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Žižkov Television Tower reopens to the public

photo:  (czechtourism.com)

One of the most distinct buildings of Prague, the Žižkov Television Tower, went through a complex reconstruction from 2011 to 2012. This undoubtedly unique tower is the highest Prague building. It has been admired as well as fiercely criticised for its architectural design.

The 216-metre high Žižkov Television Tower was built according to the design of architect Václav Aulický and structural engineer Jiří Kozák from 1985 to 1992. The tower consists of three large 134-metre long cylindrical tubes, which contain three bubble cabins. There is a restaurant in the lowest of them, the middle bubble contains a lookout cabin offering a unique view across the whole of Prague, and the last and highest bubble stores broadcasting technology. The base of the tower is formed by a round ferro-concrete foundation with a 30-metre diameter. It is 4 metres thick and is located 15 metres below the ground surface. The total weight of the entire construction reaches the hardly imaginable 12 thousand tonnes.

In 2000, the TV tower was complemented by Babies designed by artist David Černý. The 10 black toddlers climb up and down the tower and attract many tourists.

The Žižkov Television Tower underwent complex reconstruction that saw the entire interior of the tower being changed with only the original glass and peripheral walls preserved. Redundant rooms were removed so that visitors now have a chance to savour the view across Prague in all directions. The lower lookout area includes a panoramic restaurant, café and wine bar. The Observatory with a 360° view of the whole city at the altitude of 93 metres is also very popular among tourists. Another unique outcome of the reconstruction is the so-called smallest hotel in the CR, the One Room Hotel consisting of a single luxurious suite.

The Prague Žižkov Television Tower is open to the public daily from 8 am until midnight.
Author: Romana Kuncová
Added: 05.01.2013

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