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Petrin Observation Tower
The Petrin Observation Tower was built as a mini version of Paris's Eiffel Tower.
The tower is 60m tall and it sits on top of Petrin Hill, which is 318m (1043 feet) high.
You can climb the 299 steps to reach the top of the tower and enjoy the magnificent view over Prague.
On a clear day you can even see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150 km away!
Oct, Mar: Daily 10:00-20:00
Nov-Feb: Daily 10:00-18:00
Apr-Sep: Daily 10:00-22:00
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55 czk Students
25 czk Children
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A few steps away from the Hall of Mirrors was another surprise, a tower that looked like the Eiffel Tower! This one, is only 63.5 metre's high, so much shorter than the Eiffel Tower, and it does have other differences which you may or may not notice!
It was built in1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower.
Before buying tickets, we asked if there was an elevator - there was, so we bought our tickets and took the Elevator to the top. The other way up, for those who are fit and not incapacitated, is to climb the 299 stairs running around the inside of the structure to the viewing platforms.
What is disappointing, is that you look over the most beautiful views of the city of Prague, [From the very top] but from behind glass windows. Most of my photo's have reflections in them, such a shame as this spoils a good photo. The open-air platform is down quite a bit lower
There is a gift shop and a small cafeteria on the main level.
On the lowest level is a small exhibition area which is displaying Merkur Observation Towers from March 6, 2013 to March 30, 2014
October, March 10 - 20 daily
November - February 10 - 18 daily
April - September 10 - 22 daily
ADMISSION PRICE IN 2013
Adults 105 czk discount 55 czk
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Petrin Tower and Hunger Wall
The Hunger Wall which runs through Petrin Park is one of the largest and most visible structures in the whole of Prague. It was built in the 14th century and formed an integral part of the defences for the southern and western perimeters of Mala Strana and Prague Castle for more than 500 years. These days, about 1.2km of the original wall remains, in a remarkable good state of repair.
The Hunger Wall was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV in the 1360s. Legend has it that it was constructed during a famine and that the project was intended to provide work for the poor who received food in return for their labour. Certainly there is record of a famine over this period, but one must be realistic and accept that medieval monarchs are far more likely to have been motivated by defensive rather than humanitarian motives!
The Hunger Wall crests the hills close to the Petrin Tower, an unexpected bonsai version of the Eiffel Tower. Indeed, it was inspired by its Parisian cousin, but differs in certain details of its design. Until the commissioning of the monstrous Zizkov TV tower in the 1990s, the Petrin Tower served as the TV broadcasting antenna for Prague but is now exclusively a tourist attraction with a lovely view out over the city. The lame and lazy will be delighted to know that there are two options to reach the top of the 60m tower: walk up the stairs or take the lift!
On the issue of mobility, it's worth noting that the hike up Petrin Hill is beautiful but fairly strenuous, especially if the ground is icy. A better alternative for those with limited mobility is to catch the funicular railway from Ujezd Street in Mala Strana.
At the base of the Petrin Tower, there is the Mirror Maze, a hall of mirrors, which is an interesting throwback to the way that funfair attractions used to be. The Maze is a relic of the Prague Exhibition Grounds dating back to 1891 and apparently the wooden construction imitates the Gothic part of the fortification in Vysehrad. I was 6 months pregnant at the time, and was hard pressed to tell the difference between the conventional and the distorting mirrors!
You can see the Petrin tower from all over Prague. It resembles a miniature Eiffel Tower, but there are some significant differences, and not just the height. Despite its diminutive stature, its location high up on one of the city's tallest hills gives it some of the best views anywhere in Prague. The similarity with its French counterpart is no accident, as it was built in 1891 through inspiration by a group of Czech travellers after a visit to Paris.
A small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower
A small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
The tower is 60m tall, which doesn't sound particularly high until you add the fact that it sits on the top of Petrin hill, overlooking the whole of Prague.
The view is magnificent and well worth the 299 step climb to reach the viewing platform. On a clear day it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km from the tower.
The Observation Tower is set in landscaped gardens that dominate the summit of Petrin hill. These make for a very pleasant stroll anytime of the year, as an excursion from the city centre.
Added to this, there is an observatory and a hall of mirrors to explore (a small entrance fee applies).
Much of the stone used to build the major sights in Prague was quarried out of Petrin hill. Today, however, this is well hidden beneath the gardens and the trees that line the slopes.
Petrin Hill is 318m (1043 feet) high. To reach the summit and the Observation Tower, take the funicular up Petrin hill from Ujezd street in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana).
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A beautiful vantage view of Prague
Nice scenic stroll around the Petrin hill. One can reach Petrin hill by taking a tram to Ujezd station and a 5 min walk to the Funicular station (directions with funicular photo along side the road). Prague city transport card is valid on the funicular as well.
