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“Great views, worth the climb”

Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
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$14.36*
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1-Hour Panoramic Bus Tour of Prague
Ranked #87 of 1,057 things to do in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 2, 2012

The cafe at the bottom of the tower is great value if you need to fortify yourself before the climb - recommend the fruit tart, and the children's "kappy" drinks were the cheapest we found at any restaurant/cafe. There is a viewing platform half-way up, be careful to go on the right staircase up or down, they are separated, which is great when people realise! Lovely views and great photo opportunities. Good climbing frame through the archway at the bottom of the tower. Our children enjoyed the mirror maze, but it was disappointingly small.

Thank drccjmw
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"cable car"
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"climb the stairs"
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"rose garden"
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"beautiful park"
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"small fee"
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"worth the effort"
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Take the stairs to the top (cz105) for the best views over the city & castle. use the fenicular railway to travel up the hill but a walk is also very pleasant.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Take the stairs to the top of the tower and the views will feel even more rewarding. This replica of the Eiffel Tower was build two years after the original in Paris and sits atop Petrin Hill overlooking Prague. Take the funicular to the top of the hill.

Thank sgm2010
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The climb is quite strenuous (there's always the option of the cable car) but once you get up Petrin Hill to the Tower it is well worth a visit and the panoramic views are great.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Reached by a funicular railway, amazing views of Prague from the top of the tower. There are stairs if you are feeling fit but a lift if you aren't.

Thank Nicola B
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