Built in 1891 for the Czech Tourist Club’s General Land Centennial Exhibition, Petrin Tower resembles a mini Eiffel Tower perched atop Petrin Hill. The highest point in Prague, with panoramic views, the landmark is popular with tourists who brave the 299 steps to get a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Petrin Tower was built just two years after the completion of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was the brainchild of Dr. Vilem Kurz and architect Vratislav Pasovsky, who were inspired to create a smaller version of Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece after traveling to Paris to see the original at the World Exhibition in 1889. Members of the public largely funded the tower’s construction.
Many people choose to hop on the cable car to ride up to Petrin Park, or visit as part of an electric bike, Segway, or walking tour that takes in some of the city’s top landmarks. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to the Czech Republic’s highest mountain, Snezka, some 93 miles (150 kilometers) away.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Admission to the tower is by paid ticket only.
- Skip the line at the entrance with a prepaid ticket.
- An elevator ride to the top is helpful for those who are less mobile.
How to Get There
Petrin Tower is located in Petrin Park. It is accessible on foot (although the climb is quite steep) from Malostranska metro station (Line A) or via the cable car that departs from Ujezd station.
When to Get There
The tower is open seven days a week year-round. Opening hours vary by season: 10am–6pm November to February, 10am–8pm in March and October, and 10am–10pm April to September. Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time.
Visiting the Stefanik Observatory
Petrin Park is home to another interesting attraction, the Stefanik Observatory. Built in 1928, its home to several interesting exhibits explaining the basics of astronomy, and three observation domes with powerful telescopes that track the day and night skies. Visitors can use the telescopes to get a closer look at the stars and planets.