When it comes to exploring a new city, I often make it my mission to find the best bird’s eye views of the city. After all, what better way to get a feel for the layout of a city if not from above? And so, between ancient brick towers, high up hills, and excellent lookout points, there’s no shortage of places to find fantastic panoramas of Prague, or Praha as it is so-called locally. Here’s where to find the best view in Prague!
Old Town Hall Tower
Hands down, the best view in Prague is to be found from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. Located in the very heart of Prague’s old town, a district characterised by its meandering medieval lanes and cobbled façades, the Old Town Hall is also where you’ll be able to enjoy the Prague Astronomical Clock.
Those who wish to ascend the Old Town Hall Tower should know that space at the top is incredibly limited and cramped. With that said, this is the best place in Prague from which to enjoy the Christmas Market from above, or the people milling about the Old Town Square during the rest of the year. Book your Old Town Hall tickets here in advance.
The Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
Though you’ll have to pay a small fee for the privilege of enjoying this Prague view, the koruna you’ll spend are most certainly worth the experience! St Vitus Cathedral is the ecclesiastical building which gives Prague its city title and is easily one of the most iconic attractions in Czechia.
Situated in the heart of the Prague Castle complex, the 15th-century bell tower is rather curiously finished in varying architectural styles thanks to the sheer amount of time it took to complete the South Tower. Visit today and you’ll soon discover one of the best views in Prague as well as the chance to enjoy seeing the 16th-century peal of bells.
Petřín Lookout Tower
Located in the sea of green that is the Petrin Park, the Petrin Tower looks a little like the Eiffel Tower of Paris and is fairly reminiscent of the Lyon tower. Situated around a ten-minute walk from the Prague Castle complex, the lookout can be found in a public park which is covered in swathes of greenery.
Once used as both an observation deck and transmission tower, today the Petřín Lookout Tower can still be ascended for a small fee. Standing at a height of 63.5 metres, the tower now boasts an annual visitorship of over half a million! Though the tower was inspired by La Tour Eiffel, its centrepiece is octagonal in shape, as opposed to a square!
The Petrin lookout tower isn’t the only place in the park with fantastic views of the city. Instead, there are plenty of incredible (and free) viewpoints to be discovered, dotted all over Petrin Hill. While in the area, be sure to check out the ever-so-unique Carpathian Ruthenian St. Michael the Archangel Church.
This 17th-century ecclesiastical building was relocated to the hill in the late 1920s and is easily recognisable thanks to its wooden façade and domed rooftops. Wander around the park that is Petřín Hill for any length of time and you’ll soon discover a fragrant rose garden, mirror maze, and Baroque Cathedral of St Lawrence.
Panoramic Viewing Platform, Prague Dancing House
Located alongside the banks of the River Vltava, the Prague Dancing House is one of those iconic city landmarks that you shouldn’t miss on any visit to Prague. Construction of the Prague Dancing House began in 1992 and was completed four years later in 1996. The Dancing House in Prague has since become a well-loved feature of the city and is a must-see while in the Czech Republic capital.
If you want a peek inside and wish to see one of the best views in Prague, then it’s worth noting that floor seven houses the Fred and Ginger Restaurant, one of the chicest restaurants that the capital city of Czechia has to offer. This space also happens to be home to a rooftop balcony, where you can buy tickets to view the city from above. Book viewing platform tickets here.
Prague Castle Grounds
One of the best views in Prague is absolutely free! Though you’ll have to pay a fee if you want to visit the attractions housed within Prague Castle (including anything more than the entranceway to the St Vitus Cathedral), Prague Castle is an expansive hill overlooking the rest of the city below.
So when strolling through the biggest castle complex in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), be sure to take a peek through the fortifications, particularly those to the Eastern end of the complex, and be dazzled by the view of Prague laid out below.
For the best photos of this area, be sure to visit earlier in the day and mid-week if possible- Prague Castle is one of the top tourist destinations in the city and boasts crowds to match! If you wish to enjoy the attractions of Prague Castle aside from just the views, be sure to purchase your Prague Castle group tour and entrance here in advance.
Old Town Bridge Tower
The Charles Bridge is a stunning structure spanning across the River Vltava and linking Praha’s historic city centre with the castle district. But what many visitors to Prague don’t know is that it’s actually possible to ascend into one of the historic bridge’s towers.
The Old Town Bridge is the gateway to the road leading towards Prague Castle and is now one of the most iconic Gothic structures in the world. Visitors who climb the steps all the way to the top will soon be richly rewarded with panoramic views of the Charles Bridge below, as well as the Castle District.
The Starbucks close to Prague Castle
It may well surprise you, but one of the best views in Prague can be found steps away from the Prague Castle district and not far from one of the best vegan restaurants in Prague (that of Vegan’s Prague). The Starbucks at the address Pražský Hrad, Kajetánka, Hradčanské nám., 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia offers a panoramic glimpse of the city, including views of the Charles Bridge and Old Town Prague.
Tower Park Praha (Zizkov TV Tower)
If you’re looking for the best view in Prague, then you may well want to consider heading to the TV tower. Best-known as being the building where you’ll spy the famous installations of the ‘people climbing the tower,’ Tower Park Praha looms over the city and is home to several restaurants where you can enjoy a luxurious meal while overlooking the city below.
One of the lesser-known gems (and views) of Prague is to be found in the form of Vyeshard Castle. Lesser known than Prague’s Main Castle, this historic 10th-century complex now boasts highlights such as an ancient cemetery and the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Free to enter and wander around, from here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the rest of the city; including (but not limited to) the Charles Bridge and the sparkling River Vltava. A little off the beaten tourist track and situated to the South of the city, the Castle is said to be the oldest seat of the Czech princes…