Štefánik Observatory

Štefánik Observatory, Prague: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Štefánik Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Štefánik Observatory
4.5
Observatories & Planetariums
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Štefánik Observatory is located in the very heart of Prague, in Petřín’s parks at the Hunger Wall which was built during the reign of Charles IV in the 14th century. Our observatory offers a modern permanent astronomical exhibition reviewing the basics of astronomy. You can visit the domes with telescopes. In suitable weather it is possible to observe the sky. Our English-speaking employees and co-workers will be ready to answer your questions. During the day we observe the Sun. The telescope in the main dome enables us to observe the solar disk, with sunspots as well as solar flares, through a chromospheric telescope. At nighttime, observation focuses on the Moon and the planets of the Solar System when they are most visible. It is also possible to look beyond the boundaries of the Solar System and observe selected stars, nebulas, star clusters or galaxies.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Address
Strahovska 205 Opening Hours Vary According to Actual Season, Please See The Website, Prague 118 00 Czech Republic
Neighborhood: Praha 1 (City Center)
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MikeyMackTravels
Prague, Czech Republic3,105 contributions
OUTSTANDING!!
Jul 2021
What an outstanding experience. I have been coming to Prague for 17 years, and this was the first time we visited the observatory. In fact, it was my first visit to an observatory. The exhibitions are outstanding and very informative. As an American, I thought it was outstanding seeing detailed information on Yuri Gargarin. It was a perfectly clear night, so we got a great look at the moon and some stars that are not visible to the naked eye.
Written July 27, 2021
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Diana S
15 contributions
So much more than I expected!
Feb 2020 • Friends
I knew it's rather interresting but we got so much more for our money. First we were slightly disapointed that due to the rain they could not open the telescope ruth to see the stars from telescopes however as soon as the guy who worked there started talking (Martin I think) it became fascinating and we learned so much during our visit and also had a lot of fun with different authentic equipment they have reserved. Defo recommend!!
Written February 8, 2020
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Christine F
Heysham, UK206 contributions
What a wonderful once in a lifetime type experience
Dec 2019
This is well worth the small admission to get in. You can see many hands on activities. The staff are very knowledgeable and speak also in good English. We got to use both an old and newer version of telescope they were amazing to see and then watching the room rotate and doors open and close to the skies.
Written December 29, 2019
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Grzegorz Dymon
Malbork, Poland76 contributions
Absolutely horrible customer care
Aug 2019 • Couples
There was a big problem with acceptance since we came on the afternoon for to ask about visiting possibilities and admission fees. When we arrived in the evening, at 9PM, we wasn’t able to... pay by card. Every informations show us that possibility but? No. We had 70CZK, supervisor don’t wanted even to offer us a tour and kicked us out for currency exchange office „maybe in the downton”. That’s not EU style of customers care. Absolutely never ever again. And be careful guys, cause you can get the same unpleasant experience.
Written August 28, 2019
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Dear TripAdvisor user KyokoMai, I am very sorry for the inconvenience you describe. On the evening of 28/08 there were technical troubles with the card terminal so it was not possible to pay by card exceptionally. I am very sorry for that. However it can happen even in the EU country. The mistake of the guy from the ticket office was that he said "Maybe some currency exchange office in the downtown." instead of "You can walk aprox 10 minutes to Strahov college where is the closest ATM." That was a mistake but I think the only one. And I think that for such mistake is your review a bit unfair. Or what did you expect? That you will be allowed to enter the observatory without paying the required fee? I do not think that it will happen in any other institution all over the world ... Or do you expect that if you drive by car and need to take a fuel, and the filling station will have technical trouble with the card terminal, that they will let you to take the fuel for free? The situation is similar... I am very sorry for the inconvenience once again and hope that you will visit us during your next trip to Prague.
Written September 5, 2019
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Caroline S
Ramsbottom, UK421 contributions
An interesting evening event
Jul 2019
The observatory is easy to get to up the funicular to Petrin Park. It reopens at 9 and there's a few interesting displays though my husband was disappointed with the replica Apollo moon vehicle with Skoda parts! There are two telescopes which we were able to view Saturn and two other stars. The young assistants weren't really sure about how far away these were, but otherwise very helpful in viewing these in the night sky. It's worth going at night if the skies are clear.
Written August 10, 2019
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Martin Čarek
1 contribution
Perfect night visit
Jun 2019 • Friends
We visited the observatory one June night. in addition to interesting exhibitions, we had an opportunity to see in the telescope one star and planet Jupiter. But the real pleasure was the willingness of the staff to tell us warmly many interesting facts about space and stars. Even though one of us is 74 years old speaks only Russian, the kind staff was able to explain everything in Russian on such a high level, so he had a wonderful first-hand experience.
Written June 13, 2019
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tony Luckhurst
Rochester, UK1 contribution
Observatory in Prague
May 2019 • Friends
My three old schoolfriends and I spent a very interesting afternoon here. It was a pity that being a cloudy and cold day the roof was not open.

However we spent a long time at the observatory with everything being explained to us by the very knowledgeable astronomer guides.

Beautiful gardens and a trip on the funicular added to the occasion.
Written May 30, 2019
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Rachel
Gloucester24 contributions
Great find in Petrin
Apr 2019 • Couples
The observatory hadn't come into our radar when researching Prague but we stumbled across it when we took the funicular up to the gardens. We were really glad to have decided to go in as it was really interesting. All the notes were available in English and there were lots of fascinating exhibits. We also got to take a look through two of the telescopes and the staff members at both were obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about their work. Seeing Venus, despite it being a bright, sunny day, was brilliant, especially when we got to see how quickly it was seeming to move (it was really the earth moving).
Written May 6, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,045 contributions
Cool.
Apr 2019 • Friends
We had jumped the Funicular Train up to Petrin Hill and while wandering around this most beautiful of areas of Prague my twin brother Stephen and I chanced upon Stefanik Observatory .
It's an interesting looking building and a bit of a surprise but makes sense with this being one of the highest points in Prague.
If your a star gazer or have an interest in astronomy this could be a must go destination for you.
Well worth checking out.
Written April 11, 2019
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Ronnie K
Errol, UK260 contributions
I'm not a stargazer but the staff here were brilliant and very informative worth a visit !!
Dec 2018 • Couples
Did this as it was free via the Prague card and was originally planning to go up Petrin hill via the funicular but it was under repair at the time of visiting so got there via the tram and a bit of a walk and i was pleasantly surprised as i spent most of the time asking questions about this and that (i now know all about the planets Jupiters all gas !! lol ) which were all answered with great enthusiasm by the staff apologies for not remembering their names but she had an old czech name and he was tall and thin and they were both excellent.Had a look through the telescopes there but it was the staff engagement that made the visit for me they clearly have a passion for the subject and i think enjoyed it as much as me having to think about the various things my wife and I asked them and i am much more clued up than before i went in. Its not a subject i know a lot about but it is interesting nonetheless as there is a vast world out there that we know very little about my advice though is chat to the staff you'll probably learn a lot more than just looking at what is there so thank you from us both as it was one of the best things we actually did in Prague !!
Written December 21, 2018
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Štefánik Observatory is open:
  • Tue - Fri 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM