Prague: the Golden City
With her terracotta roofs and green spires, Prague’s skyline is one of the most charming I’ve seen. But it’s not just a pretty face; Prague is brimming with history, art, culture, and of course, beer. A must on any Europe trip itinerary, the capital of Czechia is the place to be for nights out, museum visits, vegan food and aimless wandering. With an international airport serving budget flights all over Europe, and only 2 hours by plane from London, it’s a great weekend getaway for Brits like me.
An absolute must for me when I visit new cities is scouting out great view points. Particularly in cities like Prague, where the architecture is just stunning, I love being able to see panoramic views that stretch into the distance. Last year, in early January, my sister and I visited Riga in Latvia, and found the city to be simply stunning. We thought similar of Prague, and loved being able to see it from up high.
Here are six places to see beautiful views of the city of Prague.
Petrin Observation Tower
Situated in Letna Park, the Petrin Observation Tower is a cool place to go at sunset or at night. It looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower in Paris – because it was modelled on it! In fact, the Petrin Tower is just a fifth of the Eiffel Tower’s size, at just 63.5m tall, but because it’s located on a hill the views are still superb.
You can climb the 300 steps to reach the top of the Tower or you can take the elevator for an additional fee. There’s also a platform about halfway up which is a good photo opportunity as it’s less windy than at the very top and there are handy walls to balance your camera on to take long exposure shots if, like me, you have to improvise when it comes to using a tripod…
To reach the Tower you can take the funicular up the hill or follow the paths through Letna Park (it’s a quick but steep workout that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve earned the views at the top!)
Cost: 150 CZK per adult, 80 CZK per reduced ticket (students, elderly); elevator charge 60 CZK per adult, 30 CZK reduced.
Lesser Town Bridge Tower
This tower is situated on one end of the famous Charles Bridge, meaning you get an aerial view of it from the top! It was modelled on the Old Town Bridge Tower, which is at the other end of Charles Bridge (and which most likely also offers great views; I didn’t include it in this post as I didn’t visit it myself).
At 43.5m high, the Lesser Town Bridge Tower is an easy climb, however the last staircase is very steep and immediately connects to the door to the platform. It’s not too bad climbing the staircase, but be careful on the way down as you have to get yourself onto the staircase while coming through the door… sounds easier than it is!
Luckily, the sun came out on our last day in Prague, so we enjoyed beautiful golden views of the orange rooftops and St Nicholas Church from here – this was probably one of my favourite photo-locations in Prague!
Cost: adults 100 CZK; reduced 70 CZK (students, elderly).
Old Town Hall Tower
A classic view of the Old Town Square can be seen from this spot – as well as of the rest of the city, as, like the other towers mentioned in this post, the platform encircles the building. When we visited, the Town Hall was undergoing repair, so there was some scaffolding around the building, but this did not obstruct the view. According to the prague.eu website, the clock will be repaired this year. It’s worth visiting even on a cold, overcast day like we were blessed with!
Entrance fees include a visit to the Town Hall itself, where guided tours run at specific times of the day, or you can read information from the pamphlets provided. Here you can visit the Main Hall, a Chapel, and see the openings in the Astronomical Clock the other side of the wall!
Oh, and make sure you don’t miss the astronomical clock which is located at the foot of the building in the main square – it chimes on the hour every hour.
Cost: adults 250 CZK; reduced 150 CZK (students, elderly).
This Park is situated in the same area of the city as the Petrin Tower, and the views from here are worth seeing even if you don’t climb to the top of the tower. Here you can see the layers of bridges along the river. A particularly good view point is from the Prague Metronome, a huge dial-like sculpture that overlooks the city.
Inside the Castle you probably won’t get much of a view, but the castle grounds offer a beautiful view of the city and are completely free to enter. The pathway from the castle which descends towards the city is enjoyable and there are lots of photo-opps en route.
Cost: Free (gardens); for admission costs see this page.
Although you won’t enjoy “panoramic” views from the terrace at T-Anker, the views of the city are beautiful – particularly at sunset. This is a lovely place to enjoy a beer with a view and I imagine it becomes very busy in the warmer months! There’s also a restaurant and an outdoor covered area with a heater if you feel like sitting outside but keeping warm. Did I mention theres 40 different bottled beers here, plus even more on tap?
Cost: The terrace is reserved for customers of the bar & restaurant only, but beers are very affordable – and there’s loads of choice!
Where to stay in Prague
Looking for a place to stay in Prague? Use the booking form below to browse the best deals. My sister and I stayed in Hostel Bonvolon, a cheap hostel in the Old Town, however I would not recommend it because the staff were unreachable for most of our stay which made check-in and check-out difficult, and any queries near impossible to resolve. Browse below for better places to stay.
Have you been to the Czech Republic? Do you think there are any more unmissable view spots in Prague to add to this list?
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
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