Žižkov Tower


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This huge, thrusting, three-pillared television tower has long been dubbed the Pražský pták, or 'Prague Prick', by local admirers. Seemingly modelled on a Soyuz rocket ready for blast-off, or maybe something out of Thunderbirds, it's been more of a hit with space-crazy visitors than with the locals. In recent years, it made a guest appearance in Blade II.
The tower was planned under the communists (who tore up part of the adjacent Jewish Cemetery to make room for it) and completed in early 1989. However, no sooner had it started operating in 1990 than it came under attack from nearby residents who claimed it was guilty of, among other things, jamming foreign radio waves and giving their children cancer. More than 20 TV channels broadcast from behind the white plastic shielding that defends against the elements, while transmitters lower down deal with radio stations and emergency services.

You can take a lift up to the eighth-floor viewing platform or have a drink in the fifth-floor café. However, in many ways standing at the base and looking up the 216m (709ft) of grey polished steel is an even more scary experience. The tower is also now the home of some public art, with several large black babies crawling on its exterior. The intriguing, rather disturbing Miminka are the work of Czech bad-boy artist and satirist David Černý.

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Žižkov Tower details

Mahlerovy sady,
Prague 3

Area Prague

Transport Metro Jiřího z Poděbrad/tram 5, 9, 26 .

Telephone 267 005 775

Žižkov Tower website

Open 10am-11.30pm daily.

Admission 60 K±; free under-5s.

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By Peter - Apr 1 2015

Strangly enough this was my favorite Prague tower, mainly based on it's looks which remind me of Orwell's 1984. This all changed after I left the elevator 93 meters above street level..

Of course I was treated with a nice view but to be honest, the view from Powder Tower, Clock Tower, Petrin Hill (free) and Letna (free) are way better. It was about 16:00 in the afternoon when I entered the tower, a dumb move because I could have known the sun would be shining right into my face while looking to the old town (direction east).

One pro are the nice bulb chairs, hanging in one of the observation ponds. The most comfortable chairs I've sat on during my first 6 weeks in Prague!

Tip: skip this one and spend your valuable time on Petrin or Letna (the latter has a great beer garden!). If you really wanna see this one from the inside: go there before noon to get the sun on your side ;)

By Timo - Feb 18 2012

And it is closed.........