Built as a mini version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
The tower is 60m tall, which doesn't seem particularly high until you add in the fact that it sits at the summit of Petrin Hill, which is 318m (1043 feet) high.
Climb the 299 steps to reach the top of the tower and the view over Prague is magnificent. On a clear day it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km away.
The Petrin Observation Tower is set in landscaped gardens, which make for a pleasant stroll all year round. In the grounds there is also a hall of mirrors, an observatory with a telescope open to the public, a church and a rose garden (small entrance fees apply for the tower, mirror maze and observatory - there is no need to pre-book).
Much of the stone used to build the major sights in Prague was quarried out of Petrin. But this is well hidden beneath the grass and the trees that cover the hillside.
To reach the Observation Tower and other attractions at the top of Petrin Hill you can take the Funicular Railway, which departs from Ujezd street in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) (tram stop Ujezd).
Alternatively, catch a taxi or take a 30 minute stroll up Petrin Hill. The climb is steep, but the walk is very pleasant, passing through the gardens and trees.
Once you have enjoyed the attractions, the fresh air and the super views of Prague from the top of Petrin, we recommend visiting Nebozizek Restaurant, which is set on the side of Petrin Hill. The funicular stops at Nebozizek on the way up and down Petrin Hill, or you can take a short walk down from the summit to reach the restaurant.
Finally, back down at the base of Petrin Hill, near where the funicular departs from, is a well equipped children's playground.
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. Tickets are available at the funicular terminals too: Getting around Prague by public transport.