We didn't have time to go to the Zizkov Tower where the "babies" or “Flies on a ***” - [the Artist's definition of the babies] are located, it didn't matter, as the babies are so huge, they can be seen from a distance.
Since 2000, the 10 giant babies climbing the tower have been seen by people around the world. Made from fiberglass, the babies were originally placed there temporarily. Unlike my opinion of them, they were quite popular with the people of Prague, so were permanently installed on the tower.
Once again, this bizarre, controversial artwork is by Czech artist David Cerny.
Information on the Tower is on the listed website.
A short walk from the Jiøího z Podìbrad Square is Prague's TV tower that provides a fantastic 360-degree view of Prague through the windows of its observation deck. It is located in Mahlerovy sady (Mahler Gardens) off of Ondøíèkova street, just outside of Vinohrady in the neighboring district of Žižkov - essentially in the center of the city. The controversial tower was built in 1985 - 1992 despite the protests of locals who feared that this giant construction would become an eyesore to Prague. In the year 2000, baby sculptures created by artist David Èerný were attached to the tower and give the impression of babies crawling up and down the tower.
The tower is now an unmistakable Prague landmark and has made it on the list of the World Federation of Great Towers. It is 216 meters tall and besides providing Prague with a TV and radio signal, it offers a panoramic view of the city and Central Bohemia from 93 m above ground (an elevator will take you there). On a clear day, one can see to a distance of up to 100 km/60 miles.
The unique Žižkov Television Tower was built in Prague between 1985 and 1992. It looms above the city's skyline from its position on top of a hill in the district of Žižkov, from which it takes its name.
The structure of the tower is unconventional; it consists of three concrete pillars that carry cabinets for the transmitters, a restaurant and cafe, and three observation rooms. From afar, the tower resembles a rocket launchpad. The tower is 216 metres high, with the observation decks at 100 metres and the tower restaurant and cafe situated at 63 metres in the lower 'pods'. Elevators, equipped with speedometers, swiftly transport passengers to the different levels at a rate of 4m/s. The tower weighs 11800 tons and is also used as meteorological observatory. It belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.
This landmark is not much loved by the Czechs, its too strongly related to the Soviet era. It was built between 1985 and 1992 and is brutalist in style, it does look like an alien space ship that has landed on the Prague skyline - as viewed from the Prague Castle.
As you approach the tower you notice these giant black babies crawling (by Czech sculptor David Černý) up the sides of the tower (this has been here since 2000/2001) and other things you notice is the lack of people. Its a far cry from similar towers around the world and a sharp contrast to the bustle of Charles Bridge and environs.
From the top you get a good sense of the size of Prague, some of the guide books are very down on this tower and suggest its in the wrong place to get the best views - it is less crowded than the Petrin tower and has a very good restaurant on top but maybe they don't like lifts.
Next to the tower in an old Jewish Cemetery, which I think was disrupted by the towers' construction. Further north there are two of the largest cemeteries in Prague about 3 blocks way, one Christian and one Jewish - the latter is where Franz Kafka is buried.
An structure has been erected in Prague's Mahler Gardens that no visitor to the capital is ever likely to overlook. Ladies and gentlemen, please get acquainted. Prague - Žižkov Television Tower.
If you have an afternoon off, you ought to visit this monumental edifice. You can treat yourself to a grand view of Prague and the whole of Central Bohemia from the sightseeing compartments, or treat your tummy in our sightseeing restaurant.
How can you get there? By metro line A stop Jiriho z Podebrad or by tram no. 9 stop Olsanske namesti or no. 11 stop Jiriho z Podebrad.
In most capitals, television transmitters are consigned to out of the way places, not so in Prague where this construction is location in the Zizkov district. Work started on Prague’s tallest landmark at 216m, in 1985 and was completed in 1992. It has a viewing platform at 93m giving spectacular views of the city and on a clear day it boasts views of up to 100kms. There are information boards pointing out the various landmarks that can be seen from the different windows. There is a restaurant at 63m whose main attraction is of course the views, though there is a comprehensive menu. The outside has some unusual sculptures of babies crawling up the tower. For the best views chose a clear day, a camera is essential and binoculars if you have them.
