Prague is a fascinating and stunning city with spectacular views everywhere you look. During our week in the Czech Republic’s capital city, we came across several locations and attractions which provided incredible views of Prague!
It is said of Prague that it is the most exciting city to tour in Central Europe. There is so much to see and do that you will wonder why you did not think of visiting Prague sooner. This city has so much to offer as it is home to a number of very famous cultural attractions such as the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Dancing Building, and Old Town Square to name only a few. To whet your appetite even further we thought it best to highlight some of the top attractions in Prague.
Things to do in Prague
Walk across Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is the most iconic place in all of Prague and for good reason, too. Walking under the arched bridge tower entry, you’ll feel as if you’re stepping back to medieval times. The cobblestone path and the Baroque saint statues guide you across the Vltava River in what feels like an absolute fairytale. The best times to capture the essence of the bridge is as the sun is rising or late at night. Otherwise, the bridge fills with tourists and makes it all but impossible to take classic photos of the bridge.
Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is itself an iconic image in the city’s skyline. However, it also offers some of the best views in Prague. There are several ways to reach the castle, meaning there are also several vantage points. The most popular route takes you through the Malá Strana part of town and up Zámecké schody(the castle stairs). During your visit to Prague, be sure to take a guided castle tour and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane.
As mentioned, there are several ways to get to Prague Castle. The easiest is to get off at the Pražský hradtram stop. If you want the city view near the stairs (pictured above), take the tram to the Malostranské náměstí stop.
Take a step back in time in mala Strana
After you are done exploring Prague Castle take a walk down the hill to the Mala Strana neighborhood. Marvel at the historic cobble stoned streets and the spectacular facades of the centuries old buildings.
No matter what season you visit the city walking this neighborhood is one of the top things to do in Prague, so you are likely to run into many tourists on the main streets of Mala Strana. Don’t be afraid to jump off the main thoroughfares to turn into a side street and follow your curiosity. There is much to be discovered in this gorgeous neighborhood beyond overpriced food and cheap souvenirs.
OLD TOWN HALL TOWER
The Old Town Hall Tower, constructed in the early 1400’s, sits imposingly in the middle of the square. The tower is among the highest in the Old Town and houses one of Prague’s most identifiable icons, the Astronomical Clock.
Dozens of tourists flock to the clock every hour on the hour to see the mechanical relic put on a small show. We can honestly say that sticking around for the dancing mechanical dolls is not really worth your time, if you are in a rush to discover the city, but it’s an amusing sight to see once in your life.
Staromestska is the closest tram (and metro) stop to Old Town Square and the Old Town Hall Tower.
John Lennon Wall
During a time when communist authorities banned free speech, Western influence, and general freedoms, young activists of Prague glorified John Lennon’s messages about peace and freedom — even if it meant prison time.
When Lennon was murdered, they erected the John Lennon Wall in his honor, as a symbol of defiance against oppressive authorities and a demand for freedom. At night, activists would continue to paint the wall with Beatles lyrics, poems, and pictures, as well as their own ideas, hopes, and dreams.
Today, the John Lennon Wall is covered in colorful graffiti, and for its important historical significance, it’s worth a visit and a few photos.
You’ll find the vibrant wall just steps away from the Charles Bridge, on the Malá Strana side of Prague.
See the Dancing House
The Dancing House — a famous landmark in Prague — is an excellent example of the modern culture and architecture that’s taking Prague by storm.
If you’re passing by on foot, make sure to stop for a while and admire the shocking clash of old and new.
Or better yet, stay there! The Dancing House is actually a hotel, which has great reviews and features amazing views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle!
Visit the Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is the heart of Prague, and as such, it cannot be missed. Follow any winding cobblestone lane in the Old Town, and you’ll most likely end up in the square.
With 12th century origins, the square is one of the most historic sites from medieval Europe — and undoubtedly, it’s one of the most beautiful, too.
While in the square, take in the varied architectural styles, the endless stream of colors, and the lively atmosphere. Do some people watching, and simply appreciate the history and allure of the Old Town Square.
And just for your reference, important landmarks within the Old Town Square include the world-famous Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall, Church of Our Lady before Týn, and St. Nicholas Church!
View at Terrace @ Hotel U Prince
Situated in the heart of the Old Town Square, this intimate rooftop bar and restaurant is the ideal place for a sun downer.With views over the main square, Tyn Church, the Astronomical Clock and vistas over Prague’s castle, this is a hot spot during the summer for evening coctails and romantic dinners.
As part of a five star hotel, the menu is on the pricey side and due to its small rooftop location it does get extremely busy.
I tried to choose the “best” photos, but you can visit my instagram profile @gikovatea to see the rest of them.
Have you been to Prague before? What did you love about it? If anything, what didn’t you like? What is your favourite thing to do in Prague? Let me know in the comments below!