The Powder Tower or Powder Gate (Prašná brána) is a Gothic tower in Prague, Czech Republic. It is one of the original city gates that separated the Old Town from the New Town. The tower was built in 1475 as a ceremonial entrance for the coronation processions of Czech kings. The tower was also used as a gunpowder store in the 17th century, hence its name.
The Powder Tower is open to visitors who want to admire its architecture and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the top. The tower has 186 steps and a height of 44 meters. The tower features statues of Czech monarchs and patrons, as well as religious figures such as Mary, Adam and Eve.
The entrance fee to the Powder Tower is 100 CZK for adults, 70 CZK for students and seniors, and 250 CZK for families. The tower is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April to September, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November to February.
To get to the Powder Tower, you can take the metro line B to Náměstí Republiky station or the tram lines 6, 8, 15 or 26 to Náměstí Republiky stop. The tower is located on Na Příkopě street, near the Municipal House and Republic Square.
Some tips for visiting the Powder Tower are:
- Buy a combined ticket that includes the Municipal House and the Powder Tower for a discounted price of 290 CZK.
- Visit the tower early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid crowds and enjoy better views.
- Check out the exhibition inside the tower that showcases historical weapons and models of Prague’s fortifications.
- Join a guided tour that explains the history and significance of the tower and its surroundings.