It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and photographing Prague is something most visitors love to do. Before you arrive it pays to know where the best viewpoints in Prague are, to shoot the best Prague photos you possibly can.
There are many places to visit in Prague, and many of them
are in a relatively small area between the Old Town (Stare Mesto) and Prague
Castle Hill (Hradčany). The Prague skyline on both sides of the river Vltava is
stunning. It’s known as the City of a Hundred Spires, and there are also plenty
of towers and domes too.
We’ll show you all the best views in Prague, and seeing them
will help you get an overview of most Prague attractions. If you get around
most of the following places in Prague in good weather, you’ll get some amazing
Prague photography in the bag.
So enjoy our tour of the best viewpoints in Prague, from the
most famous Prague bridge to the highest Prague observation tower.
Charles Bridge Prague
We’ll start just above river level, at one of the most popular places to see in Prague. For most of the day the Charles Bridge is jammed with tourists stopping for selfies or group photos. However at sunrise you’ll only have a few photographers for company, and the bridge’s famous statues are silhouetted, along with the many spires and domes of Old Town Prague.
The crowds remain through until the end of the day and
beyond, even in the winter low season. It’s a pity that one of the best places
to visit in Prague is so overcrowded, but you can still shoot some great photos
of Prague, even with everyone milling around. How? Use a long lens (anything
over, say, 150 mm) and zoom in on the magnificent Prague buildings at either
end. At twilight, with most attractions in Prague illuminated, it’s one of the
most beautiful cities in the world.
What to photograph: The statues and Prague Old Town
skyline at sunrise; the same at dusk, and also views the other way to Mala
Strana (Prague Lesser Town) and Castle Hill Prague, dominated by St Vitus
Best time to visit Charles Bridge: Dawn and dusk
Prague Old Town Tower
As we mentioned in our Prague Christmas
Markets feature, Prague Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful
squares in the world. It’s gorgeous at
any time of year, with an array of stunning Prague architecture wherever you
The Old Town Hall Tower is a splendid vantage point over the
whole scene. At the top of this famous Prague tower – accessed by elevator –
you’re greeted by an outstanding Prague view, across the Square (Staromestské
Námestí) to the fairytale Gothic spires of the church of Our Lady Before
Tyn. But that’s not all. Move around to
the left for a view over the elegant Baroque church of St Nicholas on the other
side of the Square. Continue around for an elevated Prague rooftop view to
Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral.
What to photograph: Old Town Square Prague, Our Lady
Before Tyn Church, St Nicholas Church, Prague Castle
Best time to visit: Any time, daytime, dusk or after dark
Karlovy Lazne Tram Stop
It’s a wonderful surprise when you run for a tram, miss it
and turn around to find you’ve got to wait at one of the best photo locations
in Prague. It’s so good that I ended up missing the next two trams, squeezing
out the last of the blue out of the twilight sky.
The tram stop is around a three-minute walk from the end of
Charles Bridge. Walk past the 5-storey mega-nightclub of the same name and
continue as far as the #17 tram stop, The superb Prague Castle view is on your
right. Some of the scene is often reflected in the water, adding a magical
What to photograph: the view across the river to
When to shoot: Any time between morning and dusk
POWDER TOWER PRAGUE
The Powder Tower – Prašna Brána – is a brilliant Prague lookout tower on the eastern edge of the Stare Mesto, next door to the beautiful Prague Art Nouveau concert venue, Obecni Dum (Municipal House). It’s similar to the Old Town Bridge Tower and the Mala Strana Bridge Tower, with a distinctive sloping roof. However, iboth predate it by around a century – work began on the Powder Tower around 1475. It gets its name from its later function as a gunpowder store.
The Powder Tower is one of the very best rooftop Prague
viewpoints. It has an outstanding 360°
view of Prague. It looks down over Obecni Dum, and the view over this Art
Nouveau marvel is tremendous, especially at twilight. The view south over Nove
Mesto – Prague’s New Town is great as well, but the best view is to the west.
Try to make it up here at sunset or dusk and watch the sky glow pink, orange
and red behind Our Lady Before Tyn church and St Vitus Cathedral. This place
should be on many more Prague what to see lists – but then again if it did it
would be too crowded. One of the best Prague hidden gems.
