Ever since I could remember, I have wanted to take a trip to Prague. I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit to see the fall colors this year and I have to say it’s one of the most unique cities I have visited.
The mix of old and new architecture in the city is breathtaking. One moment I was walking through the courtyard of a centuries old castle and the next moment I was having lunch at a hip cafe in a cool neighborhood. I definitely felt like I was walking through a fairy tale on more than 1 occasion.
Although I had a great time in Prague, the one frustrating thing about the trip was just how many tourists there were, especially in the most famous spots. Because of this, I made it a mission on my trip to also find places that are less busy.
Like most people, I use Instagram heavily to find inspiration for the locations I want to visit when I’m traveling to a new place. This is my list of the most instagrammable places in Prague, which I think has a good mix of famous locations, hidden gems, and tips and tricks to get that shot.
30 Most Instagrammable Places in Prague
1. Charles Bridge at Sunrise
Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
The Charles Bridge is by far the most iconic location in Prague and is where everyone visiting wants to take a picture. So, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise just how busy it gets on the bridge during the day time.
Take it from a person who will wait hours just to get her shot. The only way to have a chance of getting a shot on the bridge with no one else in the photo is to go during sunrise before anyone else has gotten out of bed.
Although waking up early when you’re on vacation is the last thing you might want to do, trust me, it’s worth the effort!
Tip: Don’t forget to capture both sides of the bridge. My favorite side was the one facing Lesser Town as you get the pop of green from the dome of St. Nicholas Church.
2. Catch Sunrise Over the Entire City from the Top of Ke Hradu Road
Ke Hradu, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
Ke Hradu Road is one of the main roads up to the Prague Castle area and it has wonderful views of the entire city. Since it leads to Prague Castle, you will probably see crowds of people walking up and down this road once the day get’s started. I even saw a commercial being filmed at this location when we were there.
Like Charles Bridge, this spot will be much less busy at sunrise. Plus, there is nothing else like seeing the sun rise over the entire city with the warm glow of the sun hitting the red rooftops and green domes of the churches. Add in the sound of the morning bells chiming to wake up the city and you get such a magical atmosphere.
3. The View from Petrin Hill at Sunset
118 00 Prague 1, Czechia, map
The view from Petrin Hill was definitely one of my favorite places to watch sunset while I was in Prague. Not only does this location have the view, the walk through the tree lined walking path in Petrin Park to get to Petrin Hill is really enjoyable too. Next time when I visit, I can for sure imagine myself packing a picnic and coming here to watch the sunset.
On the way to Petrin Hill, you’ll run into a few restaurants where you can grab dinner and a sunset if you wanted to. We chose to grab a quick drink before heading to Petrin Hill, but alot of people were having dinner too.
Once you get to the hill, you’ll see what I mean. From this location, you get a grand view of the entire city with the black colors of Prague Castle looming over the entire city. It really makes for a great contrast in colors, especially as the golden hour colors of sunset start to paint the landscape.
4. The View from Petrin Lookout Tower at Sunset
Petřínské sady 633, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia, map
Petrin Lookout Tower is only a few minutes walk away from Petrin Hill, so it offers a similar view to what you’ll find at Petrin Hill, but the perspective you’ll get by climbing the 299 stairs to the top of the tower is completely different.
If you only have time for one of these locations, you can’t lose with either one. However, if you have extra time and are okay with paying for the entrance fee, then Petrin Lookout Tower is definitely worth it.
From the top of the tower you’ll be able to walk around the entire top section giving you a 360 degree view of your surroundings. From the east side of the tower, you’ll get a fantastic view of Charles Bridge, Legions Bridge, and Old Town.
Transportation Tip: Take the Funicular Railway, which is similar to a Tram, down from the Petrin Hill area once you’re done. A one way ticket is just a little over $1 USD!
5. The Swing at Letna Park
Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše, 118 00 Praha 7, Czechia, map
One of the most random moments on our trip was stumbling on this swing while taking a walk through Letna Park. Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact location of where this swing is, but it was pretty close to the Prague Metronome.
