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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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So romantic!

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 5 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 5 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 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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