The Views of Prague
Each city has its allure. For me, it was the canals in Venice, the history in Berlin, the food in Rome, the culture in Charleston. Arriving back in Prague for the first time in five years, the allure was once again the views. With numerous bird’s-eye views throughout the city, Prague offers exceptional vantage points of its quintessential orange tiled roofs. Seeing the towers and spires of the city amongst the orange roofs allow you to escape the touristy side of Prague and experience the medieval charm. I am firm believer that the best views of a city are from above and Prague is no exception. Here are some of the best places to experience the true beauty of Prague.
1. Prague Castle – Perched high above the city, this large medieval compound contains St. Vitus Cathedral, The Royal Palace and St. George’s Basilica amongst many other sights. I was even able to view the changing of the guards during a visit up there. However, walking along the edge of the castle is the real attraction – the view of Prague. Make sure you continue to walk down into Malá Strana to get different viewpoints.
2. Petřín Tower – Modeled after the Eiffel Tower, Petřín Tower stands at 63.5 meters high atop Petřín Hill and provides view unlike anywhere else in Prague. What makes these views so stunning is the Vltava River running through the medieval city. On a clear day you can see for miles, proving it is worth the 299 steps to the top observation tower. From the city you can take the funicular up to the top of Petřín Hill, but I recommend walking down for the return trip. The paths open up to numerous charming streets which contain less traveled restaurants and shops.
3. Old Town Tower – Located in the heart of Old Town Square, climbing to the top of the Old Town Tower allows for spectacular views of the square and the surrounding city center. Its proximity to the center of Prague allows for a closer and more personal view. The Prague Castle can be seen in the distance as well. There is a short spiral staircase that will take you to the top of the 250-foot tall tower.