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15 Awesome Photography Locations in Prague

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that social media is radically changing the way we travel. (I’m looking at you, Instagram!) 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 online rather than our friends and neighbors.

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 16 hours a day on a 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 (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 ultimately became some of my favorite travel photos ever. Often, I had no idea where I was or even what I was photographing (I’ll be posting those shots later), but for today I’d like to share some of my favorite photography locations in Prague I actually can name.

The following 15 locations are going to be shared in classic who, what, when, where style to help make it easier for those of you looking for the most Instagrammable places in Prague to quickly find the information you need. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end for a handy map of Prague photo spots you can download to your phone and take with you on your photography walk!

The Best Prague Instagram Spots

Photography location in Prague from the top of the Petrin Hill observation tower

Artistic leaf photo taken in Petrin Park in Prague

Petrin Hill

What: Petrin Hill is one of Prague’s prettiest public parks featuring tree-lined walking trails and panoramic views from the Petrin Hill Lookout Tower, the highest point in the city.

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

Where: Find Petrin Hill on a map here.

Best For: Nature Shots, Cityscapes

Read More: Petrin Hill & Letna Park: 2 Parks with Great Views in Prague

Exterior of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Gargoyles on the outside of St Vitus Cathedral

Inside St Vitus Cathedral in Prague

St Vitus Cathedral

What: St Vitus Cathedral is the largest and most famous cathedral in Prague, located inside the Prague Castle complex.

When to Visit: If you choose to enter the cathedral for free, try to be there at 9am when it opens for less crowded photos. If you buy a ticket, you’ll be granted access to restricted areas past the front entrance, so while an early visit is still best, you won’t have to be the first one there to get uncrowded shots.

Where: Find St Vitus Cathedral on a map here.

Best For: Architecture, History

Prague photo spots in the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter

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

When to Visit: If you decide to take a guided tour, early might be best since the tours can be lengthy. If you visit on your own, I’d recommend early morning or late afternoon for the best light.

Where: Find the Jewish Quarter on a map here.

Best For: Architecture, History

Musician standing beside the Lennon Wall in Prague

Colorful Prague Instagram spot by the Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall

What: The Lennon Wall is a famous wall, just on the other side of the Charles Bridge from Old Town, that’s been decorated with John Lennon-inspired images, Beatles lyrics, and a load of other colorful graffiti since the 1980’s.

When to Visit: Morning is the only time of day when this wall isn’t jam-packed with tourists perfecting their selfie skills and buskers hoping you’ll part with your spare change, so head over this way early, preferably before 10am.

Where: Find the Lennon Wall on a map here.

Best For: Colorful Images

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Lightbulb staircase inside the House of the Black Madonna 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’ll need to visit when the sun is shining.

Where: Find the House of the Black Madonna on a map here.

Best For: Unique Angles

Unique Prague photography spot at the Dancing House

The Dancing House

What: The Dancing House is an unusual piece of deconstructivist architecture designed by Frank Gehry whose two towers appear to “dance”, earning it the nickname Fred and Ginger. (Apologies for the completely uninspired photo. There are much, much better ones out there, I promise you.)

When to Visit: Long exposures at night make for pretty cool images here.

Where: Find the Dancing House on a map here.

Best For: Architecture

Early morning at the Charles Bridge in Prague

Artist setting up on the Charles Bridge in Prague

Charles Bridge

What: The Charles Bridge is 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: I strongly advise arriving at sunrise or anytime before 9am, otherwise the bridge gets extremely packed with people. The towers open at 10am.

Where: Find Charles Bridge on a map here.

Best For: Street Scenes, Cityscapes, Architecture

Letna Park - one of the most Instagrammable places in Prague

Letna Park

What: Letna Park is yet another beautiful public 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, Letna 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: Find Letna Park on a map here.

Best For: Nature Shots, Cityscapes

Colorful frescoes on a building in Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

What: Wenceslas Square is a half-mile long, 14th-century square located in the New Town where you’ll find the National Museum, loads of cafes, and old hotels with elaborate facades. This area is also excellent for people-watching.

When to Visit: This area is most vibrant after the city’s woken up a bit, so head over this way anytime late morning through the end of the day.

Where: Find Wenceslas Square on a map here.

Best For: Architecture, Street Scenes

Photography lookout by Prague Castle

View of Prague from above by the castle

Lookout by Prague Castle

What: Beautiful, unobstructed views of Prague can be accessed for free from this 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 is fine to visit since there’s nothing to block the view, but arriving just after sunrise or just before sunset would make for beautiful light in photos.

Where: Find the Prague Castle Lookout on a map here.

Best For: Cityscapes

Old Town Square in Prague at night

Old Town Square

What: Old Town Square is Prague’s prettiest and most famous square featuring some of the city’s most recognizable sights. For a great view overlooking the square (or to get above the crowds), you can climb up the astronomical clock tower to the top of the Old Town Hall for a small fee.

