My favorite spots for taking photos in Prague

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Best locations for taking photos in Prague

Our first stop in the Czech Republic was Prague, which is their capital and largest city. As with most of Europe, you will find historical architecture to photograph nearly everywhere. That being said, these were the best spots I found for taking photos in Prague.

Old Town Bridge Tower

(Czech: Staroměstská mostecká věž)

Panoramic view of Prague from atop the Old Town Bridge Tower.
Look out to the right from atop the tower and you’ll be greeted with this view.
Head towards the back of the tower for a view of the city you don’t often see in photos.
A longer portrait view from above to capture more of Charles Bridge

Old Town Bridge Tower – Google Maps Link

A gothic monument built in the late 14th century standing at one end of Charles Bridge. I recommend going up the tower before you head any further towards the castle complex. The view provides an excellent perspective of Charles Bridge from above. In addition to the view out front, be sure to take some time to walk all the way around the tower and look out. This was probably my favorite location for photos in Prague. From here you can capture Charles Bridge, the river, and the city leading up to the castle complex.

Charles Bridge

(Czech: Karlův most)

People out enjoying paddle boats along the river
Moved in a little closer to capture more of the bridge
Zoomed in just a bit tighter on the castle complex

Charles Bridge – Google Maps Link

Charles Bridge replaced Judith Bridge, which was badly damaged by a flood in 1342. After completion in the early 15th century it was simply known as “Stone” or “Prague” bridge. As of 1870 it has only been called Charles bridge after King Charles IV. In 1841 this bridge was the only means of crossing the Vltava river, making this an important trade route across eastern and western europe. Furthermore, this was the only land connection between the old town and the castle complex.

As mentioned previously, you can capture a view from above the bridge on the Old Town Bridge Tower. In addition to walking across the bridge and snapping photos, you’ll probably want a side view as well. My favorite location was to walk along the river until I could capture the entire bridge and castle complex in one shot. I then moved in closer and zoomed in tighter to capture a few different compositions.


St. Vitus Cathedral

(Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta)

View of the cathedral from inside the castle complex.
An example of the stained glass found inside.
Another stained glass example from inside St. Vitus cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral – Google Maps Link

Firstly, The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is now the official title. What a mouthful! You can see why it’s most commonly referred to as, simply, St. Vitus Cathedral. The cathedral is located entirely inside the Prague Castle complex. It is the largest and most important church in the Czech Republic!

After enjoying the beautiful gothic architecture from the outside be sure to head inside for more. When you’re done with the cathedral continue around the rest of castle complex for even more photo opportunities.

Prague Castle to Petrin Tower: A nice walk

Just outside the Prague Castle complex.
A panoramic view of Prague from the castle complex.

The above video was taken from just outside the Prague Castle complex. If you notice the tower appear up on the hill across the way, that’s Petrin Tower. Although it’s a bit of a distance and steep once you reach the hill, the views are worth it. Furthermore, the walk is paved and shaded once you reach the tree line.

While walking up to Petrin Tower we came across this brick archway.
View of the Prague Castle complex from Petrin Tower.

Panoramic video from up on Petrin Tower.

As mentioned in the captions, it is quite a walk from Prague Castle to Petrin Tower. If you pushed it, it may be possible to complete in around 25 minutes, though the uphill section at the end would be tiring. Take your time, plan for an hour or more. You’ll want to stop numerous times for photos because of the different vantage points you’ll reach. If you’re not afraid of heights, head up to the top of the Petrin Tower observation deck for a great panoramic view!

Well, there you have it! My favorite locations for photos in Prague. Remember, that this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. During my time in the city, these were my personal favorite locations. Hope you enjoyed the photos and thanks for reading!

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  1. Catherine

    I went to Prague in the late 80s one of my best trips ever! Thanks for the memories!

    • admin

      It probably still looks quite similar, at least most of the sightseeing stops. Stores and restaurants may have changed up a bit and modernized.

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