicular up to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This tower is quite visible and is right across from the castle. Meant to be a broadcasting tower, nothing special or wow about it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I climbed the stairs of Petrin Tower, on July 4th 2016. It was roughly 299 stairs, and was quite doable. There is a viewing place on the way up, and it has great views, but the top is worth it. It doesn't cost much to go up and if one wants an elevator, it is available for a small extra... More 

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Worth climbing the tower to see the great views of the City, situated in a very nice park above the city.

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The walk up the Petrin Hill is an experience. The stunted tower definitely is not. The so called attraction perhaps is the only one where I have not given a rating high enough. Reason is simple. the tower in itself is not impressive to be qualifying as an experience worth remembering. Yes, the view of the city from the hill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you are at the top it is all worth it, but make sure you wear a good pair of shoes and don't need a hip or knee replacement. It is not an easy walk up.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just came from Paris and went to the Eiffel tower. This one looked soooo small when we walked up to it. It is in a gorgeous park that has a breathtaking view of the city though. So I would say go the the area just for the view.

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