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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The address for the Powder Tower is nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0873° N, 14.4278° E.
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.
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.
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.
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 and around the Prague Castle District, check out this area guide.
The address for the Prague Castle is Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia. GPS coordinates are 50.0911° N, 14.4016° E.
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 more off-the-beaten-path locations, keep your eyes out for a forthcoming companion piece, Top Prague Instagram Spots: Hidden Gems!
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Here’s to knocking those Instagram shots out of the park in this fairytale city!
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