Petrin Tower

Petrin Tower Photography guide

Ready to Launch by Jiri Hajek
At night from right below the tower.
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The Petřín Lookout Tower (Czech: Petřínská rozhledna) is a 63.5 metre tall steel-framework tower on Petřín Hill in Prague built in 1891. It resembles the Eiffel Tower and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Today the tower is a major tourist attraction.

The two observation platforms are accessible via 299 stairs running around the inside of the structure. A pair of staircases form a double-helix structure allowing visitors travelling up and down concurrently. There is also an elevator to the upper platform. (From Wikipedia)

Getting there

It's most easily accessible by a short walk uphill from the Vltava river or from the Prague Castle. If you want to avoid walking uphill, you can take a cable car up from Újezd and it's just a short flat walk then.

The closest tram station is Pohořelec (tram 22) and bus stations Koleje Strahov or Stadion Strahov. Car can be parked near Strahov stadium.

The tower is open daily, exact opening hours vary per season:

  • November - February 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • March 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • April - September 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • October 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

General admission is 150 CZK (with several possible reductions, family tickets, etc.), cash only, no Euros! There's an ATM inside the tower though. The latest information can be found at the official webpage.

Photographing Petřín Tower

The tower is visible from many areas in Prague, it can be part of your composition from right Vltava bank, for example from this spot. When nearby, the tower isn't that much visible, since the tall trees around it hide it quite well. There are some good spots around it though, if you want to capture only the tower.

Prague from above by Jiri Hajek
Prague at dusk from the top observation deck.
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Photographing from the Tower

The two observation platforms offer some great views of Prague, mainly the Prague Castle, Vltava river, several churches and more. All the challenges and other tips and tricks are described at the Prague from Petrin Tower spot.

Written by Jiri Hajek

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