A small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
The tower is 60m tall, which doesn't sound particularly high until you add the fact that it sits on the top of Petrin hill, overlooking the whole of Prague.
The view is magnificent and well worth the 299 step climb to reach the viewing platform. On a clear day it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km from the tower.
The Observation Tower is set in landscaped gardens that dominate the summit of Petrin hill. These make for a very pleasant stroll anytime of the year, as an excursion from the city centre.
Added to this, there is an observatory and a hall of mirrors to explore (a small entrance fee applies).
Much of the stone used to build the major sights in Prague was quarried out of Petrin hill. Today, however, this is well hidden beneath the gardens and the trees that line the slopes.
Petrin Hill is 318m (1043 feet) high. To reach the summit and the Observation Tower, take the funicular up Petrin hill from Ujezd street in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Alternatively, catch a taxi or take a 25-30 minute stroll up Petrin hill. The climb is fairly steep, but can be very pleasant, passing through gardens and an apple orchard.
Once you have enjoyed the fresh air and the views of Petrin, we thoroughly recommend a visit to Nebozizek Restaurant, located on the hillside, half way down from the summit. This wonderful restaurant offers fine food and excellent views over Prague.