Czech name: Žižkovská televizní věž
When you are planning your Prague sightseeing, you may be surprised to find out that the Žižkov Television Tower is one of the major attractions. Although many have called it “the ugliest structure in the city,” it is indeed a unique transmitter tower on top of a hill with post-modern and imposing architecture that includes giant baby statues climbing up its sides. It is Prague’s highest publicly accessible structure, stands 709 feet tall, and has an event studio as well as an observation deck 93 meters above the ground that offers amazing views.
Location & How to Get There
You can drive because Tower Park contains a car park. You could decide to walk from the Old Town Square in approximately 35 minutes. To use public transport, take the green metro line to Jiřího z Poděbrad. Walk into the park that has the big church. Look to your left to see the TV Tower. It’s only a five-minute walk. When you get there, enter the Tower from the basement entrance where you will find signs posted.
Opening Hours & Entry
The opening of the Tower is at 9:00 AM, and it closes at midnight. Lunch and dinner times are extra busy hours because you don’t pay for entry to the tower when you have a restaurant reservation. An adult ticket is 250 CZK, and there are discounts for families and seniors.
What to Do & What To See
- Going at sunset is terrific when you add that to the magnificent views of the whole city, so be sure to pick a clear day. You can also see planes as they approach the airport, which is more than 20km away. You might experience the strange time when there is dusk in the city but there is still sunshine where you are..
- There are restaurants, a one-bedroom hotel, and an event studio.
- The restaurants Oblaca and Bistro 66 are right in the tower. It is actually the same place on the 66th floor. The Bistro 66 offers breakfast from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and then becomes the Oblaca Restaurant from then until closing at midnight.
- In 2013 the Tower added a very small “One Room Hotel.” It is expensive but is a memorable and unique place to stay.
- You can also explore the Tower Park Recreation Area next door.
The Tower began its construction in 1985 during the Communist era. It was hugely controversial due to its desecration of an Old Jewish Cemetery. The Tower wasn’t completed until 1992 after the end of the Communist era.
Its high-tech architecture, also called Structural Expressionism, emerged in the 1970s and was incorporated into the building design. The architecture utilizes new advances in technology, building materials, transparency in construction and design, all seeking to communicate the underlying function of the building’s interior and exterior. It makes extensive use of steel, concrete, and glass.