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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 December 13, 2012

great veiw!! go when it is a clear day...and be prepared to climb stairs,,you can pay extra to go on the elevator but miss the whole experience!!!

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

its lovely walk up petrin hill , takes 15 mins or so but longer if keep turning around and looking at the view and the park is always quiet so can enjoy as different ways to climb to top , once there we take the stairs or can do the lift for 55kc more but stairs are worth it , you can stop half way and look around but view from top is so worth it and much much better than the towers in prague centre as can see so much more and its all so close as can see the massive sports grounds the castle and the river its bridges and the buildings towers of prague

also a lovely cafe at bottom which sells lovely hot choccy that you melt yourself in the milk or nice pil;sner which was my choice :) and cakes hmmmmm to die for

Thank pompeyeurotour
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Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Great view of Prague - don't pay the extra 55 to get the lift , just walk up ! Well worth a visit. A bit small up on the observation deck so choose a not so busy time :)

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Yes, the view of Prague is great, but you can get almost the same view a few meters below from the high spots of Petrin Park. The Observation Tower, a small copy of the Eiffel Tower of Paris, is not my favorite spot. If i want to see Prague from above, I go up the Old Town Hall Tower, much better and nicer experience.

Thank Gumucio
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Lovely views from the top. We walked to the lookout point but it looks like there is a tram that you can take to get you there. But it is a lovely walk in the park up to the tower if you have the time. The views are great there. Very peaceful park.

Thank T5555
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