Lifts in Prague (Funicular railway, chairlift in Prague Zoo)
You don’t have to use Prague public transport to travel from point A to point B, it also provides fun and leisure, especially during warm weather.
The funicular railway in Prague runs from the Lesser Town district up to the top of the beautiful Petřín Hill. It services the Újezd - Nebozízek - Petřín route and since it forms part of the Prague public transport network, a ticket for travel on trams, buses and the metro is also valid on the funicular. The funicular stops half way up at Nebozízek for passengers to get off and perhaps to dine at the nearby restaurant which offers an amazing view of Prague. On the one side of the Petřín Hill there is a park and wooded area. Set in the landscaped gardens is the Petřín Observation Tower, a mirror maze, a church and an observatory. This is a pleasant excursion away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can enjoy the nature and the amazing views over the city of Prague.
The funicular is located at Újezd, which is a 10-15 minutes away from Charles Bridge, or from the National Theater in the other direction. In nice weather, going to Petřín Hill makes for a great trip. Take the funicular up, spend a couple of hours wandering around the summit visiting the attractions, then walk back down throw the woody park, you can stop by at Nebozízek Restaurant for a bite to eat. The funicular railway opened on 25th July 1891, it ceased running in 1916 due to World War I, then started operating again in 1932. The funicular passes through the Hunger Wall, which was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV in 1360-1362. The wall gained its name in memory of the fact that it was built to provide employment for residents of Prague during hard times. It formed part of the city’s original medieval fortifications.
The Funicular operates daily from 9:00 am. to 11:30 pm (April - October) and from 9 am to 11:20 pm (November - March) with 10-50 minute intervals.
Chairlift at the Zoo
The construction of a chairlift in the Prague Zoo began in 1970, but it was only put up in service in 1977. Unfortunately it was shut down in 1978 due to some technical problems, but it was put back into service in 1981 and the operator of the chairlift became the Prague Public Transport Company. The fare is 20 CZK for a single journey (up or down) for a passenger older than 6 years. You can purchase a ticket from the ticket machines, which are located at the top and bottom stations and accept only the exact fare. The chairlift offers an amazing view of not only the Prague Zoo, but also the surrounding Prague 7 area. Not to mention the excitement you’ll get out of this experience!