Named after the hill on which it stands, the 63.5-meter-high Petrín Lookout Tower (Petrínská rozhledna) is a little like a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris that offers panoramic views over Prague. Although only a fifth the size of its French counterpart, the tower’s elevation creates the illusion that it’s bigger than it actually is.
Built in 1891 for the Prague Exhibition from disused railway tracks, it was later moved to Petrín Hill in the 1930s, where it became one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Today, visitors can either make the 30-minute climb up the Petrín hill to the base of the tower or take a leisurely trip aboard the funicular railway before tackling the structure’s 299 steps to the top (there’s also an elevator, as well as a café). Be sure to visit the nearby Mirror Maze, a fun diversion also built in 1891.
Address: Petrínské sady, 118 00 Praha 1
Official site: http://en.muzeumprahy.cz/198-the-petrin-observation-tower/