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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.