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Kratochvíl’s Lookout Tower - Roudnice nad Labem

The lookout tower was built in 1934 to commemorate the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the "Rolnická záložna Podřipská” (Podripská Peasant Reserve). Roudnice could thus boast a nice lookout and quality architectural work. It bears his name after the founder of the bank, Václav Kratochvíl.

It is a purely functionalist building, the viewing area of which is supported by six slender columns. A column passes through the centre of the building, which bears a round flat roof at its upper end. A spindle staircase winds along this central column. Copper plates with a schematically engraved panorama of the surrounding landscape have been fixed around the perimeter of the upper edge of the full railing of the viewing area. In the lower part of the lookout tower there is a relief plaque with a depiction of Václav Kratochvíl, a leading Czech revivalist and pioneer of modern economy in the second half of the 19th century, among others also the founder of the "Podřipská Peasant Credit Union". Kratochvíl's lookout tower, together with the lookout tower on Mostná hora in Litoměřice, is the lowest lookout tower in the Czech Republic (230 m above sea level).

The building is held up by a concrete structure with a circular plan up to 13 m high. The tower is dedicated to Václav Kratochvíl, as evidenced by the granite slab at the base. The tower was reconstructed in 2004.

Current information about the tower's opening hours can be found at


Informační a dopravní centrum Podřipska
Arnoštova 88
413 01 Roudnice nad Labem

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+420 412 871 501

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