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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
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Prague Full-Day City Walking Tour and Petrin Tower
Ranked #45 of 951 things to do in Prague
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Owner description: 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.
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Prague view”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Petrin Tower is located at the top of the Petrin hill. You can walk to this atraction by walk or you can go by cableway (the ticket costs 25 CZK). The tower itself has no elevator so you have to go by walk. Once you are on top you have a beautiful view. I like this place and recommend. The entrance is aproximatly 100 CZK.

Visited October 2013
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“Stunning views of Prague and well worth the effort.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

This was one of many highlights during my trip to Prague!
I definitely recommend a visit here but after you've had a chance to look around and get your bearings of the area. It was so rewarding to be able to recognise the sights that you can see from this tower.
There are two methods of going up the tower. Steps or the lift. The lift is quite small and obviously costs more than climbing the steps of which there are many.
There is a level half way up offering some pretty good views. However, if you have a head for heights, the reward for continuing is simply staggering. For one, you can see much more of the river Vlatava as well as making out sport stadiums and the more residential areas of Prague. Be warned that the top is high and when I went, very busy and the tower does move... yes move and sway with the wind. Quite an unsettling experience.
I went for the steps. Something I didn't realise until at the top is there are two staircases with one way traffic on each. This has obvious benefits.
If I ever return to Prague, I will put this on my list of things to do.
Well worth the effort!

Visited July 2014
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“Too crowded to enjoy”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Set in park like grounds at the top of Petrin Hill is this viewing tower. You can purchase a combined ticket with the nearby Mirror Maze. Alas the day we were there it was both pouring rain and packed with crowds. We chose to take the lift up. It was a tiny sardine can and was sign posted to take six people at 480kg. Including the lift operator we had seven people. We were just glad when the lift arrived at the top safely. However we were not so happy to slowly push our way out and into another crowd. The majority of them were not moving which made it hard to get any view from the tower. To make matters worse, you had to shoot through rain-streaked glass which made photos average.
After struggling with this for a few minutes and not getting anywhere we decided to give up and head off. This was the best decision we made. The stairs down were a one way trail and along the way were exposed to the outside elements. Whilst this meant we copped some rain and wind, we also had unobstructed views of the city of Prague. Well, as unobstructed that the rainy weather would allow. Nor were many people descending this way so we had time to actually take some photos and enjoy what we could make out of the view.
In better weather and with fewer crowds this would be a much more pleasant experience.

Visited May 2014
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“Easy climb, but crowded on the top”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The climb to the top was very pleasant, the staircase was very well ventilated, because there were no walls (like a mini-Eiffel tower - just a metal construction). Don't worry - it was safe. There is also a view during the climb and small benches along the way for climbers who want to take a small break. There is also an elevator to the top for extra charge.
The view from the top is splendid as the tower is situated even higher than the Great south tower of St. Vitus cathedral.
At the time we went there, it was quite crowded on top and there wasn't much space to go about.
There are also some nice things to see nearby - the whole park is very peaceful and lovely, there is a rose garden and a mirror maze almost next door.

Visited July 2014
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“Great place for photos!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

If you're looking to get a bit of exercise (to work off all those Pilsners) and you want the best photos of Prague Petrin tower is a GREAT half-day excursion. We hiked up to the tower from the Charles Bridge and it was well worth it. Then on top of the ridge, we climbed up the tower and took LOADS of photos. From there you can walk down through a lovely apple orchard and get to the Castle district. Often overlooked by tourists, but we REALLY liked it!

Visited July 2014
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