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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
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The lookout tower was built for the General Land Centennial Exhibition in...

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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Spiral staircase to the top to see the amazing views. About 300 steps. Little cafe at the bottom to have a rest and a drink.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spiral staircase to the top to see the amazing views. About 300 steps. Little cafe at the bottom to have a rest and a drink.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

299 steps up the tower but when the tram isn't working, its a steep hill walk on icy slopes. All great fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is well worth the climb of all those steps to see the view out over the city and then enjoy a cold beer when you come down sweaty and out of breath. Also enjoyable to take the rail car up the little track to the tower grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked up, which took about 40 minutes and is quite steep at times but you can take transport up there which is about £1. Well worth doing and would do it all again, the view from the top of the Petrin Tower is amazing. 360 degree view of the whole of prague. Cost is 120 Kc for general and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Took the funicular train to the top. 30 min ticket 24kc or 32kc for 90 mins. Decided to go up the Tower at a cost of 300kc for family of 4 and 120kc for an adult. You can use the lift for an extra 60kc. Views from the top are really good. There is a cafe on exit and other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a tough walk up 299 steps but well worth it for the views over Prague. Spiral staircase so don't climb it if you have vertigo! Very good exercise!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very few people around at night compared to during the day. Easy access thanks to the funicular railway. Great view of the city from the top!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A hike around the castle walls to get up closer with the tower. From the city it looks enormous but it is actually nothing like the first impressions of size. It is still worth the walk up through the 'park' (through the snow & ice) next to the Hunger wall to get the view from close up.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not a must see, but it's worth doing whilst killing time. It's a good view whilst you're up and if you're walking up there it takes about roughly 40 minutes. It was really icy/snowy up there so it took us longer. Otherwise there is transport up there. A full adult ticket was 120 korunas, which is roughly £4. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

what a view from the top of the tower. Be aware after a hard climb up the hill it is still 300 steps up the tower but the view of the whole of prague is breathtaking

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