Prague’s “Secret” Second Funicular is Back in Service

via Wiimedia / ŠJů
via Wiimedia / ŠJů

This funicular has been in service for 22 years, transporting 14 million passengers over nearly 4 million trips.

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But many Prague visitors and residents don’t even know it exists.

Prague’s DPP-run funicular that takes visitors up and down Petřín Hill in Malá Strana gets all the press. For good reason: the unique land-based cable car brings tourists to some of the best views in the city, and can be ridden for the price of a public transport ticket.

But just a kilometer away in Prague’s Smíchov district is a smaller, sleeker funicular that takes visitors up to Mrázovka Park. And it’s free to ride.

Located behind the Hotel NH Prague City, and also operated by the company, the second funicular is intended to be ridden by guests up to the hotel’s second building atop the hill.

But it is also open to the public, and available to ride entirely free of charge.

For the first quarter of 2018, however, the second funicular was out of commission due to repairs. Just like its big brother in Malá Strana.

And after a 30 million crown renovation, the secret second funicular is now back in operation.

Designed by Swiss company Inauen-Schätti, the new cable car is “bigger and faster” than the previous version, and sports a sleek new silver exterior as opposed to the previous red version pictured above.

It still accommodates the same number of passengers, 12, while retaining the same maximum speed: 2.5 meters per second (9 km per hour). The 156-meter journey takes approximately 90 seconds.

Reporters from iDnes.cz caught up with the new funicular during its inauguration:

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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