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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

299 steps, but worth the view from the top . would take a drink as you need it at the top.located in a lovely park and toilets available.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is very easy to get to, there is a funicular (normal metro ticket of 24 Kc, each way) from the main road to the top of the hill. There are lovely quiet gardens, an observatory and a short walk to the tower, from where you get wonderful views all over the city and surrounding areas. One suggestion...take a jacket as it is extremely windy and not very warm when you are up the tower!

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Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Take the stairs(if your health allows it).
It adds to the experience. There is a beautiful balcony midway with much space to take pictures and get a great view.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

When you get there - you need to pay. 2 options 0 walking by foot (about 10 minutes of hard way by the stairs) or take a lift. Difference is about 50 Krons.

Thank Maxim F
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

You can take the elevator but if you are healthy enough take the steps!!! The view is well worth it. You will take fantastic pictures.

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