Zizkov Television Tower
Telephone Number: +420 242 411 111
Nearest Subway Stop: Jiřího z Poděbrad Metro (1384 feet)
Nearest Tram/Streetcar Stop: Tram Lipanska (1138 feet), Tram Lipanska (1160 feet), Tram Jiriho z Podebrad (1395 feet), Tram Jiriho z Podebrad (1555 feet), Tram Olsanske namesti (1598 feet), Tram Radhostska (1915 feet), Tram Husinecka (1992 feet), Tram Vinohradska vodarna (2079 feet), Tram Perunova (2097 feet)
Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday:
10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
The Žižkov Television Tower is a uniquely-designed tower built in Prague 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 Žižkov, from which it takes its name.
The structure of the tower is unconventional; it consists of three concrete pillars that carry cabinets for the transmitters, a restaurant and cafe, and three observation rooms. From afar, the tower resembles a rocket launchpad. The tower is 216 metres (709 feet) high, with the observation decks at 100 metres (328 feet) and the tower restaurant and cafe situated at 63 metres (207 feet) in the lower 'pods'. Elevators, equipped with speedometers, transport passengers to the different levels at a rate of 4m/s. The tower weighs 11800 tons and is also used as meteorological observatory. It is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
David Černý sculptures
In 2000, sculptures by Czech artist David Černý of crawling babies were temporarily attached to the tower's pillars. The sculptures were admired by many and were returned in 2001 as a permanent installation.