Prague

Petřín Lookout Tower

Inspired by the Eiffel Tower and built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition, Petřín Lookout Tower offers panoramic views of the city. It is 64 meters high, and there are 299 steps that lead to the top of the tower.

History

The Czech Tourist club organized an excursion to Paris in 1891, and after seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time several members of the club decided to build a similar tower in Prague. Petřín Hill seemed like a perfect choice for the location of the tower and the construction began in March 1891. František Plášil and Julius Souček were in charge of building the Petřín Lookout Tower and managed to make an iron construction in less than a month.

Surrounding Area and Attractions

The tower is set in landscaped gardens, which makes it a perfect spot for picnics and long hikes. Some of the attractions at the Petřín Lookout Tower include the exposition of the Czech Tourist Club and an observatory which houses a museum and has a telescope that is open for public. There is also a restaurant on the ground floor.