Did you know that only 138 stairs separate you from a gorgeous 360 view of Prague? Yes, indeed! This observation deck on the top of Old Town Bridge Tower is among the best places to see Prague from up and above. The tower has several floors offering two different exhibitions for an admission fee of 75 CZE. A small exhibition and a video explaining the astronomical and astrological symbolism of Charles Bridge and the bridge tower is located on the first floor. The second floor offers a collection of photographs of the restoration of the tower’s east face, and a display of historical costumes and jewels. And the amazing observation deck is located at the top.
TIP – you will SAVE MONEY on your admission if you purchase a ticket for both Towers (the Old Town Bridge Tower and the Lesser Town Bridge Tower) A ticket to both observation decks is only 100 CZE where paying separately it will end up costing you 150 CZE.
The Old Town Bridge Tower is considered a gateway between Old Town district and Charles Bridge. Designed by Peter Parler, the architect of the Charles Bridge, this 64 meter tall Gothic Tower was built between 1370 and 1391 as part of the fortification system around the Old Town. Once decorated on both the east and west facade, the sculptures on the west facade were damaged during a siege by Swedish troops in 1648 and subsequently removed. Tourists can still enjoy the sculptures decorations on the east facade that survived centruries of wars and natural disasters. The coat of arms of all the lands that were part of the Bohemian Kingdom as well as the kingfisher, the symbol of King Wenceslas IV are located directly above the arch. The three statues above the coat of arms are the patron saint of Bohemia – Saint Vitus; King Charles IV is in the center, King Wenceslas IV to his right. The two additional statues at the top of the tower are Saint Sigismund and Saint Vojtech (Adalbert).