I have the location of the Metronome saved here, so just follow your map to the Metronome and look around the area. You should be able to find it. I can’t guarantee that it’s still up since someone might have removed it since I last visited, but the worst that could happen if the swing is not here anymore, is that you’ll spend some extra time walking through a beautiful park with views of the city.
Plus, most tourists don’t come here, so if you’re looking to get away from the crowds, the park is a great. If you’re into beer, there are also a few beer gardens in the park where you can enjoy the view of the city from.
6. Na Kampě Street at Sunrise
Na Kampě, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia, map
If you like to get photos of yourself in front of colorful buildings and cute architecture then you have to go to this street. One of my favorite ways to capture this location was from a higher vantage point, like the picture I have here.
The one thing you have to keep in mind is that this location gets super busy during the day since the street is right off of Charles Bridge and is incredibly photogenic. We took these photo around 8:00 am after we had finished with sunrise at Charles Bridge and still had the place pretty much to ourselves. By 9 am the crowds started rolling in.
7. Nerudova Street at Sunrise
Nerudova 225/44, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia, map
Does anything sound more picturesque than a cobble stone road running between a narrow street lined with colorful, whimsical houses with door signs that look straight out of a Harry Potter movie? That is Nerudova street for you and it makes for a great photo if you can get here when its not busy.
Be warned though. Since this road is one of the primary roads leading to Prague Castle and a tourist attraction in itself, the road gets incredibly busy during the day. In fact, if you come after 9 am you will probably run into a tour group or two on their way to Prague Castle. My advice is to get here as close to sunrise as you can if you want the best chance of getting the road to yourself.
Hotel Tip: We stayed at Design Hotel Neruda Prague, which is right on Neruda Street and allowed us to easily get this road to ourselves early in the morning. It is a charming boutique hotel that I highly recommend. The address above will bring you directly to the hotel.
8. Path Behind Queen Anne’s Summer Palace
Mariánské hradby 52/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia, map
This one is more of a random spot that we stumbled upon as we explored the area around Prague Castle after we had finished touring the inside. The good news is that since this was a random spot, it’s not on most tourists radar so you can likely get this spot all to yourself at anytime during the day.
We did see an engagement photo shoot just finishing up as we passed this location, so if you were thinking about skipping this location, you might have to think twice. I mean, look at the view you get from here!
9. Skip the Starbucks with a View (Hradcanske Namesti 186/1A)
Pražský Hrad, Kajetánka, Hradčanské nám., 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia, map
The Starbucks at Hradcanske Namesti 186/1A near Prague Castle is ranked by many blogs and TripAdvisor users as one of the places with the best views of Prague.
Although the view is pretty nice, the line is usually really long. It’s such a well known location that the Starbucks even had a sign up letting photo takers know what hashtag they should use to tag Starbucks in when they post the photo.
Instead of wasting your time in line, go to the next location on this list which has a better view and is much less busy.
10. The Balcony in the Back of Schwarzenbersky Palace
Hradčanské nám. 2, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
After waiting in the line at Starbucks for what seemed like hours for a couple of decent shots, we stumbled onto this balcony in the back of Schwarzenbersky Palace Prague. Not only are the patterns on its walls really unique, the view from the balcony is even better than the one at Starbucks in #9.
Plus, there was only a few other people taking pictures here instead of the huge line at Starbucks.
The one thing I want to tell you though, is that we were not 100% sure if you could climb on the balcony ledge or not. We saw other people doing it so we thought it was okay, but it doesn’t hurt to ask to make sure.
11. Cernisky Palace – Gardens
Loretánské nám. 5, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
I felt like I was walking right into a fairy tale when we got here. The garden that is right next to the palace is actually the main attraction here instead of the palace itself. The garden has a perfectly manicured landscape, a water fountain, and this pink building that makes a great backdrop for your photos.
The best thing is that I don’t think many tourists know you can go into the gardens so it does not get very busy throughout the day. We pretty much had the place to ourselves when we came here.
