Petrin Hill and Look-out Tower
Petrin Hill rises high above the city of Prague and offers a beautiful vista of the Vltava river and the city beyond with its ‘Hundred Spires’. This 318 metre-high hill is one of Prague’s largest green spaces and intersected by tree-shaded walks. Petřín Hill is crowned by the look-a-like Eiffel Tower which rewards visitors with a panoramic view of Prague. Petřín Hill is easily accessible on foot from Prague Castle and Strahov Monastry, or for the less energetic by the funicular railway.
Petrin Hill is the highest and greenest of Prague’s seven hills. Its peaceful slopes are covered with vineyards and fruit trees from which the fruit can be freely picked. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century the hillside quarry provided building material for many of the city mansions. Today, Petřín Hill is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Prague.
Enjoy the fragrant blossoms of the fruit trees, autumn colours of the Indian summer or snow in winter. Stroll along winding paths or take the funicular to the top where the enchanting view of the Vltava River the Old City beyond awaits you. Are you still not high enough? Climb the 299 steps of the look-out-tower for an even better view.
Highlights of Petrinn Hill
The 60m-tall look-out tower is a copy of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and was built for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. Climb the steps or take the elevator to reach the viewing platform.
When you have navigated your way through the mirror maze you end up in a hall with distortion mirrors. When you have laughed at you reflection, your reward is a diorama commemorating the battle of the students with the Swedes on Charles Bridge during the Thirty-year War in the seventeenth century.
When you arrive by the funicular railway, get off at the half-way stop for a meal or just a beer in Nebozizek Restaurant with sweeping views.
Part of the Castle’s fortification and built to provide work for the poor. Charles IV commissioned this wall to be built after crop failure. In exchange for labour the workers were fed from the royal storerooms.
Church of St Michael
A small Russian-Orthodox wooden church brought to Prague log by log from the Ukraine: an exquisite example of seventeenth-century folk art.
Monument to Karel Hynek Macha
Macha was the greatest of the Czech romantic poets. His most famous poem, Maj (May), is a hymn to love. Every 1st May young lovers gather at the statue where they lay flowers and do what lovers do.