The funicular railway in Prague runs from the Lesser Town
up to the top of Petrin Hill.
On the side of the hill is a park and wooded area. And at its summit, set in landscaped gardens, is the Petrin Observation Tower, a mirror maze, a church and an observatory with a telescope open for public use.
The funicular stops half way up Petrin for passengers that wish to dine at Nebozizek Restaurant to alight.
The funicular railway forms part of the Prague public transport network, so a single ticket for travel on trams, buses and the metro is also valid on the funicular: Getting around Prague by public transport.
Thus most passengers arrive by tram (tram stop Ujezd), then use the same ticket - exceptional value for a pleasant excursion away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to enjoy the natural beauty of Petrin and to take in the views over Prague.
If you arrive on foot, tickets for travel can be purchased at the base of the funicular, which is a 10-15 minutes stroll from Charles Bridge in one direction, and the same from the National Theatre in the other.
Weather permitting, a nice trip is to take the funicular up, spend a couple of hours strolling around the summit visiting the attractions, then to walk back down through the woods and the park - possibly even stopping off at Nebozizek Restaurant for a bite to eat.
Track length: 510 m
Number of stops: 3
Number of wagons: 2
Vertical rise: 130 m
Steepest grade: 29.8%
Speed: 4 m/s.
History of the Funicular Railway
The funicular railway opened on the 25th July 1891, operating with a water-balance drive system. It ceased running in 1916 due to World War I, then resumed operations in 1932 following its conversion to an electrical drive system.
It closed once more in 1965 after landslides on Petrin destroyed the funicular's tracks. But since re-opening in 1985 the funicular has operated more or less continuously (aside from the bi-annual closures for essential maintenance).
The funicular passes through the Hunger Wall, which was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV in 1360-1362. It gained its name in memory of the fact that it was built during hard times to provide employment for residents of Prague. The wall formed part of the city's medieval fortifications.