Prague is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic is a city that can be admired being seen from any angle, but Prague view from the top is even more spectacular. Here you will find the 10 best viewpoints in Prague to enjoy a perfect panorama of the city.
1. Petrin Tower
The Petrin Tower or as some call it, the Eiffel Tower of Prague, is one of the most visited viewpoints in Prague as well as one of the most beautiful green spaces at any time of the year. The Petrin Tower is located on the hill of the same name which can be reached by crossing the Charles Bridge from the historical center of Prague.
The tower is 60 meters high and was built in 1891 for the Prague National Jubilee Exhibition. It was used as an observation tower and also as a radio transmission center. The Petrin Tower has several viewpoints at different heights where you can admire the panoramic view of the city. If you will go there in the evening, you will see the beautiful night view with the illuminated Prague Castle on the left and the whole city spread out at your feet. The ideal season to visit this area is spring, when the numerous trees are in bloom, although with each season the hill keeps a different charm.
To get to the top of the hill, you can either walk up or take the Petrin funicular that runs from Ujezd Street in the Mala Strana neighborhood. Once at the top, you can walk around the park or climb to the top of the Petrin Tower.
This popular Prague Segway Tour to Petrin Lookout Tower includes a visit and entrance ticket to Petrin Tower where you can enjoy the best Prague view. During this tour you also get a chance to visit the residential area of Prague Beverly Hills and picturesque park of the Sacre Coeur, from where you can see the famous Vysehrad Castle.
2. Prague Castle
The Prague Castle viewpoint is surely the most famous in Prague. Prague Castle is built on a privileged location, which is one of the highest positions in the city. It is a walled citadel where the Bohemian kings lived and, in addition to the Royal Palace, it houses the Cathedral of Saint Vitus, the convent and the Basilica of Saint George, among other interesting buildings.
From the castle complex itself you cannot see panoramic views of Prague, but just outside its gates you can get a good view of the city. Whether you will be entering the castle from the eastern or western side, you will be able to admire the spectacular panorama of Prague. The good thing about the viewpoint of Prague Castle is that from each part of it you have different views of the city, so you just cannot skip without taking photos from every corner.
You can explore spectacular Prague Castle and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane and hear stories about the city from the 9th to the 20th century by joining Prague Castle 2.5-Hour Tour. This tour also includes admission ticket for all sights of the Prague Castle complex.
3. Charles Bridge
Another free viewpoint in Prague which is no less impressive than the previous ones is the famous Charles Bridge. This bridge across the Vltava River is the oldest in the city. Charles Bridge is also one of the most visited points in Prague where you will find people all day and night, as well as street artists and craft vendors. The bridge offers you the best views of Mala Strana and Prague Castle. It also allows you to enjoy a partial view of Kampa Island and the Grand Priory Water Mill.
At the entrance of the Charles Bridge, there is Old Town Bridge Tower, the most beautiful Gothic gate in Europe. As the bridge is usually crowded with people, the ideal time to climb the 138 steps of the tower to admire the view is in the early morning or late afternoon, when the light turns Prague into a magical city. The tower lets you see a bird's-eye view of the impressive historic bridge.
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4. Vysehrad Castle
If you will be spending several days in Prague, after visiting all the most important places of interest in the city center, dedicate some to for making a visit at Vysehrad Castle. Vysehrad, meaning “the castle on the top” in Czech, is a fortress located in the southern part of the city which can be easily reached by metro (Vysehrad stop).
Vysehrad is the birthplace of the city of Prague. Inside of the castle you will find a beautiful park, as well as an imposing neo-Gothic church. It is a nice area to escape the tourist crowds. The most important points of the fortress are the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul and the cemetery. In addition, there is a viewpoint to contemplate the Vltava River from which you have fantastic views of the city.
You can explore the beautiful medieval residence set on a rock above the Vltava River, visit the basilica as well as explore the adjoining Vysehrad Cemetery and discover hidden underground casemates by joining 2.5-Hour Vysehrad Castle Tour.
5. Old Town Hall Tower
Prague’s Old Town Hall is one of the most important historical attractions of the city. Old Town Hall is a complex of 5 buildings from different periods and architectural styles, where the nearly 70 meters high Gothic tower stands out. On the wall of the tower you will find the most famous unique icon of the city - The Astronomical Clock, where every hour between 9:00 and 23:00, the twelve apostles rotate.
