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Powder Tower (Prasna Brana, Powder Gate)

Walk beneath this imposing structure and imagine life during the time when Prague was a walled city.

Standing on the edge of the Old Town is the Powder Tower, one of the 13 original gates to the city. Its official Czech name is Prasna Brana, which translates to Powder Gate. It was originally attached to the palace, prior to the king residing at Prague Castle. As the city expanded, the gate found itself well within the city and its role as a gate became obsolete. Today the gate marks the end of the Old Town and is a popular destination for historians and sightseers.

The Powder Tower is one of the most dominant sights in Prague’s historic center. Climb the tower’s 186 steps to reach the observation platform for views across the Old Town from 144 feet (44 meters) high. Note that the steps are very steep, and it can be a difficult climb for some visitors.

While inside the gate, visit the permanent exhibition about the Prague Towers. The exhibition features photographs and history about all 13 of the original towers. Learn about the Powder Tower’s 15th-century origins, and discover how it was once part of the main thoroughfare for those traveling to the Prague Castle. Czech kings took this same route during their inauguration.

Find out why the tower was used to store gunpowder, and how this led to its name change in the 17th century.

The tower’s imposing Gothic architecture is typical of the Old Town and, as the only original gate remaining, it should not be missed. Note that there is another tower with the name Powder Tower, which is part of the Prague Castle on the other side of the river. That tower has its own history and was not part of the old city wall.
    
The Powder Tower is located at the edge of the Old Town and is easily reached by tram or metro. It’s open daily and there is a small fee to enter.


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Grandior Hotel Prague

Grandior Hotel Prague

Na Porici 42, Prague
4.5
of 5, from 1,586 reviews
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Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$56
Grand Majestic Plaza

Grand Majestic Plaza

Truhlarska 16, Prague
4.4
of 5, from 1,953 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Mucha Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$134
Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

Zlatnicka 3, Prague
4.8
of 5, from 181 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Republic Square and Palladium Shopping Centre. Municipal House Hall and Hybernia Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

$130
Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
4.4
of 5, from 836 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Opened in 2006, this modern design hotel is located in the center of Prague, just a block from Wenceslas Square and 100 meters from the State Opera.

$191
Hotel Kings Court

Hotel Kings Court

U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
4.7
of 5, from 1,694 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Municipal House Hall, Republic Square, and Hybernia Theatre. Palladium Shopping Centre and Powder Tower are also within 5 minutes.

$102
K+K Hotel Central Prague

K+K Hotel Central Prague

Hybernska 10, Prague
4.7
of 5, from 1,808 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Dating from 1900, this distinctive Art Nouveau hotel offers an ideal location in the heart of Prague, just 100 meters from the Powder Tower and 600 meters from the Old Town Square.

$154
Hotel Josef

Hotel Josef

Rybna 20, Prague
4.6
of 5, from 646 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Built in 2002, this contemporary design hotel is situated on a quiet cobbled street on the edge of the Jewish Quarter in Prague's Old Town, within 500 metres of the Powder Tower and Old Town Square.

$208
Hotel Paris Prague

Hotel Paris Prague

U Obecniho Domu 1, Prague
4.6
of 5, from 439 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Crowned by a delicate spire, this 86-room six-story Prague hotel one block from the Powder Tower features a Neo-Gothic exterior and elaborate Art Nouveau design elements. Hotel Paris is also opposite of the Municipal House Hall and near the Palladium Shopping Centre.