Where To See the Best Views of Prague

The rooftops of Prague seen from the Petřín Lookout Tower
The rooftops of Prague seen from the Petřín Lookout Tower | © Alberto Zamorano / Alamy Stock Photo
Diana Bocco

With its fairytale red roofs and spires spread across the city, Prague is a stunning locale to view from a vantage point. There are some great spots from which to take in the capital of the Czech Republic, from the mid-14th-century tower of Old Town Bridge to a fort on the east bank of the Vltava River.

1. Old Town Hall Tower

Building

Old Town as seen from the Old Town Hall Prague Czech Republic Europe
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If you want a photo of Old Town, you’ll want to head for Hall Tower. Visiting Prague in winter, this spot gives you the best view of the Christmas market and at night, you can catch the beautiful lights of Old Town Square and the Church of Our Lady before Týn. It’s worth bearing in mind that space is tight inside the tower and it gets very crowded around sunset.

2. Vyšehrad

Building, Park

Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, viewed from the Vysehrad fort on a sunny day.
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A fort on the east bank of the Vltava River, Vyšehrad has extensive grounds, hidden passages, a museum and the remains of a medieval basilica and offers great views of both the river and the city. You’ll easily find the best spot just by walking around – it’s right next to a metal map that identifies some of the buildings you can see in the distance.

3. Old Town Bridge (Charles Bridge) Tower

Bridge

Tourists flocking the Charles Bridge and Mala Strana seen on the opposite side of the bridge from Old Town Bridge Tower, Prague, Czech Republic
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You’ve got 138 steps to climb to reach the top of Old Town Bridge Tower for the best views of Charles Bridge and the Malá Strana neighbourhood on the west bank of the Vltava River. There’s rarely a crowd waiting to climb the mid-14th-century tower so it’s an excellent option right in Old Town for catching views of Prague.

5. Petřín Hill

Natural Feature

Wonderful View To The City Of Prague From Petrin Observation Tower In Czech Republic
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Petřín Hill offers several chances for great photography. To reach the top, you can take a funicular car — make sure you sit on the left side for the best views — and take photos as you go up. Once at the top, there are several great viewpoints or you can carry on climbing to the top of the Petřín Lookout Tower for an even higher vantage point for viewing the city.
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