Petrin Tower, Prague

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    Petrin Tower

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007

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    Climb this tower, a replica of the Eiffel Tower for the best views available across the city.

    It costs 60 Kc to climb up the many, many stairs but its worth it. There is a small cafe for refreshments at the base of the tower.

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    Lanovka - funicular to Petrin

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 23, 2007

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    The funicular is so cheap it definitely beats walking up to the top! Somethin like KC12.
    Petrin is a lovely green hill & a breath of fresh air after all the tourists in town.
    At the top of Petrin there is Rozhledna ("lookout") which is like a diddy version of the Eiffel Tower.

    TOP TIP - Don't do as I did and go up when the sun is setting. By the time you get to the top it's dark so there's not much of a view & Rozhledna was closed so that kippered that too!

    ...and if you've got kids - all kids love funicular trains!

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    Petrin Tower

    by el_ruso Updated Dec 19, 2006

    The Petrin tower was built for the World Exposition a couple of years after the Eiffel tower in Paris. It is of course a lot smaller, but aided by the considerable height of the Petrin hill, it gives great views of the city.

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    A view from above

    by alex0312 Written Aug 15, 2006
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    This is a great place to take some pictures of the city and Prague Castle. It is located high above the city on the Petrin Hill. It is an imitation of the Eiffel Tower and is only a 1/4 of the hight of Eiffel Tower. It is only 60m (200ft) tall, but taking into consideration that it is located on the top of a huge hill, it is a much higher elevation. If you want to see the city from high above, you are going to have to climb 299 steps via a spiral staircase. On a clear day, you can see for a very long distance. There is also a little snack shop on the bottom if you want to grab a bottle of water or some ice cream after walking 299 steps up and 299 steps down the tower. If you have a student card (ISIC) the price is 40CZK ( $2) per person which is pretty cheap.

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    And I thought the Eiffel Tower was in Paris....

    by sunshinejo Written Jul 28, 2006

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    Surprising to say this is actually the fourth Eiffel Tower I've seen - actually better make that three replicas and the original. Located on top of Petrin Hill, the official name for this familiar looking tower is the Petrin Tower. It's 62m high and is a scale model of the Parisian original (5:1). There's a minimal fee to get inside, but once you've climbed the 299 steps to the top (No, I didn't count, I got that figure from my guide book!) you'll quickly realise that it's worth every penny.

    This has got to be THE BEST views you'll get of Prague. Without a doubt. I don't know what time they open, but last admission is 6pm. We went later in the day and only just made it in before they closed. The main benefit of this was that it wasn't very busy, so, once at the top, we could wander around at our leisure snapping pictures to our hearts content. I would imagine that midday during the height of the tourist season would be a nightmare up here - it's not exactly spacious!

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    View from Petrin Hill Observation Tower

    by easyoar Written May 27, 2006

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    Compare the view of Prague here with that of Letna Park. I know which one I prefer, not that this is a bad view, and to be fair, there are several more views than this one as you get a full 360 degree view here compared to Letna Park.

    This view shows the bend in the river, Charles Bridge is the right most bridge in the picture. You can see the whole city from here, but I normally find aerial views from towers to be a little disappointing when it comes to photographing them.

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    Petrin Hill’s Observation Tower

    by easyoar Written May 27, 2006

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    If you think this Observation Tower looks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, that is because it is a loose copy of it. It was built in 1891 for a Jubilee Exhibition. It is much smaller than the Eiffel Tower however being just 60 metres high (approx a quarter the size of the Eiffel Tower).

    The Tower is now open again after being restored. There is no life however so you must climb all 299 steps to get the views, which are quite good, but I preferred the view from Letna Park, and that was free!

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    Petrin Tower in February 2006

    by Willy-F Written Mar 11, 2006
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    If the weater is nice and clear, I alway try to go thru the Petrin Park and ut in the Tower. Great view of the town. I like to start the walk at Strahov monstery, walk up along the Hunger wall. After the tower, i like to go downhill along the wall and thru the park, and end up at some restaurant in soth part of Mala Strana.

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    Petrin Tower

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 5, 2006

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    At the top of the Petrin Hill you'll find the 60 metres high Petrin Tower. It was built as a small copy of the French Eiffel Tower for the Jubilee Exhibitions in Prague in the year 1891. The altitude may not look as overwhelming at the French version, but together with the altitude of the hill, it has a total of about 350 metres above sealevel.

