I’m not gonna lie, Prague is indeed the most beautiful city in the whole world in my opinion. I love to wander at the riverside, to get lost in the streets but my all time favourite is to see and admire the amazing panorama from above from one of the countless viewpoints.
Here are a few of my most favourite Prague Views. You can choose if you want to take a walk in the park, climb one of the historical towers in the city centre, take a funicular to the top of the hill to enjoy Prague panorama in a more natural environment or visit the highest Prague buildings.
You can find all the viewpoints on a map at the end of this article.
Visit the view from Prague Metronome or admire the typical Vltava & bridges view from Hanavsky Pavilion.
Letna Gardens are a perfect place for a walk enhanced with several viewpoints along the way. I’ll point out two, although there are more places where you can admire the beauty of Prague.
First of them is right at the Prague Metronome. It is an artwork by sculptor Vratislav Novak officially called “The Time Machine”, but everyone calls it a metronome or pendulum. This whole area is also called Stalin because there used to be a giant monument to J. V. Stalin, luckily demolished after 7 years of its existence in 1969. Nowadays you can find a nice event place called Stalin as well right under the Metronome with live music, open air cinema, stand-up comedy or slam poetry.
Read more about the Prague Metronome.
If you wanna enjoy the typical view of Prague bridges over the Vltava river, visit the viewpoint in front of Hanavsky Pavilion or right from their restaurant summer terrace. The Hanavsky Pavilion is a Neo-Baroque building that is very interesting visually, technically and historically. It was the very first cast iron building in Prague and originally stood in Holesovice at an exhibition in 1891 as a showcase representing Komarov Ironworks. Then it was dismantled and moved to Letna Gardens.
Against the flow of the Vltava River you can see 6 Prague Bridges namely the Manes Bridge in the foreground, Charles Bridge behind it and then in the distance the Legion Bridge, Jirasek Bridge and Palacky Bridge. Directly in front of us is the Old Town with the dominant Tyn Church on the Old Town Square. Newer high-rise buildings in Prague’s Pankrac rise on the horizon and, as perhaps on every view in Prague, the Zizkov Television Tower.
Read more about the Hanavsky Pavilion.
Old Town Bridge Tower
Another surely iconic Prague view can be found right in the city centre on the one side of the famous Charles Bridge. If you climb 138 steps to the observation deck of The Old Town Bridge Tower, which is considered to be a Gothic gem of European value, you can enjoy a scenic view in all directions. The sight above the Charles Bridge leading to the Prague Castle is breathtaking especially during sunset when the sun sets right behind the castle. The tower viewpoint usually doesn’t get too busy so it’s quite fun to watch the bustle on the Charles Bridge from this calm place. Another and also charming view is from the opposite Lesser Town Bridge Tower on the other end of the bridge.
Read more about the Old Town Bridge Tower.
I’m pretty sure you won’t miss visiting Prague Castle during your trip to Prague. So don’t forget to visit the nearby viewpoints as well! Because the location of Prague Castle on the hill called Opys has pretty amazing views to offer. The panorama view from the Prague Castle ramp in the lower part of Hradcany Square will completely enchants you with a magical atmosphere primarily at sunrise. Because if you wake up early, you’ll be rewarded not only by the magical sunrise view, but this place has a completely different atmosphere when it’s not packed with crowds of tourists. And I think it’s worth it. Nice views are also from the Plecnik’s Gardens in the premises of Prague Castle, from the Castle Stairs (both old and new stairs) and from the “Na Opysi” viewpoint.
Read more about the Hradcany Square.
Petrin Gardens are very popular for romantic walks especially in spring when all the fruit trees are blooming and their nice smell is present on every step. You can either take a nice walk through the gardens or take a funicular.
Even though I like walking and I think that you should deserve a view, which very often comes as a reward after a more or less hard hike, taking a funicular from Ujezd to Petrin is a very nice experience on its own. If you enter at the very bottom of the funicular car, you’ll have some stunning views from the ride on top of that.
Petrin Gardens are quite widely spread, as it is the largest green area in the city centre, and has several viewpoints you can discover along the way through the gardens. My all time most favourite Prague view is located at the edge of Petrin Gardens right next to Strahov Monastery. It is by the statue of the Virgin Mary in Exile. This view is just unbeatable.
But speaking of Petrin, you can also visit the observation deck of Petrin Tower, “the little Eiffel Tower”. Did you know that being on top of the Petrin Tower you are actually higher than being on top of the Eiffel Tower? That’s because of the height of Petrin Hill, which causes the altitude of the Prague tower to be higher in total.
Funicular tip: The Funicular is a part of Prague’s public transport system and if you have valid ticket for 24 hours or longer, you can use it for the funicular as well. If not, you’ll need to buy a 60 CZK (2 EUR) funicular ticket.
Visiting Vysehrad should be on your Prague bucket list as well as Prague Castle. This calm place has a completely different mood than the busy Prague Castle. If you want to spend a nice leisure time with walks, views, picnic or beer gardens, Vysehrad is a perfect place to visit.
The dominant neo-gothic Basilica of St. Peter and Paul is beautifully decorated and its chimes play a song every hour which gives this place a lovely character. Don’t miss a glance into the Vysehrad cemetery with Slavin tomb where the most eminent Czech personalities are buried.
Walking round the fortification walls you can enjoy the view literally in all directions. The most beautiful is probably above the Vltava River and mainly the one pointed to the Prague Castle.
Read more about Vysehrad.
Vitkov Hill and Vitkov National Monument
I think that Vitkov Hill with Vitkov National Monument are quite overlooked and that is a huge pity in my opinion. The hill itself offers amazing views and the whole area of the monument is astonishing. The view from the statue or from the open area in front of the memorial is pointed to the Prague Castle and is really beautiful during sunsets.
The monumental functionalist National Memorial on the Vitkov Hill is part of the National Museum. You can visit the memorial for exhibitions, the roof viewpoint, impressive interior or café with a nice terrace. One of the largest equestrian statues in the world stands in front of the memorial. The bronze statue displays Jan Zizka of Trocnov and it commemorates one of the famous Hussite wars that happened here in the 15th century.
Read more about the Vitkov Hill.
Very popular sunset view is from Rieger Gardens (Riegrovy sady), which are pretty close to the city centre. Just a few minutes walking from Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) will get you to lovely gardens on quite steep slope. You can sit here on the grass, have a picnic and watch stunning scenery happening in the sky when the sun sets behind Prague Castle. Rieger Gardens are also known for traditional beer gardens that often host musical, sports and other events.
Extra tip: Visit also the nearby Rajska Garden (Rajska zahrada) which is one of my favourite Prague hidden gems. It’s a small garden with an amazing sunset view, cascade fountain and a little lake that has several water turtles.
Read more about the Rieger Gardens.
Zizkov TV Tower
There are many fascinating views in Prague but the highest one is definitely from Zizkov Television Tower. With its 222 metres height it is the highest building in Prague. It often ranks among the ugliest buildings in the world. But over the years it has found a stable place on the Prague panorama.
An 360 degree observation deck is located at 93 metres height so there is no chance you’ll find a higher viewpoint. The tower is decorated with black giant crawling babies by sculptor David Cerny. You can also enjoy dinner at Oblaca restaurant located at 66 metres height or stay in One Room Hotel right above the restaurant.
What is your most favourite view in Prague?