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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

Grandior Hotel Prague

Na Porici 42, Prague
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 4,526 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).

    Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague
    Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

    Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

    Zlatnicka 3, Prague
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 590 reviews
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      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.

      Hotel Majestic Plaza $68
      Hotel Majestic Plaza

      Hotel Majestic Plaza

      Stepanska 33, Prague
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 1,921 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        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.

        Grandium Prague
        Grandium Prague

        Grandium Prague

        Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,971 reviews
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          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.

          Hotel Kings Court $130
          Hotel Kings Court

          Hotel Kings Court

          U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 2,220 reviews
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            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.

            Grand Majestic Plaza $82
            Grand Majestic Plaza

            Grand Majestic Plaza

            Truhlarska 16, Prague
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 4,052 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.

              Corinthia Hotel Prague
              Corinthia Hotel Prague

              Corinthia Hotel Prague

              Kongresova 1, Prague
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,714 reviews
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                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.

                Hotel Paris Prague $191
                Hotel Paris Prague

                Hotel Paris Prague

                U Obecniho Domu 1, Prague
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 952 reviews
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                  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.