|The Petrin Funicular Railway runs from Ujezd street in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) to the top of Petrin Hill, and down again.|
It makes a halfway stop, in both directions, for passengers that wish to dine at Nebozizek Restaurant.
The journey is a pleasant one, rising from street level through park and woodland, at a fairly rapid pace.
At the summit there are several attractions, set in landscaped gardens: Petrin Lookout Tower, a mirror maze, a church and an observatory.
Petrin Funicular forms part of the Prague public transport network, so travel is included in the 1-Day and 3-Day travel passes.
Alternatively, a single ticket can be purchased at the base, top and halfway points for 60 CZK.
To get to the base, either take a tram to Ujezd tram stop or take a stroll from elsewhere in the city centre. As a guide, the Petrin Funicular is 10-15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge in one direction, and the same from the National Theatre in the other.
A trip on the funicular railway makes a nice excursion away from the hustle and bustle of the city at any time of the year (unless the weather is really poor).
Tip: for visitors that enjoy a walk, we recommend taking the funicular to the summit of Petrin, stroll around for a couple of hours, visit the attractions (including climbing the Lookout Tower), then walk back to the city centre via the paths that lead through the trees and parkland (possibly stopping off at Nebozizek for a bite to eat).
Technical Details of Petrin Funicular
Track length: 510 m
Number of stops: 3 (the terminals at either end and the halfway point)
Number of wagons: 2
Vertical rise: 130m
Steepest grade: 29.8%
Speed: 4 m/s.
History of Petrin Funicular
The funicular opened on 25 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 in 1965 after a landslide on Petrin destroyed the tracks.
The funicular reopened in 1985, and has been more or less in continuous operation ever since (aside from closures for maintenance and repair).
The funicular passes through the Hunger Wall, which was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV in 1360-1362. The Hunger Wall gained its name because it was built in hard times to provide employment for the residents of Prague. The wall forms part of the city's medieval fortifications.