What to photograph: The Tyn Church and St Vitus’
Cathedral, Obecni Dum, Zizkov TV Tower, Old Town rooftops and spires
When to visit: Any time of day, but twilight is best
Cost: 100 CZK ($4) for the entry ticket
OLD TOWN BRIDGE TOWER
The Old Town Bridge Tower dominates the Old Town end of the
Charles Bridge. AS with the magnificent bridge below, gone are the days when
you’ll have it to yourself. But this tower – Staromestská Mostecká Vež – is
worth persevering with, so much so that we rate it one of the top sights in
The tower dates from the late 14th century, and
the viewing gallery is 47 metre above the Charles Bridge. The gallery is very
cramped, so composing shots is not easy with people constantly trying to get
past. Everyone is trying to do the same thing as you – getting some of the best
photos of Prague. With a little planning and patience, you’ll get them.
Prague is at its most beautiful at night, and the Old Town Bridge Tower doesn’t just have one incredible Prague night view, it has two. One faces east over the Old Town skyline, whereas the other faces west over the Charles Bridge, Mala Strana and Castle Hill. If you’re there Start with the view of the Old Town, with the dome of St Francis’ Church, the spires of St Salvator and the tower of the Klementinum.
Then you need to try to get around to the other side, which
will be quite popular. Find yourself a spot, and soak up the view over the
Charles Bridge with Mala Strana and St Vitus Cathedral dominating Prague Castle
Hill. The sign at the entrance stated that tripods weren’t allowed, but plenty
of people were using mini-tripods and Gorillapods when I visited. The one thing
you need to bear in mind when shooting this scene is that the lights on Charles
Bridge flare quite badly, and are difficult to avoid. A minor grumble though – this
is one of the very best of Prague sites.
What to photograph: Prague Old Town in one direction,
Charles Bridge and Prague Castle Hill in the other
When to visit: Dusk / twilight
Cost: 100 CZK ($4)
LETNA PARK PRAGUE
Letna Park is one of the best parks in Prague, one I’ve
visited many times with my son to take him to one of his favourite playgrounds
there. It’s also one of the best places to go in Prague if you’re looking for a
Prague panorama. From the top of the short, steep hill above the Vltava river
you have a great view of several Prague bridges, Mala Strana and the Old Town
There are several viewpoints along the ridge Letna Park occupies, though in spring and summer the leaves on the trees will obscure some of these. My favourite Letna Park viewpoint is just below the Hanavsky Pavilion, a pleasant Baroque whimsy that serves as a restaurant and bar. This is at the west end of Letna Park, a five-minute walk up the left-hand pathway from Cechuv Most bridge. This is an unobstructed vantage point, and for the view alone it’s one of the top places to visit in Prague.
From below the pavilion, you can shoot an overall view of
the river, or zoom in on some of the buildings, including the magnificent
spires of the Tyn church. Otherwise, if you’re visiting Prague in the warmer
months, seek out the Letna beer garden at the opposite end of the Park for
great views over the Old Town. It’s one of the top bars in Prague, and a great
spot from which you can admire the Prague cityscape.
What to photograph: The bridges over the river
Vltava, including the famous Charles Bridge (Karluv Most). Also try zooming in
on some of the other Prague landmarks, such as the Žizkov TV Tower and the
National Museum Prague.
When to visit: Afternoon, evening or dusk
HOTEL U PRINCE
The Hotel U Prince, on the approach to Old Town Square, has
arguably the best rooftop bar Prague view. Terasa U Prince has an open-air
Prague rooftop bar with one of the most breathtaking Prague views, of the Old
Town Hall, its medieval tower, part of the Old Town Square and the
unforgettable spires of Our Lady Before Tyn church. There is also a roof
Sometimes, if you want to visit Prague best places you have
to pay a little for the privilege. I was directed to an elevator at the back of
the hotel, which whisked me up four floors to the small reception area. The
host then advised me that the minimum order was a glass of champagne costing
300 CZK. I would have preferred a beer, but this is fair enough. The view is
stupendous. And compared with the $40 I paid for a drink at the Sky Bar
Bangkok, it’s very reasonable.
What to photograph: Old Town Hall Tower and Our Lady
Before Tyn Church
Best time to visit: Any time from late morning onwards
Cost: 300 CZK (12 euros) for the glass of champagne
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