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Top Prague Instagram Spots: Iconic Sights

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Last Updated on January 31, 2020 by epapp

While fairytale Prague may be somewhat “under the radar” in comparison to cosmopolitan Paris, it’s catching on quickly in the Instagram world. Considering that this city is a photographer’s dream, iconic Prague Instagram spots are not hard to come by.

So if you’re wondering where to go in Prague for those Insta-worthy shots, here’s some inspiration for your trip.

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Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague

Iconic Prague Instagram Spots

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge in Prague

Brief History:

Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river, connecting Lesser Town with the Old Town. Construction began under the auspices of King Charles IV back in 1357 and was later completed in the early 15th century.

This Gothic bridge is made of stone and flanked with 75 beautiful Baroque statues, some of which date back to the 17th century. Today, many of the statues are copies, but the originals live in the Lapidarium.

Although cars and trams were once allowed over Charles Bridge, today it’s strictly pedestrian-only.

Blogger Thoughts:

Arguably the most heavily photographed structure in all of Prague, Charles Bridge is the iconic and well-worn main artery through the city.

Personally, I find this bridge to have multiple personalities. It’s peaceful in early morning (save for the engagement shoots). By afternoon, it’s like walking through a Woody Allen film (jazz music and all). Come nightfall, it’s truly cinematic (and typically mobbed). It’s hard to say which personality is my favorite; each lends its own charms.

PHOTO TIP: Get here early! Of all the Prague Instagram spots on this list, Charles Bridge is arguably the most crowded. Try to come right before sunrise. Once 7 AM hits, it will start turning into a tourist mecca.

How to Get Here:

The address of Charles Bridge is Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0865° N, 14.4114° E.

If you’re arriving by public transportation, the three best options are:

  • Malostranské Náměstí (Tram Stop 12, 20, 22)
  • Karlovy Lázně (Tram Stop 17 & 18)
  • Staroměstská Metro Station (Metro Line A)

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock, Prague

Brief History:

First installed in 1410, Prague’s Astronomical Clock (Orloj) is the oldest astronomical clock that’s still working today. It’s also the third oldest of its kind in the world! In the 600 years since its origination, the clock has been narrowly saved from destruction multiple times.

It tells the time, date, position of celestial bodies, astronomical cycles, and Christian holidays. Every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the clock provides a theatrical show and the twelve apostles appear.

Blogger Thoughts:

Personally, I didn’t stick around for the show because this area tends to get mobbed just before the hour. I suggest watching Rick Steves Prague from the comfort of your couch if you don’t want to be swarmed. Fast forward to minute 6:06 in the video to see the Astronomical Clock.

PHOTO TIP: Although a must-see as far as Prague Instagram spots go, it can become tourist-infested as early as 7:30 AM. Get here early if you want a shot without other people in it. Ideally, arrive before, during, or just after sunrise.

For an alternative viewpoint, walk around the side of the clock and shoot the Old Town Hall, pictured below.

Old Town Hall Prague

How to Get Here:

The address of the Prague Astronomical Clock is Staroměstské náměstí 1/3
110 00 Praha 1. GPS coordinates are 50.0870° N, 14.4207° E.

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

Brief History:

The Church of Our Lady before Týn was built in the 14th century on the site of a Romanic church. As the new church was being built, the old one gradually disappeared. However, since houses stood in front of the original church structure, the new cathedral had to be built behind them. 

Legend has it that the Týn Church Towers inspired Walt Disney to create Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, but this hasn’t been proven. Today, the church is considered the heart of the Old Town.

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Prague

Blogger Thoughts:

The Church of Our Lady before Týn was the main structure that inspired me to visit Prague. She’s beautiful in the morning, but really comes alive at night with lights! I highly suggest having dinner outdoors in the Old Town – albeit touristy – just to enjoy her magnificence!

PHOTO TIP: If you want to experience the Church of Our Lady before Týn in all of her glory, get here early! My photos were taken a little before 7 AM. After this time, it starts to become crowded with engagement shoots, followed by full-fledged tourist mobs.

How to Get Here:

 The address of the Church of Our Lady before Týn is Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0877° N, 14.4227° E.

