Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze

Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze Petřín Hill, Observatory, Lookout and a mirror maze

Description

Petřín (327 m) is a hill in the center of Prague, Czech Republic. It rises some 130 m above the left bank of the Vltava River. The hill, almost entirely covered with parks, is a favorite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. The hill (in German known as Laurenziberg) is featured prominently in Franz Kafka's early short story "Description of a Struggle" and briefly in Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The Petřín Lookout Tower (Czech: Petřínská rozhledna) is a 63.5 metre high steel framework tower in Prague, which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower. Although it is much shorter than the Eiffel Tower, it stands atop a sizable hill, Petřín, so the top is actually at a higher altitude than that of the Eiffel Tower. The Petřínská rozhledna was built in 1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Today the Petřínská rozhledna is a major tourist attraction. If you go up the hard way, the hill is roughly a half-hour walk up paths that get quite slippery when it snows, and the tower is a shorter but fairly tiring climb; however, the hill is served by a frequent funicular and the tower has an elevator for disabled persons. Štefánik's Observatory (Czech: Štefánikova hvězdárna) is an observatory on Petřín hill in the center of Prague founded 1928 and named after Slovak astronomer Milan Rastislav Štefánik. Nowadays the observatory specializes above all in popularization of astronomy and related natural sciences. Mirror Maze is a part of wooden pavilion which was presented to the world in 1891 at the Jubillee Exhibiton in Prague. There are 38 large mirrors which are moreover bent to deform the view. The Petřín funicular is a funicular railway in the Czech capital city of Prague. It links the Malá Strana district with the top of Petřín hill. The funicular has three stops.