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Best Views in Prague

How to Find 6 of the Absolute Best Views in Prague

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Prague is, quite simply, a feast for the eyes–and the best views in Prague were enough to make us stop in our tracks.

From the intricate architecture of the buildings to the gorgeous orange rooftops that dot the city, and from the charming views from the Charles Bridge to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral looming commandingly over the city, everywhere we turned the views in Prague had us tripping over ourselves in an attempt to slow down and stare.

From there, it wasn’t hard to figure out what we wanted the focus of our time in Prague to be: we wanted to stare at it, a lot, from the best viewpoints to visit in Prague that we could find.

During our time in the city, we gallivanted around in a quest to find the best views to visit in Prague. There are a surprising number of them, but overall, we think we’ve put together an amazing list of the best viewpoints to visit in Prague!

Have you ever been somewhere that was so beautiful you never wanted to close your eyes in case it disappeared? * Confession: Prague has never been on my must-see list. It's not that I actively didn't want to come, I just never had a huge draw to the city (possibly because I'm not a beer drinker--and yes, rumors are still true: beer here is cheaper than bottled water). * All I kept hearing, though, was how gorgeous and magical this place is, and how it was worth the risk. So, when a cheap flight to Prague popped up while we were planning our fall itinerary in Europe, we went for it. * Guys. This place. It's Central European beauty at its finest. Castles, bridges, elaborate architecture on every street, cobblestones, cathedrals. If you're looking for me for the next few days, I'll be on the streets of Prague, drinking in the beauty every second I can. * * * * #charlesbridge #prague #czechrepublic #wonderful_prague #praguetoday #pragueworld #visitcz #insta_prague #wearetravelgirls #gltlove #girlsvsglobe #girlslovetravel #dametraveler #passionpassport #neverstopexploring #worldcaptures#adventureanywhere #travelandlife #discoverglobe #roamearth#stayandwander #traveladdict #alifewelltraveled #beautifuldestinations #ig_europe #living_europe #europe #artofvisuals #justgoshoot

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6 of the Absolute Best Views of Prague

The Grounds of Prague Castle

If you’re new to Prague, odds are that one of the first places you’ll want to head in the city is Prague Castle. What most people assume is Prague Castle–that set of gorgeous gothic spires reaching into the sky–is actually St. Vitus Cathedral, which is inside the grounds.

For the best view of the city from the grounds themselves, head straight past the cathedral and walk until the castle walls open up into views of the city below. The view of Prague is beautiful, and–even better–free.

Best Views in Prague: Prague Castle

The Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral

Want to get up a little higher?

Climbing the Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral costs 150 CZK/person (a little under $7.00 USD at time of writing), requires almost 300 steps up in a tight spiral staircase, and is definitely worth it: the views from the top of the tower make the truly beautiful views from the grounds look unremarkable–not an easy feat.

This was the first view in Prague that allowed us to see the city from a high vantage point, and it definitely stuck with us.

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Best Views of Prague: South Tower St. Vitus

Petrin Lookout Tower

The highest view in Prague is easy to find: at the top of Petrin Hill (you can walk the hill or ride the funicular up for the cost of a metro ticket–just be sure to watch the time limit on your ticket when you head back down!) sits a structure that is ostensibly built to resemble the Eiffel Tower–and like so many other places to visit in Prague, you can climb to the top.

100 CZK (about $4.50 USD) and a few minutes of work will pay off with the highest view of Prague available in the city.

The 360-degree views are breathtaking, though the trade-off of having this be the most crowded view of Prague by far of those we sought out caused us to spend less time soaking in these views before heading back down than we did at some of Prague’s other viewpoints.

Best Views in Prague: Petrin Hill Lookout Tower

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Starbucks near Prague Castle

Oh, Starbucks: you sure know how to get people to walk through your door.

The roof of this coffee shop has a terrace that makes up an epic view of Prague, complete with wide ledges that look practically designed for selfies–which is just about what everyone there was using them for.

We never even saw a line for this Starbucks, which was presumably down the spiral staircase that we didn’t venture past–far from trying to lock down the terrace to anyone who wasn’t a paying customer, Starbucks threw up welcome signs and encouraged everyone to tag their photos with #starbuckspraguecastle–talk about leaning into the inevitable, right?

I have no doubt that they have sold some extra coffee based on getting people onto that terrace!

Best Views in Prague: Starbucks Prague Castle

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Letna Beer Garden

A park, a beer garden, and one of the best views in Prague: what more could you ask for?

