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Powder Tower (Prasná Brána)
Powder Tower (Prasná Brána)

Powder Tower (Prasná Brána)

namesti Republiky 5, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00

The Basics

The medieval Powder Tower played an important role in Prague’s history: The kings of Bohemia (as the Czech Republic was previously called) paraded through its gate on the way to their coronations at Prague Castle. The tower was built in the late 15th century and was known as the “new” tower, as it had replaced an earlier fortification. In the 18th century, the tower was used for gunpowder storage, which is why it is called the “powder” tower today.

Visit to admire the decorative reliefs on the exterior of the building, including images of the Bohemian kings, their coats of arms, and a series of angels with golden wings. For the best views, climb the 186 steps of the spiral staircase to the viewing gallery.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Powder Tower is a very popular stop on guided tours of Prague.

  • The steep stone steps to reach the viewing gallery might not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

  • Visitors must purchase tickets to visit the viewing gallery, but Prague Card holders can enter for free.

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How to Get There

The Powder Tower is located on Republic Square (Namesti Republiky) on the edge of Prague’s old town. Trams number 8, 15, and 26 stop near the tower, and the Namesti Republiky metro station is a short walk away.

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When to Get There

The Powder Tower is open all year round, and opening times vary depending on the season. Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time. The tower is busiest on Saturdays.

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Visit the Municipal House

Just next door to the ancient Powder Tower stands a more modern marvel: the early 20th century Municipal House (Obecní Dum). The art nouveau building attract visitors from all over the world. Visit the building’s restaurants and concert hall to see how every aspect of the incredibly detailed interiors—from the extravagant light fixtures to the tiles in the basement—were carefully purpose built to create a harmonious design.

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