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Zizkov Television Tower

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The Zizkov Television Tower is a unique transmitter tower built in Prague, Czech Republic between 1985 and 1992. It stands high above the city’s traditional skyline from its position on top of a hill in the district of Zizkov, from which it takes its name. The tower is an example of high-tech architecture.

The structure of the tower is unconventional, based on a triangle whose corners go up in steel columns, consisting of three tubes with a double steel wall, filled with concrete. They support nine ‘pods’ and three decks for transmitting equipment. One of the three pillars extends considerably higher than the others, providing both the necessary height for radio antennas and the structure’s rocket and gantry appearance.

The tower is 216 metres tall, with the observatory at 93 metres, a hotel room at 70 metres, and restaurants at 66 metres. Three elevators transport passengers at a speed of 4 m/s. Three of the pods, positioned directly beneath the decks at the top, are used for equipment and are inaccessible to the public. The other six pods are open to visitors. The largest one contains an observation deck that offers a panoramic view of Prague and its surroundings. The three lowest ones, approximately at the middle of the height of the pillars, contain a recently renovated restaurant and café.

The tower also serves as a meteorological observatory and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. It is open every day from 9:00 am to midnight. The ticket price for adults is 250 CZK (about 10 EUR) and for children under 15 years old is 150 CZK (about 6 EUR). You can buy tickets online or at the entrance.

To get to the tower, you can take the metro line A to Jiriho z Podebrad station or tram number 11 or 13 to Jiriho z Podebrad stop. The tower is about 10 minutes walk from there. You can also take bus number 136 or 175 to U Památníku stop, which is closer to the tower.

Some tips for visiting the tower are:

  • You can enjoy a stunning view of Prague from the observation deck, especially at night when the city is illuminated.
  • You can also see some sculptures of crawling babies by David Cerny attached to the outside of the tower. They were added in 2000 as a temporary installation but became permanent in 2001.
  • You can book a luxury room in the tower for a night and experience sleeping above the city. The room has a king-size bed, a bathroom with a jacuzzi, and a minibar. The price is 999 EUR per night for two people and includes breakfast and access to the observatory.
  • You can join a guided tour of the tower and learn more about its history, architecture, and technology. The tours are available in English and Czech and last about an hour. The price is 350 CZK (about 14 EUR) per person and includes admission to the observatory.
  • You can dine at one of the restaurants in the tower and enjoy a delicious meal with a view. The restaurants offer Czech and international cuisine, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. You can also have a drink at the bar or café.

Some prohibitions for visiting the tower are:

  • You cannot bring pets, bicycles, skateboards, or large luggage to the tower.
  • You cannot smoke or vape inside the tower or on the observation deck.
  • You cannot take photos or videos with flash or tripod in the observatory or restaurants.
  • You cannot touch or climb on the sculptures of babies on the outside of the tower.

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