Hundred spires of Prague, Prague
Coming from an area as flat as Louisiana, I love aerial views, and I try to get them wherever and whenever I can.
Getting that panoramic view is never a problem in Prague. In addition to the Petrin Tower, the more modern Prague tower rises even higher above the city, and offers fantastic views.
The tower itself was an undertaking of the Czechoslovakian government. Construction began in the 1980s, and the tower was completed in 1992. It has a rather futuristic design, and one of the most noticeable characteristics as you approach it are the sculptures of alien-type beings that have been positioned to look as if they are climbing the tower.
Prague is amazing city with a lot of churches and intersting buildings.
Almost every spire is covered with gold so the sun and the spires makes a good impression on you.
Watch the golden spires in the sunset.
The tower of the new town hall is 23 metres high. It is open to the public if you want to climb 221 steps!!!!! You can see the gothic hall of justice.
It is open 10-6pm Tuesday-Sunday April-September
Therefore when we were there in November it was closed!
Entrance fee is about 20kc.
The TV Tower in Zizkov's Mahler Gardens is the highest building in Prague. It scrapes the sky at a height of 474m above sea level or 216m above the ground. The TV transmission antenna was put into operation in 1992. The construction is held by three vertical steel tubes; the main tube conseals two passenger lifts, the second a freight elevator and the third a stair-case of 736 steps. Visitors have at their disposal both the 3 look-out cabins at the 8th floor, at 97m and the restaurant-bar at the 5th floor 34m lower.
The look-out cabins offer stunning views of the city to 3 different directions. In the cabin facing the old city and the castle there is a telescope working with coins.
The coffee-bar and the restaurant have resonable prices.
There is a ticket of 150Kc to get in the tower. Open daily 10.00-23.00.
When our bus passed by the station I noticed a tower in the near distance. My first thought was that it was the Powdergate. On second thought I realized that that was impossible. I just had to go there to see what it was. It's a tower, obviously. It dates from the 16th century, when it replaced a wooden tower, and belonged to St. Henry's church on the other side of the street. Recently a modern tower was built inside. On the 10th floor you can have a panoramic view over the city, but there is also a restaurant inside. The name Jindrisska Tower refers to the street it stands in, Jindrisska refering to St. Henry's church.
Even if you don't go inside the tower to check out the great views,it's worth at least going to look at the startling structure which has been decorated with giant crawling babies by artist Jiri David (not shown on this older picture).
See also my 'Restaurants' and 'Warnings & Dangers' tips.
The Gothic tower was constructed from 1472-1476 as a separate belfry. After a fire in 1745 it was rebuilt in the Baroque style and in 1870s rebuilt in a Gothic style. After the extensive reconstruction the tower was open for public in 2002. It chimes every hour with one of many different tunes. This is the highest belltower in Prague at 66 m high. You can go to the top floor and look out the windows over the New Town of Prague.
It is open daily from 9-9.
The modern television tower at 216m affords some of the best views of the city.
The high-speed lift whizzes you up to the panorama level where you can look out over the city from all sides. You can even have a meal and a drink while taking in the views.
The futuristic TV tower which was initially net with fierce opposition was constructed between 1987 1990 and now dominates the skyline. For 150 cr you are whisked upwards to a spectacular viewing station, from where you can see all of the city from360 degrees. absolutly fantastic, we went up last week 10.10.03 and the resturant was closed but I bet in summer it would be quite busy. Dont forget the video!!
Look closely on the left photo & you can see Prague TV Tower. It's called Zizkov Tower. Situated in Mahler Garden.
Many visitors to Prague overlook this, including myself. Took this photo from the hill that we were walking up.
The view all around the Old Town Hall tower is splendid. The best views of the rooftops are to the east and west, however. To get the most out of it, you really have to come up here twice. Once in the morning to shoot towards the Castle District, and once in the afternoon to shoot towards the Tyn Church. Some will agree, some will think this is a ridiculous suggestion and a waste of money. I hope those in the first camp will find it useful :) The soft morning light is better, as it can make the red rooftops appear almost translucent.
Another panoramic view from the terrace below Strahov Monastery in the Castle District. The most visible structure is the distinctive green-topped domes and spires of St. Nicholas (in Hradcany), the slender white towers of St. Nicholas (in Old Town Square), the grey spires of the Tyn Church, and the monolithic Powder Gate.
A coin-operated telescope here (or your own long zoom lens) allows you to see much more details.
The most popular vantage point in Prague is the Old Town Hall Tower. The ticket office is accessible through the main Tourist Information Office, a few doors left of the Astronomical Clock, on the 3rd floor (apparently many tourists miss this subtlety, so they have a sign stating precisely thus). A modern elevator whisks you to the top of the tower. Those so inclined can opt to walk the spacious staircase. The 360 degrees view will knock your socks off. I actually went up there twice. Luckily admission is only the equivalent of a few Euros.
I climbed the steep steps leading to an observation area atop a hill in Letenske Sady, just across the river from the Old Town via Cechuv Most, in search of the view I had seen in a postcard. Well, I never did find the exact spot (see the next tip), but the view up here is spectacular nonetheless. It's also very breezy, perfect for a getaway from the heat below. This area is popular with rollerbladers and skateboarders.
I actually came up here twice, as it was stormy the first time with dust blowing everywhere. I wonder why I didn't have enough time in Prague :)
Best Tower: NOVOMESTSKA RADNICE - 'New' Town Hall
Self guided tour of the newly restored tower, past fantastic inlaid doors and hinges, a photo panorama (showing before and after pictures of the Dancing Building, & etc.). Walkway through complex timber frame, past abandoned clock mechanism (removed from the 4 faces earlier), the bell and then the best perch above the south side of the city.