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15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that photo-sharing social media apps, such as Instagram, are radically changing the way we travel. The entire world is traveling more than we ever have before, and these days we’re more likely to draw our destination inspiration from a total stranger rather than our friends and neighbors. (Anyone else remember the days when you felt inspired to visit somewhere after looking through someone’s actual photo album?)

As someone who loves to both travel and share photos to inspire others, I generally fall on the love side of this new development in our travel habits…most of the time. Keeping a visual record of the places we see and the things we do has always been a big part of traveling for me. It’s why I lug my heavy Canon around for 16 hours a day every day of our trip, and then painstakingly spend hours sorting through upwards of 1,000 photos upon our return home. And while I don’t choose where I travel according to the photos I can get there (I’ll leave that to the professionals), I do actively seek out the most photogenic spots in every place we visit.

If there was ever a city that surprised me with its seemingly infinite number of spots for attractive photo ops, it would be Prague. Some places I already know before I even get there that I’ll be experiencing the majority of the trip from behind my camera lens – i.e., London, Paris, practically anywhere in Italy – but Prague was a surprise. I could not put my camera down. Every corner turned was yet another opportunity to take what were, at the time, some of my favorite travel photos I’d ever taken. Most of the time I had no idea where I was or what I was photographing (click here for the “lost” photos from Prague), but for today I’d like to share some of my favorite photography locations in Prague that I actually can name. (Ha!)

The following 15 photography locations in Prague are going to be shared in classic who, what, when, where style to help make it easier for those of you looking for photo spots in Prague to quickly find the information you need. For a more in-depth explanation of some of the sights on this list, have a look at our detailed, three day Prague itinerary!

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

PETRIN HILL

WHAT: One of Prague’s prettiest public parks with great views from Petrin Tower, the highest point in the city.

WHEN TO VISIT: You’ll get the best photos on a clear day. The tower reaches well above tree-line, so it’s a perfect spot to capture the changing colors in autumn. The park isn’t often overcrowded, so time of day is up to you!

WHERE: Petřín, 169 00 Praha 6

BEST FOR: Nature, Cityscapes

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague 15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

ST VITUS CATHEDRAL

WHAT: The largest and most famous cathedral in Prague, located inside Prague Castle.

WHEN TO VISIT: If you choose to enter for free, try to be there at 9am when the cathedral opens for less crowded shots. Those who buy tickets will have access to restricted areas past the front entrance, so while earliest is still best, you won’t have to be the first one there to get an uncrowded shot!

WHERE: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Architecture, History

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

THE JEWISH QUARTER

WHAT: Formerly the Jewish ghetto, now a historical attraction with guided tours or the option to explore on your own. Architecture in and around the outskirts of the Josefov is some of the most unique in the city.

WHEN TO VISIT: If you take a guided tour, early might be best since the tours are often lengthy. If you visit on your own, timing is entirely up to you.

WHERE: Josefov, 110 00 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Architecture, History

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

LENNON WALL

WHAT: A famous wall, just on the other side of the Charles Bridge from Old Town, filled with John Lennon-inspired images, Beatles lyrics, and a load of other colorful graffiti.

WHEN TO VISIT: Morning is the only time of day when this wall isn’t overly crowded with tourists perfecting their selfie skills and buskers hoping you’ll part with your spare change.

WHERE: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Malá Strana

BEST FOR: Instagram Shots

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

HOUSE OF THE BLACK MADONNA STAIRCASE

WHAT: A hidden gem in Prague – the “lightbulb” staircase located inside the House of the Black Madonna in Old Town leads from the Grand Café Orient restaurant on the ground floor to the Museum of Czech Cubism on the upper floors.

WHEN TO VISIT: The House of the Black Madonna is open from 10am to 10pm, but if you want the lightbulb to appear to be glowing, you must visit in daytime!

WHERE: Ovocný trh 569/19, 110 00 Staré Město

BEST FOR: Architecture

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

THE DANCING HOUSE

WHAT: An unusual piece of deconstructivist architecture designed by Frank Gehry whose towers appear to “dance”, earning it the nickname Fred & Ginger. (Apologies for the completely uninspired photo. There are much, much better ones out there, I promise you.)

