Petrin is a hill or small mountain near the centre of Prague (Laurenziberg). It is a popular local recreation area. On the Petrin there is an observation tower that looks similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The hill can be reached by cable car, among other things. One meets many tourists on the Petrin.
The easiest way to get to Petrin is by tram and then by cable car. Take the tram to the stop “Ujezd” on the other side of the Vltava seen from the centre (for example tram lines 5, 7, 12, 15). There you change to the cable car.
The Petrin funicular runs every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. The journey time is less than 5 minutes. The cable car is part of the Prague public transport system. If you have a day ticket, multi-day ticket, monthly ticket or similar, you do not need to buy an extra ticket. The valley station is not far from the Ujezd tram stop.
Buy local transport tickets: Some tourists have a problem buying local transport tickets in Prague on arrival. Firstly, it is not easy to use foreign language ticket machines, you need Czech change and there are often queues. It is a good idea to buy the tickets in advance on the internet. They will then be sent by post. On this website you can buy public transport tickets for Prague.
Arrived at the top (there is also a middle station at a restaurant) you are in a park. About 150 meters to the right is the famous observation tower Petrin. You can go up (about 5 Euro) or take the elevator for about 8 Euro.
Petrin observation tower
From the tower you have a magnificent view of Prague and the Vltava River. There is also a lot to see in other directions, including Prague Castle.
Another sight of Petrin Prague is an observatory (Štefánik Observatory). You can see it from the inside for about 4 Euro. The observatory is almost next to the top station of the cable car.
There is also a well-known mirror labyrinth on Petrin Mountain in Prague. This is near the observation tower. Short film about the maze:
There are also some beautiful gardens on the mountain.
On the Petrin there is also a large socialist prefabricated housing estate with some hotels and restaurants. Between the buildings there is a bus stop. From there buses go to the metro station Dejvicka (journey time about 10 minutes), if one does not want to go back again with the cable car. There is a large stadium next to the bus stop on Petrin Hill.
Opening hours 2020 Petrin
The cable car to the Petrin runs daily from about 9 am to 23:20 pm. The observation tower has similar opening hours. The mirror labyrinth is open from about 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Caution: The observatory (Štefánik Observatory) is open outside the season only on weekends during the day, in the season only from 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday all year round from 11 am.
Ticket prices 2020 Petrin Hill Prague
The journey is very inexpensive. If you don’t have a ticket for the public transport, you pay for the cable car almost 1 Euro for the one-way route. With a day ticket, weekly ticket etc. you can use the funicular for free.
The Petrin Tower Prague costs 120 crowns on foot or 180 crowns with the lift (almost 5 or 7 euros).
The mirror labyrinth Petrin costs 90 crowns for adults (about 3.5 euros), children etc. pay 70 crowns (about 3 euros).
As an adult, you pay 80 crowns (about 3 euros) to visit the observatory, children pay 60 crowns (about 2.50 euros). If there is a demonstration, the entrance fee is almost 1 Euro higher.
So the entrance fees on the Petrin Prague are not too high. We would say that all presented attractions are worthwhile.#
Short film Petrin Hill Prague
Impressions of sights and gardens