20 exceptional views of Prague
Enjoying views of Prague belongs to my all-time favorite activities, I have visited most of the following spots way too many times and I think you might like my tips when visiting Prague!
1. The Lesser Town Bridge Tower
The Lesser Town Bridge Tower offers an incredible view of all historical centers including Charles Bridge, Castle, and Petřín Hill. The tower is located at the end of the Charles Bridge on the Lesser Town part. The entrance fee is 100 CZK and it is opened all year round. Here you can find opening hours for specific months and also the history of the tower. The nearest tram stop is called Malostranské náměstí.
2. The Lucerna Rooftop
Lucerna palace is located nearby Wenceslas Square and you can find over there club, music hall, cinema, restaurant, cafe and much more. Some time ago was the rooftop opened for public events, once we had a chance to visit it and it is so nice! Really unusual and stunning views over the city. Please note the rooftop is not always available and there is usually entrance fee which varies from event to event. At the moment the only information I have is that the rooftop will be opened again in April 2020. Best is to follow their Facebook page where are the events and other information shared. The nearest tram stop is Václavské náměstí.
3. Letná Hill
From Letná Hills is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful views over Prague Bridges. The best viewpoint is right in front of Hanau Pavilion. The best way how to get there is by tram to the station Chotkovy sady.
T-Anker is located on the roof of the Kotva department store (the nearest tram stop: Náměstí republiky and Dlouhá ulice) and to the bar you will get by special side elevator (on the left from the entrance to the shopping center, needless to enter inside). The terrace offers stunning views of the Old Town! For the information about the prices and menu visit their web here.
5. The Lesser Town Square
I would say the Lesser Town Square is my personal favorite and I am always happy to visit the charming place. I absolutely love the views over magnificent St. Nicholas Square. You can get to this square very easily by tram (tram stop Malostranské náměstí).
6. “Swan beach” by Cihelná street
This spot used to be kind of hidden gem but over last year I have noticed more and more tourist groups coming by. Even though it might get crowded during the day I still love the view! And the swans! The best way how to get there is to go to the station Malostranská (metro or tram), then head down to the riverside direction and turn right to the street U Lužického semináře and then first left to Cihelná street.
7. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge in Prague and connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. It is over 500 meters long and 9 and a half meters wide. The bridge was built for 45 years and the foundation stone was laid by Emperor Charles IV. in 1357. Originally it was called the Stone Bridge or Prague Bridge. The Charles Bridge was inspired by the stone bridge in the German town of Regensburg. Charles Bridge is decorated with 30 Baroque sculptures (these are replicas, the original sculptures are in Lapidarium at the Exhibition ground in Holešovice).
8. Žižkov Television Tower
The tower is located near Jiřího z Poděbrad metro station and the entrance fee to the observatory where you can admire unique views of Prague costs 250 CZK. There is also a restaurant, bar and one hotel room at the top of the tower. For more information visit the official web.
9. Vrtbovská zahrada
Vrtbovská zahrada is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Prague. The garden is open daily from April to October (10:00 -18: 00) and admission is 80 CZK. Entrance to the garden is located a few minutes by walk from the tram stop Malostranské náměstí and unfortunately is not very clearly marked, so you have to really watch for the street sign.
10. Dancing House
The Dancing House a.k.a. Ginger and Fred is decorating Prague since 1996. If you enjoy the views you can go up with the elevator to the last floor where is located a bar with the view. For bar guests there is free access to the viewpoint, otherwise, the entrance fee is CZK 100.
11. Nerudova street
If you walk up from Malostranské náměstí via Nerudova street you can easily reach the Prague Castle. At the top of the street, you can find the following views over the historical buildings. Charming, isn’t it?
12. Views from Hradčanské náměstí
Since we are in the Castle area if you walk more up to the Hradčanské náměstí (where you can find also entrance to the Prague Castle) there is a Starbucks coffee with rooftop deck wich offers really amazing views. I recommend visiting this spot before sunset 🙂 Nice view is also from the top of the Castle stairs.
13. The South Gardens
Again, the Prague Castle. But this is last and my favorite view from this area. The South Gardens are reachable from the Prague Castle, I love it as it is usually less crowded than the Castle and views are insane! The entrance is for free and gardens are open from April to October.
14. The Old Town Square
When mentioning views of Prague I can not forget to mention the famous Old Town Square with its astronomical clock, the gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn and the baroque St. Nicholas Church. For panoramic views of the Old Town, you can even visit the tower of the Old Town Hall (the tower with the astronomical clock). The admission fee is 250 CZK and the tower is opened all year round.
15. Alšovo nábřeží
This is a kind of secret spot as I never met many people around. I really love taking photos from there, I like the unique view of the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. You can reach this spot by coming by tram to the stop Staroměstská, then head towards the Charles Bridge but instead of going right to the Bridge you turn to the second street on the right – the Platnéřská street.
16. Old Town Bridge Tower
Not far from the above-mentioned spot is located the Old Town Bridge Tower which is one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. On the left, you will find the entrance, start to go up the stairs to buy a ticket which costs 100 CZK and there are 138 steps to climb:) But there is a great reward waiting for you – awesome view of Prague! I was surprised that there were only two other tourists besides our little group of three, so we had views almost just for ourselves!
17. Smetanovo nábřeží
Admire Charles Bridge along with the beautiful Bedrich Smetana Museum you can from the other side – Smetanovo nábřeží, the nearest tram stop is called Karlovy Lázně (same as the famous night club located in this area as well)
18. Střelecký island
This island is located under the Legion Bridge which can be reached by tram to the station Národní divadlo (National Theatre). It is a tranquil place with incredible view of the Prague riversides and Charles Bridge. Below you can find photos from summer and winter. Completely different atmosphere, right?
From Petřín hill you can enjoy panoramic views over Prague, especially the Prague castle. You can either walk up the hill or take the funicular. The nearest tram stop is called Újezd. As I mentioned in my Prague in Spring post, this is the place to visit especially in the full bloom, it is really amazing!
If you will come by tram to Újezd, on the other side from the Petřín Hill is located Kampa – which is actually an island. It is separated from the Lesser Town by picturesque canal called Čertovka.
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