Photo Essay – Prague’s most scenic walk

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Sick of the hordes of tourists that trample through the streets of Prague? Want a relaxed walk with great views? The walk I’ll cover in this post is the absolute highlight of our first month in Prague.

The starting point is the Beer Garden in Letná Park (across from the Old Town). The walk will take you along the hills that skirt the river, giving you great views of the Old Town and, as you go further along, the river, the Little Town, and the Castle District. It’ll bring you to Castle Square and up to the Strahov Monastery where you’ll have more great views. Try to do it in the late afternoon/early evening for the best light. I’ve tried to re-create the entirety of this walk on this map.

Below: Beer Garden in Letná Park

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Below: Views looking out from the Letná Park beer garden.

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views from Letna park
Below: As you walk in the direction of the Charles Bridge and Castle, you’ll get different perspectives on the Old Town.

scenic walk, Prague, Czech republic

views over prague and vltava

views over old prague

 

Below: the famous postcard photos of Prague’s bridges are taken along this walk.

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Below: Note the onion-shaped rooftop on the right (it’s a restaurant named Hanavsky Pavilon). Continue towards it, the spot actually marks the best views of the river. In the background is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral.

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Below: Views from Hanavsky Pavilon. See all the crowds on the Charles Bridge?

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views over charles bridge and old town bridge tower

 

Below: The Hanavsky Pavilon marks the far end of Letná Park. Continue along the path – you’ll stray away from the river a bit, over a bridge looking down on tram lines.

views over trams, scenic walk, prague

 

Below: Once across the little bridge, you’ll be in Chotkovy Sady Park. More great views from here, both on the Old Town and the Castle.

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prague castle views

Below: Continue along the path on the river side. River views will soon give way to views over the Castle. The path will eventually end at the northern gate of Prague Castle. You can enter and explore the Castle District (and the highlight, St. Vitus Cathedral).

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Below: To continue the ‘Scenic Walk”, exit the main Castle Gate. Continue through Castle Square.

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views over prague from castle square

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cafe off castle square
Below: You have to walk uphill from Castle Square to get to Strahov Monastery. You’ll see Loreta Square along the way as well as some pubs and restaurants. Once at the Strahov Monastery, you’ll have these great views of Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Petrin Lookout.

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st. vitus cathedral from strahov monastery

 

Below: The Klášterní pivovar Strahov (Strahov Monastery Brewery) is a very popular (ie. touristy) restaurant/brewery. Very nice though and they make their own beer which we needed after the sweaty walk.

night views from strahov monastery

Above: Views of Prague at night from the  Strahov Monastery.

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We fully recommend this walk; you’ll see few tourists and have great views over the city while walking through some pretty parks. As I said, the highlight of our first month in Prague.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Very lovely photos – really enjoyed looking at them.

  2. Wonderful photos you’ve got out of your stroll guys 🙂
    Happy you had such a nice herds-free experience!

  3. Such beautiful images! I think I’d enjoy doing that same walk. Love the lighting at dusk going into sunset.

  4. Reading this made me smile 😀 I lived in Prague for a year and used to run this path almost every morning! Great recommendation.
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    • Thanks so much Dana. I had read about Letna park but didn’t know if there were paths connecting to the castle district. And it didn’t seem to be covered in any of my guides or maps. But it’s really easy and just a gorgeous walk – really enjoyable. Glad to hear that someone who was a local like you would do that as a routine!

  5. Stunning Pictures! Prague is beautiful.
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  6. WoW these pictures are absolutely stunning ! I have only been to Prague once, it is such a beautiful city. When I go back I definitely want to do this scenic walk
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  7. Absolutely gorgeous photos! You make us want to pack our suitcases again and head to Prague right now!
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  8. Great shots from a very cool city!
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  9. Deborrah says:

    Love your website it is so full of helpful information for my upcoming trip to Czech Republic (Prague). How long would you say this “scenic walk” took you?

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Deborrah,
      Thank you for your very nice comment! I would say 90 minutes roughly..it’s really not that long a route its just that you’ll end up making a lot of stops along the way.
      We actually came back in April and did the walk again. Very pretty.
      Enjoy your trip to Prague!

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