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Funicular Railway

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Address
Újezd, 150 00 Praha 5
 
 
Transport
to Petřín (2yds)
to Nebozízek (189yds)
Tram 6 Tram 9 Tram 12 Tram 20 Tram 22 to Újezd (533yds)
Tracks of the funicular

The Funicular Railway or cable car started its life in 1891 and was originally used to bring visitors attending the Jubilee Exhibition to the Observation Tower located at the top of Petrin Hill. Afterwards it continued to transport people from the bottom of the hill via the steep gradient to the top.

Its movements were originally based on a water mechanism but it was electrified in the 1930s after it was taken over by the Electric Company. The Funicular Railway continued to operate this way until 1965 when a huge landslide made the journey to the top of Petrin Hill impossible. This led to a period of inactivity, which lasted for 20 years. In 1985 the train was renovated and the route reopened.

It is hugely popular with tourists, as at the top it presents a wonderful view of Prague. Once at the top, there are also some interesting buildings and beautiful gardens to see.

The journey begins in Mala Strana located in the Lesser Town area. In all, it stops three times with the midway stop located near the Nebozizek Restaurant. The vertical distance covered is approximately 130 meters and the track is 510 meters in length.

It certainly is not a fast train trip but the wide windows of the cars enable the visitor to take in the surrounding countryside. The train runs at regular intervals depending on the time of year.

 
 
 

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Funicular Railway to Petrin Lookout Tower, Prague.

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Funicular Railway to Petrin Lookout Tower, Prague.
The funicular at Petrin
Tracks of the funicular
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