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The Petřín Funicular

The funicular on Petřín Hill connects to tram service at the Újezd stop, and services the Újezd - Nebozízek - Petřín route.

PIT tickets are valid on the funicular.

Lanovka na Petřín

Operating hours:

  • open daily except the regular closure in March and October.

Time interval:

  • winter season (November - March) runs from 9.00 to 23.20 hours on a 15 minute interval,
  • summer season (April - October) runs from 9.00 to 23.30 hours on a 10 minute interval.

Regular revisions:

During regular revisions is the funicular out of order.

  • spring: from 10 March until 28 March 2014,
  • autumn: from 6 October until 24 October 2014.

Technical parameters:

  • track length: 510 m
  • number of stops: 3
  • number of wagons: 2
  • vertical rise: 130 m
  • steepest grade: 29.8%
  • speed: 4 m/s

The Petřín Funicular - A Brief History

On 25 July 1891, a funicular up to Petřín Hill began operating, using a water-balance drive system. It ceased operating in 1916 due to World War I. The funicular didn't resume operation until 1932, when it was also converted to an electrical drive system. It served the public reliably for over 30 years. In 1965 extensive landslides took place on Petřín, which destroyed the funicular's tracks. The Petřín funicular resumed operations after a 20-year pause, in 1985, when it was made part of the urban mass transit system.

What You'll See on Petřín and Nebozízek

From Nebozízek, visitors are presented with a gorgeous view of the Prague Castle and the city of Prague. Near the observation tower is the well-known Maze - Hall of Mirrors in the Czech Hikers' Pavilion, which in 1891 was originally located at the Prague Exhibition Grounds, and a year later relocated to its present location. The Pavilion is a miniature of the medieval Špička Gate, which was part of the fortifications at Vyšehrad. The building also contains the panoramic painting „Defending Prague From the Swedes".

The funicular passes through the Hunger Wall, commissioned by Emperor and King Charles IV during 1360 - 1362. It gained its unusual name in memory of the fact that it was built during hard times in order to provide employment for residents of Prague. The wall formed part of the city's medieval fortifications.

Also located on Petřín is Štefánik's Observatory, which opened in 1930.

The Church of St. Lawrence, originally Romanesque, documented as far back as 1135, and reconstructed in the Baroque style during 1735 - 1770, was in the past one of the traditional places of pilgrimage for residents of Prague.

One of the many monuments on Petřín is the famous statue of the poet K.H. Mácha from J.V. Myslbek, created in the years 1910 - 1912.

In the Petřín area, we can see the Kinsky, Lobkowicz, Nebozízek, and U rozhledny gardens, the Rose Garden, and the Seminary and Strahov gardens. The Rose Garden is the youngest, founded in 1932. Located on Petřín are also surviving remnants of Prague's baroque fortifications - Bastion No. Iv (St. Charles), No. V (St. Lawrence) and No. VI (St. Vojtěch/Adalbert).

 

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