    Throughout the years there often were added some parts to the Tower and it even was enlargened a few times. During a renovation in 2002 though, all these parts were removed and the Petrin Tower got back its original shape. Especially the cast iron parts at the bottom of the Tower are real pieces of art.

    The Tower has two lookout platforms: one at 20 metres and one at the top. The top takes a climb of 299 steps, but offers the best view of the city. I've climbed an aweful lot of towers in Prague, but none of them is better then this one. The Prague Castle is very close and you also have a great view of the Charles Bridge and Stare Mesto.

    Entrance of the Tower cost about 1 Euro.

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    And even higher!

    by johngayton Written Dec 2, 2005

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    Well, having been up The Tower at St Vitus, Petrin Hill seemed like a good idea: so it was done and not regretted whatsoever. Get the funicular, that's the easy way! If you have followed my advice ( my vice ads?) so far, then your 7 day pass is also valid for this, this is definitely well worth doing.

    Get up Petrin Hill and chill, just enjoy the simplistic beauty of the gardens - very much plural!

    Take in the observatory and then consider The Petrin Tower ( the mini Eiffel). I looked up at it, looked from all sides, said to myself : "Hey, no way, The Great South Tower at St Vitus damned near killed me yesterday, there is no way whatsover I am even going to contemplate climbing this.

    Ach, went for it anyway! It is a very gentle stairway, with stop off points en route (cigarette break points!) photo-ops abounding.

    Thjis (forgive stray J, but cannot be bothered correcting) is another MUST.

    Also cafe at bottom sells beer!

    Cheers, John! HIC!

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    The Best View of Prague

    by RandomDreamer Written Nov 17, 2005

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    Okay, it's not the best view of Prague to be had but the climb up Petrin Hill makes it feel that way... if you don't take the fenicular railway that is.

    The 200ft structure was built by the Soviets which blurts out in your mind and worries you when you feel how much it sways in the wind, but the view is great. Try to get there before dusk as the city is remarkably poorly lit at night. You'll also glimpse a view of the slightly grittier Prague that hides behind Petrin Hill.

    By the Tower there is also a mirror maze (well more of a mirrored walkway) and the Hunger wall, so named as it was built by the poor of the city in return for food back in the 14th century.

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    Take in the city views from the mini Eiffel Tower

    by morgenhund Written Nov 8, 2005

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    The Petrin Tower was built in 1891 as a tie-in for the jubilee exhibition that was being held in Prague, and is a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower. It was renovated in 2002. With the base being at 327m above sea level, the observation platform at the top is at exactly the same height above sea level as that of the real Eiffel Tower. To get there you can walk, or there is also a funicular railway up to the tower.

    Access to the viewing platform is by staircases - there are approximately 300 steps, although there are places where you can stop for a breather, and there are two viewing platforms. In winter sturdy shoes are adviseable as there can be ice on the steps. From the top you can see all of Prague, and if the weather is fine, most of Central Bohemia can be seen.

    Remember to take Czech Crowns with you - they will not accept Euro to enter the tour!

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    Petrin hill

    by vesna04 Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Petrin hill was such a refresmemt after the croweded historic sites of the city. You can get there by walking uphill or you can take funicular railway (from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. approximately) for a small fee. The main fiture of the hill is Petrin Tower, a miniature replica (60 meters high) of the Eiffel Tower. From the top of the Tower you can admire this beautiful city, the price was less than 1 euro. I also recomend the visit of hall of mirrors it was such a fun. ( see the photos No.4 and 5 of this tip)

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  • Views from the Petrin Tower

    by canuck212 Written Jul 16, 2005

    Although the Petrin Tower itself is only 60 metres high, it stands atop the 318 metre Petrin Hill and showcases some of the most magnificent views of the city from its viewing platform. After climbing up the tower’s 299 steps you will no doubt be pleasantly impressed with the majestic panorama that awaits you.

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  • Views from the Petrin Tower

    by canuck212 Written Jul 16, 2005

    Although the Petrin Tower itself is only 60 metres high, it stands atop the 318 metre Petrin Hill and showcases some of the most magnificent views of the city from its viewing platform. After climbing up the tower’s 299 steps you will no doubt be pleasantly impressed with the majestic panorama that awaits you.

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