Where to find the Best views in Prague. And on yet another month in our favorite city

The Best views in PragueWhere to find the Best views in Prague

One of the great things about Prague are the views. There are hills, towers and gardens all around the city that have great views over the historic center. We’ve walked or climbed them all, including on our most recent visit when we added a few more incredible view points to our list. Here is where to find the best views in Prague.

 

Our list of the Best Views in Prague

 

1. Hanavsky Pavilon, Letna Park

Hanavsky Pavilon, Letna Park. Where to find the Best views in Prague.

Where to find the Best views in Prague. Hanavsky Pavilon, Letna Park
The most classic and most photographed views of Prague are taken from this viewpoint on the hill opposite from the Old Town. In fact the whole stretch from the Letna beer garden to Prague Castle is full of differing views of the city. More here on Prague’s most scenic walk.

 

2. Prague Castle

Lots of great views at the castle. Here are a few special spots.

A) From the Gardens below the castle. You can see the entire whole town and river from here

Prague castle views

views from the Gardens of Prague Castle

 

B) Along the wall by the Castle Gates (some call it the Starbucks viewpoint because there’s a Starbucks there).

Castle Gates. Where to find the Best views in Prague

 

C. Just a little bit up from the Castle, just below the Strahov Monastery, you’ll have views of all of the old town as well as the castle to the left. A 2 minute walk will bring you up to the Mary in Exile statue (it’s covered in this post).

Where to find the Best views in Prague. Strahov Monastery

Where to find the Best views in Prague

 

 

3. Vrtba Gardens

We finally saw the Vrtba Gardens this month on our latest visit to Prague. The gardens are made up of several terraces that climb the hill, offering spectacular views of the Castle and the rooftops of the old town.
Note: in the 2nd photo below, look at the large monument in the background. That’s Vitkov Hill which is the next spot on this list.

Vrtba Gardens, views of Prague

Views from Vrtba Gardens, Prague

 

4. Vitkov Hill

Little visited by tourists, this is another viewpoint that we saw on this latest visit. Atop Vitkov Hill is the huge National Monument along with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is today an expression of thanks to soldiers who died fighting for the independence of what was at the time Czechoslovakia.

Many people come here to jog and walk their dogs. And it has great – and very different views – of downtown Prague.

Vitkov Hill, views of Prague

Vitkov Hill, Prague

Vitkov Hill views, Prague

 

 

There are lots of towers in the Old Town that can be climbed and almost all have great views. I wrote a post about them here. But here are the BEST ones.

 

5. Old Town Hall Tower

A MUST in Prague. It’s the only tower where you have 360 views looking right down at the Old Town Square. You can take the elevator up, so it’s the easiest of all the towers to ascend.

Where to find the Best views in Prague. Old Town Hall tower

views from the Old Town Hall tower, Prague

 

6. Old Town Bridge Tower

This is a great tower because on one side you’re looking straight down at the Charles Bridge and the castle district, on the other side you have views of all the rooftops of the old town.

Old Town Bridge Tower views, Prague

views from the Old Town Bridge Tower, Prague

 

7. Powder Tower

At the entrance to the Old Town (right next to the Municipal House), this tower gives a great perspective on the whole of the Old Town and the Castle district further beyond.

Powder Tower. Where to find the Best views in Prague.

Powder Tower, Prague. Views

 

8. Vyšehrad Castle

A beautiful area with vineyards, a church, and a historic cemetery, it also has great views looking down the river towards Prague Castle that’s different from other views.

Vyšehrad Castle views, Prague

Views from Vyšehrad Castle, Prague

 

The thing is there are great views everywhere in Prague. Stroll along the Vlatava river on either side, cross the bridges, walk the small islands. Prague really is one of the most scenic cities anywhere.

Below: some more great views. From top left: Petrin tower, path near Charles Bridge on Castle side, Dancing House, steps leading to castle from Malostranská metro, Manesuv most bridge, riverbank on Old Town side of the Charles Bridge, St. Nicolas Church, Lesser Town Bridge Tower.