Before work started numerous sites were considered but this location was chosen as it met all the necessary requirements. Though no debate was allowed at the time it was not a popular decision. The site was a former Jewish cemetery and an old working class district. After the velvet revolution work was halted for 18 months while tests were carried out to establish if it posed a health risk because of the electromagnetic emissions.
The modernist lines of Prague tallest building, the Zizkov TV tower, are especially striking given the somewhat old-fashioned downbeat nature of the Zizkov district it soars above. The tower is distinctly Czech: you won't find anything quite like it anywhere else in the world. Some might think that's a good thing, but the Czech's are slowly being won over.
Originally built as communism drew to a close in Prague, the tower was a forward looking piece of architecture meant to epitomise modernity, technology and civilization. The locals thought it was being used as a means of jamming Western TV and radio signals. Now it is a tourist attraction in its own right, and the views should be magnificent on fine days. Unfortunately when I visited a heavy mist fell over the city moments before.
An interesting recent addition to the tower are David Černý's faceless babies. The grey creatures, each with a rectangle cut out of their face, climb up and down the tower's slender legs. They are more than a little disturbing.
I would like to mention Zizkov Tv Tower aswell as interested spot in Prague. Its located in old residental part of Prague, Prague district 3, and its highest building in CZ since 1992.
Its unique building with prefect view all around Prague with restaurant upstairs so you can eat in 66 meters.
Be prepared to pay about 3eur as entrance fee...
The most impressive modern architectural monument has to be the TV tower built on top of the Zizkov hill east of Stare Mesto. At over 100m it is the tallest building in the city. It was begun in the 1970's and completed only in the 1990's. There is a cafe which offers views over the city.
You can see it from almost every corner of the city, it's 216 metres high and weighs 2.000 tons!
The TV tower is located in Zizkov and was built in 1992, practically the last communist structure built in the city.
For this reason and also because the tall tower is modern and matches poorely with the rest of the urban panborama, people from Prague are said not to love it that much.
Anyway it's impressive, and it hosts a bar and a restaurant almost at the middle of it, from where you can get a great view over the city and the nearby region.
When the weather is very clear you can see around for about 100 Km, practically speakin, half Bohemia!
Around the tower there is asmal jewish cemetery.
A weird note: if you go close to the towe and look at it, you can see the sculptures of children who climb the tower....a bit weird!
Prague TV tower is right in the heart of the Zizkov district. It is easy to spot as it is the most modern building by a couple of hundred years, is many times taller than every other building and it looks like a Soyuz rocket!
Tickets are 150czk (nearly £4/€5.40) and this entitles you to a discount off your meal in the period restaurant or cafe.
When you are at the TV tower, you have an amazing look over Prague. You can see the Petrin Hill, the 'practice-stadium' of Sparta Prague (with 8 footballfields in 1 stadium!), of course the Charles Bridge and last but not least Prague Castle.
The entrance is only 70 Chech crowns.
You can also eat at the restaurant in the tower for very little money.
The 216m-high Zizkov TV Tower, also known as Praha Tower, dominates the Prague skyline. Originally planned by the communist regime, it was eventually completed in 1989.
There is an observation deck, affording spectacular views of the city, and a restaurant. On a clear day, they claim you can see up to 100km away.
One of the most comfortable panoramic views of Prague. The tower has a cafe and a restaurant.
On a clear day you can see places up to 100 kilometers away. Which is a diameter encompassing the following large cities: Plzeò, Rakovník, Most, Teplice, Ústí nad Labem, Dìèín, Èeská Lípa, Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou, Jièín, Hradec Králové, Podìbrady, Jihlava, Tábor and Písek. You can get a great view of Mt. Øíp.
The tower was finished in 1992 and consists of 3 pillars, restaurant, café, and 360 degrees observation room. The tower is crawling with scary black babies by artist David Cerny.