From citywide panoramas to magnificent ancient monuments and poignant 20th century graffiti, Prague certainly doesn’t lack a variety of photogenic locations. Whether you’re a budding amateur or an experienced professional, the Czech capital’s sights are certain to inspire you, such as the reflection of the city lights on the Vltava river at night or the stories told by the buildings in the Jewish Quarter. Be sure to pack your camera when you visit these, our 10 best photography locations in Prague.
Not only is this lovely park open to the public, it’s also got fantastic views of the surrounding area, particularly if you climb to the top of Petřín Tower. Built in 1891, the observation tower was designed as a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and today it offers budding photographers the highest vantage point in Prague.
Part of the Prague Castle complex, the magnificence and scale of St Vitus Cathedral is certainly not lost on camera. Almost every aspect of the cathedral is photo-worthy; from St John of Nepomuk’s silver tomb to the elaborately decorated St Wenceslas Chapel and art nouveau style stained glass windows, each part has an important story to tell in Prague’s history.
During the city’s communist era, John Lennon became an important symbol for many dissatisfied young Czech people. After his murder in 1980, a portrait of him was painted on the wall of a quiet square and the image was soon joined by Beatles lyrics and political statements. Despite being repainted several times, the wall always ends up covered in graffiti again and is today left as it is, a striking symbol of peace and the power of music.
For beautiful, historic shots, Wenceslas Square is an excellent choice. The site of many key events in Czech history, this long avenue-like space is full of eye-catching buildings that will certainly inspire your creative side. It’s hard to miss the neo-renaissance style of the National Museum, but it’s also worth keeping an eye out for the statue of St Wencleslas, as well as the poignant tribute to young anti-communist protestors Jan Palach and Jan Zajic.
A neighbourhood that has survived countless threats of destruction, Prague’s Jewish Quarter is home to some of the best preserved Jewish buildings in Europe. The most historic buildings, such as several synagogues, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall and Old Jewish Cemetery, are part of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Visitors must buy a ticket in order to gain entry, but the variety of photo opportunities on offer here certainly makes it worthwhile.
Prague’s star attraction, the city’s castle is world famous for a reason. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle complex is packed with extraordinary architecture and art and, as you wander through the palaces and religious buildings, rest assured in the fact that it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture here.
The Vltava River is a key part of the Czech capital’s landscape, and thanks to the reflections on the water and different currents in the river, it’s easy to get some great riverside shots. Visiting after dark is highly recommended, when the city lights are reflected and illuminated on the surface of the river.
Old Town Square is a popular spot with visitors thanks to its host of attractions and picturesque layout. For the most stunning photos, head to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower at sunset.
Possibly the most beautiful library on the planet, the Klementinum library is a baroque masterpiece that you’ll certainly want to capture on camera. Opened in 1722, the exquisite space has a collection of over 20,000 books. Be sure to look up so you can admire the intricate ceiling frescoes painted by Jan Hiebl.
A homage to Czech cubist design, the House of the Black Madonna is conveniently located close to Old Town Square and tells the story of cubism. Home to what’s claimed to be the world’s only cubist café, Grand Café Orient, there are plenty of photo opportunities here, including the snaking curves of the building’s staircase which, when shot from below, appear to resemble a lightbulb.