The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, is the most densely populated city in Europe, and its not hard to see why. With Gothic and Medieval architecture galore, it is nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Whilst you could easily spend a weekend wandering around and snapping everything you saw, we’ve got the lowdown on the most Instagrammable spots so you don’t miss out on anything.
The Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock
Probably the most visited tourist attraction, The Old Town Hall was built in 1338 and consists of a stunning Gothic tower with a truly unique astronomical clock, commonly known as the Orloj. Every hour on the hour the twelve apostles appear, the figures move mechanically and include the figure of Death, who strikes the time. Make sure to arrive at least five minutes early for the show; plenty of other people will be watching, too so you’ll want to get a good spot!
The Town Hall itself is worth a guided tour, which will fill you in on all of the history. If you climb to the top of the tower then you’ll have the absolute best view of Prague. It’s quite a climb and the views are staggering at any time of day, but if you do this in the evening, then the photo you take will be more than worth it. The city lights are breathtaking.
Have a Drink
The Hilton in Prague is an absolutely enormous building which encompasses the Casino Atrium, home to The PokerStars EPT, as well as the Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge. Cloud 9 is situated right at the top of the building, high above the Vltava River. The views from here are, of course, staggering, but that’s not the only thing that makes this spot worth visiting. The cocktail menu is simple but perfectly executed. If you’re lucky enough to be here over the turn of the New Year and you want the full Instagram experience, then sip a Bell Époque looking out over the view of the fireworks on the roof terrace.
This has to be one of the top destinations for music lovers. The Akropolis is an absolute must-visit. There’s always something interesting on, from world renowned DJs to string quartets and grungy guitar bands to spoken word. The building itself is Instagram gold, with botanical inspired lamps seeming to grow from the furniture, illuminating a striking fresco of birds and plants on the ceiling.
Stop for a Snack
Head to Smetana Q for coffee and the best honey cake in Prague and a beautiful view of the river. Tucked away in the back of the coffee shop is a cozy room with plenty of books, including some English ones, to browse through. There are two types of honey cake, but the one you should ask for is called Medovnik. Honey cake is very popular in this part of the world and has been since the Middle Ages when women’s dowries were often paid partly in honey. Medovnik is a cake with a fairly dry crumb sandwiched together with incredibly sweet honey flavored icing between the layers and a powdered honey topping. It’s quite unique, but a great photo opportunity!
Take a River Cruise
Prague has plenty of picturesque waterways to explore and a really good way of seeing the old city is by exploring by boat. Loads of organized tours navigate the center of town like this, allowing you to spend a couple of hours on the Vltava viewing some of the most iconic sights, such as the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Prague without taking in the castle. This enormous building towers over the Vltava’s banks and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest ancient castle in the world. With turrets, towers and spires the castle is truly fairy-tale like. You could easily spend a whole day wandering around the 45 hectares of castle grounds. Take a photo for the changing of the guards which happens every day at midday; there’s quite a ceremony so you’ll be sure to get a good shot.
John Lennon Wall
Another oft-visited sight is the John Lennon Wall. This wall is filled with ever changing graffiti, inspired largely by lyrics from Beatles songs. It’s a great spot for a selfie, but also has an interesting history. The wall first became known as the Lennon wall in 1980 following the assassination of John Lennon, when an artist painted his portrait on the wall. After this the portrait remained untouched for many years until 1988 when young Czechs began writing on the wall to show their opposition for the communist regime. In 2014 a group of art students painted the wall entirely in white, leaving only the text ‘Wall is Over’ to be seen. After much controversy the text was changed to mimic the song ‘War is Over’, and the wall is, once again, adorned with lyrics.