Funicular to Petřín



The funicular to Petřín is connected to the tram service in the Újezd stop and is routed on the route Újezd – Nebozízek – Petřín.

All types of public transport tickets are valid for the funicular ride.

Notice: The funicular is not barrier-free accessible.

Opening hours:

  •  year-round, except for regular closures in spring and autumn.
    • in winter period (November – March) it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:20 p.m.
    • in summer period (April – October) it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Time interval:

  • in winter period (November – March) it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. every 15 minutes; from 10:00 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. every 20 minutes.
  • in summer period (April – October) it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from
    6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. every 15 minutes; from 10:00 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. every 10 minutes.

Regular inspections:

The funicular is out of operation during regular inspections.

  • spring: from 9 March to 27 March 2020, inclusive
  • autumn: from 5 October to 23 October 2020, inclusive

Technical parameters:

  • Track length: 510 m
  • Number of stops: 3
  • Number of vehicles: 2
  • Overcome elevation: 130 m
  • Greatest slope of the track: 298 ‰
  • Speed of ride: 4 m/s

History of the funicular to Petřín in a nutshell

On 25 July 1891, the operation of the funicular to Petřín, driven by water overbalance mechanism, was launched. Its operation ended in 1916 in the context of the World War I. The funicular operation was restarted only in 1932 when it was also converted to electric drive. It reliably served the public for more than 30 years. In 1965, extensive landslides on Petřín destroyed the funicular track. The funicular to Petřín started again after a 20-year break in 1985, when it was incorporated into the public transport system.

What we can see on Petřín and Nebozízek

 

From the Nebozízek stop, visitors have a wonderful view of the Prague Castle and the capital city. Near the lookout tower there is the famous Maze – the Mirror Hall in the Czech Tourists' Pavilion, which was originally located in the Prague's Exhibition Grounds in 1891 and moved to its current location a year later. The pavilion is a miniature of the Špička (Spike) medieval gate, which was a part of the Vyšehrad fortifications. The building also houses a panoramic painting of Defending Prague against the Swedes.

The funicular runs through the Hunger Wall, built by the Emperor and King Charles IV. during 1360 – 1362. It got its unusual name in the memory of being an emergency building enabling the Prague population to be employed. The wall was a part of the medieval fortifications of the city.

There is also the Štefánik’s Observatory on Petřín, which started its activities in 1930.

Church of St. Lawrence, originally Romanesque, documented as early as in 1135 and rebuilt in the Baroque style during 1735 – 1970, used to be one of the traditional pilgrimage sites of Prague citizens in the past.

One of many monuments on Petřín is the famous statue of poet K. H. Mácha by J. V. Myslbek, made during 1910 - 1912.

In the area of Petřín we can see the gardens of Kinský, Lobkovická, Nebozízek, U rozhledny, Růžový sad, Seminářská and Strahovská. The youngest of them is Růžový sad, founded in 1932.

Part of the Baroque fortification of Prague – bastions no. IV (St. Charles), no. V
(St. Lawrence) and no. VI (St. Adalbert) has been preserved on Petřín.