Czech name: Prašná brána
Prague sightseeing has much to offer visitors. A trip to Prašná brána or Powder Tower is an amazing place to visit and learn more about Prague’s history. Powder tower was one of the original gates to the city has a unique history that spans hundreds of years.
Location & How to Get There
Located on Na Příkopě street, and close to Republic Square Náměstí republiky and the Municipal House, Powder Tower is also known to be one of the landmarks that separate New Town from Old Town. It’s also best to note that Na Příkopě street is the most expensive street in Prague and is a fashionable area to visit all on its own. Visitors would do well to take advantage of Power Tower’s location and visit the wonderful sights in the area.
The closest metro station is Náměstí Republiky (line B) and the nearest tram stop is Náměstí Republiky (trams 6, 8, 15 and 26).
Opening Hours & Entry
It is best to visit this cultural landmark during the daytime. The typical visiting hours begin at 10 a.m. and end between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., depending upon the time of year. April through September are typically the busiest months and the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The winter months are less crowded, but also afford shorter visiting time. Visiting between November and February, the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The standard entry fee is 100 CZK per person, 70 CZK for reduced single entry, and 250 CZK for an entire family to visit. Visitors can enter the tower until thirty minutes before closing.
The tower’s foundational stone was laid in 1475. And throughout the years, Powder Tower has undergone significant damage due to political upheavals and wars. Because of the damage that was done, over time, several restorations have been done to revitalize its original appearance. Since its inception, the tower has had various uses throughout its history.
One of the facts that makes Powder Tower so special is that it was used for centuries as the start of coronation site for Czech monarchs. Indeed, a visit to the tower will provide a stunning array of sculptures and artwork dedicated to the former rulers of the Czech Republic. Inside the building, visitors can see magnificent displays of former kings surrounded by their coats of arms. There are also several religious artifacts dedicated to saints, angels, and Christian religious historical figures.
And yet another interesting fact about Powder tower is that it was also used to store gunpowder in the 17th century. This former use is how the tower got its current name.
A visit to Powder Tower would be time well spent. Its illustrious history and cultural offerings are sure to bring delight to any Prague sightseeing adventures.