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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

The place is indeed overcrowded at the top ( in the peak season probably worse ), but if you want to take pictures without other tourists in them you can use the lower terrace which does not have windows like the upper one and is...More

1  Thank Alexandra P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After waiting in line for 15 minutes, they tell us that we need Krounas for admission. I have no review of the tower since we didn't go up. The Czechs are not really sold on the Euro. You want to bring some Krounas for things...More

Thank btmv2
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Petrin Tower for about an hour and half. You have a few choices to get up the hill but the most popular is through the funicular lift which brings you up in minutes. Once you get to the top, you can walk around...More

Thank 333FrequentTraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago

The view was gorgeous, but the time you will manage to look at it and film a decent video won't last more than 20 seconds, as many people compete for the best spots in a very tiny area. The staff makes more people enter the...More

Thank Ilaria B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The view from up top is really nice, take the stairs for some exercise. There is an elevator present as well, for a slight surplus charge.

Thank lpquartel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So glad we visited this place on Petrin Hill. It's a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, built around the same period. We took the elevator to the top for an extra fee and were rewarded with spectacular views of all of Prague. There are...More

Thank HappyGoLucky1958
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy walk up, it is lovely all the way. Trees and terraces, small cafe with a view is half way up the hill.

Thank DMC6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing view and joint ticket to mirror maze is available. Elevator costs more, but I regret walking up. At the end My legs were shaking because of the height. There are two platforms, the lower one is better because you can walk outside and take...More

Thank Nicola R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the metro to the monastery and walked to the tower from the northwest side of the hill. It was a quiet and nice walk without having to take the railway up if you were to go up from the east side of the...More

1  Thank mhao5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to end our Prague tour and have some photographs taken on top of Petrin tower. We waited until sunset and the views were amazing. The staff were very accomodating and good. The only downside is to get a panoramic view...More

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15 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..