Prague Towers (3) – Petřín Watchtower


Rose garden bellow watchtower

Looking at Prague panorama you see something familiar, even when you are here for the first time. Eiffel tower? Yes, Eiffel tower!
Czech Touristic Club visited Paris in 1889 and they stole the top of the Eiffel tower and brought it to Prague … sorry, wrong story, no :-). The tourists fell in love with Eiffel Tower and they wanted to have it at home, even bigger if possible. Money was the problem, but people were donating money for new “lighthouse” for Prague after big PR actions. The construction of Petřín watchtower began on March 16, 1891 and hard work started. The works were finished only four months later, July 2, 1891. Our new tower had better elevators – modern gas ones – comparing to ordinary hydraulic ones at Eiffel Tower.


Eiffel Tower?

Grand opening was on August 20, 1891, the tower was covered with national colors (white – red – blue) and on the top of the watchtower waved our flag. The standard was 17 metres higher then the top of Older sister in Paris. The dream was fulfilled.


Climbing up

At the same time the funicular to the top of the hill was finished and one year later also the Mirror Maze below the tower.


Mirror Maze (roofe and spires on left) and the Church of St. Vavřinec (red with green spires)

Technical parametres:
weight 175 metric tons
bases were deep 36 feets / 11 meters
the watch platform is in the height of 180 feets / 55 meters
you have to climb 299 stairs to reach it
total height is 297 feets / 60 meters


Student’s dormitories (left) and Strahov stadion (right)


Left bottom: monastery and hospital of Karel Boromejský, middle right: Prague Castle, horizon: biggest Prague housing estate Bohnice


Little Quarter with St Nicholas Church. middle horizon: Letná hill


Charles Bridge and view to the Old Town

The next tower will be tower of St. Nicholas Church at Little Quarter, here as seen from Petřín Watchtower.

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

The whole series to be found here

1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower


15 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. aawwa
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 14:14:48

    What an interesting blog! Thanks for visiting mine today 🙂


  4. Madhu
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 14:15:16

    The views are incredible Katy! Shall have to check this out in person 🙂


  5. Peter S
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 22:16:56

    Beautiful views from the tower !


  6. Alien Shores
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:54:20

    Following your posts with great interest Katy. We will be visiting Prague for a few days in April – looking forward to seeing the towers.


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