Petrin Tower, Prague

Petrin Tower, Prague (must see)

Often described as a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Tower on Petrin Hill is an excellent replica of the famous Parisian landmark. It stands only 60 meters high, but due to its hill location, appears rather tall from a distance. It nonetheless contrasts the French counterpart, as it has an octagonal, not square, cross-section. Furthermore, unlike the Eiffel Tower, it does not stand on the four columns of lattice steel and has the area beneath the legs as an entrance hall.

In 1889, members of the Club of Czech Tourists visited the World Exposition in Paris and fell in love with the then newly erected Eiffel creation. Upon their return, they had pooled a sufficient sum of money and within just four months built their own “Eiffel Tower”, in time for the World's Jubilee Exposition in 1891.

Affording an excellent view of the Prague skyline, the tower has long been used as a look-out point. Initially, it had a lift for six, operated first on a gas and then electric drive. In 1953, a television broadcasting antenna was fixed at the top of the tower, upon which the lift was removed. In 1999–2002, after yet another reconstruction, a new lift for the elderly and disabled was installed.

To get to Petrin Tower you'll have to endure a half-hour walk up the pretty steep hill and the tower itself is also quite an arduous climb. Its two observation platforms are accessible by 299 stairs, running around the inside of the structure, in sections of 13 per flight. There are two sets of stairs – one for going up and the other for coming down. Still, if you're lazy, you can take the frequent small funicular up the hill and then the tower elevator.

At the main level, there are a gift shop and small cafeteria, while the lowest level is reserved for a small exhibition area. From 21 January 2013, the tower has been operated by the City of Prague Museum.

Why You Should Visit:
Opportunity for a great walk through the parklands and, obviously, for some fantastic panoramas of Prague.

Tip:
Wear comfortable shoes if you want to walk up to the tower, or else take the lift.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Petrin Tower
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic (See walking tours in Prague)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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