31 October 2012

Tower Park Prague / Žižkov TV Tower, Prague

The Prague TV tower (also know as the Žižkov tower - located in Prague's Žižkov district) is a dominant feature of the city skyline. Built between 1985 and 1992, the 216 meter high tower has been a target of criticism much too often. It has even made the list of the ugliest buildings in the world on several occasions, both at home and internationally. If you try to compare the tower to some of Prague's iconic buildings you may perhaps agree with the building's critics. But if you view it as a stand alone structure, you might just discover its unique nature and beauty.


Photos courtesy of Tower Park Prague

Since the year 2000 the tower has been decorated with fiberglass sculptures in the shape of babies; the work of art of David Černý. The installation was originally temporary but with the babies' increasing popularity, the sculptures became a permanent feature of the tower.

Photo courtesy of Tower Park Prague


As much as the exterior of the tower has been the center of many debates, it is on the interior that we will focus today. Over the past year, the tower underwent construction and opened its doors to the public only yesterday. The result is a more modern and practical interior. Apart from dazzling views of Prague, the tower's observatory now also offers comfortable seating in original bubble chairs.


Photos courtesy of Tower Park Prague

The tower also houses three restaurants with just as unique interiors. The visitor has a choice between the luxurious Oblaca (a play on the Czech word for skies - oblaka) restaurant, a bistro and a bar, which recently won an award for its interior design.

Photos courtesy of Tower Park Prague

Finally, perhaps the most unique feature of the tower is its newly opened One Room Hotel. As the name indicates, it consists only of one room with undoubtedly the most beautiful and holistic view of Prague. The price for a nights stay is yet to be announced but is expected to be around 1,000 EUR per night.

Photo courtesy of Tower Park Prague

So whether you're looking for the best view of Prague, a romantic dinner, a fab night out or a unique nights stay, the Prague TV tower (now branded as Tower Park Prague) is the place to be. A visit to the observatory will cost you 150 CZK, dinner ranges between 200 and 300 CZK, a drink is around 150 CZK and a sleepover will come to 25,000 CZK. 

4 comments:

TERRY BARLOW said...

I quite Like the Building. May Go for a Pivo next time I am in the Area.

BD said...

...and make sure to come back to us and let us know how you enjoyed the experience. It is a great view from up there!

TERRY BARLOW said...

Went to the Zizkov Tower. Last Month. 150 Crowns Well Spent. Very Relaxing in Hanging Bubble Chairs. Read a Book. Would Love to Stay in the One Room Hotel. Done a Blog on the Tower. If You are Interested. www.terryczechtravels.blogspot.com. Thank You For Your Blog. Which I Enjoy. Recommended to a Czech Architect.

BD said...

Terry - thanks for your lovely comment, we are glad you enjoy the blog and hope that your architect friend will also. If you ever have tips on interesting design to cover in the Czech Republic, don't hesitate to contact us! I will take a look at your blog and the post about the tower specifically. Thanks again!

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