The Petřín Lookout Tower is one of Prague’s dominant features. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, it was constructed in 1891. The tower is 63.5 metres high with 299 stairs leading to the top. Interestingly, the top of the Petřín Tower is about 30 metres higher above sea level than the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Useful information for visitors
GPS coordinates: 50.0824347N, 14.3951964E
Getting to Petřín
Disembark at Újezd stop: trams 9, 12, 15, 20, 22, night trams 57, 58, 59, and the historic tram 91.
The top of Petřín can be then reached either on foot or via the funicular, which is the oldest funicular in Prague. It was built at the same time as the Petřín Lookout Tower and is 510 metres long. It operates every day from 9:00am to 11:30pm and is part of the public transport network. Standard public transport tickets can be used.
The Prague lookout, the Mirror Maze, and the Observatory
The Petřín Lookout Tower is located on a hill in the middle of the Petřín Orchards in Lesser Town. Visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the tower. They can also visit the Mirror Maze, Štefánik’s Observatory, the permanent exhibition in the Petřín Tower basement titled “Petřín: a place for walks, lookouts, and mining”, or simply have a walk in the orchards. The tower’s ground floor features a snack bar and souvenir shop. Beside the Petřín Tower is a building resembling a small Gothic castle. Inside is the Mirror Maze with 35 normal and 15 distorting or funhouse mirrors. Štefánik’s observatory is situated only a few-minutes’ walk from the tower where visitors can observe the day and night sky.
|March:||10:00am – 8:00pm|
|October:||10:00am – 8:00pm|
|November-February:||10:00am – 6:00pm|
Petřín Tower and the Mirror Maze are open all year round. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Petřín Lookout Tower
Credit cards are not accepted at the Petřín Lookout Tower.
There is a lift access to the top of the tower for elderly/disabled visitors. However, wheelchair access is only available to the viewing gallery located 20 metres above ground level.
The “Petřínské terasy” restaurant, offering magnificent views of Prague, is situated on Petřín Hill. It is open all year round. During the summer months, guests can dine on the outdoor terrace.
Interesting facts about Petřín
Underground tunnels in Petřín
A large complex of medieval underground tunnels is located beneath Petřín Hill. They were used for mining coal, and iron ore, as well as for water drainage. There are 18 tunnels totalling approximately 1000 metres in length. The longest measures 365 metres. The Železitá štola tunnel, which contains a small lake and stalactites, is one of the best-known.
Only tunnel XXII is open to public and contains a photographic exhibition “Underground Prague”. To get there, take the funicular and get off at the Nebozízek stop. Tunnel XXII is open from April to October, 10:00am-5:00pm.
Tips for combined admissions to sights around Prague:
Petřín Lookout Tower + Mirror Maze: 190 CZK
Petřín Lookout Tower + Mirror Maze + St. Nicholas Bell Tower + Lesser Town Bridge Tower + Powder Tower: 480 CZK (valid for 3 months after purchase)
Prague Towers (see above) + main building of the Museum + Podskalská Custom Office at Výtoň + Ctěnice Castle: 580 CZK (valid for 3 months after purchase)
Petřín Hill and its surroundings
Petřín and its environs offer many pleasant walks. Visitors will find the Baroque-style cascaded Vrtba Garden which is accessible from Karmelitská Street in Lesser Town. Strahov Monastery, the Kinský Summer Palace, and the Hunger Wall are other interesting places to visit.