Powder Tower

Powder Tower, Prague

Brief History:

At the edge of the Old Town, the Powder Tower is one of the most significant monuments of Late Gothic Prague. First built in 1475, it was once the monumental entrance for Czech Kings entering the Old Town.

As its name suggests, this tower was originally used to store gun powder. Although it was damaged during Prussian occupation in 1757, it was later rebuilt between 1875 and 1886.

Blogger Thoughts:

After my first solo trip to Prague, I learned that visitors can actually go inside the Powder Tower. If you’re up for it, you can climb the 186 interior steps for incredible views over the Old Town. You can check out the entrance fees here. I will have to experience this for myself on a future visit!

PHOTO TIP: As with most Prague attractions, it’s always a good idea to get here early. Although it’s arguably not as popular as, say, the Astronomical Clock, the surrounding streets fill up with tourists pretty quickly.

To capture the Powder Tower in all of its glory, crouch down and shoot up at it. If you’re shooting with a tripod, position it low to the ground and angle it up.

How to Get Here:

The address for the Powder Tower is nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0873° N, 14.4278° E.

Park Cihelná

Swans at Park Cihelna, Prague

Blogger Thoughts:

If you’re looking to take the iconic fairytale photo flocked by swans, Park Cihelná is a must. Located on the Malá Strana side of the Vltava River, this area gives you a beautiful vantage point of the Charles Bridge and some feathered friends.

PHOTO TIP: Despite their gentle looking appearance, swans can be rather aggressive and are prone to biting when aggravated. I actually witnessed one chomping down on another one’s back mid-shoot, so exercise caution!

If you’re thinking of feeding them so that they flock to you, check out this resource first for swan-friendly feeding. I made the mistake of feeding the swans bread, which I later learned can aggravate their digestive systems.

If you’d like to feed them, read any posted signs first (none existed while I was there) and be prepared for a flock of pigeons as well!

Feeding swans at Park Cihelná, Prague

How to Get Here:

The address for Park Cihelná is 118 00, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia. You can find walking directions to Park Cihelná from Charles Bridge here.

If you’re traveling by underground Metro, get off at the Malostranská stop.

Prague Castle

Front gate of Prague Castle

Brief History:

Founded in the 9th century, Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It consists of an entire complex of historical palaces, offices, churches, fortifications, courtyards, and gardens.

What was once the seat of the kings of Bohemia became the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.

Blogger Thoughts:

Prague Castle is enormous and it truly deserves more than a quick photo for Instagram. I suggest doing a tour so that you can really appreciate all of the buildings that make it up.

To learn more about what to do in this area, check out my guide to the Prague Castle District.

PHOTO TIP: If you have limited time or don’t want to pay the entrance fee, there are some free photo opportunities around Prague Castle.

If you’re a door lover like I am, I suggest stopping by the Archbishop Palace, pictured below. You’ll find it just to the left of the Prague Castle gates. To avoid crowds, I suggest getting here around 7 AM or after 5 PM when they tend to thin out.

Archbishop Palace, Prague

How to Get Here:

The address for the Prague Castle is Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0911° N, 14.4016° E.

Bonus Prague Instagram Spots

You may notice that almost all of these iconic spots are located in Prague’s Old Town. Considering that this is the most touristy section of the city, Old Town is where you’ll find the majority of sights you see on Instagram.

If you’re interested in checking out some beautiful off-the-beaten-path locations, check out my companion piece: Top Prague Instagram Spots: Hidden Gems.

You can also download two bonus spots here for free so you don’t miss a golden photo opportunity while in Prague!

Here’s to knocking those Instagram shots out of the park in this fairytale city!

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25 thoughts on “Top Prague Instagram Spots: Iconic Sights

    1. Hi Lana, I’m glad I could introduce you to the Powder Tower – I’d love to go up the steps next time! Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. I love that you included a bit of history and context to each site, so it’s not just an Instagram checklist but a true guide to Prague! Great post, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Maria! Yes, this city has really caught on with tourists and it gets crowded pretty early in the day! You really have to get an early start if you want shots without people in them, unfortunately…

  2. Wow – I really appreciate that you include information about the locations, your thoughts, and directions on how to get there. It’s so helpful!

    1. Yes, I really like to help other bloggers actually find these places instead of giving a general idea 🙂 Thanks for your feedback!

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