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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
+420 257 320 112
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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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| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Praha 1
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"funicular railway"
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"scared of heights"
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"worth the climb"
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"great views of prague"
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"beautiful park"
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"worth the effort"
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"nice walk"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Sited on top of Petrin Hill this was a very enjoyable walk although after some snow the paths were quite slippery. The path zigzags it's way up the hill and we decided to climb to the top of the mini Eiffel inspired tower. It has...More

Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the tram to the nearest stop then walked across the park to the tower. They are doing a lot of work around the base of the tower and the funicular. I think it is all planned to be completed this summer. You have...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

While the petrin hill and tower can be a good walk, certainly not a must see or visit. Petrin tower is on Petrin hill , its small Eiffel tower . One can step up to see some ariel view but not as great as that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was more expensive than I expected (around £5 per adult, children up to age 7 are free) for all that it is. I took my 6y.o. daughter up and she loved it. Lots of steps, but you can pay a little extra for the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked to the top of the tower. The 299 steps were well worth it, the views of Prague from the top were amazing. Also went to the mirror maze next to the tower. Some of the mirrors were very funny.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to this on the off chance, but I'm glad i did, the views of Prague are epic up here, especially on a good day! Well worth a visit!

Thank John S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view from the tower is beautiful and the other staff in the tower were lovely, but the lady at the desk selling tickets was incredibly rude to us (students), to the point where she was trying to snatch my friend's ticket off of her...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Obtain stunning views across the whole of Prague from the top of the watch tower! Named as Prague’s mini Eiffel Tower it really is a mini version! Take the 300 steps to the top for stunning views. Catching the lift up and down costs more...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is definitely worth taking a trip up Petrin tower for the most beautiful views of the city. The little train was out of service while we were there (planned maintenance so we knew this before we arrived) so we decided to walk up the...More

Thank Taylor I
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Amazing views overlooking the city in all directions, although on a rainy day it's difficult to get any clear pictures because the top tier is behind glass. If you choose to walk up/down, you can get clearer pictures but are exposed to the elements. There's...More

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lmy89
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Response from sugar_98 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not sure if it's open on dec 24, just check online site of Petrin tower..i guess it will be cold coz it was windy even in summer..20- 30mins will be maximum for you to spend up the tower to see everything you want to... More
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20 April 2016|
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Response from louis phillippe d | Reviewed this property |
No need to pre book,may be except summer months when it get crowded all over Prague..
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