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.
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).
This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Republic Square and Palladium Shopping Centre. Municipal House Hall and Hybernia Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Lucerna Palace, New Town Hall, and Wenceslas Square. Mucha Museum and Museum of Communism are also within 15 minutes.
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.
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Municipal House Hall, Republic Square, and Hybernia Theatre. Powder Tower and Palladium Shopping Centre are also within 5 minutes.
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.
Overlooking the Baroque spires of Vyšehrad Citadel, this 26-story hotel is steps from one of the city's main metro lines and a five-minute walk from Prague Congress Centre.
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.