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“Great views and lovely park”

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 July 19, 2013

It was a bargain to get to this spot. It costs the same as a bus ride to take the funicular to the top. if you like, get off along the way at the café. The views from the tower equal those from the castle district. There were some beautiful rose gardens.

Thank BevSierpina
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

I thought climbing to the top of this eiffel tower design was definitely worth it! It has amazing views and offers great photo opportunities. Wouldn't go if you are scared of heights as the climb is very open. Also wouldn't go if it is too windy and you really feel it up there. I thought it was a bit pricey; 105 Crowns. But nice walk in the park, very steep hills so only do if you're capable of it, would recommend.

Thank Chris K
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

And so the story goes...... that members of the local Club of Czech Tourists visited the World Exposition in Paris in 1889 and were so impressed with the Eiffel Tower, that they returned home, inspired to have something similar built in Prague. Within two years, with enough money having been raised, the Petrin Tower was built in time for the Prague Exposition. It is suggested to have been completed in just four months time.

Interestingly, while the Petrin Tower is often referred to as the little Eiffel Tower or other similar references, there are notable differences. For example the Petrin Tower is octagonally shaped, whereas the Eiffel Tower is square shaped and rests solely on its four columns. Then, there is the more obvious height difference, with the Eiffel Tower dwarfing the Petrin Tower in structural size and scale. Yet considering the height of Petrin Hill, which serves as the base for the structure, the Petrin Tower actually has a higher elevation than the Eiffel Tower. Tidbits aside, the Petrin Tower, is a neat addition to the Prague scene and is situated in the very nice Petrin Hill area.

While we've not counted, it is said that there are 299 steps, 13 per section that you climb to reach the observation platforms, from which you are afforded very nice views of the Mala Strana "Lesser Quarter", Charles Bridge as well as more distant views toward the Old Town area of Prague, across the Vltava River. While visiting you can enjoy the garden landscapes of the Petrin Hilltop area, the mirror maze and the interesting wooden Church of St. Michael, relocated to this location from the Ukraine back in 1929.

You can reach the Petrin Tower by walking up a sloped pathway or by taking the funicular railway (32 kr).

In the end, while not one of our favourite attractions in Prague, The Petrin Tower is unique and set within a nice area on Petrin Hill. As such, many visitors might find this a nice attraction and area to add to their list of things to do and see in the city.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We visited petrin hill and tower kn the first day of our stay in prague. It was magnificent. The fee to go up by stairs is about 5 euro, bit the view you get is welk worthvit. We never saw Prague before and the visit to this tower enabled to see us all beauty of Prague at once and de started planning our further trip and exploration on
Petrin hill based on the tower view.

Thank Wim1984
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This visit was great. The tower is situated on top of Petrin Hill and you can see it from most areas of Prague when looking up. When i got up to Petrin Hill, i had no idea you could go up the tower. There is a small fee for gaining entrance. You can either take the stairs up (theres alot of them) or you can pay a little extra to take the lift up to the top. Once up there you;ll have great views of pretty much everything. There is even a gift shop at the bottom which will allow you to buy something to remember your visit!

Thank JayRussell88
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