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“Great views of Prague”

Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
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Prague Full-Day City Walking Tour and Petrin Tower
Ranked #45 of 926 things to do in Prague
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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.
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“Great views of Prague”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

The tower is not only gives a great 360 degree view of Prague but has a history behind in connected to the Funicular railway coming up Petrin Hill. Both were built about the time of the Eiffel tower in Paris. There are 299 steps to the top and it is well worth the climb. At 53 years old I did not have any problems going up, but I did stop at the observation deck part way up. The views are great during the day and I can only imagine the views after dark. The one thing to remember is that there are an up set of steps and a down set of steps and if you stop at the observation deck before going to the top don't get them confused like we did. It is fairly cheap to enter and for a small additional fee you can ride the elevator up instead. After coming down they have small snack bar with sweets and drinks. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Wonderful view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Its one of the best places in Prague with such a great view to the whole town. I climbed up in the day of very good visibility and saw also hill Rip, Ceske stredohori and Krkonose.

Visited October 2012
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“amazing views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

It was rainging on my visit, but once up the top, you could go to one side which was clear, but you can also open some of the windows for a better picture. The views were wonderful. On coming down we had a chocolate drink, nice but l think milk added would have made it nicer. The gardens surrounding the tower are very nice.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice attraction offering great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

The 63.5 metre Petrin Tower sits atop Petrin Hill on the west side of the Vltava River.

Vaguely resembling the Eiffel Tower it offers great views of the Prague skyline from the observation platforms at two different levels. The upper level can be accessed by climbing the 299 steps or by taking the lift for which there is an additional charge. There is also a shop and cafeteria at ground level providing much needed refreshment.

The Tower can be reached from street level by walking the moderately steep path or by taking the Funicular Railway.

All in all, a great value for money attraction in nice surroundings.

Visited May 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

when i go to the tower, the weather was bad. so there's haze that block the nice view of the prague city. it's like little eiffel tower. like it very much though. will consider to go here again during a better weather.

Visited March 2013
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