Best Photo Spots in Prague

Best photo spots in Prague

The best photo spots in Prague are mostly centered around Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Vltava river, all within a short distance from each other. Overall, Prague is a fairly compact city with little reason to use public transport, and most of the main attractions can be found within three kilometers of each other.

Locations of the best photo spots in Prague can be found on the map below with clickable larger images.

1. Smetanovo nábřeží

Prague Castle

Smetanovo nábřeží is a street east of the Vltava river and southeast of Charles Bridge. It offers great views of Prague castle and the bridge. The sidewalk is long and wide, and there are always photographers on summer evenings capturing probably the most iconic view of Prague.

Since the view can be captured from different angles, there is enough space for everyone – depending on how much of the buildings one wants to include in the picture. The buildings are visible in the main picture of the Gate98 Prague travel guide.

Sun sets behind the castle in summer.

On the opposite side of the river is the departure point for river cruise ships, which can cause problems with long-exposed pictures. So, you often need to wait before the view is free of slowly moving boats.

  • Location in coordinates: 50.08455, 14.41327
  • The location is shown in Google Street View here

2. Old Town Bridge Tower

Charles Bridge Tower

There are towers at both ends of Charles Bridge, both of which can be accessed for an entrance fee. The towers are great spots for taking pictures in every direction.

The tower on the castle side is a little further from the river. From there, you can get good cityscape views and of course take pictures closer to the castle.

However, the Old Town Bridge Tower offers a finer view of the castle, the bridge and the river. The image above was taken in the evening sun. In the morning, the sun would shine more from the side or from behind.

  • Location in coordinates: 50.0862, 14.41348
  • The entrance under the tower is shown in Google Street View here.

3. Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge - Best Photo Spots in Prague

Charles Bridge in Prague

On Charles Bridge, at least in summer, it's almost impossible to take pictures during the day due to the crowds. Definitely the most popular photo spot in Prague for selfies is in the front of the most famous statues. Instead, great pictures can be taken at sunrise, when the bridge is almost empty, or in the evening after dark with long exposure.

The upper picture was taken in the evening with a 30 second shutter speed, so only standing people can be seen in the picture. The lower image was taken just before sunrise.

4. South of Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge southside

The location is the riverbank on the west side of the Vltava River, where you can get good evening views of the bridge. The logs in the picture are icebreakers.

5. North of Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

You will have to walk along U Lužického semináře to go around the buildings between Charles Bridge and this place, but otherwise the location is easy to find. During the day, there are often swans swimming in the river.

6. Old Town Square

Old Town Hall in Prague

There are several good photo spots at the Old Town Square. In the picture above, there's the 14th century town hall and its tower in the background.

There is also the famous astronomical clock on the outer wall of the town hall, which, however, is behind the corner in this picture. It is also one of the most popular photography spots for selfies in Prague.

7. Old Town Hall Tower

Old Town Square in Prague

At the top of the town hall tower, you can take pictures in every direction through the spaces between protective bars.

  • The entrance fees and the opening times can be found here.
  • Location in coordinates: 50.08707, 14.42075
  • Top of the tower in Google Street View

8. Vantage point in Letna Park

Bridges in Prague - Best Photo Spots in Prague - Letna Park

 

Letna Park is an extensive park north of the city center and the Vltava River. On the southwest side of the park, right next to the city center, in the vicinity of the Hanavský pavilion, there are a couple of viewpoints with great views of the most centrally located bridges.

  • Location in coordinates: 50.09354, 14.41266
  • The surroundings around the Hanavský Pavilon are shown in the Google Street View here and the upper level here.

9. Wenceslas Square

Pargue Museum - Vaclavske namesti

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) is a wide street that descends towards the river and the Old Town. It can be photographed best from the steps of the National Museum at the top of the street.

  • Location in coordinates: 50.07928, 14.43042
  • The steps are shown in the Google Street View here.

10. Petrin Tower

Best Photo Spots in Prague - Petrin Tower

Petrin Hill is a wooded outdoor area west of the city center and the river. The main attraction of the hill is a tall iron tower, Petrin Tower, somewhat resembling the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The top or middle level of the tower can be climbed along a spiral staircase for an entrance fee. The top of the tower is the best photo spot in Prague for capturing the whole city in one shot.

Drinks and food can be found on the ground level. The tower itself can be reached from the center (the Malá Strana side) by a funicular. The starting point of the funicular is 50.0826, 14.40382 / U Lanové dráhy 412.

  • More information about the tower here
  • Location in coordinates: 50.08349, 14.39509
  • Petrin Tower in Google Street View

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Text and photos: Jussi Ryynänen

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