Štefánik Observatory
Štefánik Observatory
4.5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Diana S
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Claire S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We climbed Petrin Hill and our prize was the Observatory! We saw Venus in the daytime and also the Sun! A very interesting exhibition, well worth the visit and the surround area. We want to come back to see the night sky!
Written April 23, 2023
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Couples
This observatory is located on the top of Petrin hill, at the funicular's last stop. Most people continue in the right direction towards the Rozhledna tower, but if you turn left you will see this white building that is the Stefanik Observatory. It is surrounded by a beautiful large rose garden. You can stargaze day and night, (not sure what you can see during the day) but at night it is a treat. There never seem to be a line for people to get in unless you get behind school children.
It could easily be combined with a visit to the Rozhledna Tower and the Bludiste (Mirror Maze) in one afternoon. Kids will love it.
The rose garden was still beautiful in September.
Written February 27, 2015
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crcrumsey
Chicago, Illinois35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't miss the observatory! It's small, antique, and a lot of fun. When you take the funicular to the top of Petrin Hill, you'll ask yourself what you should do next. Well, if the tower is closed (as it is during the winter), walk to the left until you run across the old Stefanik Observatory. From the 1930s, it is a functioning observatory that in good weather permits visitors to view the moon and planets through its lenses. There are exhibits about Czech astronomers and astronomy in general (basic and easy to understand), and best of all are the student docents who are SO delighted to have a visitor that they make sure you get every question answered. This is a part of Prague that most visitors miss.
Written January 17, 2006
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LFlavin
Dublin, Ireland14 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Family
We happened by the observatory while strolling through the wonderful Petrin Gardens. We were warmly welcomed and encouraged to visit this most exceptional attraction. The guide gave us a most informative and fun presentation of the facility which included the opening and rotation of the 8 tonne dome! As it was a clear day we had an uninterrupted views of the sun and its sun spots. We are not experts of astronomy! We then enjoyed viewing through the smaller telescope which was not less fun.. At 140czk/€5 for a family ticket of 4 people, this must also be the best value attraction in Prague!
The guides in this attraction are passionate about their work and we would encourage anyone to visit on a trip to Prague......it is out of this world!!
Written April 2, 2017
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Darren S
Cardiff, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We visited the observatory on a grey cloudy day. Very interesting and we were approached by Lucass, one of the guides (hope I got the name right)who took us into the public telescope rooms for a private viewing. Although we weren't able to see anything, apart from some people on top of the Petrin tower, he was very informative and knew his stuff whilst speaking great english. The story of Stephanik was very interesting. Well worth a visit. If you can, go on a clear night.
Written March 5, 2015
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AED123
Chorley, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Went up to the Observatory after climbing Petrin Tower, arrived at 8pm. The skies cleared and how fantastic looking at the moon, stars etc. through the scopes. Even if you are not interested in Astronomy this place is well worth a visit.
Written September 21, 2014
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nesh48103
St. Petersburg, Russia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
I am not an astronomy enthusiast, so I cannot tell the details about the observatory's equipment. But I can tell that seeing the rings of Saturn for yourself, spotting the Mars icecap with your own eyes and watching the surface of the Moon are all amazing experiences I've never expected to get. I probably could see even more — they do observe bright stars when it is possible — if only I had time to stay for a while more (they don't rush people and don't usher them out). I've seen HD photos made by Cassini probe, but seeing a dot in an eyepiece is on a whole different level. Also, the people in the Observatory are extremely nice and friendly, it's obvious they love their job. If you're very serious about astronomy, you probably won't be impressed here; but if you've never had a stargazing experience, it's a very good place to start. And it's free if you have a Prague Card. Last, but not least, it's one of not many attractions in Prague that are open in the evening.
Written August 3, 2014
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d_titzova
Orlová4,616 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Friends
Štefánik Observatory is located in Petřín´s parks, was opened in 1928. Observatory specialites above all in popularization of astronomy and natural sciences with daytime and nightime observation. Milan Rastislav Štefánik, born 1880 in Slovakia. Štefánik was a soldier, a general of the French army, a pilot, a astronomer, a diplomat and the co-founder of the Czechoslovakia.
Written May 16, 2014
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Ronnie K
Errol, UK264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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