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This is not bad value at 50 crowns - it's a bit like the eiffel tower but smaller.
The stairs are cunningly arranged so that the up and down stairs alternate in a double helix so you don't have to scramble past people going the other way, but I was feeling a bit dizzy at the top after going round and round the stairs, so it felt like the building was tipping!
The tower is surrounded by tall trees, but once you get above tree height you can see the whole town as can be seen from my photo.
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Petrin Tower(Petrinska rozhledna)
I was amazed to see this minature Eiffel Tower standing on Petrin Hill. It was built for the exhibition and was opened on 20th August 1891. It has 175 tonnes of iron, stands 62m high and is 5 times smaller than the Eiffel Tower. It took 5 months and 6 days to build.
There is a restaurant on the ground floor and in the basement a museum.
There is a lift but for the energetic 299 steps.
Open 10am-7pm daily- April -Oct
Unfortunately as we were there in November it was shut, but I can imagine the views over the city of Prague must be outstanding from the top.
There is an entrance fee of about 50kc
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You're right, it does look like the Eiffel Tower except in miniature (60 metres tall). To get to it you have to scale the heights of Petrin Hill which can be done on foot but the funicular railway is a lot less effort and a lot more fun! If you're feeling guilty about taking the funicular you can get off at the station two thirds of the way up (Nebozizek) and walk to the top from there. This also gives you the chance to have a beer at the nearby cafe from where there is an excellent view.
The best view in Prague
Prague is filled with terraces and towers in churches that offer great views of the city. The absolute best view was from the top of the Petrin Tower. You could really appreciate the size of the city and remind yourself that the tourist bits only offer a small part of Prague to the visitor. Go to Petrin after a couple of days familiarisation with the old town and castle and then you can identify the buildings that you have seen at closer quarters earlier in your stay. I don't think my picture does it justice so you will have to go yourself to appreciate the view.
Less crowded Eiffel Tower
As I said, Prague reminds me of Paris and oddly enough there is a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower on top Petrin Hill. The tower was constructed out of recycled railway track for the 1891 Prague Exhibition, and though it’s only one-fifth-scale copy of Paris's Eiffel Tower, its location on top of the hill gives it an amazing unobstructed view as Petrin Hill is 1043 feet high. As with everything in Prague, the cost for the entrance to the tower was low, less than $1. The biggest problem was the 299 step climb to reach the viewing platform 195 feet up, but once there you get a view of not only Prague and the castle, but also of the outer suburbs of Prague including many communist era apartment complexes and the stadium. On a clear day it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km from the tower.
Though you can take a funicular railway to the top of the hill I recommend the walk as the view along the way is part of the attraction. There were some amazing gardens and a relaxing natural setting on the way and it only takes less than a half hour at a very leisurely pace.
Jan-Mar: Sat & Sun 10:00-17:00
Apr: Daily 10:00-19:00
May-Aug: Daily 10:00-22:00
Sep: Daily 10:00-19:00
Oct: Daily 10:00-18:00
Nov-Dec: Sat & Sun 10:00-17:00
This miniature version of the Eiffel Tower is located at the top of Petrin Hill and was a gift to the Czechs from France. The tower itself is much shorter than the Eiffel but with the hill below it it stands exactly the same height.
You can hike up Petrin Hill or take the funicular. I recommend the walk for those who have the ability to.
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Eiffel Tower ?
At first I tought this is the Eiffel Tower. And it is indeed a reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower, 60 meters high only, built in 1891. Threehundred steps lead up to the topmost platform of the Petrin Tower where you have an excellent view.
The tower can be seen from the centre of the city, located on a hill, illuminated at night.
The Petrin Tower is perched atop Petrin Hill in Mala Strana. It is a 5:1 scale model of the Eiffel Tower in Paris that was built for the Prague Exposition of 1891. If you can survive the walk up the 299 steps, you will get an amazing view of Prague and the surrounding areas.
To get to Petrin Tower, either walk up or take the funicular railway from Ujezd in Mala Strana at the bottom of the hill.
There is a small fee to climb the steps. It is open from April to October.
The Mini Eiffel Tower....But still too high for me
The Petrin Tower looks like a mini Eiffel tower, but it was still far too high for me!!
My hubbie went up and loved it! He said that the views were spectacular and was one of his favourite places visited on the whole of our trip!
Just make sure that you visit more than just the tower whilst you are up here!*
La Tour Petrin?
If you think you see a small Eiffel Tower on top of a hill across the river in Prague, you haven't drank too much absinthe...the Petrin Tower is a scale model of its French cousin, and although not particularly interesting in history, is a great place to soak in one of the best views of Prague - day or night.
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"Prague's miniature Eiffel Tower"
The tower stands on the top of the Petrin Hill, where it was built in 1891 (in only 53 days) for the Prague exhibition. The tower is 63, 5 m high (well I know that the "real one" is 324 m, but to height of the tower, one must add the height of Petrin Hill, 318 m ...). The tower has two viewing platforms. The top deck is reached after 299 steps, but the stunning views of the city makes it worth it!
In order to spare your feet & legs...I'd recommend taking the funicular railway up to Petrin Hill and walking down...The ticket cost 12 CZK, unless you have a travel pass. The cable car makes two stops; on the very top of the hill where the tower stands, and about halfway up, where the famous Nebozízek restaurant is located. Also from here you'll have great views of Prague! Actually, some scenes for a recent Bond movie were filmed here.
Prague's minature Eiffel tower
Up the funicular railway on the castle side and a short walk through a park brings you to this tower.
It may not be very big, but as it is sited on a hill the views are a bit special.
It has good wheelchair access as well.
On the way to the top . . .
The design of the Petrin Tower is such that it is possible to take in breathtaking views of Prague while ascending or descending the stairs.
It certainly helps take your mind off of the seemingly endless climb!
Climbing the stairs to the top of Prague
The Petrin Tower in Prague is a MUST!
The tower is perched high on a hill in the western section of the city. (The hill is pretty steep, and you can take a tram to the top of it.) I climbed the stairs to the top on one of the hottest days in August, but at that height there was a constant breeze that made things more tolerable. There were a lot of stairs, but it was definitely worth it! The view was incredible!
The surrounding park is very shady and also very beautiful, and there is a small restaurant at the base of the tower.
I can't tell you something new, which hasn't mentioned in other tips. I can just emphasize again: It's probably the best view in town, so you have to go up there! Admission is 50 kr (40kr for Students).
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