12. Lennon Wall
Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
You can’t come to Prague without visiting the Lennon Wall. I know there are some people who felt visiting the wall was not worth it, but we had a lot of fun taking pictures in front of the colorful graffiti on it.
The good thing is that although it is one of the most popular photo ops in the city, the wall is big enough to accommodate a lot of people at one time. I think we only had to wait 5 minutes or so to get a nice spot to ourselves.
Food Tip: After taking photos at the wall, we stopped by Cafe De Paris for a quick afternoon tea and cake break, which is literally right next to the wall. It definitely made the trip to the wall all the more memorable.
13. Inside St. Vitus Cathedral
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia, map
There is no way you will be able to miss seeing St. Vitas Cathedral as its the most prominent feature of the entire Prague Castle complex. Once you step inside you’ll see some of the most stunning Gothic architecture, stained glass windows, and history that you can imagine.
Obviously, this is one of the most visited tourist locations in Prague, so prepare for it to be busy throughout the day. With that said, its big enough on the inside to have moments to yourself throughout the cathedral.
Prague Castle Tip: We purchased the Prague Castle – Circuit B ticket which includes St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower and is 100 CZK cheaper than Circuit A. It doesn’t cover every site like Circuit A does, but we didn’t feel like we missed anything.
Also, if you’re visiting Prague during the busy season which is from June – August, you can expect long lines to purchase tickets and to get in Prague Castle.
One of the best ways to save time from waiting in line is to purchase an electronic ticket like this Circuit B ticket from Klook Travel.
14. St. Vitus Cathedral Door
III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia, map
When you visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, don’t forget about taking a shot at St. Vitus Cathedral’s door! I mean, just look at how intricate and beautiful it is.
Photography Tip: Use a wide angle lens and shoot from low to high to capture the entire door with a person in it. If you don’t have a wide angle lens, use your cell phone. I actually used my iPhone to capture this one!
15. The Old Town Bridge Tower for Shots of Charles Bridge at Night
Karlův most Praha 1, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
I definitely think its worth climbing up one of the bridge towers during your trip to Prague. Not only will you get a different perspective of Charles Bridge, but you can also learn about the history of the bridge towers through the exhibits inside.
The only reason we chose to do the Old Town Bridge Tower was because we were walking back from that side so you could check out the Lesser Town Bridge Tower too.
The big downside about the view from the top of the Old Town Bridge Tower is how crowded it gets, especially as the sun sets. This is probably because they don’t set a specific limit on the number of visitors that are allowed inside and there is no rule on how long you can stay on top. We literally had to squeeze ourselves through a crowd of people to try to find a spot.
Photography Tip: If you want to be in the photo, this is not the spot to go to. However, it is a very good spot to get photos of Charles Bridge. My best tip is to arrive as early as you can to claim a spot before it gets too busy because it will get busy.
16. The Top of the Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
Třetí nádvoří Pražského hradu, 119 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
When you visit St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Castle area, make sure to save enough time to take the short 287 step climb up to the Great South Tower of the Cathedral. The cool thing about the tower is that you are able to see the tower bell on your way up to the top, which is the largest in the Czech Republic and dates back to the 16th century.
The one thing to be aware of though is that the tickets to this tower are not included in your Prague Castle ticket. The tickets are 150 czk and you can buy them at the entrance of the tower.
17. Royal Garden of Prague Castle
Pražský hrad, Hradčany, 119 08 Praha 1, Czechia, map
My favorite part of the Prague Castle wasn’t actually the castle itself, but the Royal Garden of the castle grounds. While the crowds lingered around the castle, there was virtually no one around the Royal Garden. We went during the fall season, so it was a lovely peaceful and quiet stroll as we admired the golden leaves.
The best way to explore the Royal Garden is to just wander around and admire the foliage! We found a path surrounded by large trees as well that made for a great photo op.
18. The Deer Moat Pedestrian Tunnel and Walking Path
118 00 Prague 1, Czechia, map
If you have extra time and aren’t too tired from exploring Prague Castle and its surrounding area already, make sure to check out the Deer Moat Pedestrian Tunnel and walking path. Like the Royal Gardens, we were pretty much the only people who strayed this far away from the castle.