WHEN TO VISIT: Early morning if you prefer car-less photos. Otherwise, long exposures at night make for pretty cool images.

WHERE: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město

BEST FOR: Architecture

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

CHARLES BRIDGE

WHAT: A beautiful historic bridge connecting the Old Town to Prague Castle on the other side of the Vltava River. For a fee, the towers at either end of the bridge can be climbed for excellent views over the river and city below.

WHEN TO VISIT: Strongly advise sunrise or anytime before 9am, otherwise the bridge gets extremely packed with people. The towers open at 10am.

WHERE: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Street Scenes, Cityscapes, Architecture

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

LETNA PARK

WHAT: Another beautiful park in Prague located on a hill with scenic views over the Vltava River. One of the best spots in the park for the classic ‘bridges over the Vltava’ shot is from the Hanavský Pavilion.

WHEN TO VISIT: Like Petrin Hill, the park is large enough that it doesn’t feel overcrowded, so getting a good position at the various lookout points is easy. Sunset is a popular time, but any other time of day will make for great photos, too!

WHERE: Letenské sady, 170 00 Praha 7

BEST FOR: Nature, Cityscapes

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

WENCESLAS SQUARE

WHAT: A half-mile long, 14th-century square where you’ll find the National Museum, loads of cafes, and old hotels with elaborate facades. Also excellent for people-watching.

WHEN TO VISIT: Anytime!

WHERE: Václavské náměstí, 110 00 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Architecture, Street Scenes

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

LOOKOUT BY PRAGUE CASTLE

WHAT: A scenic lookout point just outside of Prague Castle. When exiting the castle, head towards Nerudova Street. The lookout point is right next to a Starbucks. No need to buy a coffee to enjoy the view, though!

WHEN TO VISIT: Anytime!

WHERE: Hradčanské náměstí – Kajetánka, 118 00 Malá Strana

BEST FOR: Cityscapes

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

OLD TOWN SQUARE

WHAT: Prague’s prettiest and most famous town square featuring some of the city’s most recognizable sights. For a view overlooking the square (or to get above the crowds), climb the tower to the top of the Old Town Hall!

WHEN TO VISIT: This is somewhere you’ll want to visit at least twice. Visit in the daytime at the top of the hour to see the astronomical clock chime the hour. Visit again at night to see the buildings in the square glow!

WHERE: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město

BEST FOR: History, Architecture, Street Scenes

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

NERUDOVA STREET

WHAT: A picturesque street on a hill with colorful houses designated by creative symbols above their front doors. Tip – bring your wide angle lens. This street gets pretty narrow in parts, especially when packed with cars.

WHEN TO VISIT: Best to visit sometime before the shops open for less busy photos.

WHERE: Nerudova, 118 00 Malá Strana

BEST FOR: Instagram Shots, Colorful Photo Ops

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH

WHAT: A classically beautiful Baroque church in Old Town Square whose design was inspired by Les Invalides in Paris. Besides St Vitus Cathedral, this was the most beautiful church interior we saw in Prague.

WHEN TO VISIT: St Nicholas is not nearly as busy as St Vitus, so most times of day are good for photos. The church opens daily at 10am, 12pm on Sundays.

WHERE: Staroměstské nám. 1101, 110 00 Staré Město

BEST FOR: Architecture

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague 15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

PRAGUE CASTLE MOAT

WHAT: A highly underrated spot inside Prague Castle featuring some of the prettiest walking trails in the city.

WHEN TO VISIT: Any time of day during the months of April through October. Autumn is particularly stunning thanks to the many trees lining the trails.

WHERE: Pražský hrad, 119 08 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Nature

15 Awesome Photography Locations In Prague

PRAGUE CASTLE

WHAT: The largest ancient castle complex in the world and the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Head to the Charles Bridge or the banks of the Vltava River on the Old Town side at night for a shot of Prague Castle with the city lights reflecting in the water!

WHEN TO VISIT: After sunset for nighttime long exposures.

WHERE: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1

BEST FOR: Cityscapes

Do you have any favorite photography locations in Prague to add? Leave your tips in the comments below!

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