Unique Technical Treasures of Prague
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Apart from the architectural sites mentioned above, you should also visit Prague’s technical sites, seven of which are described below.
Ride on the Prague Semmering
Ride on Prague Semmering is a scenic journey with pretty views from the windows of the train. This railway line connects Prague's Smichov and Repy stations and is one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. The railway earned the name Prague Semmering because it offers an experience similar to the one offered by its namesake in Austria.
Petrin Hill & Observation Tower
This tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition as a mini version of Paris's Eiffel Tower. It is 60m tall and sits on the summit of Petrin hill which is 318m high. You can get a magnificent view over when you climb 299 steps to reach the top of the tower.
Check the tour here.
Sewage Treatment Plant in Bubeneč
Located near the Stromovka Royal Game Reserve, it is a unique monument that was not only a wastewater treatment plant but also an example of excellent architecture and engineering. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and the city sewage was directed to it, although the capacity of the plant became inadequate soon. This industrial monument attracts filmmakers also.
Prague waterworks museum
The Podoli waterworks museum has a unique industrial architecture and gives an opportunity to stroll along the Vltava River. The exhibition at the museum gives an overview of the historic development of Prague's water supply system from before the 12th century to the Renaissance period and also from there to the present time. The museum has a unique collection of water meters, historic artifacts.
The Main Post Office building on Jindřišská Street is home to a treasure in Prague's pneumatic post system. Although archaic by modern technology standards, a tour of Prague’s pneumatic post system is certainly useful. The first telegram was sent to Lesser Town in 1887 and the last in 2002.
Historical Carousel in Letná Park
This is the oldest wooden carousel in Europe and has been enjoyed by many generations since 1892. It is furnished with 21 life-size horses padded in genuine horse leather and numerous models of 1930s cars. Though not functional, there are plans to restore it.
The Smíchov bank of the Vltava river is connected to Výtoň through this railway bridge. The bridge has always been associated with the beautiful, panoramic view of Vyšehrad. It also symbolizes the end of Vltava embankment, which is a popular site during the summer months when farmers and sellers throng it to sell their produce.
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