The Petřín Tower was constructed in 1891 during the Jubilee celebrations. The structure was built as a mini Eiffel tower at a ratio of 1:5. The inspiration from the Eiffel Tower is evident but the final constructed piece is a unique structure in its own right.
The tower is situated at the summit of Petrin Hill, the hill is 318 metres and the tower is 60 metres tall. The combined height of the hill and tower is 378 metres that means once standing on the top of the Petřín Tower you are more than 50 metres higher than if you were standing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
There are 299 steps to the top of the tower that you climb up using winding staircases. One staircase is used for going to the top of the tower and the other one is used for going down, an elevator is also available for anyone who does not wish to take the stairs. Several viewing platforms are available on the way up so you can take some photos and absorb the views as you make your way higher.
Once you have reached the top, panoramic views of Prague and the surrounding areas are easily visible. Landmarks including the St Vitus Cathedral towers above surrounding buildings and the Charles Bridge can also be seen in the distance.
So if you want to get the best views of Prague I strongly advise that you add the Petřín Lookout Tower to your list of places to explore during your time in the city.
November – February: 10.00am – 18.00pm
March: 10.00am – 20.00pm
April – September: 10.00am – 22.00pm
October: 10.00am – 20.00pm
Adult 120 CZK (€4.50)
Child/Student 65 CZK (€2.40)
Family 300 CZK (€11.10)
How to get there:
The majority of people take the Funicular railway from Ujezd Street in Malá Strana that is located near the Ujezd tram stop.
Choosing to walk up Petrin hill is a great idea during the summer time and the walk takes less than 30 minutes. There paths all the way up and in parts it can be steep but overall it is enjoyable.
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