You can climb its 70 meters on foot or by elevator. Climbing the tower is not free but it is really worth it. The views from the tower of the Old Town Hall are incomparable. This is the place where you can enjoy the best views of the Old Town Square and the Temple of Our Lady of Tyn as well as of hundreds tiny tourists moving in all directions.
The access door to Prague Old Town Hall is where the Tourist Office offering the reservation or purchase Prague Card is located.
To make your visit easier, you can book online the Prague Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Entrance Ticket. A guided visit of the Old Town Hall medieval underground is included in your entrance ticket price, so make sure not to miss out!
6. Dancing House
The famous Dancing House is standing (or dancing) right next to the River Vltava. The building was designed by world famous architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić.
The building of exceptional architecture now houses Dancing House - Tančící dům hotel which features a bar and restaurant.
On the top of Dancing House, there is the Glass Bar, which is open every day from 10:00 to 24:00 and has a roof terrace with wonderful views. There is also the Ginger & Fred restaurant, located on the seventh floor of the famous house, from where you can admire views of the castle.
The building houses a contemporary art exhibition and its 190 CZK entrance fee includes free access to the terrace. If you don't feel like seeing the exhibition, you can also just simply go up to the bar and have a drink, but you need to pay 100 CZK to access the terrace.
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7. Astronomical Tower (Clementinum)
Astronomical Tower, built in 1722, is part of the historic complex of buildings known as the Clementinum. On the top of the tower stands lead statue of Atlas carrying the celestial sphere by Matthias Bernard Braun. Construction of the tower was related to the development of astronomical studies in the country. Astronomical instruments were installed in the tower and it became the main spot for astronomical measurements. Inside the tower, there was an observatory that was the workplace of important astronomers such as Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, or Thadeus Hájek. The first library in Prague, founded by Basque Jesuits, was also built in this building complex, and it came to have an impressive collection of books.
Astronomical Tower, which is 68 meters high, presents a wonderful view of the historical center of Prague. From Clementinum, you probably get the best views of Prague, since you can see from there all the most important monuments of the city. Astronomical Tower is not such a well-known place and can be visited only with guided tours.
8. Letna Park
Letna Park is a large park on Letna hill, stretching along the left bank of the Vltava River, from the Kinsky Garden through Petrin, Prague Castle Gardens, Chotkovy sady and Letna, all the way to Holesovice. This extensive park is located a bit far from the most touristic areas and is one of the favorite places for local leisure time.
Here you can find Hanavsky Pavilion, one of the most beautiful baroque architecture buildings in Prague. It currently houses a restaurant serving traditional Czech food, but the best thing here is the viewpoint that allows you to see the unbeatable view of the city, bridges and the Vltava River from the unique perspective.
In the middle of the park, there is also the gigantic Metronome visible from all over the city and even a beer garden that is open almost all year round. It is also a good place to have a picnic in the summer. To get there you have to cross the bridge in the Jewish quarter and ascend to the park.
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9. Zizkov TV Tower
Zizkov TV Tower with a height of 216 meters is the tallest building in the city. It was built between 1985 and 1992 during the period of communist occupation in the Czech Republic. Prague TV tower can be seen from many places in the city due to its height. There is a viewpoint with 360 degree views over the city of Prague.
On the tower, you can see sculptures of babies climbing, the work of Czech artist David Cerny.
Zizkov TV Tower is located in a small square and houses several shops on the ground floor, restaurants and even One Room Hotel, offering a suite with a glassed-in bathroom.
Zizkov TV Tower is not as recommended as other viewpoints in Prague because it is far from the center and not free. However, it can be suitable for those looking for a very different panorama of Prague city.
10. U Prince Hotel Terrace
If you want to admire some of the best views of Prague right from your hotel, we would suggest you to stay at U Prince Hotel. U Prince Hotel is situated right on Old Town Square opposite the Astronomical Clock. The uniquely styled hotel is housed in a completely renovated 12th-century building. U Prince hotel offers rooms with antique furniture and magnificent views over the Golden City from the roof terrace.
If you will not be staying overnight at U Prince Hotel and will just want to access the terrace, you can simply go to the hotel counter, which is located just before the elevator, and ask for the table on the terrace. However, the place usually gets crowded, especially in summer, so staying there gives you a big privilege.
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