This year, one of Prague’s most beautiful sights, the observatory on top of the romantic Petřín Hill, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its foundation. The Petřín Observatory was built during just a few months in 1891.
The observatory was inspired by the famous Parisian Eiffel Tower, which members of the Czech Tourist Club saw during their visit of The Universal Exposition of 1889. It did not take long before Prague citizens and visitors could climb up the 60 metres tall tower on Petřín to Hill to enjoy beautiful views of the capital.
Formerly one of King Charles’s vineyards, the Petřín Hill nowadays offers several attractions for adults and children, such as a mirror maze and Štefánik Observatory. You can take the famous funicular to go up, which has been back in operation again since April 2016 after a rather long-lasting reconstruction. It is 510 metres long and travels at a speed of 4 m/s.