Czech name: Petřín
Soaring 327 meters above the left bank of the Vltava River at the heart of Prague’s Lesser Town, Petřín Hill is home to several notable sights. Its name comes from the Latin word petra, meaning rock. In days of old, workers mined the hill for stones to make buildings and walls.
Location & How to Get There
Tram is the best way to get to Petřín Hill. Take the 9, 12, 15, or 22 lines to the ÚJEZD stop. You can also hop on the Petřín Hill funicular that leaves from Malá Strana.
Opening Hours & Entry
As a natural topographical landmark, technically, Petřín Hill is always open. However, the various Prague sightseeing destinations peppered around the knoll maintain their own operating hours.
What to Do & What to See
Petřín Hill is home to several parks and Prague sightseeing locations.
Petřín Lookout Tower: A small version of France’s Eiffel Tower, the lookout on Petřín Hill is a skyward-reaching steel parabola standing 63.5 meters tall. Built in 1891 for the General Land Centennial Exhibition, the tower served as both a radio and television antenna in its prime. Today, in its retirement, the City of Prague Museum maintains the structure as a popular tourist destination.
Petřín Hill Funicular: Like the lookout tower, the funicular on Petřín Hill opened to the public in 1891. The inclined railway operates daily from 9 a.m. to 11:20 p.m. on 15- and 20-minute intervals, depending on the time of day. Three stops connect Malá Strana to Petřín Hill’s summit.
Hunger Wall: Originally raised in the 1300s, the Hunger Wall was a defense structure commissioned by Charles IV that wreaths the Lesser Town district. In 1361, a financial depression plagued the region. Construction of the wall served as a public works project that reinvigorated the economy and ultimately gave poor people a job — and thus a means to feed themselves. That’s how it got its name.
Mirror Maze: Like many sightseeing spots on Petřín Hill, the Mirror Maze was built in 1891. On the outside, the structure is styled like a medieval castle. Inside, there’s a labyrinth of gold-trimmed mirrors in addition to a distorted mirror room. Fair warning: it’s not huge, but it’s a fun time — especially for kids.
Rose Garden: The rose garden on Petřín Hill is one of the most visited spots in the vicinity. A floral cornucopia, it has over 12,000 types of roses! The postcard-perfect Prague park is a favorite of both travelers and residents alike.
Petřín Hill is a natural landscape feature that formed before modern history. Due to its strategic location, the mound played a central role in the city’s development and served as a popular destination during the 1891 General Land Centennial Exhibition hosted in Prague.
Called Peaceful Petřín by many locals, it’s a must-see when traveling through the Czech Republic. Be sure to put aside the better part of a day to explore. There’s so much to see!