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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

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Address: | Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 257 320 112
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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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A nice watchout but definetely most beautiful in spring. It's cold in winter and foggy sometimes. Be prepared to climb some 300 stairs in case you are not taking the elevator :)

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The tower is a mini replica of the Eiffel Tower, and while it obviously pales in comparison, it does put you above the tree line overlooking downtown Brock for some nice views of the city, the council, and a very nice East view of the city. There is a small fee to ride the elevator, and a smaller feet to... More 

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A nice watchout but definetely most beautiful in spring. It's cold in winter and foggy sometimes. Be prepared to climb some 300 stairs in case you are not taking the elevator :)

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We took the charming funicular railway up to the top of the hill, and climbed initially to the lower observation deck before deciding to climb right to the top. It is a look easier than it looks as the stairway narrows as you climb and it is more than worth the effort when you get to the top. Although the... More 

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good observatory on top fo the hill. you have to check wether befor go there, becose clowds may disturb your the abiity to see the city.

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This is really worth visiting. Don't be put off by the fact that it is up hill there is a funicular railway to take you there. You can then either climb the 300 steps to the top or get in the small lift, both are worthwhile as the views are amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take th funicular railway to the top of the hill and then go to the tops of the tower for the most amazing views across the beautiful city of Prague.

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Pros: - nice location - offers a great view of the city - decent prices - very well maintained Cons: - quite crowded, even in autumn - not recommended to those afraid of heights or balance (wind will create a small movement of the whole tower) Clearly, one of the must-see objectives in Prague.

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They call it sister eiffel tower... Quite far from central... Long walk from main road... Long queue for tickets... Good view from top but nothing else... You may skip with no regrets

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You need to go up the tower. Best views in Prague and offers a unique view of the city. Two staircases, one up and one down, mean there is no difficult squeezing past people on the way up and down. Make sure to take photos on the first viewing platform, because there are windows at the top.

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I enjoyed my ride up with the tram thing to the park (you can use it with regular metro/bus/tram ticket) but when I got there I ended up not going to the tower at all. Too crowded and just not worth it. Too pricey, and the staff there is not trying to convince you to go up! Anyway it was... More 

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