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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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The queue for the funicular was so long that we took the daunting task of walking up the hill. I consider myself pretty fit but the walk up was certainly challenging although... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The queue for the funicular was so long that we took the daunting task of walking up the hill. I consider myself pretty fit but the walk up was certainly challenging although worth it when we got to the top. Paid around £4.50 to climb the tower and enjoyed spectacular views of Prague.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Petrin Tower is a lookout tower and is located on the top of Petrin Hill near the west bank of the Vltava River (near the center of Prague). It is also located south of the Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery. The Tower was designed to look like a much smaller version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bit of a climb or there is a lift for less able. Views from the top towards the center of Prague and Charles Bridge

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Petrin tower as part of a days walk around the city. It was second on our stop after Charles bridge and it did not disappoint. The views are spectacular. It does cost (around £4) to walk to the top of the tower but it is definitely worth it. The train to get to the top of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are couple (even with kids), you are in Prague and it is nice summer day, why not to go to the most beautiful park for example for picnic with view all over? It was amazing. You should definettly go there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must do in Prague to see the views across the city. I took the funicular to the top of the hill and climbed the 299 steps to the top. Unfortunately it was very foggy throughout my stay in Prague, so I can imagine the views will be far better in spring. It was still worth doing and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic nostalgic trip up the tower to see views over Prague and the thousands of people queuing to get into the castle instead of coming to this gem. Must visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best view point in the Prague. The perfect nature area and so many sightseeing around. The perfect tip for all day walk and trip. Especially during spring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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