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Petrin Tower, Prague

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
For a little Czech-flavored taste of Paris, visit Petrin Tower, dominating the surrounding area from its location high above the Vltava River. Built in 1891, this 63 m (206 ft) tall steel structure is a scaled-down copy of Paris' Eiffel Tower. The structure features 299 steps, which run on the inside of the tower and lead to two separate observation platforms. After decades of service as a transmission tower, massive renovations in 1999 turned the structure into a tourist attraction, adding a small cafe, gift shop, and exhibit area to its lower levels. Pay the small fee to access the tower's observation platforms, offering unbeatable views of the entire city. Use our Prague online day trip planner to add Petrin Tower and other attractions to your Prague vacation plans.
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  • I really love this spot. I can come there over and over again and always enjoy the atmosphere and views.  more »
  • I always look forward to coming back. I look forward to taking the Funicular up the hill ( when functional ) and to the many choices one has getting back down. As a local kid living in Prague years....  more »
  • The area and place are wonderful. You should visit the Petrin tower and go up to top to have the a 360 view of the city. However, the staff was awful. I was buying the ticket to visit the tower, I...  more »
  • Good spot to get a great view over the city from the western riverbank. Pretty cheap entry fee. You can hump it up the stairs or ride the lift for a few more pence. Note though that on the way down they turf you out on a lower platform, and you have to walk down the stairs to the ground. Bit odd. The viewing platform at the top is fairly small and has windows that can be opened in good weather to get clear photos. The tower is based on the Eiffel Tower by all accounts.
  • The hike to get to the tower wasn't the most fun to do. There are a lot of steps to reach the base of the tower. Same thing to get to the bottom of the hill. It was quite steep and not paved nicely where the left and right side would have different levels. The normal price of the tower at the time was 150 (approximately 6 euros) but there is a students discount if you have your card with you. The student ticket costs 80 (approximately 3.5 euros). The lift is for 60 (2.5 euros). I would advise to take the stairs since it wasn't really that high and there are resting benches on the way. The climb consists of 2 main floors. The first floor is unobstructed with no glass shielding. The view is pretty good and you can take great photos there. The second floor (top of the tower) has a glass shielding so the photos won't be good. At the time of the visit the top floor was so crowded with a lot of people that I just took a quick glimpse of the view and went down. The reason of a 3 out of 5 stars is because of the uneven terrain and the very hard climb and descend, and because of how crowded it gets at the top with very little room to take any photos and due to the obstructed view. I would still recommend to take photos on the first floor.
  • My friend and I hiked up to the tower from the river and it was fairly quick took us 11 minutes but budget for more (we went fast because we wanted a workout). At the top you have the option of paying to walk up the tower and I recommend it, for the price I think you get a great view! We also opted to go through the mirror maze, it was a fun spot to take photos. If you’re a student remember to bring your ID because you get a good discount! The gardens are free up top and are a lovely place to take a break from all the sightseeing.
  • If you are visiting Prague, it is must visit. The whole petrin area gets less crowded in the afternoon. So try to visit it in the afternoon. The tower will give you a great look out. It will take your breath away. But unfortunately the elevator was broken. So you had to take the stairs. Besides, they don't take credit card or euro in the ticket centre.
  • Fun up hill walk to the tower. A little train can take you up hill if you're willing to pay and queue for it. We did some walking instead, it was about a 20 minute hill climb, it also seems the better and more fun choice when the weather is good. The view on top of the tower is enjoyable.

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