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Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)

| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
+420 257 320 112
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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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| Petrin Hill Park, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Praha 1
+420 257 320 112
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to Petrin Tower on Sunday afternoon and it was delightful. You can get the funicular up to the top of the hill or get the tram up to the castle and walk across from there. Or you can do what we did which...More

Thank inkybee
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked from the Monastery entrance and it was a nice stroll; the tower is okay, noises from adjacent area ruined the atmosphere a bit. We thought the view was okay; not good as from the Palace.

Thank retiredhaha
Reviewed 3 days ago

It hadn't been clear from the publicity, but we were pleased to find the observation Tower had a lift for a little extra payment. Views at the top were good. We thought there could have been more labelled photographs to show us what we were...More

Thank LesManchester
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You need to pay 150czk to walk to the top and probably spend an hour in line to get in...the tower is not super tall but its on top of the mountain...so it has some good view point. getting here is either walk up or...More

Thank May L
Reviewed 4 days ago

actually modeled on the tour de effiel-effiel tour its a mini**czech effiel tower, good panoramic views, probably the best,looking over the castle district and on a good clear day...for many miles around...

Thank jardden
Reviewed 1 week ago

we took the stairs up the tower which was painful but they had small seats on the way up so we could have some small breaks and enjoy the view. Once we got all the way up in the tower the view was amazing and...More

Thank RunHun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a trek up to the very top, opportunity to stop half way up as well. Don't let that put you off, you won't get a better view of the city any where else. Not bad really for about £3 per person. Also if you...More

Thank BenRiley2612
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A trip up the tower is worth it if your fit for the climb as it is very tall at 300 steps and you are really just climbing it for the view at the top which is amazing as you are at the top of...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a tram ride away from the city center and you can get on a nice cable car and climb up the hill to a beautiful park. 5 minutes walk to the tower. Entry is 120 Kc. If you're up for it, walk up. It's...More

Thank Leeron E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pertin tower is worth a visit. The gardens and the tower are beautiful and worth making a trip. Take tram 15 to Ujezd, look for hotel Roma and one should see the entrance to the funicular. Dont forget to take a photo of the sculpture...More

Thank Rafflesia
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16 December 2016|
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Response from sugar_98 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not sure if it's open on dec 24, just check online site of Petrin tower..i guess it will be cold coz it was windy even in summer..20- 30mins will be maximum for you to spend up the tower to see everything you want to... More
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21 April 2016|
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Response from louis phillippe d | Reviewed this property |
No need to pre book,may be except summer months when it get crowded all over Prague..