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)
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:
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.
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.
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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