15 stunning views of Prague

 

 

15 stunning views of Prague that will make you want to visit

15 stunning views of Prague - sunset views from St. Charles bridge

Sunset views from St. Charles bridge to Prague castle

 

 

It is true, Prague is a magical place! It feels like visiting a fantasy filled with amazing castles, architecture and an electic combination of very old mixed in with new. In spite of the hordes of tourists that descend on the city every year (estimated 4.1 million yearly), there are many neighborhoods and areas to walk and discover that far away from the noise and busy tourist zones. You can find quiet cobbled streets and towers in the Mala strana (Little Town). and across the St. Charles bridge to the new town walking towards Prague castle and St. Vitus cathedral.  There are plenty of places to explore and discover, and here are just a few images to drool over and make you want to visit Prague in the Czech Republic – hopefully soon!

 

Here’s where to find the best views of Prague

 

 

 

15 stunning views of Prague - Looking down on the main square - Staromestske namesti

Looking down on the main square – Staromestske namesti

 

1. 15 stunning views of Prague – Looking down Staromestske namesti from above

On a clear day like today, you can see the entire city from the old town hall tower with its astronomical clock. The lookout point on the towers allows you to see 360 degrees around the entire city and beyond. Looking down to the main square called Staromestske namesti above is fascinating seeing all the crowds and landmarks surrounding the square. It is definitely one of the best scenic spots from above where you can get the best views of the old town.

 

15 stunning views of Prague - on the St. Charles bridge at dusk

15 stunning views of Prague – on the St. Charles bridge at dusk

2. Crossing the St. Charles Bridge at dusk

Right before sunset, the best place to enjoy the city is to walk around the St. Charles bridge – it really is magical. There always seems to be a nice breeze and the weather is just right. The late afternoon light is so beautiful on both sides of the Vltava river, you can’t take a bad shot anywhere from the bridge at this time. Of course, it is a little tricky with every other tourist visiting the bridge at the same time looking for the best spots to take a photograph. So be patient and that magic moment will happen – and act fast because the sun comes down quickly.

Earlier in the afternoon we crossed the bridge towards the Mala Strana and there were plenty of musicians and performers trying to coax visits to hang out and leave some pocket change. Here’s a sample video below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 stunning views of Prague - sunset over the Vltava overlooking the New town of Prague

15 stunning views of Prague – sunset over the Vltava overlooking the New town of Prague

3. Sunset by the Vltava river looking towards Prague Castle

You don’t have to be on the St. Charles bridge to get a magnificent sunset view, just stroll anywhere around the shoreline of the Vltava river and if you are there at the magic hour, you just may be rewarded with a spectacular sunset to enjoy and of course take a few amazing photographs of the city facing Prague castle.

 

 

Walking around the main square of Prague- Staromestske namest at night timei

Walking around the main square of Prague- Staromestske namesti

4. Discovering Prague at night

It’s really magic walking around the old town of Prague at night especially around the area of the main square – Staromestske Namesti.  All the monuments are beautifully lit up and the cafes surrounding the square are buzzing with activity along with street performers in the square luring tourists in for a better view and to part with their Koruna. It’s fun to walk along the many pedestrian streets to check out the cafes, boutiques or bars that you may come across and drop in for a visit.

 

 

Moving Franz Kafka face at Quadrio shopping centre in Prague

Moving Franz Kafka face at Quadrio shopping centre in Prague

 5. Enjoy all the amazing public art in Prague

It’s really amazing that there is so much public art to see all over the city from local and re-known sculptures and international artists. This Franz Kafka face created by sculptor David Cerny, is a fascinating kinetic sculpture that changes often from the sliced head rotating constantly. Below is a You tube video capturing some of the wonderful motions that this piece creates in its rotations.