When to Visit: Old Town Square is somewhere you’ll want to visit at least twice. Plan to stop by in the daytime at the top of the hour to see the astronomical clock chime the hour, then visit again at night to see the buildings in the square glow.

Where: Find Old Town Square on a map here.

Best For: History, Architecture, Street Scenes

Read More: 5 Things to Do in Prague’s Historic Old Town Square

Colorful houses lining Nerudova Street in Prague

Nerudova Street

What: Nerudova Street is a picturesque street on a hill filled 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: It’s best to visit sometime early before the shops open for less busy photos. If street photography is your thing, then anytime of day will make for interesting images.

Where: Find Nerudova Street on a map here.

Best For: Street Scenes, Colorful Images

Ornate interior of St Nicholas Church in Prague

St Nicholas Church

What: St Nicholas Church is a 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 isn’t nearly as busy as St Vitus Cathedral, so most times of day will be good for photos, assuming the church isn’t closed for worship or an event. The church opens daily at 10am, 12pm on Sundays.

Where: Find St Nicholas Church on a map here.

Best For: Architecture

Leaves blanketing the ground in Prague in autumn

Walking trail in the Prague Castle moat Prague Castle moat - one of the best photo spots in Prague

Prague Castle Moat

What: Prague Castle’s moat is a highly underrated spot inside Prague Castle featuring some of the prettiest walking trails in the city.

When to Visit: Visit any time of day during the months of April through October when the moat is open to visitors. Autumn is particularly stunning thanks to the many trees lining the trails.

Where: Find Prague Castle moat on a map here.

Best For: Nature Shots

Read More: 6 Things You Won’t Want to Miss Inside Prague Castle

Prague Castle lit up at night across the Vltava River

Prague Castle

What: Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle complex in the world and the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Explore the castle and then head to the Charles Bridge or the banks of the Vltava River on the Old Town side at evening for a shot of Prague Castle with the city lights reflecting in the water.

When to Visit: Visit the complex during the day, but definitely plan to take some castle shots from across the river sometime around sunset or nighttime for long exposures.

Where: Find Prague Castle on a map here.

Best For: Architecture, Cityscapes

Map of Prague Photo Spots

To make it easier for you to plan your own self-guided photography tour of Prague, I’ve plotted all the locations above on a map which you can print or download to your phone from Google Maps here. If you’ve got other spots in Prague you plan to see, you can save a copy of this map and add whatever else you want to see to it to keep everything handy in one place. (Honestly, I don’t know how I ever planned trip itineraries before the invention of Google MyMaps!)

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

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  • Carlos Bárcena
    May 17, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    I will be in Prague this weekend. Can’t wait to try your locations! Thanks for the list by the way!

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 17, 2018 at 6:01 PM

      You’re very welcome! I hope you have a great time in Prague! :)

  • Eva
    April 23, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    This is the exact blogpost I was looking for! I’m going back to Prague this weekend and am really in need for some great tips! Have been there a couple of years ago and was bummed out by all the tourists, hope all these tips will get me a bit of the beaten path :) Thanks a million for your post!

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 23, 2018 at 6:29 PM

      Some of these spots will definitely get you off the beaten path, others you may want to visit early if you don’t want to contend with crowds of tourists. :) Hopefully you’ll have a better holiday this time around. I bet Prague is beautiful this time of year with all the spring blooms!

  • Clíodhna Ryan
    October 25, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    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!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 31, 2017 at 3:48 AM

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

  • Lindsey Messenger
    October 22, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    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!

  • Michelle Snell
    October 22, 2017 at 8:13 AM

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

  • Mina Kotlárova Sousa
    October 22, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    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…

  • Eva Grosso
    October 21, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    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.

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:41 AM

      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!

  • Savannah Ivy
    October 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    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!

  • Julie
    October 21, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    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.

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:38 AM

      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!

  • Jessica van Roij
    October 21, 2017 at 6:13 AM

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

  • Kristin Kohler
    October 21, 2017 at 6:01 AM

    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!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:36 AM

      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!

  • Kiara Gallop
    October 21, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    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 :-)

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:34 AM

      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!

  • Weekends in Rotterdam
    October 21, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    Would love to visit after seeing your pics!

  • Mae-Gene
    October 21, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    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!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:31 AM

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

  • Jennifer Schlueter
    October 21, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    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!!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 22, 2017 at 3:31 AM

      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.

  • thecurioussparrow
    October 21, 2017 at 5:06 AM

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

  • Lakshmi Sharath
    October 21, 2017 at 4:36 AM

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

  • Finja
    October 18, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    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

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 18, 2017 at 4:56 PM

      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. :)

  • Stacey @ One Trip at a Time
    October 16, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    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.

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 17, 2017 at 5:32 PM

      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!)

      • Stacey @ One Trip at a Time
        October 17, 2017 at 6:47 PM

        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.

        • Sarah Shumate
          October 18, 2017 at 4:50 PM

          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!

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    October 16, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    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!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

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