While Prague is filled with iconic photo spots, this city has so much to offer beyond the typical tourist traps. In fact, I’m about to prove that lesser known (but equally gorgeous) Prague Instagram spots are waiting around every corner.
If you’re looking for photo opportunities beyond the obvious, follow me off the beaten path to discover Prague’s most beautiful hidden gems.
Formerly the outskirts of Prague Castle, Nový Svět was once home to the poorest class in Prague. This quaint neighborhood consists of picturesque cottages dating back to the mid-14th century. Although many of the homes were rebuilt in the 17th century, the charm has been preserved and unaffected by urban development.
Translated into “New World” in English, Nový Svět surpassed its humble beginnings after World War II, when it won the hearts of filmmakers and artists.
If you’re coming from Prague Castle, stand with your back facing the Prague Castle entrance. Cross through Hradčanské Square and take Kanovnická Street a couple of blocks until hitting the street Nový Svět.
If you’re traveling by tram, I recommend taking the 22 or 23 to Pohořelec. When you leave the tram, cross the street heading into an arched hallway. You’ll walk about 100 meters and then turn left past the parking lot. You’ll walk past Černín Palace (on your left) and make your way down the hill, passing the Church of Our Lady of Loreto on the right. Turn left past the church and head straight down the hill. When you reach the bottom, you’ll find New World Street to the right.
The address of Nový Svět is 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.090936° N, 14.3913861° E.
Close to the Nový Svět neighborhood is the stunning Nerudova Street in the Prague Castle District. This street is sometimes called Kings Road and/or Royal Way, and was named after Jan Neruda, a famous Czech journalist.
Homes used to have symbols above their doorways, representative of their residents’ professions. They were later numbered in 1770.
This street runs through the Castle District, linking the castle all the way to Charles Bridge.
Outside of shooting here, I can recommend Pizza Pasta Café for a casual and affordable Italian meal. I had a margarita pie all to myself and there wasn’t any left by the end!
Nerudova Street is right by Prague Castle, so if you’re walking to the castle, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.
You’ll either walk up this street heading toward the castle or down the street when you leave the main gate of the castle, depending on which way you’re coming from.
The full address of Nerudova Street is Nerudova ulice, Praha 1 – Malá Strana. GPS coordinates are 50.0885142° N, 14.3993608° E.
Petrin Hill is a literal breath of fresh air and my favorite area in all of Prague. While the park as a whole isn’t exactly hidden gem status, there are tons of little underrated spots encased within.
This hillside park has beautiful secluded gardens, panoramic city views, and a funicular that climbs up to Petrin Tower, a 63.5-meter replica of the Eiffel Tower.
There’s even a restaurant with killer views on the side of Petrin Hill, which I regret to say I missed out on.
If you’re looking to swap crowds for trees and tourist chatter for songbird tweeting, you won’t want to miss a visit here.
To reach the top of Petrin Hill, you can walk through its gardens or take the funicular from Újezd Street. Trams 9, 12, 15, 20, and 22 will all get you there, as will night trams 57, 58, 59, and 91.
Personally, I got so distracted by the photo opportunities that I never actually made it up the tower (oops).
However, if you’d like to take in the panoramic views from Petrin Tower, check out this resource for funicular hours of operation.
The address for the funicular is Újezd 118 00 Praha 1 – Malá Strana. GPS coordinates are 50° 04′ 33.00° N, 14° 23′ 28.79° E.
Jubilee Synagogue is the largest (and youngest) synagogue in Prague. It was built in a Moorish/Art Nouveau style back in 1906 and named after the Silver jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
Jubilee Synagogue was by far the most colorful building I’ve seen on my travels! It was also my favorite of the Prague Instagram spots I shared on Instagram.
Most had never seen it before – let alone heard of it – giving it true hidden gem status.
It takes about twelve minutes to get here on foot from the Old Town Square. If you’re taking public transportation, take Tram 3, 9, 14, 24 or 91 to the Jindrisska stop. For metro transport, take the green line to the Mustek stop. Drivers will find the closest parking on Millenium Plaza, V Celnici 10.
If you’re planning to come inside for a religious service or to admire this cultural/exhibition space, basic adult admission is 100 CZK ($4.40 USD). Be advised that Jubilee Synagogue is closed on Saturdays & Jewish holidays.
As you can see, for every iconic sight in this city, there are equally beautiful off-the-beaten path Prague Instagram spots.
Speaking of, if you’d like to visit the more well-known sights of the city, be sure to check out my companion Instagram guide. In it, I include six top Prague Instagram spots plus two free bonus locations, available by download.
Have you had a chance to visit this fairytale city yet? What hidden gems did you discover? Let me know in the comments below!