Prague itself is lovely and fanscinating. However, sometimes very crowded, busy and full of distracting objects, especialy people stepping into your photo shots. If you want to enjoy Prague in more tranquil atmosphere, I highly recommend to see the city from above: from hills, parks and towers. There are so many of them, so why not to take few extra steps and climb up! This blog post will help you to find the best locations from where you can enjoy stunning Prague views.
1. Old Town Bridge Tower
It is one of the top sights of Prague, masterpiece of local gothic architecture. However, not so many people know about a chance to walk up to its top. Since the entrance is quite tiny, people easily pass it by without knowing they can get in. It is definitely worth it to pay 90 CZK entrance fee. From the gallery/balcony there is a stunning Prague view.
Old Town Bridge Tower is located at the foot of Charles bridge (Old Town side).It is usually empty, so don´t hesitate to walk up. You will see Charles Bridge under you and panorama of Prague Castle in the back. From the other sides you will see Old Town and its historical buildings. I recommend to watch sunset or evening Prague from the top! During high season it is open til 10pm.
2. Great South Tower Of St. Vitus Cathedral
From the very top of this tower which many people simply miss is a stunning, 360° view of Prague. You are also overlooking roof and spires of the impressive and monumental St. Vitus Cathedral. This Great South Tower is part of the Cathedral, however has a different entrance and you pay extra to get inside, but I promise the view is priceless.
People usually only go inside the St. Vitus Cathedral which is beautiful and majestic part of the 3rd court of Prague Castle. But there is yet another beautiful place to be discovered – the Cathedral tower. There is no elevator so you need to walk up nearly 300 steps to get there. The view from 100 m high tower is amazing! Along the way to the top you can also admire the biggest bell in the Czech Republic called Zikmund. If they want to make it ring, 6 people need to come!
3. Petřín Tower
Petřín Tower is located at the very top of Petřín hill, lovely park located close to Castle district and Malá Strana (Lesser Town). The tower is local curiosity as it is truly a small copy of Eiffel Tower in Paris built at the end of 19th century in nearly same elevation level as Eiffel Tower (of course with the hill underneath). There is a funicular going up to the hill. The funicular is part of public transport, therefore you can use any public transport ticket to get there. The ride takes aprox. 5 minutes. After another five minutes walking you will reach entrance of the tower where you can decide whether to walk up or use elevator. Views from the top are amazing. From one side you will see the historical center and Vltava river, while from the other side you can admire Prague Castle or the biggest stadium in a world – Strahov Stadium.
4. Žižkov TV Tower
Žižkov TV Tower is iconic element rising above Prague panorama. Visible almost from every angle of the city. With its 216 m it is the highest building in Czech Republic. It is also known as the second ugliest building in the world according to voting on VirtualTourist website (first is the Mechanic Theater in Baltimore, Maryland). However, there are three absolutely cool parts of the tower which should convince you to visit this place and funky Žižkov neighbourhood.
1. babies – on the outer part of the tower you can find several giant babies crawling up to the top. Created by famous Czech artist, David Černý.
2. observation desk – at the top floor is situated large observation desk from where you can enjoy great 360° Prague views!
3. one room hotel – one of the tower´s capsula was redesigned into a hotel. The only one room hotel in Czech Republic. 6-stars hotel!
PRAGUE PARKS AND GARDENS
5. Letná park
Letná park is huge green area separating downtown from peculiar and popular Prague distric called Letná (Prague 7), well known for nice local bars, bistros and restaurants. Letná park is quite a hilly from the downtown side, however from Prague 7 it is flat and better accessible. The best spots for taking pictures and relaxation are: local huge beer garden, another cool spot is “Metronome” (area where used to stand the biggest sculpture of Stalin in a world) and the third place is Hanavský pavilon, fairytale like building, where you will be amazed by great views of Prague bridges, river and Old Town area.
6. Zahrada Na Valech (Na Valech Garden – Garden on the ramparts)
There is probably no better (free of charge) view of Prague than from Na Valech Garden, located right at Prague Castle. You can reach the garden via two entrances: from the 3rd court of Prague Castle (where the Cathedral is) you will take Bull stairs situated in the court´s corner. Or you can walk there via east entrance to Prague Castle – from Malostranská metro/tram stop. This entrance is also great choice if you want to avoid huge line ups for security checks. Read more about the new security check at Prague Castle. Na Valech Garden is only open during high season – from April til end of October. It is also final stop of my Prague Behind The Scenes Tour.
7. Strahov orchard
Strahov orchard is peaceful park connecting Malá Strana (Lesser Town) with Hradčany (Castle area). Walking this way can be a bit tough, but believe me, it´s worth the effort. Especially during spring, summer and winter time when the park is covered with snow. Strahov orchard is very peaceful part of the city where you can relax, lay on the grass, have picnic here and just enjoy your time away from crowds and city madness. Prague Behind The Scenes Tour is leading through it.
Did you like these spots? Feel free to contact me for private tour to see the best Prague views.
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