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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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  • These are awesome! And so helpful for those looking for those amazing photo spots. I totally get it and am also prompted by getting beautiful photos. Our first trip to Seattle I was looking for a certain skyline photo but didn’t know the name of the park. I googled engagement photos in Seattle and found it! Ha! Thank you internet!

    • How clever of you!! Your most recent travel photos from NYC are incredible, by the way!

  • I have been swooning over all your Prague photos in the past few posts and they just keep getting better. I even saved one to my desktop at work and gaze at it longingly many times a day (hope you don’t mind!).

    I’ve always wanted to visit Prague but you’ve got my heart absolutely set on visiting it in October now so I’ve made it my mission to visit it my first October (2019) when I get moved over to Europe. I’m determined to see this beauty for myself.

    • That is SUCH a great compliment, and of course I don’t mind! Thank you for telling me. It’s always such a boost to hear that your photos are loved. :)

      A move to Europe – how exciting!! Where to and when? (I believe you will thank me later for telling you to wait until October to visit Prague. It’s worth it, I promise!)

      • Cool. Glad you don’t mind. :-)

        I’ll be moving to the UK in July 2019 to finally join my partner. Can’t wait! We are planning to do some long term travel after I get settled there and I showed him these photos and said “We have to spend the whole month of October in Prague!”. He said “Sounds good!”, so that’s the goal we’re striving for now.

        Maybe in a couple of years I’ll have my own Prague pictures to savour.

        • Congrats! That’s such exciting news! :) And a month in Prague sounds like a great idea to me! There are so many other great little places to explore outside of the city, too!

  • Hi Sarah,
    Oh wow, it looks absolutely stunning! I’ve never been to Prague before but it seems that especially this autumn season is really the right time to go, or? What beautiful photographs….. really like the colour mix. And absolutely with you regarding getting travel tips from strangers, even though I wouldn’t really consider YOU a stranger… heheh
    Happy hump daY!
    x finja

    • Well, I haven’t been to Prague in any other season outside of autumn, but I have a hard time believing it gets any prettier than this! There’s just something about European cities in the fall…it’s my favorite time to visit.

      And so true about the strangers thing…I suppose our definition of who and what a stranger is has changed, too, as most of us now have many friends we’ve never actually met. :)

  • Lakshmi Sharath

    I was there for just two days but would love to go back. Amazing photos. I so agree, the entire city is beautiful

  • thecurioussparrow

    Fantastic photos, so autumnal :) You’ve provided so much detailed information too. I need to book another trip to Prague!

  • Jennifer Schlueter

    Amazing photos! Love Prague and fall makes it look even prettier!
    Last summer I went on the Charles Bridge for sunrise at like 4.30 a.m. and it was so beautiful, calm and quiet. Without so many people around it’s even prettier!!

    • Oh my goodness, good for you for getting up that early! That’s dedication! :) I bet it was nice having such a normally busy part of the city all to yourself.

  • I’ve never been to Prague, but it’s been on my bucket list for so long! Your photos look amazing, I always imaged prague to be filled with beautiful architecture, but never imaged there would be such beautiful fall leaves!

    • I had no idea it was going to look this good in the fall either! That was a really pleasant surprise!

  • Weekends in Rotterdam

    Would love to visit after seeing your pics!

  • Kiara Gallop

    Prague is one of my absolute favourite cities in Europe! It’s just so damn pretty :-) I missed both the Lennon Wall (not sure how; how long has it been there for?) and the House of the Black Madonna Staircase. Definitely checking those out on my next visit! And the Jewish Quarter is my absolute favourite part of the city. I also love Mala Strana.

    The only photo locations I’d add are those where you’ll find David Cerny’s giant faceless crawling baby statues. They’re bizarre and very freaky and you’ll find loads of them crawling up the Zizkov Tower in Prague :-)

    • I had to google that because I definitely did NOT see any faceless baby statues while I was in Prague! So bizarre! :) I did actually see one of his pieces, though, without realizing it. I saw the woman with her legs…spread wide open. Ha! I took a picture of her, but only from the waist up!

      I think the Lennon Wall has been there since the 80’s. If you cross the Charles Bridge over to Kampa, it’s pretty close by, but if you weren’t looking for it, it might be easy to miss!

  • You seriously have some of the best Prague photography I have seen! Prague is only 2 hours away from me, and with that beautiful fall foliage I’m dying to get over there and walk the castle moat!

    • Thank you so much! That is such a great compliment! You should definitely try to get over to Prague before all of the leaves have fallen! We went at this exact time of year (end of October) and it was perfect!

  • Jessica van Roij

    I loved prague! Haven’t been in autumn but it sure looks amazing, I need to go back

  • Julie

    Prague had been on my bucket list for years so I was so happy to finally make it there last year. Although I was surprised by the immense crowds (we weren’t even there in the height of the summer!), it was everything I thought it would be in terms of beauty and looks. And now having been there, I absolutely concur that it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever gotten to photograph, and you’re right, I never wanted to lower my camera!

    You are an amazing photographer and these photos brought back such wonderful memories! Your Prague Castle Moat pictures are probably my favorites but sadly, I didn’t make it there.

    • It wasn’t exactly crowded while we were there in October, but there were definitely more people than I was expecting. I think Prague has just blown up in the past few years on the tourist radar, so it’s sort of the new Paris right now. :)

      Thank you so much for the super sweet compliment on my photos!

  • Savannah Ivy

    Prague looks so wonderful and your pics are amazingl! I can’t wait to take pictures there! Thanks for the guide of all these great spots!

  • I am completely convinced I picked the wrong time to visit Prague (mid July, when it was 38°C and insanely packed with people) and I didn’t like it. I said it. I didn’t like that gem of a city. I just wanted to hide in my hotel room, away from the heat and the crowds. I’ve seen photos of Prague in the winter and I convinced myself that is the best time to travel there. But now I see your fall shots with the gorgeous foliage and I get to think that perhaps autumn is also a good time. Definitely not summer! So sad it went like that.

    • I have a hard time visiting ANY city in Europe in the summer. They’re just too packed with people and too hot, especially since a lot of places don’t have AC! Timing can definitely make or break a trip. I’m so sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. You should def return sometime in a less busy season, though! Fall would be my first pick, but I bet Christmas is just magical with all of the decorations and Christmas markets. You can’t go wrong either way!

  • Mina Kotlárova Sousa

    Gorgeous picture! And such a practical and helpful blog post. Prague is a dream of mine and cannot wait to go and check all these beautiful places with my own eyes…

  • Michelle Snell

    Such a beautiful city. I love that you captured the fall colors in you pictures. Thanks for sharing these awesome photo spots!

  • Lindsey Messenger

    LOVED that you shared this! I had the best time in Prague when I went last year. It’s a beautiful place and the people are so friendly! Next time I go I am going to make sure I go to any places I missed!

  • Clíodhna Ryan

    I broke my ankle on my first night in Prague so it’s on my list for a return trip. This is making me realise I missed even more than I thought! Beautiful photos!

    • Oh my goodness, you definitely deserve a return visit! I am always afraid I’m going to hurt myself when we’re traveling!