The weather and the fact that we visited at 11:30 AM meant that this view of Prague was not as incredible as some of the others that we saw, but on a warm summer’s night with a lively crowd and a beautiful sunset, I have no doubt that this view would be one to remember.

Best Views of Prague: Letna Beer Garden, Beer Garden Prague

Old Town Bridge Tower

I saved my personal favorite for last: the Old Town Bridge Tower, while seen and likely admired by anyone who walks across the Charles Bridge (read: anyone who visits Prague), does not go out of its way to make it obvious that it can be climbed.

Underneath the tower, there is a small door with an equally unimposing sign stating that the tower can be entered, and if you head inside, a few flights of stairs will take you to the admission desk.

For 100 CZK (about $4.50 USD), you will be able to finish climbing the tower and take in some of the prettiest views in Prague that we saw during our time there.

Seeing the Charles Bridge from above was an incredible experience (just look at those crowds!), we loved watching the river boats go by, and we loved walking 360 degrees around the tower and enjoying the fact that every angle treated us to gorgeous views of the city.

Even better, we loved that surprisingly few people joined us on the tower: there were only a couple of other people in line when we bought our tickets, and only a handful of people at the top–after battling crowds at the Petrin Hill Lookout Tower, this was a great change of pace.

Best Views in Prague: Old Town Bridge Tower

Our time in Prague was unforgettable, and the views in Prague that we sought out were definitely a large part of that.

Whether you’re planning a traditional summer visit, hoping to see Prague in the winter, or anything in between, be sure to seek out some of the best views in Prague while you’re there. This is a city best admired from every angle, and there is no doubt that there are plenty of angles to choose from.

Where We Stayed in Prague:

Airbnb Flat in Prague 2 — Karel’s flat was in the perfect location for us: a quiet neighborhood with plenty of restaurants nearby, a 10-minute walk to the trams and metro to get into the city center, and available at a reasonable price. The flat was comfortable and the wifi worked well: we wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again!

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  • Abigail Sinsona September 7, 2017

    Prague sure is a beauty! I love that you have listed many lookout points to fully enjoy its beauty! I could spend my day in Charles Bridge, but all these other lookout points offer a great view!

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      It really is an absolutely gorgeous place!

  • Lisa September 7, 2017

    I’m going to Prague this December to visit the Christmas market, so I’ll bookmark this post! Thanks for the tip for seeing a great view of Prague from the Old Town Bridge, and it’s so cheap too. So strange to see Starbucks on this list, but I’ll let them off as the views from the terrace look amazing.

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      Right?1 It was strange putting Starbucks on the list, but they earned it with that view! The Christmas market in Prague sounds magical, hope you have an amazing time!

  • Lois Alter Mark September 8, 2017

    I totally agree that Prague is a feast for the eyes. Your gorgeous photos brought back so many great memories. What a beautiful city.

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Bee September 8, 2017

    Beautiful views and photos. Prague always looks like an amazing vacation from the photos and posts i read. thanks for this awesome guide for finding great views of the city. will bookmark it for sure!

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      Ah, hope you get a chance to visit soon!!

  • Hannah September 8, 2017

    Every time I read a post like this I kick myself for not exploring Europe more! The views of Prague look amazing, such beautiful architecture. And Starbucks certainly know how to attract the bloggers and Instagrammers!! What was the food like in Prague?

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      Man, it seems like we can’t stay out of Europe! Every time we leave, it pulls us back. I would definitely recommend heading this way! 😉

  • Claire Summers September 8, 2017

    What a great guide. I had no idea Prague had so many cool places to view the city. I’ve yet to go but you have inspired me to visit soon.

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      Thanks, Claire! Hope you love it when you visit.

  • James September 9, 2017

    You found some unique viewpoints of Prague here. I think my favourite from your pictures has got to be from the Old Town Bridge Tower. I’ve never seen Prague from this angle before. The view from Starbuck is an unique find too!

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      I agree–the Old Town Bridge Tower is my favorite view, too. The top photo of the post is also from that viewpoint, facing the opposite direction!

  • Archana Singh September 10, 2017

    Prague has been on my life for the reasons you listed above – intricate architecture, gorgeous orange rooftops, views from the Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral among many other attractions. I might be visiting Prague soon and this would be such a great guide for my photography.

    • Kate Storm September 10, 2017

      Hope your trip works out–if you’re into photography, there’s no chance you won’t love it.

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