Once at the Petrin hill, there are various attractions apart from the Petrin Tower such as Pony ride for the kids and the hilarious mirror museum.
One can stroll down a scenic path from the other side of the hill and walk to the Prague Castle.
A windy attraction - Petrin Tower
The Petrin Hill itself a nice place to spend part of the sunny day. The nice city view already opens to you when you going up on the funicular. The viewing spot of the tower is glass-sided with few windows opened to let you make some proper photos. The tower is not too high so you can take the stairs (cost 100 CZK), but for extra 50 CZK you can use the elevator. Mind that the elevator is very small, and not more then 4-5 people can fit in there.
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Petrin Tower - a 365 deg. view of Prague
On my second day while riding the tram I passed by a hilly park and saw people walking up the stairs, so I went down the tram and found a funicular sign along the street, went in and luckily, my tram ticket is still valid for this funicular ride (75-minutes ticket). Took the funicular train up to the gardens on top of the hill and as usual --- follow the people.
And saw this tower sort of a smaller version of Eiffel. The hill is called Petrin. The tower is constructed as a transmission and observation tower.
Entrance fee to the tower is 100 CZK, half price for students, and the way up is through stairs, elevators for physically challenged.
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Observation Tower on the Petrin hill in Prague
- Petřín (327 m) is a hill in the center of Prague, Czech Republic.
- It rises some 130 m above the left bank of the Vltava River.
- A small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower.
- Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
It is very nice view of Prague from top of Petrin Tower, you can go up by stair as I remembered about 50 or 100 CZK OR use elevator and pay 150 CZK.
The good point to use stairs you can see very nice view when you are going up but with elevator you will go to Iron Box & reach to the top.
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Walk from Petrin Tower....
A great way to get to the castle, if you like walking, is to take the Funicular to the Petrin Tower and wend your way down to the Castle from there. It is a really beautiful route through some stunning gardens and of course wonderful views over the city. The road twists and turns, but eventually you will get there. It's just a great way to see so much in a relaxed fashion.
Take the tram no. 12, 22 or 23 to the Funicular station. If you have a day pass for public transport, the funicular fare is included in that.
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It is the main object of Petrin hill. Despite of going up the hill (naturally panoramic view), there is a tower of 63,5 meters, where you could see really amazing views of Prague. Actually this panorama was the best to me and looks like worth spending some extra Czech crones for entrance Petrin tower.
Petrin tower was built as a part of former Prague Exhibition Grounds in 1891. The idea was to construct the tower, looking (almost) the same as Eiffel tower in Paris. Interesting fact, that these towers are the same height above the sea level (300 meters) as Petrin tower stands on hill.
The Petrin Tower
Petrín is a 327 metre hill which is topped with a 60 metre octagonal tower, which was constructed in 1891, in time for the Jubilee Exhibition. Inspired by the Effel Tower it was constructed in only 4 month with 175 tonnes of railway lines and steel. It is a 299 step climb to the observation tower with the lift reserved for the disabled. On a clear day you can see up 150 kms, if you are lucky. On the day I went it was pouring with rain so you were lucky to see a few kms. It was said that during the occupation by the Nazis, Hitler wanted the tower cut down as he believed it spoilt the view from Prague Castle, fortunately this did not take place. One of the easier ways of reaching the tower is to take the Funicular Railway up the hill.
Excellent Views of Prague
If you, like me, like seeing a place from up high, then this is your place.
Head to Petrin Hill and take the Funicular, or walk if you wish (!) up the hill to the observation tower.
This tower resembles the top bit of the Eiffel tower, but its only 60m. It does offer stunning views though due to it being build on top of Petrin Hill (320m), so you are treated to a fantastic view after you have climbed up the 300 steps. That is a real calorie burner after all the beers from the night before... as it was in my case.
Please note that the elevator is only for use by elderly or disabled visitors.
Please also note that its open Sat and Sun from Jan - Mar and Nov and December.
Other months its open daily.
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the observation tower was built in 1891 as part of the 1891 jubilee exhibition. the observation tower was fashioned after the eiffel tower in paris. the tower is 200 ft high and you must take 299 steps up the spiraL stairway to the top. on a clear day you can get a fabulous view of prague.
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Lookout tower on Petrin Hill
A small copy of Eiffel Tower, Petrin lookout tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition in Prague. The height of the tower is 60 m, which doesn't sound very high, but when you add the altitude of Petrin Hill (327 m above sea-level) it's almost as high as its model in Paris.
The lookout surface is accessible by 299 stairs. I could only make it to the first lookout surface in 20 meters. The helical staircase was just too much for me! The view from 20 m was so great, I can only imagine what it would've been from the top.
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