The walking path winds through the open grass fields and trees and down into the valley, which is actually the moat that used to act as one of the defense mechanisms for the castle.
The path got its name from the area being the King’s private hunting grounds for deer and bear. You won’t see any of those animals here anymore, but what you will get is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist sites in the main Prague Castle area.
Prague Castle Tip: It’s worth making two separate trips to Prague Castle. One trip for the castle itself and another for the surrounding area. We did both in the same day and felt rushed when we were exploring the surrounding areas like this one.
Another thing you can do if you want to learn more about the history of the castle grounds is to join a Prague Castle Walking Tour like this one from Klook Travel. It’s definitely something I would have done if I had more time on this trip.
Just keep in mind that it doesn’t include entrance into the castle.
19. Old Town Square
Staroměstské nám, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, map
Old Town Square is definitely one of the most picturesque spots in the city and will make you feel alive as you take in the atmospheric hustle and bustle of the square . It’s a great place to go people watching, to grab lunch, and to check out the beautiful variety of architecture that surrounds the square.
If you’re in Prague from December 1st to January 6th, this is also the place where the Christmas Market is held every year. Get ready for it to be busy, but what’s a public square without all the activity.
20. Astronomical Clock
Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, map
The main reason why we walked through Old Town Square was to get to the Astronomical Clock. The clock itself doesn’t make for the best photo and I actually didn’t get any photos in front of it, but its still worth a visit just for its history.
The clock made its first tick in 1410 and has been going strong ever since for over 600 years, which is crazy to think about. Just this year a major project was initiated to renovate the clock and restore it in a more historically accurate manner. It was back in operation as of September 28, 2018 so if you haven’t been to Prague yet, you can now see the clock in its restored glory.
The clock chimes and the procession of the Twelve Apostles is set in motion every day on the hour from 9 am to 11 pm.
Photography Tip: The best place to take photos or videos of the clock really is directly in front of it. It gets incredibly busy the closer you are to the top of each hour so if you want a spot, get there early.
21. Golden Lane
Zlatá ulička u Daliborky, 119 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
This was one of the more whimsical areas we visited during our trip. Golden Lane is part of the Prague Castle complex and is included the Prague Castle Circuit A and B passes. Its a medieval street lined with tiny houses that used to be occupied by castle guards and the servants of goldsmiths, where the name comes from. A fun fact is that Franz Kafka even lived in house #22 at one point in his life.
What makes the street so whimsical is how colorful each house is which made for some nice pictures. With that said though, we weren’t that impressed with the street.
The reason why we didn’t like it so much is that most of the houses on the street have been turned into souvenir shops, which ruined it for us.
We went during the middle of the day and there were tourists everywhere, so it might have been a different experience if we had gotten there early in the morning.
22. The Tunnel of Books at the Municipal Library of Prague
Mariánské nám. 98/1, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, map
Who wouldn’t want to be in a tunnel of books, right? To be honest, its more like a semi tunnel of books because its a visual illusion with the use of a mirror. It still makes for a great picture, though!
The reason why we liked this spot so much is because you are far outside the typical tourists route and are pretty much hanging out with the locals. Most of the books in the library were in Czech, but it was still a lot of fun to hang out in the library, check out what movies were playing in the theater downstairs, and look at the art gallery on the 2nd floor.
23. Letensky Profil Lookout
Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše 8, 170 00 Praha 7, Czechia, map
This is the spot where you can snap that iconic shot of the city with 3 of its bridges crossing the Vltava River. You don’t need much time here so it makes for a good place to stop as you make your way to your destination.
Try to take a photo from this location just after sunset when you still have a slight afterglow from the sun and the street lamps on the bridge have already lit up. That would make for a magical photo.
24. Staircase to Charles Bridge near Na Kampě Street
118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia, map
When you’re strolling along Charles Bridge, don’t miss out on the unique picture opportunity this staircase makes near Kampa Island. It’s actually the most direct way to get to Na Kampě Street from Charles Bridge so it will be hard to miss. Like Charles Bridge and Na Kampě Street, if you want to have a chance at taking this photo with no one else in it, you’ll have to get here around sunrise.