Where to find the Best views in Prague

 

 

On another month spent in Prague

This was our 6th time in Prague. In total we’ve spent almost 7 months in Prague. As Lissette said during this trip “it feels like the closest thing to home”.

One of the reasons we come to Prague is for our dental/medical check-ups. We find the quality of medical care here good and the price inexpensive compared to anything we would pay in North America. This time we also had to buy a couple of new computers and a new phone. So we use Prague as a base – it’s a place where it’s easy to find anything we need, it’s easy to get around, and we can always find someone who speaks English

We’ve also felt more and more comfortable in Prague with every visit. Things have changed in Prague. It’s become a much more international city. There are more expats settling in the city, more of a variety in cuisine, and (depending on which section of the city you’re in) you’ll hear more foreign languages. We like to stay in Vinohrady District. You’ll find Korunni St, Francouzska St., Kodanska St, and Moskevska St in this area. All are all teeming with nice little cafés and restaurants. Last night for example, I went out to Bistro Javanka with our Airbnb host. It has excellent Indonesian cuisine. There’s a Thai restaurant, a few Vietnamese restaurants, and an excellent Indian restaurant (Pind Restaurant). Vinohradsky brewery makes their own beer and serves good Czech food. Close by is Jen’s café and the Corner Bakery, all very popular (both serve full breakfast). We discovered Oblak Coffee this week which opened a month ago and which is run by a Croatian couple. It’s now our favorite café. It’s a great neighbourhood and reminds us of the better days on the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood where we lived in Montreal.

Vinohrady is a great neighborhood to stay in. Use our Booking.com link and enter “Vinohrady”in the search. There are no big hotels in the area, mostly apartments. But it’s cheaper than the center and an easy 10-15 minute tram ride…plus the neighborhood is really pretty and trendy.

If looking to do a tour, this 2.5 hour Panoramic and Prague Castle Bike Tour will let you see all the great views from Letna Park and the Castle area while also saving you time on the bike.

Oblak Coffee, Prague

Above: Oblak Coffee

Prague is definitely changing. It’s not the same Prague that we came to 4 years ago, it’s become more cosmopolitan and (in our opinion) more friendly.

It’s a very easy city to live in which is why we always come back to “get things done”. But it is also still the most beautiful city we’ve seen anywhere. We’re still always amazed by the beauty here.

I’ll write a Guide on Prague sometime soon. I see too many comments on how touristy Prague is and how miserable the Czechs are. I think people coming here have to be a little more adventurous – there’s a LOT to see outside the Old Town (and I’ll be the first to say that the tourist hordes can be overwhelming).

All to say that Prague is a great city and we love it.

 

Related:
50 Things to Do in Prague (for the 1st timer in Prague)
Guns, Strippers – and other Unusual things to See and Do in Prague (for those looking for lesser known things to do in Prague)


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17 Comments

  1. Prague is a beautiful tourist destination around the word here is so much to see and do. It looks like a really beautiful drive. You captured awesome pictures on your travel trip. That place looks amazing to visit. Thank you so much for sharing nice experiences with us.

  2. I love your gorgeous photos, Frank! Thank you very much, I love to visit Prague again and enjoy this panoramic city.

  3. Frank, this is a very interesting post, since I love finding the best places from where to get the best views over a city landscape. Prague is without a doubt a very photogenic city, I enjoyed all your photos. We are planning a big tour of Europe in 2019, I hope that we will make it to Prague and will be looking out for your guide and will read again all your blog posts on this city 🙂

  4. Nice post Frank, thanks! Great photos, of course. And a unique topic: best viewpoints in the city. I haven’t seen that before! A sure sign you must know your way around. We were only in Prague a few days, but in retrospect I would certainly like to stay more. Too bad it’s in the EU! (We have to plan our time here carefully, there’s so many great places to go…).

    1. Thanks very much Paul. Where are you guys these days?
      Yes, we always talk about the Schengen shuffle. You should have a look at Ukraine – it was the our highlight of our summer AND it’s both 1) outside the Schengen and 2) inexpensive.

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