 

 

 

 

Municipal Hall - a concert hall venue and restaurants in Prague's old town

6. A plethora of music venues and concerts

It seems like every night in the city offers and unlimited number of music venues and popular music related activities from the very popular classical music styles to local cabarets and even popular jazz clubs that are a favorite pastime for Prague locals. Next to the Powder tower is the center of musical life including a concert hall, restaurants and event spaces and at night time is illuminated magically from its base to the ornate roof details.

 

Scenic panorama of the city from Prague castle

Scenic panorama of the city from Prague castle

7. Views of the city from Prague Castle

After climbing the top of the hill towards Prague castle and the cathedral, you are rewarded with magnificent views over the red tile roofs of Prague looking back towards the Vltava river and the old town. There’s a lot to explore in this fortified complex with the cathedral and the many areas of the castle that have been converted into different museums and you can pay different tour packages in touring the complex. Just below the hill of the Mala strana is a string of galleries, cafes and bars that try to lure you into taking a break on the way up or down from the hilltop attractions. It’s a fun street to look around and take you time exploring some of the local dishes or even a nice local beer in one of the brew pubs along the way.

Prague castle in the 'New town'

Prague castle in the ‘New town’

8. Prague Castle

Now the seat of the President of the Czech Republic, the castle is a series of castles and is a popular gathering spot to see the changing of the guards or visit some of the major halls that are open to the public as museums including: the royal treasury, national painting gallery and armoury.

 

 

St Vitus cathedral at Prague castle

St Vitus cathedral at Prague castle

9. St. Vitus Cathedral

Also in the complex fortification of Prague castle is the Cathedral called St. Vitus Cathedral. It was built on the site of an old Romanesque basilica and is a splendid gothic style structure with three naves and three towers. It is a gorgeous building that was started in the 13th century and took until the 20th century to complete after a series of starts and stops in construction.

Wallenstein Palace and salla terrena in the 'New town' of Prague

Wallenstein Palace and salla terrena in the ‘New town’ of Prague

 

10. Wallenstein Palace and salla terrena

A baroque styled palace and gardens below Prague castle. Built around 1629 the palace has a very large grotto called the salla terrena resembling an artificial grotto and cave with stalactites. The beautifully maintained baroque formal gardens are filled with colorful annuals, statuary and fountains and a perfect for strolling or having a nice picnic on the many benches lining the gravelled pathways.

Stroll along St. Wenceslas square

Stroll along St. Wenceslas square

 

11. Stroll along St. Wenceslas square

A popular spot for shopping on one of the largest squares in Prague and a historic site for many large demonstrations that have occurred in Prague’s modern history including the ‘Velvet Revolution’ Now it is a place for fashionable shops and eateries and meeting for students and the young locals of Prague to hang out. The boulevard has many striking architecture ranging from art nouveau, art deco to classic styles and beautiful to see and photograph.

 Walks along the Vltava river and water recreation

Walks along the Vltava river and water recreation

 

12. Walks along the Vltava river

Both sides of the Vltava river have wonderful shoreline access and roads with scenic views on both sides of the old and new town. Along the route are nice green belt areas and parks that are very popular with locals enjoying a day out along the river to picnic or enjoy a meal with views from the riverfront. Or how about renting a swan paddle boat or just going on a barge or river cruise slowly seeing the major monuments of Prague by water.

 

 

Views of the Vltava river from the Dancing house building

Views of the Vltava river from the Dancing house building

13. Views of the Vltava river and new town from above

A walk around the Jewish district - an eclectic blend of old and new

A walk around the Jewish district – an eclectic blend of old and new

 

14. A walk around the Jewish district

The trendy Jewish district is filled with designer shops and international brands along with being a great dining and foodie zone for locals and tourists. There is also plenty to see of the historical district with the cemetery, synagogues and other important cultural buildings.  It’s a fascinating area where you can see and admire the wonderful transition of old and new and still get a great vibe and understanding the significance and history of this area.