25. One of the Independent Coffee Shops in Prague
There are so many unique and wonderfully decorated coffee shops in Prague that you could spend an entire trip here dedicated to coffee shops. I’m not the biggest fan of coffee, so I always ordered a tea drink when we went to a coffee shop, but I always had a good time when we stopped at one.
Do yourself a favor and pick at least one independent coffee shop to stop by on your trip! And if you can, get away from the tourists and visit a coffee shop in Prague 7, which is where I found my favorite coffee shop.
Here is one of the best online guides that I found about the coffee scene in Prague in case you need some help choosing which coffee shop to visit.
26. The Narrowest Street in Prague
U Lužického semináře, 118 00 Prague 1-Malá Strana-Malá Strana, Czechia, map
We stumbled on this street while wandering the area, but found out afterwards that it’s an actual location called the Narrowest Street in Prague.
The really funny thing is that the street is so narrow it has a stop light on both ends of it. We took a few photos and then headed to our next stop as there wasn’t much else to check out here, but it did make for some memorable photos.
I did see a story of a German tourist getting stuck in the street so be careful! 😉
27. The Dancing House
Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia, map
Even though this is one of the most popular photography locations in Prague, we actually skipped it because we ran out of time. I wanted to include it though because it does make a great photo especially if you do a long exposure and capture movement from the traffic in front of the Dancing House.
28. The Many Courtyards Near Prague Castle
There are so many photogenic courtyards near Prague Castle, so make sure to check out as many as you can! The good part is that although these courtyards are near Prague Castle, you’ll be able to find less crowded ones if you look hard enough since there are so many.
29. The View from the Top of Žižkov Television Tower
Mahlerovy sady 1, 130 00 Praha 3, Czechia, map
The only reason why we ended up going to the TV tower is because our Airbnb hosts suggested it since it was close to the Airbnb. Not surprisingly since this place is located in Prague 3 and a 44 minute walk from Charles Bridge, it was nearly empty when we got there.
If you have time, make sure to check it out as it offers a great panoramic view of the city from the observatory, which is the highest point in Prague. The entrance fee is 150 czk per adult.
Fun Fact: There is actually a one room hotel you can book if you wanted to stay 223 feet above the ground. Obviously, since there is only one room, it is really expensive.
30. The Cobblestone Steps Near Ke Hradu Road
Radnické schody 1, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia, map
You’ll find these cobblestone steps to the right of House at the Golden Stars. It’s right off Ke Hradu Road so we just stopped here after watching the sunrise from the top of Ke Hradu Road. It’s not an actual “photography” location, but I really liked how the overall composition turned out.
31. Café Louvre
Národní 22, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia, map
What kind of top Instagram list would this be without at least 1 food location! Café Louvre is one of the most famous Café’s in Prague and the world. It was one of Albert Einsteins favorite cafés when he was working at the Prague German University and you feel as if you were transported to the his time from the moment you walk into the Café.
Don’t spend all your time taking photos either! The food and service were both really good and the prices were reasonable. I ordered their hot chocolate to go along with my dinner and it turned out to be the thickest, chocoliest, hot chocolate I have had in my life! I still start drooling when I think about it 🙂
Prague really was a real life fairy tale and I can’t wait to have a chance to visit the city again!
Although I was only here for a few days, the good thing is that the city is small and walk able enough that you’re able to see so many historic sites in just one day.
To be honest, it was very annoying to have to deal with so many tourists, but like I said, most tourists tend to stay only in the most popular areas in the city so it’s very easy to find a quite place to yourself.
If I could do it all over again, the one thing I would make sure to schedule time for is a day trip tour to a smaller UNESCO-listed town near Prague, like this one from Klook Travel to Český Krumlov.
Walking through one of these small towns just seems so romantic and it would have been a nice change from the city itself.
What are you looking forward to doing the most on your trip to Prague?