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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
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+420 257 320 112

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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Wonderful view of the town

Petrin Tower is a small Tour Eiffel. From its top you can have a wonderful view of the castle and of the city. Two platforms: one at the middle, one (smaller) at the top. By... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Petrin Tower is a small Tour Eiffel. From its top you can have a wonderful view of the castle and of the city. Two platforms: one at the middle, one (smaller) at the top. By stairs or by lift.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We heard that this was the highest view point in Prague so didn't want to miss out. I am really not keen on heights, but after double checking, found out there was a lift taking us up and back down (more expensive) so was pleased I would be able to go up. The steps are on the outside of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to have a fantastic view of Prague, Petrin Tower provides that. But the tower is not geared to welcome all the tourists, or at least a certain maximum number of visitors should be allowed to enter the tower at a time. It was almost impossible to walk in the top of the tower because of far too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will get fantastic views up here. Not for the faint hearted and unfit if you are going to ascend by the stairs.There is an elevator which costs extra. Not expensive experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely views over the city and a well organised tower - different staircases for going up and down so zero problems with traffic on the stairs

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After travelling on the funicular, we went to see the view from the top of the tower, thankfully there is a small lift for those of us that are not so nimble as there are a lot of steps to climb so beware if you cannot climb, but the views are well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went up the tower (299 steps), in the midst of snow and storm. Intended to be a replica of the Eiffeltower, but not near it in whatever way. But still, nice to do. Am sure if the weather would have been better, it would offer a nice view across Prague.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

at the top of the small hill, you get a cable car up or walk up (30 mins). it was easy walk and photo the city on the way up. nice view of the city.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We probably didn't give this enough of a chance. The Funicular wasn't working, so we walked to whole way up and it came at the tail end of our trip so our legs were sore! Once we got to the top of the hill, the tower was going to be another 300 or so steps to the top just for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a little bit of a walk up to the tower and then to the top of the tower but the view is absolutely worth it! Amazing view of the entire city and especially nice in the afternoon with the setting sun makes the view breathtaking. Would recommend and combine with a trip to Charles bridge, the castles, and back... More 

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