Petrin Tower was built as part of an exhibition in the late 19th Century. The mock Eiffel Tower can be reached via the fennicular railway at from the Kampa area. However we got there to find a notice saying that it was closed for one week so attempted the climb which was tough given that I had to drag wife and child along as well. There is a restaurant half way up which offers great views. To be honest the hill was not that bad especially with a pit stop half way. The cost to get in the tower was 50Kcs for a family ticket and contrary to other reports on VT it is open all year.
Petrin Hill is visible from all locations in Prague and is on the west side of the Vlatava River. You can either hike up it or take the funicular. I prefer the walk since there are several interesting things to see along the way. Stop and turn around and look at the view of Prague. It is breath taking.
It is not easy to get up to the topmost plattform as a lot of people come towards you in this narrow staircase. Halfway you can make a stopover at the medial plattform. Here you can get a good view over the Petrin hill with its beautiful parks and gardens as well as the Strahov Monastery.
Remnants of The Hunger Wall are located at Petrin Hill. It is an early example of a public works project. In the 1360's, Charles IV ordered a city wall be built to provide peasants with employment and food.
Petrin Hill is located at Mala Strana.
Petrin Hill is a hill located in Mala Strana loaded with trees, gardens, and trails. If you want to get lost, there is even a maze. The focal point of the hill is Petrin Tower, which can be climbed for great views of Prague. You will also see remains of the Hunger Wall which was built by peasants under Charles IV as a public works project in the 1300's.
To get to the top of Petrin Hill, take the funicular railway from Ujezd in Mala Strana or walk up the trails.
Petrin is just beautiful and we spent a whole sunny afternoon up here one day.
There are some gorgeous rose gardens to wander in, trees for the shade and pretty lawns to lay and read on!
I loved it up here, its great that the people of Prague have such an attractive huge park to enjoy...yet be so close to the city centre.
Its accessible by the funicular from Uzjed.*
The slopes of Petrin Hill are lined with several gardens that are criss-crossed by many paths from which great views of the city and the Castle Hill can be enjoyed.
This picture captures a lovely view of the Castle from the Strahov Gardens below the Strahov Monastery.
Wheelchair Users beware! Especially the lower sections of the gardens and the slopes around the mountain railway are very, very steep and (IMO) rather unsuitable. I tried it, and I nearly fell over!!! It is best to take a taxi to the top or have somebody help you going up Nerudova Street. A not so steep but very long alternative is going up through Letna Park.
Petrin Tower is inaccessible for wheelchair users (no lift).
Petrin Hill is considered one of the biggest parks in Prague which stretches from Strahovklooster to Mala Strana. It is covered with forests and orchards, as well as strolling lovers.
You can easily reach the top of Petrin Hill with a funicular cable which takes about 5 minutes. I'm not sure how much it costs because I bought the 1 week Public Transport Pass which was also valid on this ride. I'm pretty sure it's not expensive.
Once you reach the top of the hill, you will not miss the small imitation of the Eiffel Tower - Petrin Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
The Observation Tower and a manicured garden sit atop the summit. Surrounding the tower are gardens and several small churches including a wooden one.
One of the hotel's employees strongly suggested that a stroll from the hill-top all the way down to the foot is a MUST. The walk downhill took about 1-1/2 to 3 hours depending on your speed, and it looked down over spires and rooftops. Luckily I took his advice, otherwise I would have missed out one of the breathtaking views of Prague. The views are so beautiful that susceptible romantics have been known to spontaneously kiss passers-by.
Half way down the Hill is the famous restaurant Vinarna Nebozizek, where one can enjoy a good meal with a super view of Prague. The Hall of Mirrors at the summit of the Hill is a must see.
Tram No. 22 & 23 to "Ujezd stop", then take the Funicular Railway up the hill.
Petrin Hill & Observation Tower
The Petrin is the highest hill in Pragues city area and it sure is worth a visit. Around here you will find lovely greens and parks for a relaxing picnic break for example. Up on the top of the Petrin there is a mini Eiffeltower you can climb on.... I guess you get a great view over the Prague region from up there. I have never been up and I think it's nothing for people who fear heights.....well don't know that exactly though.....
You can take the Funicular to the top or walk, it's not so far really. On the funicular the tram tickets are guilty, you just have to buy a ticket if you don't have a daypass.
On top of the Petrin hill there is another attraction, the Mirror House called " Bludiste" It's a labyrinth with lots of well cleaned mirrors, and there are many funny mirrors that will make you look like Hobbits or Basketball players on the other hand......
I have been there twice and I think it's worth the 40 CZK, especially when you travel with kids.
The walk up to the hill will give a great view over the old town on a clear day.It's even worth the slog up the steep streets.There's the wooded park and the tower, too.
Also, the Maly Budda restaurant is in the vicinity.
The hunger wall was named that because the builders were promised food in exchange for work to build it. The wall was built under the rule of Charles IV and it was completed in 1362. It will break at times throughout the park but it is one of the features. The park has many paths to follow through the park and a funicular tram which runs up to the top.