Funicular to Petřín


Opening hours:

  • from 18 June to 31 August 2021 in operation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. in an interval of 15 minutes
    • 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. in an interval of 10 minutes
    • 6.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. in an interval of 15 minutes
  • from 1 September to 3 October 2021 in operation from 7.00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • 07.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. in the interval of 15 minutes.
    • 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. in an interval of 10 minutes.
    • 6.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. in the interval of 15 minutes

Fare Update:

  • Starting Sunday, 1 August 2021, a special uniform, non-transferable ticket costing CZK 60 (tickets available for purchase at vending machines at funicular stops), is required for rides on the Petrin Hill funicular.
  • However, after 1 August 2021, longer-term (24 hours or more) coupons and travel documents for Prague and portable fares, along with free-travel documents, will continue to be valid for rides on the Petrin Hill funicular.
  • From 1 August 2021, all types of single ride and short-term tickets for travel within the city of Prague, or in combination with travel in external tariff zones, shall no longer be recognized for rides on the Petrin Hill funicular.

Regular maintenance:

During the following regular maintenance periods, funicular is out-of-service.

  • Spring: from 8 March through 26 May 2021.
  • Autumn: from 4 October through 22 October 2021.

Warning: The funicularis not barrier-free accessible.

Plan - Újezd Transfer Area

Technical information:

  • route length: 510 m
  • number of stops: 3
  • number of cars: 2
  • elevation traveled: 130 m
  • maximum gradient of the track: 29.8 %
  • travel speed: 4 m/s

 

A brief history of the Petřín Funicular.

The Petřín funicular railway began operation on 25 July 1891. It used a water-balance propulsion system and ceased operating in 1916 in connection with the First World War. The current longer line opened in 1932 with an electrical propulsion system, a different track gauge and completely new equipment, and operated throughout the Second World War. In 1965, due to landslides in the Petřín area and the loss of its track, the service had to be suspended. It took 27 years for the restoration of the line (1985), at which time the service became part of the regular public transport system. 

What to See at Petřín and Nebozízek

From the Nebozízek station, visitors have a magnificent view of Prague Castle and the rest of the capital city. Near the lookout tower is the famous Maze - a mirrored hall – which can be found in the Pavilion of the Czech Tourists Club. The pavilion was originally built for and located (1891) at the Prague Exhibition Grounds. A year later, it was moved to its current site. The pavilion is a replica of the Špička Gate, which was part of the medieval Vyšehrad fortifications of the city. The building also houses a panorama-type painting showing an earlier defense of Prague against attacking Swedes.

The funicularpasses through the Hunger Wall, which was built by the Emperor and King Charles IV in the years 1360 - 1362. It got its unusual name from the fact that its construction provided a means of livelihood to the city’s poor. The wall formed part of the medieval fortifications of the city.

There is also the Štefánik Observatory at Petřín, which began operations in 1930.

Of interest too is the now restored Church of St. Vavřinec. The origins of the building are Romanesque and can be dated back to 1135. There were later Gothic and then Baroque (1735-70) reconstructions. No longer a place of worship, it was also one of the traditional places of pilgrimage in Prague.

One of the many historical monuments at Petřín is the famous statue of the poet K. H. Mácha by J. V. Myslbek, dating back to between 1910 and 1912.

In the area of Petřín, there are also a series of gardens (Kinský, Lobkovická, Nebozízek, U rozhledny, Růžový sad, Seminářská and Strahovská). The earliest of these is Růžový sad, which dates back to 1932.

Other Petřín landmarks include some of the Baroque-era fortifications of Prague - bastions No. IV (St. Charles), No. V (St. Lawrence) and No. VI (St. Adalbert).