 

Stunning architecture and monuments everywhere in Prague


Stunning architecture and monuments everywhere in Prague

15. Stunning architecture everywhere

The city is just filled with amazing architecture, it seems like everywhere you turn, there is always are stunning buildings in a variety of classical styles from Medieval, Gothic Baroque, Art Nouveau to contemporary styles like Polish Modern and the Stalin period architecture. It really is a city filled with stunning architecture and monuments and you will never be lacking to see something unusual or historic in the city’s districts.

 

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23 Responses to 15 stunning views of Prague

  1. James September 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    There are few places in the world that can match Prague for architecture … wow!

  2. Leslie August 24, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    I currently live in Prague and have taken hundreds of photos, none as good as you have captured.

    It is a great city to walk around with a camera, and a great place to live.

  3. Rhonda Albom August 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Fantastic photos, as always. We had an apartment on Wenceslas square when we visited, and we loved Prague as much as you did. I missed the tower view, although I completely enjoyed it here. Your photos make me want to go back.

    (BTW- your linky isn’t working for me.)

  4. Suze The Luxury Columnist August 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    i’m particularly impressed by the Franz Kafka sculpture although all of your shots are fantastic, looks like you were blessed with great weather!

  5. Anand BV August 4, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Noel, Prague looks stunning through your camera Eyes and your skills in capturing the beauty has been inspirational. Keep posting the beautiful pics mate which might help me quitting my day job for the love of photography. Thank you for sharing the pics!!

  6. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    What a gorgeous city. I really want to visit some day. I love that moving Kafka head. It’s so modern compared to everything else.

  7. Walter Pinem August 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    You never fail to make me jealous for your trip, Noel.
    The buildings in Prague are really great, love to see, especially the photos you’ve taken.
    Nice

  8. Pablo Domingo Montesinos July 15, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    Really, these are stunning images from Prague.
    I love this city even if I never went there. I always loved visiting it and hopefully in September I will finally be able to fulfill my dream.
    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  9. Patti Morrow July 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I’m planning to be in Prague next May. Really love seeing the diversity of sights, architecture and public art. Especially liked the iconic view from Prague Castle.

  10. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam July 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Truly gorgeous photos! I was just in Eastern Europe and really love the architecture there. Such a variety.

  11. Marilyn Jones July 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Prague is such a lovely city and you expertly captured its beauty!!

  12. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go July 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    You said it best – STUNNING ! There are so many stand out photos in this post that it was hard to select my favorite but I especially loved the sunset over the Vltava river which has a golden glow. Can’t wait to visit Prague so that we can find our own stunning views!

  13. Carole Terwilliger Meyers July 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Yes, these are splendid views of Prague. I especially like your vertical of St. Vitus cathedral at Prague castle and the pink tulips fronting St. Wenceslas square.

  14. Josie July 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi Noel,

    Stunning. Just stunning.

    Josie

  15. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru July 6, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    I’m really beginning to think we missed out big time by visiting in winter. We had a wonderful time, but your photos are magnificent.

    • Noel July 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

      The beauty of this city is that it is worth visiting again especially in a different season and it really is centrally located.

  16. allerouretourcom July 6, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    Thank you! How about #jazz in Prague? It is on my wishlist.

  17. Paula McInerney July 6, 2015 at 3:45 am #

    I love the yellow theme that runs through these amazing photos. Prague on my list.

  18. jenny@atasteoftravel July 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Your photos of Prague have me intrigued. The architecture looks interesting and together with the history of the city, I know that I would love it. I’d love to miss the busy tourist season that Andrea mentions…when did you visit and how long did you stay? Thanks for the inspiration Noel!

    • Noel July 6, 2015 at 3:57 am #

      I was there end of May so timing was perfect before the start of the tourist season, although it was fairly busy already at this point.

  19. Andrea Gerak July 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Stunning shots indeed, Noel! You were lucky to visit Prague when you did, because now, just a few weeks later, the main Castle building is under renovation, and the Charles Bridge is 10 times busier at sunset time.

    Oh and by the way, I would love to see your Budapest posts as well!

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