Czech name: Petřínská rozhledna
Prague’s miniature version of the famous Eiffel Tower of Paris sits imperiously over the city. Clear days allow visitors to view the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Sněžka, which is about 93 miles away! This location is a necessary stop for any Prague sightseeing adventure, not only thanks to the view but also the many little attractions that await you at the top.
Location & How to Get There
The Petřín Lookout Tower famously stands at the top of Petřín Hill. The easiest way to reach the top to tour the tower is to take the Petřín Hill funicular, which is a type of railway that makes regular trips from the Újezd tram stop. Or if you have the physical stamina, you can walk 30 minutes along the steep path to the top. The tram stops from Pohořelec and Lesser Town Square (Malostranské náměstí) are also options for when the funicular is out of order. Take Malostranské náměstí via Tržiště and Vlašská streets and Pohořelec via Strahovská or Úvoz streets.
Opening Hours & Entry
The Petřín Lookout Tower is open November through February from 10 am to 6 pm every day of the week. You can visit in March and October every day of the week from 10 am to 8 pm. From April through September, the Prague Towers are open the whole week from 10 am to 10 pm. It is closed during December. The basic fee to enter the Petřín Tower is 150 CZK, but there is a reduced rate of 80 CZK. A family entrance fee of 350 CZK allows two adults and two children admittance to this landmark.
What to Do & What to See
This tower, made entirely of steel, is around 208 feet tall but sits on top of the 1043-foot-tall Petřín Hill. A total number of 299 steps (or a modern elevator) lead up to the top. You cannot find a better place in the entire city of Prague to observe the city and the surrounding landscape. And if you choose to walk up the steep path, you will pass through dozens of apple and pear trees. The real draw, however, is the incredible view looking out over the city. You can see the famous Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) below, as well as the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most).
Even the lower level of the tower offers fun for visitors. A simple museum offers an exhibition about the history of tower and the hill over the years, and a cafe provides welcome refreshments near the entrance. Other attractions include the nearby Mirror Maze and the peaceful rose gardens surrounding the tower itself.
The Petřín Lookout Tower was built just two years after the erection of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the General Land Centennial Exhibition, also known as the World’s Jubilee Exhibition. Construction for the Petřín Lookout Tower started in March 1891 but finished a few short months later.
The inspiration came directly from the Paris landmark. A group from the Czech Republic visited the world exposition and came home to raise money to create a fitting symbol to represent the beautiful country of the Czech Republic. Numerous technological advancements and reconstructions have led to the current tower, which is operated by the City of Prague Museum.